Posted in Bibliography, Gargoyle, Morbidezza, My Bantam Black Fay, Spectral Realms, Speculations: Poetry from the Weird Poets Society, terza rima, Thalía, The Baleful Beldam, Vampire Vigil with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2018 by Manuel Paul Arenas

A listing of my published works and appearances.


Thalía (poetry): Spectral Realms #9 [Hippocampus Press]


Morbidezza (prose poem): Spectral Realms #10 [Hippocampus Press]

Gargoyle (prose poem): Spectral Realms #10 [Hippocampus Press]

My Bantam Black Fay (poetry): Speculations: Poetry from the Weird Poets Society 2018

Vampire Vigil (prose poem): Spectral Realms #11 [Hippocampus Press]

The Baleful Beldam (poetry): Spectral Realms #11 [Hippocampus Press]

Night Hag (prose vignette): The Phantasmagorical Promenade [Planet X Publications]

The Fell Fête (tribute fiction): The Averoigne Legacy: Tribute Tales in the World of Clark Ashton Smith [Pickman’s Press]


Satanic Sonata (prose poem): Spectral Realms #12 [Hippocampus Press]

Kiss of Life (prose poem): Spectral Realms #12 [Hippocampus Press]

My Bantam Black Fay (poetry/revision): Spectral Realms #13 [Hippocampus Press]

Hell-Flower (poetry): Spectral Realms #13 [Hippocampus Press]

Moribond (poetry): Spectral Realms #13 [Hippocampus Press]

The Baleful Beldam (poetry/reprint): Speculations II: Poetry from the Weird Poets Society 2019

The Hell of Mirrors (fiction): Penumbra #1 [Hippocampus Press]

Rosaire, Master of Wolves (tribute fiction): A Walk in a Darker Wood [Oxygen Man Books]


H.P.L. R.I.P. (poetry): Spectral Realms #14 [Hippocampus Press]

Greetings from Krampus (poetry): Spectral Realms #14 [Hippocampus Press]

Errant Jenny (fiction): Knock Knock: Wyrd Folk and Wive’s Tales [Frisson Comics]

Manurog (poetry): Spectral Realms #15 [Hippocampus Press]

Witch’s Tit (poetry): Spectral Realms #15 [Hippocampus Press]

Black Hymeneal (poetry): Spectral Realms #15 [Hippocampus Press]

Hell-flower (poetry/reprint): Speculations III [Mind’s Eye Publications]

Dream of a Dead Poet (tribute fiction): Penumbra #02 [Hippocampus Press]

Nativity in Black (prose): Knock Knock: Deth Rock [Frisson Comics]


Altagracia’s Lament (poetry): Spectral Realms #16 [Hippocampus Press]

Hand of Glory (poetry): Spectral Realms #16 [Hippocampus Press]

Zwartenberg the Necromancer (prose): Spectral Realms #16 [Hippocampus Press]

Gargoyle (reprint): Gargoylicon [Mind’s Eye Publications]

Flower of Evil (poetry): Spectral Realms #17 [Hippocampus Press]

Blackburn’s Bloom (prose): Spectral Realms #17 [Hippocampus Press]


Book of Shadows: Grim Tales and Gothic Fancies (prose & poetry) [2021, Jackanapes Press]

LatinX Heritage in Horror

Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2022 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I was recently interviewed by the Horror Writer’s Association for their LatinX Heritage in Horror promotion. Here is the link for that interview:

Update 08/23/2022: manuscripts and blurbs

Posted in Chapbooks, Dan Sauer, Jackanapes Press, Magic Lantern, Scott J. Couturier, The Burning Ember Mission of Helldorado, Weird Poetry with tags , , , , , , , on August 23, 2022 by Manuel Paul Arenas

It has been a while since my last post, so I figured I would check in. I haven’t written anything new in a while, but I have been working on writing projects. For starters, I have completed and submitted the manuscripts for both my sophomore collection, Magic Lantern, and my chapbook, the Burning Ember Mission of Helldorado. The former probably won’t see publication till next year sometime, but I am hopeful the chapbook might be completed by the end of the year. I am very excited about both but must keep mum about details until the parties involved are prepared to make official announcements.

I also just submitted a blurb for the poetry collection, I Awaken in October, by Scott J. Couturier, which should be available very soon for pre-order from Jackanapes Press. I cannot wait for this book to come out! Mr. Couturier informs me that the artwork by Dan Sauer is truly exceptional on this one.

“H. P. L.: R. I. P.” selected for inclusion in Lovecraft poetry tribute

Posted in August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith, For the Outsider (anthology), Frank Belknap Long, H.P. Lovecraft, Hippocampus Press, Leigh Blackmore, Maxwell Gold, S.T. Joshi, Samuel Loveman, Scott J. Couturier, Weird Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2022 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I recently received word from S. T. Joshi that he selected my poem H. P. L.: R. I. P. for inclusion in an upcoming anthology from Hippocampus Press entitled For the Outsider: Poems About H. P. Lovecraft, which is slated for publication in 2023. Spanning from as early as 1918 to the present day, this anthology shall contain poems about Lovecraft and his work by various genre writers ranging from Lovecraft associates like Frank Belknap Long, Samuel Loveman, Clark Ashton Smith, August Derleth, & al. to contemporary authors like Leigh Blackmore, Manuel Perez-Campos and your truly. When I announced my acceptance on Facebook, a few of my colleagues inquired about it and were given the okay to contribute from Joshi. As far as I know, it may also include poems from Maxwell Ian Gold and my dear friend Scott J. Couturier. I will keep you all updated as things develop.

Spectral Realms #17 now available!

Posted in Dan Sauer, Hippocampus Press, Hybrid Sequence Media, Scott J. Couturier, Spectral Realms, Updates, Weird Poetry with tags , , , , , , , on July 14, 2022 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I just got word that Spectral Reams #17 is now available for purchase at Hippocampus Press. This issue features a revised version of the old Dark Young lyric, “Flower of Evil”, as well as the prose tale, “Blackburn’s Bloom”. Here is the official blurb and cover art from Hippocampus Press:

“This issue of Spectral Realms is dedicated to the late Richard L. Tierney (1936–2022), one of the pioneering weird poets of our time. Included is an unpublished poem by Tierney and poetic tributes to him by Leigh Blackmore and Charles Lovecraft.

As always, the issue contains scintillating work by some of the leading weird versifiers of the present day, including Wade German, Frank Coffman, Ian Futter, and Scott J. Couturier. John Shirley, Darrell Schweitzer, Don Webb, and Geoffrey Reiter demonstrate that they are masters of terror in poetry as well as in prose fiction. Lori I. Lopez explores the strangeness of cats in “La Gata,” while LindaAnn LoSchiavo tells of the grim fate of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s wife. David Barker and Ngo Binh Anh Khoa write evocative poetry in the Lovecraftian mode, and Josh Maybrook contributes an acrostic sonnet on Poe. Adam Bolivar continues his work in Anglo-Saxon meter, while Carl E. Reed sends in a “ghoulish tale” in verse. Prose poems by Maxwell I. Gold and Manuel Arenas* also enliven the issue.

Among the classic reprints is a poem, “Vampire,” by Bertrande Harry Snell, from a 1929 issue of Weird Tales, as well as a poem by veteran fantasy poet Lilith Lorraine. Marcos Legaria contributes an essay on R. H. Barlow’s early poetry.”

*bold print emphasis by yours truly.

Cover art for Spectral Realms #17 by Dan Sauer.

Of course, there are also poems and prose and reviews by many other talented writers, many much more accomplished than myself. For instance, I am personally familiar with the poem Nachzehrer, by Scott J. Couturier, and it is a marvel of charnel versification. And that’s just one of the many talented poets featured in this issue.

By the way, Mr. Couturier has just put out his first collection of weird stories, The Box, which is now available from Hybrid Sequence Media. It can also be found on Amazon. I wrote the introduction for it and can attest that it is an excellent collection that is bound to rattle some cages.

And last, but not least, poet Adam Bolivar has just released a new collection of his weird ballads through Hippocampus Press entitled Ballads for the Witching Hour.

Cover art by Dan Sauer for “Ballads for the witching Hour, by Adam Bolivar (2022, Hippocampus Press).

Update 06/29/2022: Night Time Logic

Posted in Blood Mountain, Book of Shadows, Brenda Tolian, Clark Ashton Smith, Daniel Braum, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Hybrid Sequence Media, Magic Lantern, Night Time Logic, Scott J. Couturier, The Box (2022), Updates, Zwartenberg the Necromancer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2022 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I apologize for the long silence, but I do have some things to share with you. Last Thursday, I participated in an online program entitled Night Time Logic, which is hosted by Daniel Braum. The episode I participated in consisted of a brief interview bookended by two readings from my Book of Shadows. I chose to read “Morbidezza” first, then wrapped things up with “Gothilocks”. I had a lot of fun, although I did trip up a couple times during the reading and I also had a couple of embarrassing gaffes during the interview portion. The two major instances being when I drew a blank at what should have been a very simple answer to an obvious question. I also, misspoke when talking about Clark Ashton Smith. I said he was a better poet than Poe ever was. That is debatable, but what I meant to say was he was a better poet than Lovecraft ever was.

The other guest was author Brenda Tolian, who was promoting her book Blood Mountain. The interview is still up on YouTube and can be accessed here:

YouTube link for the Night Time Logic episode featuring Brenda Tolian and yours truly.

Also noteworthy, I am almost ready to submit the manuscript for my sophomore collection, Magic Lantern for consideration. I am waiting on an introduction from fellow Weird author Scott J. Couturier, then I shall submit it. Speaking of Mr. Couturier, he has just released his first collection of eldritch tales entitled The Box, which I wrote an introduction for. It can be obtained through Amazon or from the publisher, Hybrid Sequence Media.

The Box

I also am working on putting together a chapbook of my Southwestern Gothic Tale, “The Burning Ember Mission of Helldorado”, which shall include the prose poem “Zwartenberg the Necromancer”, which is part of an unfinished (at the time of writing) sequel. I have engaged a friend to give a shot at the illustrations but I do not wish to jinx it by giving any details, as I have already had to switch gears with this project.

Update 04/06/2022: Release date and cover art for Gargoylicon

Posted in Frank Coffman, Gargoyle, Gargoylicon, Mind's Eye Publications with tags , , , on April 6, 2022 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I noticed on Facebook today that Mind’s Eye Publications have released the cover art for the Gargoylicon, which apparently is due to be available on April 30th. My prose poem “Gargoyle” makes an appearance in here as well as poetry and artwork by many of my colleagues.

Update 05/03/2022: it is now orderable on and soon it shall be available on Amazon and Barnes &

Rebecca Buchanan’s “Asphalt Gods”

Posted in Asphalt Gods, book review, Jackanapes Press, Rebecca Buchanan with tags , , , on April 5, 2022 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Just finished reading Rebecca Buchanan‘s short story collection, Asphalt Gods, and am sad to leave the myriad realms of her expertly crafted tales. Each one has it’s own distinct flavor: there are stories of ancient gods, mythical creatures, and magical things unfolding in the ancient past, contemporary times, and even the far future. These are Fairy Tales, Horror stories and Science Fiction, all told in a smart but accessible style. There is a slant toward paganism and progressive social ideas but it’s not heavy handed and shouldn’t bother a reasonable reader, even if they don’t share her views on the subject. In fine, it is a highly entertaining read and I recommend it without reservation and I cannot wait to read her upcoming collection from Jackanapes Press, Not a Princess, but (Yes) there was a Pea & Other Fairy Tales to Foment Revolution. Oh, and I do think the title story would make a great TV series 😉

Asphalt Gods by Rebecca Buchanan (2021, Asphodel Press)

Prose Poem accepted for Spectral Realms #17

Posted in S.T. Joshi, Spectral Realms, Updates with tags , , on April 4, 2022 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I received word this morning from S. T. Joshi that he has accepted my prose poem “Blackburn’s Bloom”, which he deemed a “powerful piece of work”, for Spectral Realms #17. There it will join my poem “Flower of Evil”.

Update 3/25/2022: Sand Canyon Review defunct

Posted in In My Time of Dying, Sand Canyon Review, Updates with tags , , on March 25, 2022 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I just received word that the Sand Canyon Review is defunct and my essay In My Time of Dying will not see publication in their pages. I had a suspicion something was up with it as no issue ever appeared and I couldn’t find any online information about it. That just frees it up to be submitted elsewhere.

Update 03/24/2022: Magic Lantern

Posted in Book of Shadows, Dan Sauer, Jackanapes Press, Magic Lantern, Scott J. Couturier, Updates with tags , , , , , on March 24, 2022 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I have begun assembling a manuscript for my proximate collection of poetry & prose which I plan to call Magic Lantern. I am modeling it after my Book of Shadows, and have most of the parts in place. I have requested another introduction from my dear friend Scott J. Couturier, and he has agreed to comply. I don’t have a publisher yet, although I would love to have it come out under the Jackanapes Press banner. That said, I don’t know if the lone man behind the company, graphic designer/illustrator Dan Sauer, will have room for it on his schedule in 2022. Still, I shall give him first dibs as he was such a pleasure to work with on Book of Shadows and continues to be accommodative and supportive.

I have come up with a plan for a Halloween event to promote it, or at least drum up support for its publication. For the show I was thinking of creating a macabre slide show to be projected on a screen behind me as I read the pieces, harking back to the magic lantern phantasmagoria shows of yore. I may use images from the Book of Shadows for anything I might read from it and perhaps some found images for the rest. I am also considering talking to an artist friend about creating original images for the show and possibly the book, if Mr. Sauer is unavailable.

Robert’s phantasmagoria at the Cour des Capucines in 1797 (image from Wikipedia).