An Objective Take (or Three or Four) on “The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom”

Ozman Droom - cover imageFor those who might appreciate an early and objective opinion on The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom (I certainly did), here’s a link to a review in Publishers Weekly.

Other impressions have begun to appear hither and yon, most notably on Goodreads, for which I am equally grateful.

Ordinarily, for the sake of my creative process, I avoid paying undue attention to reviews, but bringing this particular book back from the underworld was such a strange and troublous task that I’m delighted to find it resonating with at least an honest few.

In a life crammed to bursting with things that must be done, choosing which books are worthy of your time is a matter of no small importance. So whether my sharing of these early views leads you to or from The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom, I will have done a good deed for the day, and will sleep all the better tonight.

Thanks for reading, friends.

Ä’Zma’n-d’Rüm!

To Every “Thing” a Season

“There’s this book,” he said, “called A Season in Carcosa. It just got here. By ‘here’ I mean this place that most folks call the world. Where it came from, I couldn’t tell you. Some say from the shores of Lake Hali, others from the cloudy depths of dim and forgotten Demhe. Anyway, this book, it’s got a bunch of writin’ in it—stories and a poem or two—that’ll change the shape of your soul. If you believe in that kind of thing. Souls and change, I mean. And even if you don’t, it don’t really matter, ’cause it’ll do what it does just the same. ‘Cause that’s the way it is, this book. If you know what I mean. And even if you don’t. If you know what I mean. Ad in-effin’-finitum.”

In addition to “Salvation in Yellow,” my Southern Gothic meditation on madness, the Bible, and “divine” intervention, this long-awaited anthology, edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr., boasts the following table of contents:

  • “My Voice is Dead” by Joel Lane
  • “Beyond the Banks of the River Seine” by Simon Strantzas
  • “Movie Night at Phil’s” by Don Webb
  • “MS Found in a Chicago Hotel Room” by Daniel Mills
  • “It sees me when I’m not looking” by Gary McMahon
  • “Finale, Act Two” by Ann K. Schwader
  • “Yellow Bird Strings” by Cate Gardner
  • “The Theatre & Its Double” by Edward Morris
  • “The Hymn of the Hyades” by Richard Gavin
  • “Slick Black Bones and Soft Black Stars” by Gemma Files
  • “Not Enough Hope” by Joseph S. Pulver Sr.
  • “Whose Hearts are Pure Gold” by Kristin Prevallet
  • “April Dawn” by Richard A. Lupoff
  • “King Wolf” by Anna Tambour
  • “The White-Face at Dawn” by Michael Kelly
  • “Wishing Well” by Cody Goodfellow
  • “Sweetums” by John Langan
  • “The King is Yellow” by Pearce Hansen
  • “DT” by Laird Barron
  • “Salvation in Yellow” by Robin Spriggs
  • “The Beat Hotel” by Allyson Bird

And for those who like a little extra teasing, here’s the book trailer by Brendan Petersen, with music by Lena Griffin.

A Season in Carcosa can be purchased from Amazon, or directly from Miskatonic River Press. I hope you’ll give it a try.

Thanks for reading, friends.

Ä’Zma’n-d’Rüm!

New Tales and a New Book in the Offing

Just a quick note to let readers know that I do indeed have new work on the way. Look for the following in the coming weeks and months:

  • “Swamp Dreams” in Phantasmagorium (Gorgon Press)
  • “Salvation in Yellow” in A Season in Carcosa (Miskatonic River Press)
  • “The Xenambulist: a Fable in Four Acts” in The Grimscribe’s Puppets (Miskatonic River Press)
  • “Desultory Scholia on the Dhol Chants”  in The Starry Wisdom Library (PS Publishing)

And slouching toward Bethlehem (ever so slowly), the aforementioned book itself . . .

  • The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom (Double Feature Press)

More details on each to follow. Thanks for reading, friends.

Ä’Zma’n-d’Rüm!