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]

A little help from my friends

Posted in Dick Kelly, Frank Coffman, Krampus, Updates, Weird Poetry with tags , , , , on November 30, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I recently asked fellow poet Frank Coffman whether he knew of any editors that specialized in weird poetry and who wouldn’t charge an arm and a leg to take a look at some of my poems. Mr. Coffman graciously agreed to do it himself for free, so I sent him four of my most promising pieces in the hopes that they were salvageable: Moribond, Hell-Flower, Krampus, and Dimas Akelarre. He responded the very next day and returned my poems with some very helpful insights and comments. His estimation of my work was surprisingly favorable, considering some of the flack I have gotten for these poems from editors in the past, and his kind words have renewed my faith in my talents.

His overall assessment was that my instincts were good and my vocabulary, particularly in the genre, was good. The one poem that needed the most work was Moribond, but the rest, in his estimation anyway, required only minor adjustments. Surprisingly, the poem which required the least reworking and from which he seemed to derive the most amusement was my Krampus poem; which is good, because I have some printed chapbooks of an illustrated edition ready for sale. I may still tweak the poem down the line for publication in one of the weird poetry journals, but as it stands it seems to work fine.

For anyone interested, my Krampus chapbook is available for $5 plus shipping & handling. The cost of which I shall work out in the next couple of days.

Here are some samples pages featuring the amazing artwork of my friend Dick Kelly:

Krampus excerpt 1 (art by Dick Kelly.)

Krampus excerpt 2

Krampus excerpt 3

New story accepted for King in Yellow Tribute Anthology

Posted in Duane Pesice, Nightmares in Yellow, Oxygen Man Books, Robert W. Chambers, The King in Yellow (1895), Yellow Tale with tags , , , , , on November 6, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

It seems my latest story, Yellow Tale has been accepted for inclusion in the upcoming anthology by Duane Pesice for Oxygen Man Books, Nightmares in Yellow. It is a collection of tribute fiction in the style of The King in Yellow, by Robert W. Chambers. Mr. Pesice said he liked it and that it was “worth the wait.”

Update 10/28/2019: The Averoigne Legacy now available!

Posted in Averoigne, Clark Ashton Smith, Edward Stasheff, Pickman's Press, The Averoigne Legacy, The Fell Fête, tribute fiction with tags , , , , , , on October 29, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

It dawned on me that The Averoigne Legacy should be available soon, so I looked it up on Amazon, and lo and behold, I found it! Well, the e-book at least. I’m not sure whether it will be a physical book or not, though it may end up being a print on demand item. Any way, there are blurbs on the Pickman’s Press site for the individual stories and here is the one for my tale, The Fell Fête:

“A Spanish student visiting Averoigne is convinced by an enchanting local girl to attend her village’s traditional ceremony—to Iog-Sotôt.”

The Averoigne Legacy: Edward Stasheff, ed. (Pickman’s Press 2019)

Update 11/1/2019:

Got a message from editor Edward Stasheff asking me to proof read the e-book version of my story. He says also the paperback version will be available in November.

Update 10/26/2019: Revised poem to appear in Spectral Realms #13

Posted in Kiss of Life, My Bantam Black Fay, S.T. Joshi, Spectral Realms, Updates with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Well, I just got a confirmation email from S.T. Joshi that the revised version of My Bantam Black Fay shall be published in the subsequent issue of Spectral Realms. Issue #12 is next and that shall contain my prose poems Kiss of Life and Satanic Sonata. The poem shall appear in the following issue, #13, which I think is appropriate considering the content.

Update 10/21/2019: My Bantam Black Fay, revised

Posted in My Bantam Black Fay, S.T. Joshi, Spectral Realms, Speculations: Poetry from the Weird Poets Society with tags , , , on October 21, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

After my disappointment with the way My Bantam Black Fay faired in Speculations, I have decided to give it another go, but this time with Spectral Realms. This gave me the chance to deal with a line that never really sat well with me. I believe the new wording flows better, but it remains to be seen what S.T. Joshi thinks of it. I sent it to him a couple of days ago, so hopefully I’ll have an answer from him by next weekend, if he gets a chance to look at it. He’s pretty good at getting back to one in a reasonable timeframe, but this time of year is a busy one in the world of Speculative fiction, so he may have other obligations. I’ll keep you all posted as things develop.

Update 10/18/2019: Performance Poetry, chapbooks and formatting issues

Posted in David M. Hoenig (artist), Duane Pesice, Frank Coffman, Ghost Stories, Lucy Alvarado (illustrator), M.R. James, Mind's Eye Publications, Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark, Mutartis Boswell, My Bantam Black Fay, Performance Poetry, Planet X Publications, S.T. Joshi, Scott J. Couturier, Spectral Realms, Speculations: Poetry from the Weird Poets Society, Speculative Poetry, The Phantasmagorical Promenade, Twin Temple with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

It has been a while since my last update and so much has happened, and yet nothing has happened. For starters, I finally got my contributor copies of both Speculations and The Phantasmagorical Promenade.

Requisite author pic with my contributor copy of The Phantasmagorical Promenade.

The latter is a sweet collection of ghostly poems and stories edited by Duane Pesice for Planet X Publications. The sublime front cover and interior art is by Mutartis Boswell, the back cover is by Lucy Alvarado. I immediately read the pieces by my friends and acquaintances, which were great, then I moved on to the other offerings. Everything I read was entertaining and I even enjoyed the few bits I have read so far from the authors and poets who were unknown to me. Granted, nothing here is going to give M.R. James a run for his money, but it was all interesting if not straight up spooky fun. I was pleased to find that my personal anecdote, Night Hag, was accompanied by one of Mr. Boswell’s striking skull face illustrations.

Me and my contributor copy Speculations 2018.

Speculations, edited by Frank Coffman for Mind’s Eye Publications, is a slimmer book than The Phantasmagorical Promenade, although it has about as many contributors, most likely the difference in size owing to the difference in content, the former featuring short stories which take up more pages. The cover art as well as the interior artwork are by David M. Hoenig. This collection features work by some of the members of the Weird Poets Society, of which I am a member. I read poems by Frank Coffman and Scott J. Couturier, both of which I enjoyed. Mr. Couturier had shared his poem The Lich-Queen with me some time ago, and it was a pleasure to reacquaint myself with it.

The few other poems I read didn’t move me much and overall the calibre of the remaining work did not seem to be on par with what I am used to in Spectral Realms. I was also upset that despite having gone over it online with the person in charge of the visual aspect of the book, whose name escapes me, my poem My Bantam Black Fay, which opens the book, has formatting issues that messed up the line breaks of about half of the poem. I have since decided to clean it up and submit it to S.T. Joshi at Spectral Realms to see if I can get it printed properly.

In other news, Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark is just about ready for the printers. I am only waiting for Denisse to set up the Table of Contents and complete the cover art. It may take some time to scrape up the money for the printer, but hopefully it will be finished before the end of 2019. I also have been thinking a lot about  the recital I was hoping to do for promoting the book. I really want it to be a performance. I have been thinking a lot about this lately and after seeing some live videos of the band Twin Temple doing their Satanic rock & roll show, I really have been chomping at the bit to go out there and give the poetry crowd a dark spectacle like they’ve never seen before. I wouldn’t do anything as overtly Satanic as Twin Temple, but I think our prop table would look very similar. By the way, if you haven’t heard or seen them, I suggest going online and checking out some of their live clips, they are what my friend Sali Z would call amaze-balls.

Twin Temple “Satan’s A Woman” 45 rpm

Update 09/24/2019: Duplicate ISFDB listings & The Averoigne Legacy

Posted in Edward Stasheff, Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB), The Averoigne Legacy with tags , , on September 25, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Found out today that I have two separate listings on the International Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). One with my pen name, and the other with my full name. I need to join up so I can merge these two listings.

Also, Ed Stasheff posted a tentative line-up for The Averoigne Legacy, which I shall post here once it is finalized. Looks like it is slated for an October release.