“Swamp Dreams” Lives!

And remembers. And stalks the rain-drenched night of southern Appalachia. But don’t take my word for it; seek out the monster yourself in the fourth issue of Phantasmagorium, Gorgon Press’s quarterly journal of the literary fantastique.

In addition to being my latest published story, “Swamp Dreams” also serves as an excerpt (and puzzle piece) from the ever-elusive but nonetheless forthcoming book, The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom.

Edited by Joe Pulver and featuring the artwork and graphic design of J. D. Busch, Phantasmagorium #4 also includes fiction by Ken Asamatsu, Daniel Mills, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, and Jeffrey Thomas; poetry by Kristine Ong Muslim; an interview with Ross Lockhart, Managing Editor of Night Shade Books; and a monstrously gorgeous illustration of “Swamp Dreams” by Rob Macabre Smits.

For readers who have expressed a desire to acquire my work in electronic format, this is your first opportunity. If, however, print remains your medium of choice, a trade paperback edition of Phantasmagorium #4 will soon be available from Amazon and directly from Gorgon Press.

Thanks for reading, friends.

Ä’Zma’n-d’Rüm!

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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!