Archive for November, 2019

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.”