The anthology Tempting Disaster, originally released in 2005, has seen eBook editions in Nook, Fictionwise, and other venues, but now for the first time the book will be available in Kindle format. Coming soon at Amazon!
A signed copy of my absurdist/surrealist poetry collection The Plague Factory is up for grabs over at Goodreads! This contest is open to entries from all nations, all you need is a Goodreads account for a chance to win a free copy of my book. If you know somebody who might be interested in this please steer them to the contest. Thanks! And best of luck to all contestants.
Enter the giveaway at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/112811-the-plague-factory.
RDSP is celebrating Halloween bizarro style at Terrault Contemporary art gallery in Baltimore and you’re invited! With the impending release of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Grave Markings we’ve got a whole lot of weird to celebrate. John Edward Lawson will be your emcee and there will be readings from Michael Arnzen, K. Ceres Wright, B.E. Burkhead, G. Arthur Brown and J.L. Gribble. Come out and bask in the glow, we’re 73% pretty sure it’s not toxic!
Terrault Contemporary is located at the heart of the Station North Arts District of Baltimore in the historical Copycat building, 1515 Guilford Ave., Baltimore, MD 21202.
Meet the Authors
Born dead to a barren woman, B. E. Burkhead is a poet, writer and artist. He lives on the vestigial tail of Maryland with his wife, son and an army of starving cats. His first book of poetry, The Underside of the Rainbow, will be published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2015.
Wright received her Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and Cog was her thesis novel for the program. An accomplished poet, Wright’s science fiction poem “Doomed” was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s highest honor. Her work has appeared in Hazard Yet Forward; Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction; Many Genres, One Craft; and The 2008 Rhysling Anthology.
G. Arthur Brown, when not sleeping, writes absurd and irreal Bizarro fiction, especially in restrooms. The influence of Monty Python, Donald Barthelme, Guy Maddin, Kelly Link, Franz Kafka, and the Reagan administration can be seen in much of his work. His first book, Kitten, is available as part of Eraserhead Press’s 2012 New Bizarro Author Series. His stories appear in the Bizarro Bizarro anthology from Bizarro Pulp Press, and in Axes of Evil from Diabolus in Musica, and in the forthcoming Vertigo Schisms from the Surreal Grotesque.
J.L. Gribble is fascinated by the construct of the English language. By day, she is a full-time medical editor, in which she wrangles authors and translates medico-babble into something coherent. On the side, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Most recently, she was co-editor of Far Worlds, a speculative fiction anthology.
Often funny, always terrifying, Michael Arnzen has been publishing experimental horror fiction and twisted poetry for over twenty years. His works have been adapted to film, music, and even playing cards and poetry magnets. A four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, Arnzen currently teaches in the MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. The Gorelets Omnibus – published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2013 – collects a decade of his craziest poems and thinkpieces. Another RDSP title, 100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories, remains a ground-breaking collection in the flash fiction movement. His latest books are the novel, Play Dead, and Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side, an E-book helper for writers. See what Mike is up to now and subscribe to his newsletter at: http://gorelets.com
Want 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.
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/.
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: 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!