Spectral Realms #9 Available for Order!

Posted in Dan Sauer, Spectral Realms, Thalía, Thalia with tags , , on November 17, 2018 by Manuel Paul Arenas

It seems that after an unavoidable delay, Spectral Realms #9, featuring my publication debut with the poem Thalía, shall finally be available for order from Hippocampus Press! Just go to http://www.hippocampuspress.com, click Journals > Spectral Realms > #9 and order yours today!

Front cover of Spectral Realms #9 (artwork by Dan Sauer).


New cover art for Spectral Realms #9

Posted in Dan Sauer, Spectral Realms, Thalía, The Audient Void with tags , , , on November 14, 2018 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I was checking up on Spectral Realms #9 to see what the latest info was on it’s availability, as it seemed to be in limbo for a while. Apparently, it has new cover art by none other than Dan Sauer, of The Audient Void, one of my favorite current genre artists! The new cover (featured below) is a much more appropriate integument for my vampire poem, Thalía, than the provisionary cover they had before. At present it seems to be sold out, but hopefully Hippocampus pulled contributor copies as neither I nor any of my fellow contributors have received one yet.

In retrospect, this would have been perfect artwork for the next issue, which shall feature both my Gargoyle poem and Morbidezza. Especially since the back cover features giant bats (also mentioned in Thalía by the way) and a tower house, both of which feature in Morbidezza.

Cover art for Spectral Realms #9 (cover by Daniel V. Sauer)

Update 11/12/2018

Posted in Black Hymeneal, Manny's Book of Shadows, The Grimoire of the Dark Young, The Manuel Arenas Poetic Omnibus, Updates with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2018 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I am beginning to rethink my poetry collection…again! I think I may call it The Manuel Arenas Poetic Omnibus and just have a section with my poems not included in the other two booklets, which I shall call MiscellManny. Currently I am dealing with renovations in my apartment, so I have been a bit remiss in keeping up on that. Once the holidays pass I will get on it and try to have something publishable ready by the end of January. It will be limited edition though as I do not want to have any conflict of interest with the various publications which have been gracious enough to accept some of the poems featured therein.

On second thought, an omnibus collection would imply the chapbooks had been printed previously. Maybe it should be Manny’s Book of Shadows! Like my blog. We’ll see…

Thérèse Lavery Artist Shop

Posted in Thérèse Lavery with tags on November 5, 2018 by Manuel Paul Arenas

My friend, artist Thérèse Lavery, has a site where she sells some of her designs for t-shirts, throw pillows, and sundry accessories. She is very talented and her whimsical designs include taco cats, and people-spice drinking pumpkins (my personal favorite). Check her out at…


Fall Sale!


Update: 11/03/2018 Greetings from Krampus

Posted in Alwun House, Baron Dixon, Dick Kelly, Krampus, Rand Lyons, Updates with tags , , , , , on November 3, 2018 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Got an update from Mr. Kelly on his progress with our Krampus chapbook:

“Cut all pages for etching press art to be inserted into Krampus book today. 500 pieces by hand…quicker than using Cricut cutter. Enough for 50 copies of chapbook. Burning two plates for book tomorrow… rolling out images tomorrow. Started at 6 am this morn…finished with cutting at 6 pm. ( three hour nap after lunch ). Working all day tomorrow on press images. Sunday I will rest…after spider takedown*.

“10 piles of 50 count paper. Going for four different images per each time I roll out with press. 200 images . 1/2 of images needed for insert pages. Might take two days I figure…but it’s time to rock and roll.

10 piles of 50 count paper.

“Will send photos of four plates set up on press. Should be interesting to see how many 4 plate runs I can do in a day. If I get 25…I’ll be happy…

* Shelob, the spider at the Alwun House. I actually helped take it down with Mr. Kelly, Mr. Lyons, and Mr. Dixon the Sunday after Hallowe’en.


“My Bantam Black Fay” accepted for Speculations: Poetry from the Weird Poets Society

Posted in My Bantam Black Fay, Speculations: Poetry from the Weird Poets Society, Weird Poetry, Weird Poets Society with tags , , , on November 3, 2018 by Manuel Paul Arenas

It seems my poem, “My Bantam Black Fay” was accepted for inclusion in “SPECULATIONS: POETRY FROM THE WEIRD POETS SOCIETY”. Not sure what the circulation will be like on it, but it’s nice to be acknowledged. I will keep you all informed of any updates.

Update: Rosaire influences

Posted in Cyäegha (publication), Galad Elflandsson, Graeme Phillips (editor), Jean Grenier (lycanthrope), Montague Summers, Randy Broecker, robert w chambers, Rosaire, The Black Wolf, The Werewolf in Lore and Legend (1933) with tags , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2018 by Manuel Paul Arenas

While brainstorming for my prose-poem, Rosaire I envisioned an epic denouement which I thought was entirely of my own invention. It wasn’t until I began to picture it in my mind’s eye when I realized there was a whiff of familiarity in it. Although my idea isn’t identical to it, I believe the inspiration for my epic ending may be partially inspired by the 3rd act in the Dark Fantasy novel “The Black Wolf” by Galad Elflandsson, which I have reviewed on here before. Mr. Elflandsson stumbled upon my review and agreed with my assessment of his novel and we ended up becoming pen-pals. When I told him about my recent epiphany he was amicably dismissive and said, in reference to my post which included a shot of the cover art from his novel, “you poor thing…nevertheless…you’re more than welcome to whatever comes to you from the above…”.

Trade paperback copy of The Black Wolf by Galad Elflandsson. [1980, Centaur Books]. Cover art by Randy Broecker.

I also have some as yet unpublished stories he sent me in the Robert W. Chambers “King in Yellow” vein. I have not read them yet, but shall be doing so once the dust has settled from the holidays, as I would like to review them here. I believe he is currently in negotiations with editor Graeme Phillips to get them published by a British publisher, that specializes in Mythos fiction, called Cyäegha. If and when they do come out in print I will definitely review them here.

Cyäegha, Summer 2016

I also based some of the werewolf attribute details in Rosaire on historical accounts from Montague Summers’ 1933 treatise on lycanthropy, The Werewolf in Lore and Legend. In particular I was thinking of the 17th century teenage lycanthrope Jean Grenier. I am almost done with the story, but not quite. I felt I needed to add something to it before it is ready, and I want to give it some serious thought before I write anything else. Of course, I’ll keep you all posted on any developments.

The Werewolf in Lore and Legend by Montague Summers [2003, Dover Publications]