Archive for April, 2019

Update 04/23/2019: Averoigne Legacy

Posted in Averoigne, Clark Ashton Smith, Edward Stasheff, Morbidezza, Pickman's Press, Rosaire, The Fell Fête with tags , , , on April 23, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I have signed and mailed out a contract to editor Edward Stasheff allowing my story The Fell Fête to be included in the anthology Averoigne Legacy by Pickman’s Press. I am very excited and am anxious to see what it will end up looking like. I had sent out the story a few years ago to an editor out of the UK, for another Clark Ashton Smith tribute, but they never got back to me about it so I assume either the book fell through or they were not interested. The version I am sending to Pickman’s Press, however, is slightly altered from that draft anyway. Honestly, I had tried showing it to other people and no one seemed interested. I even asked my good friend Galad to look at it and let me know his thoughts on it; he was kind in his assessment, but seemed unimpressed, so I dismissed it as a failure and never bothered to take it down with the rest of my poems and tales I had hopes of getting published. Presumably, that is how Pickman’s Press found it; O Fortuna…  I will of course keep you all posted on any updates.

I have also seen some of Savannah’s preliminary sketches for Morbidezza and Rosaire and so far so good!

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Update 04/17/2019: Satanic Sonata to be in Spectral Realms #12

Posted in Gothic Prose, S.T. Joshi, Satanic Sonata, Spectral Realms with tags , , , on April 18, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I got my response from S.T. Joshi today and he has accepted Satanic Sonata for Spectral Realms #12! Now I can rest easy until issue #11 comes out. I always like to stay one issue ahead so I remain a steady contributor. I’ve got some other things coming up, but I’ll wait till I have more information before I mention them here.

Update 04/11/2019: The Grimoire of the Dark Young, Satanic Sonata, The Fell Fete, etc.

Posted in Averoigne, Black Hymeneal, Clark Ashton Smith, Corporate Cthulhu: Lovecraftian Tales of Bureaucratic Nightmare, Denisse Montoya, Edward Stasheff, Eyvind Kang, HWA (Horror Writer's Association), Mac Randall, Old Burying Ground, Pickman's Press, Prose Poetry, S.T. Joshi, Satanic Sonata, Spectral Realms, The Dark Young, The Fell Fête, The Grimoire of the Dark Young with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Well, I have had lots of stuff going on lately that I haven’t gotten around to mentioning till now. For starters, I asked my old Dark Young brother Mac Randall to write up a little something for the Grimoire of the Dark Young collection and he wrote a lovely tribute. I cannot wait to include it in the chapbook. Now I have to work on putting it together. By the way, in case any of you still care, I am closer to putting out my Black Hymeneal collection. I’m just waiting on my friend Denisse to make a few minor adjustments to accommodate a new afterword I just gave her, then she has to do the cover art, then we should be good to go.

Next up, I have recently completed a rewrite of my old prose poem Satanic Sonata which I wrote back in the 90s when I lived in Seattle, WA. Inspired by the avant-garde violin piece Universal by Eyvind Kang, I wrote it in 3 “movements”; the first, a prelude incorporating a real life scene I’d witnessed of preschool children running amuck in an Old Burying Ground in Cambridge, MA; the second and third parts describing a fantastic scene featuring devils and doomed souls. I am rather fond of the original, but it just wasn’t up to par with publishing standards, so I rewrote it. I think it is a lot more refined now. I shall be sending it soon to Mr. Joshi over at Spectral Realms for consideration.

Last, but certainly not least, I got a couple of messages this week from editor Edward Stasheff of Pickman’s Press. Apparently, they are putting together a collection of stories set in the imaginary province of Averoigne, for a Clark Ashton Smith tribute. Somehow, they came upon my story The Fell Fete, and they want to include it in the anthology. I asked around on Facebook and I did some research on line and they appear to be legit and I even got an endorsement in regards to their professionalism from one of the authors on their roster. I have agreed, tentatively, to allow them to use it, but I need to review the contract they sent me before I sign over any rights to anything. Their collection Corporate Cthulhu: Lovecraftian Tales of Bureaucratic Nightmare has decent reviews on Amazon.

I am excited, because their payment offer would be the most I have gotten thus far for one of my pieces and it would qualify me for affiliate status in the HWA (Horror Writer’s Association). I am currently only an honorary member.

Cece Harpy

Posted in 5th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Birthday Party, Cece Harpy, Gina Denham-Gill, Phoenix New Times with tags , , on April 5, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Back in 2015 I won a statuette of a baby-faced harpy in a trivia contest during the 5th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Birthday Party. Our picture was taken for the Phoenix New Times, then I took her home and placed her on a night table where she has gathered dust for the last few years. I recently decided that both she and my raven statuette, which I have named Quietus, should have a place in my cubicle at work. So I dusted them both off and brought them in.

During a chat with my co-workers I mentioned that I had a pet harpy at my cubicle and that if anyone cared to visit they would be welcome. I even shared the New Times pic so they could see her. Most ignored it but I did get some interesting responses. One co-worker asked if she was created by the artist Gina Denham-Gill. I confessed that I had no idea of her origin since I had won her in a contest. My co-worker shared Ms. Denham-Gill’s etsy page (https://www.etsy.com/search?q=littlemsshriek), and I must say that I see a resemblance in her work.

I was also asked by a few if she had a name. I said that I had not named her as of yet, but was open to suggestions. My co-worker, Savannah came up with Cece, and I thought Cece Harpy had a nice ring to it. Savannah then asked for a photo of her for reference so that she might do a portrait of her. I did one better and brought Cece to her desk. The resultant drawing was much more than I had hoped for!

Cece Harpy by Savannah.

I was so impressed, that I had asked Savannah to take a shot at illustrating my latest chapbook, Phantasmagorie, which shall contain some of my most recent prose poems. She said that she was very interested and so I gave her some print outs of Morbidezza, Rosaire, and Vampire Vigil for starters. I don’t want to say much more so as not to jinx it, but needless to say, I am thrilled and cannot wait to see what she comes up with!