Wholesome Terror Now Available!

Wholesome Terror coverWant to be the coolest kid on the block this Halloween? Be the first to download Wholesome Terror: Lawfully Combative Verse in Kindle format! Better yet you can get the book free of charge through Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime. Want a free sample? Here is a poem from the collection accompanied by the short film created by filmmaker Jayson Densman as part of our PoVid series.

“Why the Big Cat’s Eyes Are So Pretty”
by John Edward Lawson

Does anything exist beyond
the fire’s glow? There are
walls, surely, for a ceiling lingers
above our writhing bodies as if
waiting for the moment our guard

is down. It may well pounce upon
our prone, exposed forms as would
the tiger whose pelt rests before
the fireplace, and as we ourselves
pounced upon that pelt to soil

it with sweat and saliva. Our teeth
and tongues inventory scars, map
the braille of our bodies’ memories.
Our lips and fingers chronicle orgasms.
The smokey odor lends to this dim

room a sense of authenticity which somehow
augments the carnal nature of our
surroundings. Are the tiger’s teeth still
sharp enough to bleed us to defenselessness?
We test them, deciding they have been

filed down in order to avoid
lawsuits. We are exhibitionists: heads
line the walls, eyes glassy not so
much from replacement as from being
dazed by their decapitation. Their

judgments are passed among themselves
in silence while you massage my flesh
with powdered borax. Their warnings are
mute–as if their jaws were wired
shut–when you force your injection

into my tail: glycol ethers, or
some other solution-based preservative.
Remove my brain with a pitiless
blade. Your needle is not yet through
penetrating me: stitch my flesh from

end to end, shaping my form to fit your
desires. Stuff me full of your sawdust,
but don’t forget to leave me slack. There
must be enough room for you to slide
in, unlubricated, and swivel your hips,

draw your shoulders back in crossbow
fashion to thrust your breasts through
mine. Is my skin not dark and sleek
with these preservatives? Is my sex
not full of permanence? With these

appendages you may spread wide your
reach to ensnare hundreds more
lovers, and with these eyes assert
the dominance of those who are upright over
those on all fours, and with these

fingers ignite conflagrations which will
consume every night. The extinction
of darkness would be a crime against
humanity to break all records and precedents,
save for the fact that you can use

these large, abominable hands of mine
to taxidermy the night sky and drape
its flesh over the Earth, a canopy
concealing untold orgy and abandon
from the wet eyes of the Divine. Those are

sockets you might yet fill another day,
when, after prying the Pearly Gates apart
to make yourself at home between them, you
grope the face of Divinity with a blind
artist’s precision, glass eyes at the ready.

Dora Maar Fellowship

The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House is made possible through a grant from the Brown Foundation, Inc., in Houston. The program has been directed by the MFAH since 2006.

What Is Expected of a Fellow?

The MFAH wants you to enjoy the opportunities this remarkable residence affords, and to use your time well. Fellows are encouraged to offer suggestions on how the museum can improve the fellowship program in the future.

As a Dora Maar fellow, you are expected to be friendly toward the citizens of Ménerbes and to make one public presentation to them. Each fellow is required to donate to Dora Maar House one drawing, publication, or other work created during the residency. The MFAH asks that you recognize The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House in the acknowledgments of any publication resulting from your fellowship.

There is a $10 application fee for a Dora Maar fellowship. The MFAH provides travel expenses to and from the house at the beginning and end of the residency as well as reasonable shipping costs for materials such as books, research files, and art supplies. The equivalent of $50 a day is provided for living expenses. Proof that a fellow has all the necessary documents, such as passports and visas, must be provided to the MFAH at least two months prior to the residency date. The Dora Maar House is a nonsmoking environment. Fellows have the use of a large, fully equipped communal kitchen. No meal service is provided. Each fellow has a private studio, bathroom, and bedroom with a king-size bed. Dora Maar staff maintains the residence and changes the bed linens weekly. Personal services, such as laundry, are not provided.

Fellows may bring a car, or rent a car at their own expense. Transportation can be provided for medical emergencies and occasional trips to the market, but fellows should understand that daily transportation needs are their own responsibility. Calls within France can be made on house telephones. A cell phone and €30 worth of phone units will be provided upon request. Medical facilities in Ménerbes are limited. There is a village doctor, but the nearest hospital is 20 kilometers away. If you require routine doctor visits or have a medical condition that could require emergency care, inform the director in advance of your arrival.

Brown Foundation Fellows, who are not French citizens and who are staying at the Dora Maar House, must show proof of medical and liability insurance valid in France with minimum coverage levels established by the program’s insurance advisors. Or they must purchase insurance arranged for by the program at the cost in US dollars of $150.

For full contact information visit http://www.mfah.org/fellowships/doramaarhouse/fellowship/.

Devil Entendre Published!

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My horror themed collection Devil Entendre has finally been released. This book collects short stories and novelettes published over the last dozen years centered around the theme of corruption, with a few unpublished works thrown in as a bonus. From the back of the book:

“This collection of horror stories asks: are there moments in your past you ignore…pretend never happened…moments you hide from yourself and others? What if the only thing imbuing our past with a sense of dread and terror is the fact that our future is based on it? And every evil incident has given the devil a foothold to step inside and make himself at home in our hearts. Be it a secret vice, a childhood trauma, or disturbing holiday traditions, Devil Entendre is a Petri dish in which the dark moments of our lives are allowed to evolve unencumbered.”

Not only is Devil Entendre available in Kindle format, but if you are a member of Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime you can read the book for free. Another freebie for those in reading groups is the downloadable reading guide which can be accessed at http://bizarrowriter.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/devilentendreguide.pdf.

Enjoy the book? Have a criticism? Please let us know with a review at http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Entendre-John-Edward-Lawson-ebook/dp/B00NRTHEKK/.

Paramourn Has Been Published!

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Paramourn: Unfortunate Romances was published recently in Kindle format. Paramourn is a collection of bizarro, horrible, and funny erotic short fiction. While half of the book was previously published in anthologies and magazines the other half proved to be a bit too much for the publishers out there. For a sample you can read a free story on the Paramourn page here at my site, or you can read first 15 pages through Amazon’s Look Inside the Book feature.

So, what exactly is this collection? It’s full of hyper-heterosexual, hyper-genderqueer, paranormal, literary, surreal novelettes, short stories, and flash fiction. One story was published in the legendary Cthulhu Sex Magazine, while others appeared in Amoret, EroticSF.com (the old one), Crown of Bones, and RAW: Brutality as Art. In other words the stories are up to a dozen years old. They were fun to write, and ended up being some of my most abnormal work to date. Your Halloween goody bag won’t be complete without this one!

Take a look at Paramourn: Unfortunate Romances on Amazon.

Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a national research library and learned society of American history and culture, is calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history. Successful applicants are those whose work is for the general public rather than for academic or educational audiences. The Society’s goal in sponsoring this program is to multiply and improve the ways in which an understanding of history is communicated to the American people.

Fellowship projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • historical novels
  • performance of historical music or drama
  • poetry
  • documentary films
  • television programs
  • radio broadcasts
  • plays
  • libretti
  • screenplays
  • magazine or newspaper articles
  • costume designs
  • set designs
  • illustrations and other graphic arts
  • book designs
  • sculpture
  • paintings
  • other works of fine and applied art
  • nonfiction works of history designed for general audiences of adults
    or children

The fellowships will provide the recipients with the opportunity for a period of uninterrupted research, reading, and collegial discussion at the Society, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. At least three fellowships will be awarded for residence of four weeks at the Society at any time during the period January 1 through December 31.

For fellows who reside on campus in the Society’s scholars’ housing, located next to the main library building, the stipend will have the room fee deducted from the $1850 stipend. (Room fees range from $700 to $500 per month.)

The stipend will be $1,850 for fellows residing off campus. Fellows will not be paid a travel allowance.

Funding for this program began with a grant to AAS from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund. Additional funding for the awards is derived from income from endowments established by the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and Jay and Deborah Last.

Found at http://www.americanantiquarian.org/artistfellowship.htm.

REGISTER NOW: NHWP’s Critique Partner Match

Here is a different type of writing grant program for you….

What is NHWP’s Critique Partner Match?

NHWP matches writers seeking critique partners. You can apply to be paired with a fellow writer for peer editing, critique, and commentary. Once matched, we encourage you and your partner to meet regularly (a minimum of four times over the course of the four month cycle) in order to share and give comment on your current projects. That’s it! Participate to meet a fellow writer, engage creatively, and receive some useful feedback on your writing!

How much does it cost?

This program is entirely free to all NHWP members as a benefit of membership. Not a member? Check us out. Also, non-members can pay $20 to participate in the program per four month cycle.

How do you sign up?

To apply, fill out the APPLICATION FORM including contact details and some information about the sort of project for which you are seeking a critique partner. Depending on the applications, writers will be paired with someone from their home (or adjacent) New Hampshire county.

Have questions about this new opportunity for NHWP members? Contact NHWP’s Writing Critique Partner Match coordinator Gary Devore.

Found at http://nhwritersproject.org/content/register-now-nhwps-critique-partner-match-autumn-2014.

Wholesome Terror Pre-order

Wholesome Terror coverCOMING 10/22/14 Pre-order at Amazon

The sheer terror of hope has been dissected and repackaged as standard rhymes, experimental verse, and other poetic forms in order to rendition the reader blissfully numb. These are poems that contain elements of eroticism, satire, political commentary, and horror wherein the reader need not wonder how many times can Lady Lazarus be resurrected after waterboarding, because they find themselves acting as her proxy in this endeavor. Wholesome Terror is a savage, hydrophobic dog of a book curled up with the reader’s throat comfortably within reach.

Looking for a poet who hasn’t been dead 150 years to share your Halloween with? Try this book in Kindle format now!

The man your librarian warned you about…

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