Archive for August, 2019

Update 08/23/2019: Work begun on Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark

Posted in Chapbooks, Denisse Montoya, Gothic Fairy Tales, Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark on August 23, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Last night I met up with my good friend Denisse M. and worked on the layout for my proposed chapbook, Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark. It was really impressive to see her work. I know diddly about computers and she deftly maneuvered her way between different features and came up with a handsome looking layout for my stories and verse. We selected an interesting font which will most likely grace the cover. I have tried many times in the past to have artists do illustrations for me and have been unsuccessful. They always start out pumped then lose interest or get distracted before the project is done. I have no patience for it anymore. I would love to see my work illustrated some day, but for now I am content to just get it out into the world.

The table of contents is as follows:

I. The Sanguinary Saga of Morbidezza Vespertilio, Vampiress: A) Morbidezza (B) Vampire Vigil (C) Kiss of Life

II. A Witch & a Werewolf: A) The Baleful Beldam (B) Rosaire, Master of Wolves

III. Afterword: Tales from a Brother, Grim

Update 08/12/2019: A Little Help from a Friend

Posted in Baron Dixon, Errant Jenny, H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, Hell-Flower, Morbidezza, Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark, Scott J. Couturier, Spectral Realms with tags , , , , , , , on August 12, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

I recently wrapped up my little story about the fell water spirit, Errant Jenny, but wasn’t sure if it was up to snuff so I sent it to my colleague Scott J. Couturier to peruse and see what he had to say about it. He was very positive in his assessment of it and gave me some pointers on grammatical stuff and sentence structure. I have since made changes to the text but have yet to implement the changes suggested by Mr. Couturier.

I revised my old poem Hell-Flower and submitted it  to Spectral Realms, but Mr. Joshi passed on it, although he encouraged me to submit more work whenever I felt like it. I posted the poem on my Facebook page and asked my poetry friends to comment. Only Mr. Couturier had anything to say. He said that he thought it was a great poem and couldn’t understand why it was rejected. He said I have a unique voice and should not let this setback hinder my work. This rejection aside, I still have two prose poems slated for issue #12; Satanic Sonata and Kiss of Life.

I have been considering making a video of a poetry recital. I had planned to go to the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland this October to meet my poetry colleagues and possibly attend the reading with the poets from the Hippocampus Press roster, after their poetry panel. Unfortunately, my present financial situation will not allow for any such expense, so it looks like I’ll have to wait for the next time around. I was very disappointed at this realization since I not only wanted to meet my fellow weird poets in person, but I also wanted to participate in the reading and recite my work to an audience, because my poetry seems to be more impactful when read aloud. Then I thought, well, if I cannot go to the festival, then why don’t I record my recital here and share it online so everyone can see it, not just the few festival attendees?

My friend Baron Dixon offered to film me, but he has a project to complete first so it may not be for a while. I am considering booking a recital anyway for Halloween and putting together my chapbook, Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark, to sell at the show. I may commission cover art from an artist, who is a friend of mine from social media. More on all that as events unfold.

Update 08/09/2019: Errant Jenny and Morbidezza

Posted in Diablerie, Errant Jenny, Gothic Fairy Tales, Kiss of Life, Morbidezza, Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark, Phantasmagory, Rosaire, The Audient Void, The Baleful Beldam, Vampire Vigil with tags , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Well, I have completed my tale of the fell fairy, which I intend to call Errant Jenny. I added a minor plot twist yesterday that seems very satisfying and I think adds an extra dimension of doom to the tale. I still have to go back and proof read it for grammar and technical stuff, but the tale is completed. Once it is done I may submit it to The Audient Void and see if Mr. Baird likes it. If not, I may put it in my Phantasmagory chapbook.

Speaking of that, I have decided to completely revamp the contents of it, essentially taking out everything I had intended for it initially and starting a new collection of dark fairy tales called Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark. It will feature the following tales:

I. The Sanguinary Saga of Morbidezza Vespertilio, Vampiress


2. Vampire Vigil

3. Kiss of Life

II. A Witch and a Werewolf

4.The Baleful Beldam

5. Rosaire, Master of Wolves

I still intend to do a chapbook called Phantasmagory, for which I have already selected a couple of titles, but the tales I pulled for Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark felt more like dark fairy tales to me and belonged in a different type of collection.

I also have planned a third compilation of devilish tales and poems tentatively titled Diablerie. More on that as things develop.


Update 08/07/2019: Fell fairies and the antichrist.

Posted in Nativity in Black, Obadiah Baird, Scott J. Couturier, The Audient Void, The Burning Ember Mission of Helldorado with tags , , , , on August 7, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Well, I have heard back from both Scott Couturier and Obadiah Baird. Mr. Couturier had some constructive things to say about my fell fairy story, which he found “chilling”, and gave me some helpful ideas for cleaning up the text, which I shall definitely take into consideration when inserting my own recent plot changes. He also graciously offered to take a look at other items in the future should I need a second opinion.

Mr. Baird said he enjoyed Nativity in Black, but ultimately passed on it to allow for something a little more suited for his purpose (my wording). He did, however, say that he thought me a talented writer and encouraged future submissions of my work to The Audient Void. Perhaps I shall send him my fairy story once I beat it into shape.

In other news, this morning over breakfast I came up with a plot line for a minor spin off tale from my Burning Ember Mission of Helldorado. More on that as it develops. I have a half finished sequel which would fall in between these two tales, but it is proving to be of a bit more complexity and length than I had anticipated, so it is in limbo at present. I have been considering putting out The Burning Ember Mission… as a chapbook, just to get it out into the world. At 16 pages, it’s long enough, I think. More on that as well when I have details.

Update 08/02/2019: The Phantasmagorical Promenade available on Amazon!

Posted in Duane Pesice, Mutartis Boswell, Night Hag, Planet X Publications, The Phantasmagorical Promenade with tags , , , , on August 2, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Last night I found out that The Phantasmagorical Promenade, edited by Duane Pesice, which contains my prose vignette Night Hag, is available for order on Amazon, both in paperback and kindle editions. I couldn’t get a good image of it, but here is a rather small jpeg of the gorgeous cover art by Mutartis Boswell…

Cover art for The Phantasmagorical Promenade by Mutartis Boswell.

I’ll do a review of the contents once I receive my contributor copy.

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