Archive for September, 2019

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.

Update 09/19/2019: Final Revisions for The Fell Fete

Posted in Averoigne, Clark Ashton Smith, Edward Stasheff, Grace Stillman, The Averoigne Archives, The Averoigne Legacy, The Fell Fête, Updates, Weird Tales with tags , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Just sent out the final draft for The Fell Fete. Hope I didn’t miss anything. Mr. Stasheff incorporated my initial revisions and just wanted me to do a quick read-through to ensure that everything looked good. Good thing he did, because there were a few very minor revisions that didn’t take from my last proof-read. I was making corrections on my blog in between calls, so I may not have saved some before I logged out.

I will keep you all apprised of any updates.

The Averoigne Archives (2019, Pickman’s Press).

PS: For anyone who is not familiar with Clark Ashton Smith‘s Averoigne story cycle, Pickman’s Press has published a companion book entitled The Averoigne Archives, containing all of the pertinent tales, which can be found on Amazon. The Spanish language version, Cuentos de Averoigne, even includes bonus translations of the poems The Woods of Averoigne (1934) by one-time Weird Tales contributor Grace Stillman, and To Clark Ashton Smith (1938) by Smith’s long-time pen-pal, H.P. Lovecraft.

Update 09/23/2019

Got my fee for the story, and it has been officially accepted. Now all there is to do is wait for updates on when the book will be available.

Update 09/16/2019: Nepenthe et. al.

Posted in Denisse Montoya, Edward Stasheff, Fairy Tales, Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark, Pickman's Press, The Averoigne Legacy, Updates with tags , , , , , , on September 16, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Well, so far there is no news on The Averoigne Legacy. I assume Mr. Stasheff is busy making last minute edits on the various submissions, as he was shooting a publication date around the end of September. This weekend I did read the rough draft for Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark and jotted down some notes for revisions and typo clean up, which I plan to do this coming Thursday when I meet up again with my friend Denisse.

In other news, I had some time to burn this morning, so I went through one of the many boxes cluttering my living room floor and found the manuscript for an unfinished fairy tale I wrote back in the early 2000s. It is part of the Gothilocks universe and has a guest appearance by Amos from Felo-de-se. It is called Nepenthe: Healer of Sorrows, and I hope to get back to it again soon. I read it this morning, in it’s entirety (at least was is written so far, some 10-15 un-numbered pages) and was quite pleased with what I saw. More on that as things develop.

IFP Phoenix Breakout Challenge 2019

Posted in Baron Dixon, Dick Kelly, IFP Phoenix Breakout Challenge, Rand Lyons, Tyrannovision with tags , , , , on September 9, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Aside from being a very talented artist, my buddy Baron Dixon is a independent filmmaker. Baron has acted in independent film vignettes by other filmmakers and he has a pet project, Tyrannovision, a Sci-Fi web-series in which he plays multiple characters. For more info on that check out his site at  Anyway, he is currently working on a project for the IFP Phoenix Breakout Challenge. Participants must create a 6 minute film (1 minute of it credits) using certain props, shots and a specific line of dialog and they can only start work within a certain time frame, so it is really on the fly. After a few seemingly major setbacks and hiccups (including a last minute location change) Baron was able to assemble a good crew of actors and contributors and this weekend he filmed the basic scenes for his entry Wasteland, a dystopian, action comedy (think of Mad Max meets The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and you’ll get the idea). Rand Lyons and Dick Kelly helped put together the costumes and props as well as acting multiple parts and I was even given the part of a tribal shaman, which was a blast to play. There isn’t much about the challenge on the IFP Phoenix website (, and we are not allowed to share any photos or details until the movie debuts, but when I have more info and permission to share pics, I will, because Rand took some amazing photos that I am chomping at the bit to post!

Update 09/06/2019: Morbidezza chapbook and revisions for Fell Fete

Posted in Averoigne, Denisse Montoya, Edward Stasheff, Pickman's Press, The Averoigne Legacy, The Fell Fête with tags , , , , , , on September 6, 2019 by Manuel Paul Arenas

Last night I sent out my revisions for The Fell Fete to Mr. Edward Stasheff of Pickman’s Press. Once they are approved and finalized I will receive payment and the story should appear in the Averoigne Legacy due out by the end of the month, if all goes according to plan.

I am also still working with my friend Denisse Montoya on my chapbook Morbidezza & Other Denizens of the Dark, which should be ready just in time for Halloween.