Monday, October 29, 2012

"Souls Adrift" Accepted for DARK METRE, Issue 17

My reprint dark speculative poem "Souls Adrift" has been accepted for publication in issue 17 of the horror poetry newsletter Dark Metre. That means I'm getting paid for my poetry yet again (Dark Metre pays GBP£2.50), and I'm getting paid for a reprint that I hadn't received payment for before (never saw the payment I was supposed to receive for it's original publication). It also means another publication in a venue based in the UK, as well as the third publication of that particular piece.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Hunting the Queegiog" in D&N 93

Today, I received my contributor's copies of Dreams & Nightmares 93. My sci-fi filler artwork "Hunting the Queegiog" appears in this issue. The artwork melds sci-fi and medieval. It's something I've done before with works like "Barixas Hunt", which was a sci-fi re-interpretation of medieval boar hunt imagery. With "Hunting the Queegiog", I drew my inspiration from an Anglo-Norman stone carving of battling warriors and various medieval hunting scenes.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"The Dark Host" Artwork to be in Nov 2012 HUNGUR

Don't know if I posted about this before, but since it's all official and contracted, I figured I would post about it dark artwork "The Dark Host" will be published in the November 2012 issue of the Sam's Dot Publishing print magazine Hungur. Received the contract last night, and agreed to it this morning.

This means yet another work culled from my ill-fated illustrated dark speculative poetry collection will finally see publication, only about four years after I originally drew the piece. Sometimes, it takes time to decide what to do with a piece that's just sitting around. At times, it also takes some time to find the right market.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sci-Fi Artwork for STAR*LINE

Looks like my sci-fi filler artwork "Aliens Entwined", a piece that melds a bit of Celtic design with sci-fi imagery, will be used in a forthcoming issue of Star*Line. Just have to send the editor a b&w version.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Reprint Poem Accepted for Publication in DARK METRE

My reprint dark speculative poem "The Haunted Castle" has been accepted for publication in Issue 17 of the horror poetry newsletter Dark Metre, scheduled for publication 2nd December. The poem originally appeared in The Absent Willow Review on 15th Oct, 2009. Considering that The Absent Willow Review is now defunct, I'm glad the poem is being republished. Considering that I'm an unabashed Britophile, I'm especially glad that it's getting republished in a newsletter coming out of the UK. I'm even getting paid in British pounds!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Never Ending Struggle" Published in DEATH HEAD GRIN

My dark poem "Never Ending Struggle" is now on-line at Death Head Grin. This is one of those rare pieces where I'm being somewhat symbolist on purpose, as opposed to those times (like in "The Dark Host") when I'm somewhat symbolist by accident. All the martial imagery of burnished armour and drawn sword, and all those dark visions of twisted grotesqueries and leering faces dripping gore, symbolise other things. Of course, it's all just a dream!

Read it for yourself and see. Check it out!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Filler Artwork for DREAMS & NIGHTMARES

Sold a piece of sci-fi filler artwork to Dreams and Nightmares, for use in the January issue.

Poem Published in the October Issue of THE SCAREALD

My dark speculative poem ""The Redcap of Dunnor Peel" has been published in Issue 2 of The Scareald, available to purchase as an e-version here.

Now, don't confuse "The Redcap of Dunnor Peel" with "Redcap of Glamtallon", the latter being my short story slated for publication in the March 2013 issue of Cover of Darkness. There are similarities between poem and story, since both were inspired by the borderland tales of murderous dwarfs known as redcaps, but there are differences as well. I like to think of the poem as something of a preamble to the story. The poem doesn't really stray from the standard redcap lore, while the story adds a few more elements and goes a bit farther.

Even though the story was written first, the poem has been published first. Such is the way of the publication world.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Speculative Poetry Article in Autumn ILLUMEN

And now, a article "Speculative Poetry: Past, Present, and Future", which originally appeared in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, has been published in the Autumn 2012 issue of the Sam's Dot Publishing print zine Illumen. I'm glad the article has been reprinted, and in a print zine to boot! I consider it to be one of my most important pieces of writing to-date.

My Artwork on Cover of PLASMA FREQUENCY, Issue 2

My fantasy illustration for Lindsey Duncan's "Mythocraft" now appears on the cover of Plasma Frequency, Issue 2, October/November 2012. While coming up with the little details for this one, I ended up researching ancient Greek decorative elements and ancient Greek clothing. I found that my "Mechanical Dragon", which appeared in the April 2012 issue of Beyond Centauri, was good practice for drawing the mechanical unicorn in "Mythocraft".

This was my second illustration for Plasma Frequency (my illustration for Nyki Blatchley's "Aslahkar" appeared in their first issue). I hope it won't be the last.

"Cosmic Grind" Published in INFERNAL INK MAGAZINE

My arguably edgy but definitely dark poem "Cosmic Grind" has been published in Issue 2 of Infernal Ink Magazine. The zine is available in print, pdf, and Kindle versions:
Infernal Ink Magazine, Vol. 1, Issue 2 (print)
Infernal Ink Magazine, Vol. 1, Issue 2 (PDF)
Infernal Ink  Magazine, Vol.1, Issue 2 (Kindle)

"Cosmic Grind" was my deliberate attempt at something a little edgier than my usual fare. It was a bit of an experiment, one which Michele refused to read. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but the poem is out there now.

I also intended for the poem to be blatantly Lovecraftian in nature. I make no apologies for that fact. Yes, at times, I do let my influences show.

Now I wait and see if I receive hate mail for having "Cosmic Grind" appear in Infernal Ink! After all, this is the publication that includes a hate mail disclaimer in their contract.