Marching On Out to Die

KickcoverAfter the release of The Horrible yesterday it occurs to me there are plenty of other great dark poetry collections that should also be read this Halloween season. First in line is Kicking Against the Pricks by Stephen M. Wilson, posthumously released last week. Stephen paved his own way in the literary world, creating works that were at once humorous and spiritual, brutal and beautiful, deeply rooted in both speculative  and literary influences. He championed the art form of the pastiche–work that blends the characteristics of multiple styles, and he did it so long that it occurred seemlessly in his writing. If you have an interest in horror, poetry, short fiction, or gay literature then I suggest picking up a copy of Kicking Against the Pricks at http://www.amazon.com/Kicking-Against-Pricks-Stephen-Wilson/dp/1935738550/.

Marching On Out to Die” is today’s featured song from the Colors Made of Tears soundtrack. Yes, it has way more “pop appeal” than other songs I’ve posted, but do you really think I’m “selling out?” Listen at https://bizarrowriter.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=1309 and judge for yourself. Beyond that, I’m getting antsy about bringing the actual book before readers. It can’t happen soon enough for me.

Anti-Twitter Free in Kindle Store

Anti-Twitter cover artAre your familiar with author Harold Jaffe, long considered one of the leading postmodernists? His book Anti-Twitter: 150 50-Word Stories is available as a FREE download now through Tuesday. Currently ranked #1 in Satire on the Kindle charts, with 29 five-star reviews, this book comes highly recommended! Published by Raw Dog Screaming Press, only in eBook on Amazon. Get your free copy at http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Twitter-150-50-Word-Stories-ebook/dp/B006QG9LAW/

And now, published today for the first time in eBook, two more of Jaffe’s controversial works:

jesuscoyoteJesus Coyote Building on the mayhem created by the controversial but critically acclaimed collection 15 Serial Killers Jaffe’s Jesus Coyote goes one step further. This docufictional novel based on the Manson murders proves that, just like his coyote totem, the myths around Manson hold irrevocable power. In one swooping panoramic arc, with the bloody killings at its center, Jaffe captures the perspectives of Manson, his devotees, the prosecutors, the victims and their mourners while firing a shot against the hypocrisy of institutionalized “morality.” http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Coyote-ebook/dp/B00CQOP896/

Revolutionary Brain coverRevolutionary Brain In this timely collection of essays and “quasi-essays,” acclaimed novelist and critic Harold Jaffe explores the intricate vicissitudes of millennial culture. Gesturing, in a philosophical shorthand, toward a kind of pop Armageddon, Revolutionary Brain is at once thesis, allegory, and surreal comedy, demonstrating just how far we, and the natural world we have debased, have fallen. Obsessed with technology, we are incapable of reconstructing ourselves. By way of Jaffe’s elegant prose and perfect pitch, our collective disability is laid bare at the 11th hour. Revolutionary Brain is a powerful cry for a brave new aesthetics that turns towards, not away, from our tormented globe. http://www.amazon.com/Revolutionary-Brain-ebook/dp/B00CQTH006/

Death To the Brothers Grimm

Death To the Brothers Grimm is now available at Amazon.com for $13.99! Fairy tales have been passed down in one form or another for countless generations. They are often our first introduction to that boundless realm we call imagination. Deep within these old stories lie the seeds of our most elemental fears. Death to the Brothers Grimm is a collection of ten re-imagined fairy tales that revels in those dark and hidden horrors. This anthology features works of bizarre fantasy from Bram Stoker Award nominees Jeremy C. Shipp and John Edward Lawson, Wonderland Award nominee Eckhard Gerdes, and the twisted visions of M.L. Roos, Garrett Cook, Kirk Jones, Crysa Leflar, Jessica McHugh, Lee Widener, and Jess Gulbranson.

Moving Forward Despite the Danger

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I’ve bought a big bat.  I’m all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
~Dr. Seuss

I travel a lot, and as such am accustomed to meeting people. Sometimes they are even good people, and that’s nice. Occasionally I’m lucky enough to meet great people, and it is those instants I realize just how fortunate I am to live in a time and place where it is possible to be an author/editor. Meeting incredible people, however, is something I don’t know how to deal with. It doesn’t happen. We live in a culture saturated by mythologies–the incredible event, the incredible friendship, the incredible romance–all playing out thousands of times a day for us in film, television, and literature. Thus far 2012 has afforded me the opportunity to actually meet not just one, but multiple incredible people, and have incredible experiences, and develop incredible friendships. I’m fairly certain they’ll have to make a movie, book, and television show about it all some day.

In June I found myself in the auspicious position of being an editor guest of Seton Hill University’s In Your Write Mind Workshop. On the first evening of the workshop a large group of us went out to dinner at Primanti Brothers, a western Pennsylvania tradition. Among the ten of us I found myself positioned next to an unfamiliar face. The woman’s name was Donna, and despite my poor small talk skills it was clear Donna was friendly and intelligent. We talked again at a room party much later that night, but I didn’t realize until the next day she was one of the handful of organizers for the entire workshop.

It’s called a workshop, but it’s really a writing conference in terms of size and scope, only it’s more valuable than most conferences you’ll find yourself attending. Donna had a huge role in making that happen, especially the Gatsby Costume Ball. Looking back on it I cannot believe the whole thing only took four days; it has all the memories and significance of entire months of my life.

It came out a couple weeks later that Donna had been diagnosed with breast cancer. When considering the interval of time it takes to receive medical test results it seems entirely likely that she was operating at the workshop with the prospect of having breast cancer weighing on her. To function gracefully during the 24/7 workload and sensory assault that was the In Your Write Mind Workshop merely being a participant would be difficult for a lot of us, not to mention being an organizer and participant…but then to heap that extra level of stress on with health concerns. You would have never known it from how she conducted herself publicly.

Not surprisingly those involved with Seton Hill’s Popular Fiction Writing MFA program banded together to create a charity anthology unlike any other. At well over 700 pages, with works ranging from romance to horror, from fantasy to mystery to science fiction, Hazard Yet Forward anthology gives you your money’s worth while knowing ALL the proceeds go to assisting with Donna’s medical costs. This is one of those rare times when you can actually give back to somebody who regularly gives all they have to the writing community, and it has been made a matter of convenience. For more information, or to purchase, simply visit: http://www.amazon.com/Hazard-Yet-Forward-ebook/dp/B008TXBN8I/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1DQ9KRJNCCGUF&coliid=I1GDJ5L18ZCHC2

And yes, I have a story in the table of contents. There are almost 80 authors in all, ranging from veterans to new voices, all of whom are quite accomplished. Please allow us to entertain you in exchange for your support of Donna’s continued cancer treatment.