Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Phantasmagorium" news

(c) 2011 JD BUSCH

"Phantasmagorium" the quarterly literary journal of horror has a new editor...

 ~ ~~perhaps you were wondering who this entity is… A little bit country and a lot of R’n’R? Sort of… {but don’t forget the Jazz --heap on the ECM!!-- and folk and solo cello suites.} Sane? On Tuesdays, yeah. Other days might be Buk after dropping a few tabs of Gormengast and backin’ a bottle Cisco-fied occultations, or Lamantia studied all them GEMS Datlow has issued for 3 decades and fell truly and madly in love. Maybe add some dark and stormy winter nights the bEast might travel a bit w/ Rechy and Fowles and Beckett and Michaux and and Zivkovic and Vachss and Eco stashed in his pockets fer fun, depends on the phase of the moon [talk ‘bout a harsh mistress]…
     Does he/IT have grisly chants and shadowy dances? Yep, a few. Sings (if you could call it that) in rain too. LOVES noir and hardboiled! Eats POETICS 24/7! !! “Worships! !!” Cisco, Barron, Kiernan, Koja, KEW, Ellison, Weird fiction, “Weird Tales” {Ann VanderMeer is fab! Her other half is purr-D good too}, more poets then you’d care to see listed here, and the writers listed in the last line of the last paragraph…

     They say I’m brutal, but [if you look deep] I’m not all that big on splatter and gore. Loves ghouls! No to zombies in most cases. Sparkly vamps? NO unless, their name is Ziggy and they bang a stardusted-gong w/ Ronson and Marc . . . Is a stone cold King in Yellow purist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So “Phanta”? It will be dark, hopefully tainted by madness, and strange… [DaRK!]-fantasy, yes. Mash-ups, you bet. Unsettling? I sure hope you think so.

     Will you see HPL, steampunk, bizzaro? Might see some here and there . . .
     Laird had the right idea, mix it up, push the envelope where you can, and I will “try” to live up to his vision in my fashion. Am I Laird? No. He wears the shoes of a gifted giant and I cannot fill them… Few, if any, can.

     I will keep you updated w/ our plans. Yer bEast (and my fellow staff members at "PHANTA") hope you enjoy what we have in store for you.

     That said, here's the ToC for our new issue [#3 coming in MAY] ~ ~~

     Cate Gardner “The Sour Aftertaste of Olive Lemon”
     Cody Goodfellow “NATURE’S MOTHER”
     Ann K. Schwader “Blown Out”
     Edward Morris “TO WALK THE NIGHT”
     Michael Cisco “Coptic Light”

     We'll have the new website up VERY soon. In the meantime you can find out what's going on on our new FB page --

     NOTE: [some] other [maybe] falls under the "weird fiction" umbrella things the bEast likes~ ~~ "Weird Fiction Review Online". Ligotti, SGJ, John Langan, Ally BirdJean Ray! Chomu Press! Angela Slatter. The Poe Eddie!!!!!!!!!! GEMMA FILES! !! Cody Goodfellow, Simon Strantzas! Alfred Kubin! KEW! Jeff Thomas, Richard Gavin, Daniel Mills, Machen, Bruno Schulz! !! Bruce Boston! !! a certain Mr. D. F. Lewis! Our dear HOPFROG! !! Jack O’Connell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And causes all manner of bEastly swoonin'~ ~~Catherynne Valente, Kaaron Warren, Genevieve Valentine, Murakami, Calvino...  

Friday, April 20, 2012

New Chomu coming! !!!

I stole the following from Anna Tambour! !!

Warning: CRANDOLIN to be served up by Chômu Press
To be released in time for the feasting season: my novel CRANDOLIN.
"A fairy tale Dostoevsky would have liked … It's like it was written by a demented chef"
David Kowalski

The fit with Chômu Press is so perfect that I have hesitated to say anything here, for fear the feasting season will fall off the end of Time, or the End of the World will come at 2:00 the day before the release. So I hereby invoke the Writer's Prayer:

Please, Fate(s) or Who(m)ever,
Let The End of the World come the day after the release of my Important novel.
Chômu Press doesn't publish me-too fiction that you've read somewhere before wrapped in another title. They do publish the most intriguing and readable stuff. And they care about presentation. The productions are luscious, partly because they get some of the best artists involved as well as the superb designer, Anil D.Nataly. And mostly because they do insane amounts of work themselves.
Sure, I could have gotten CRANDOLIN published somewhere, but I have wanted the best, and the context I can put this press into, to show that I really do admire what they do as well as their guts, is to say that they're the Blaft of the UK. And anyone who's followed my love affair with Blaft knows that they're my favourite publisher in the world.
Quentin S. Crisp as editor is just what I always wanted for CRANDOLIN, and me! He's like a rain of vinegar hitting the mountain of me, a pile of bicarbonate of soda. He's what all great editors are — insidious drugs. I've been tripping for weeks. (And if you haven't read Crisp's own fiction, you're missing something major. He's a writer of classics, given the readership. I've just finished Shrike, and think it should be rereleased as a Popular Penguin, though it's hardly been read by anyone yet.)
Finally, CRANDOLIN is too original for agents to have been any more use than a sautéed umbrella. And I wouldn't have approached Chômu Press though it looks mouthwatering, because I grew too cynical about the whole fiction scene. So thank you, dear Starburst Poet (Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.), for not only picking me up from the muck of my own depression, but for being yet another wonderful editor; and then, after that, for turning out to be a big hairy yenta — a meddling matchmaker!
Of course, there are other brave readers to whom I am also indebted. They donated their blood to CRANDOLIN and their shoulders (at least) to me, without ever charging me for their earplug expenses. I shall reveal them as the novel turns.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Laird Barron interview~ ~~

(c) 2011 J D Busch

As many of you know, Laird is the award-winning author of two stunning collections, Occultations, The Imago Sequence, and the upcoming and riveting novel, The Croning (all from Night Shade Books), all are to my mind, MUST READs! !! He he also one of the nicest guys on the whole damn planet and my respect and admiration for him, both as a writer and a human, is beyond measure. I am delighted and honored to be mentioned (alongside the other GREAT writers) in this interview.

Thanks, Laird!! !

Be sure to read to the end and hold yer breath, another new novel in the works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW! Can't WAIT! !!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Ellen Datlow’s “Honorable Mention” list for Best Horror of the Year is out and DEAD BUT DREAMING 2 (Miskatonic River Press)  has 5 “HM”s. BIG CONGRATSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS to all of you! !! And to our editor, Kevin Ross, and the other fine contributors as well! !!

Goodfellow, Cody “Uncle Sid’s Collection,” Dead But Dreaming 2.
Pugmire, W. H “Your Ivory Hollow,” Dead But Dreaming 2.
Pulver, Sr., Joseph S. “No Healing Prayers,” Dead But Dreaming 2.
Schweitzer, Darrell “Innsmouth Idyll,” Dead But Dreaming 2.
Tchaikovsky, Adrian “The Dissipation Club,” Dead But Dreaming 2.

You can find Ellen’s list below. Also CONGRATS to the tons of wonderful writers Ellen mentions!! ! And as always, thanks to Ellen for all her hard work and her enduring vision! She’s a true GEM! !!

Monday, April 16, 2012

"Lovecraft eZine" has a~ ~~

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It's an election year, so elect, MIKE DAVIS, Keeper of the BLACKNESS! !!

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And remember, yer READIN' pleasure is always FREE at Mike D's Nightmarium of hair-raising hauntings & horrors! !!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Henrik Harksen's Urban Cthulhu: Nightmare Cities, is out and now available to order! !! A fine group of writers rooted around in cabinets Lovecraftain where they keep their fears and most balesome blasphemies to offer up dangerous visions, HORROR, and all manner of dread... UC:NC features tales by:

“Dancer of the Dying” by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
“The Neighbors Upstairs” by John Goodrich
“Carcosapunk” by Glynn Owen Barrass
“Architect Eyes” by Thomas Strømsholt
“Slou” by Robert Tangiers
“Ozeelah’s Lake” by Morten Carlsen
“The Statement of Frank Elwood” by Pete Rawlik
“In the Shadow of Bh’Yhlun” by Ian Davey
“The Screamer” by T. E. Grau
“Night Life” by Henrik Sandbeck Harksen
“the guilt of each … at the end…” by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.

Cover art is by, Paul Carrick! !!

     What lurks in the damp recesses of urban existence?
     These new tales of weird fiction are a blend of urban horror, pulp noir and dark fantasy. Lovecraftian horrors and Cthulhu Mythos monsters have never been this gritty.
From haunted Kingsport across the globe to shadowy Berlin and the otherworldly music of Bangalore. From kind, sexy neighbors to cyberpunk paranoia an The King in Yellow. A journalist's search with unexpected results. What really happened to Walter Gilman, and what is the origin of the witch Keziah Mason? And witness humanity fail against the forces from beyond
From weird sounds to screams of madness.     Entropy. Chaos. Disorder. Death.
Beneath cities, on the outskirts of ruined, aeon-old cities and INSIDE cities. The stench, the decay, the hopelesness... it is everywhere.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Coming in MAY from Spectral Press

From SPECTRAL PRESS: the Musicks & Mythos audio-CD series of Lovecraft and modern Lovecraftian tales, a joint Spectral/Temple ov Azathoth Records release, will definitely be available from next month. We will have some copies for sale here, but numbers will be limited – so please do let us know whether you’re interested in purchasing one . They will be 2 CD affairs in fold-out digipacks with booklet and are likely to retail for somewhere between £12 – £15 each.

The Lovecraft stories being set to music on the first in the series will be Nyarlathotep and The Music of Erich Zann, whilst the modern master of the Mythos tale will be Joe Pulver with his The Delirium of a Worm Wizard.

More details soon!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What's he building in there?

Some of the stuff I’ve been up to (at least what I can remember right this minute . . .) --

Work continues on the King in Yellow and Ligotti tribute anthologies (A Season in Carcosa and The Grimscribe’s Puppets) I’m editing for Miskatonic River Press (both will be released this year – KIY summer, Ligotti, this fall). The KIY tome is about done (looks like 2 weeks and it goes to the publisher). I’m still tinkering away on my intro for this and awaiting what I believe will be a stunning sub and addition . . .

Bob Price has accepted two tales of mine for upcoming anthologies. Here are the ToC’s

Over the Mountains of Madness  (Dark Quest 2012)
Robert M. Price, Introduction

Glynn Owen Barrass, “The City at the Two Magnetic Poles”
Joseph S. Pulver, “The Second Wave of Fear” (this is my prequel to HPL’s “AtMoM”)
Pierre Comtois, “Second Death”
Pete Rawlick, “Beneath the Mountains of Madness”
Ken Asamatsu, “The Continent of Madness”
Laurence J. Cornford, “Gedney”
C.J. Henderson, “The Pleasure in Madness”
Brian Sammons, “A Biting Cold”
Cody Goodfellow, “Garden of the Gods”
Stephen M. Rainey, “The Danforth Project”
Edward Morris, “Tekeli-li!”
Will Murray, “Static”

Secrets of Cthulhu (Fedogen & Bremer)
Don Webb, “The Healing Power of Snow”
Ann K. Schwader, “The Death Verses of Yian-Ho”
Ernest J. Fischer, “The Event at Gangew Taundon”
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., “The Corpse-Eating Cult of Leng”
Stephen Mark Rainey, “Warlords of Leng”
Will Murray, “God General Nakji”
Michael Fantina, “Leviathan”
Pierre Comtois, “Masks of the Puppet Lord”
Ben P. Indick, “The Monster in the Lake”
Leigh Blackmore, “The Return of Zoth-Ommog”
Lin Carter & Laurence J. Cornford, “The Doom of Enos Harker”
Richard A. Lupoff, “Steps Leading Downward”

My “King in Yellow A Play in Two Acts” for the upcoming Bibliotheca Ecclesia Siderum Sapientia:  (editor, Nate Pedersen; PS Publishing) is almost done (bit of my usual panic tweeking), and I’m pleased the editor loves it.

S.T. (Joshi) has accepted my tales, “In . . . and Out” (“Weird Fiction Review”), “. . . Hungry . . . Rats” (A Mountain Walked Centipede Press), “…down black staircases”, “WHITE FIRE” (for his upcoming “AtMoM” tribute anthology, Titan Books).
Henrik Harksen’s URBAN CTHULHU: NIGHTMARE CITIES, Vol. 3 anthology is due any minute now. I have a new tale in it. Here is the ToC

“Dancer of the Dying” by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
“The Neighbors Upstairs” by John Goodrich
“Carcosapunk” by Glynn Owen Barrass
“Architect Eyes” by Thomas Strømsholt
“Slou” by Robert Tangiers
“Ozeelah’s Lake” by Morten Carlsen
“The Statement of Frank Elwood” by Pete Rawlik
“In the Shadow of Bh’Yhlun” by Ian Davey
“The Screamer” by T. E. Grau
“Night Life” by Henrik Sandbeck Harksen
“the guilt of each … at the end…” by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.

I have a new Lovecraftian tale coming in the May issue of the “Lovecraft eZine”.

My new collection Portraits of Ruin (w/ an introduction by Matt Cardin) arrives from Hippocampus Press in April.

us posit that Bukowski is the sun. Or Brautigan, Burroughs and the Beats—a solar Coney Island of the Mind where Timothy Leary’s dead and dead Cthulhu waits and sings the live long daydream believer. Then Joe Pulver’s Portraits of Ruin would be the burst of planets, Big Bang-Bang, Marquee Moons hanging on for what they got, scream of consciousness—in Outer Space no one can hear it . . . except Coffin Joe, Monster Mash Potato that big ol’ Portraits of Ruin—Mars needs it, you need it, so just open the lid and shake your fist—then say: “They kill horses, horses, horses, horses.” Thank you. Come again?Thomas Ligotti
Here's a rave for PoR

And Matt Cardin chimes in here

I have a new tale coming in Trent Zelazny’s upcoming anthology, A Splintered Mind.

A few new things (3 as I recall) will be appearing in the next issue of “Patricide”.

Spectral Press’ new line of Lovecraftian CD’s will premiere this May. My work will appear on this “Music & Mythos” project w/ HPL’s! !!

The wonderful folks at “STRANGE AEONS” magazine will be offering a very-limited chapbook of “my love letter tale to the HPL Film Festival” at the fest this May in Portland. This is a new tale written just for the fest. The cover and illos will be by my pal, Nick Gucker! I love Nicky work so saying I’m delighted is a vast understatement! !! A shorter, variant version will appear in Portraits of Ruin. This will be the only appearance of this version ever! !!

Finished and submitted my "intro"/love letter to Michael Cisco’s brilliant, Secret Hours, which will be part of his upcoming [and wonderous!] boxed-omnibus from Centipede Press.

I am working on a number of submissions for various invites, and a “few” other INTERESTING things as well . . .

I'll be updating the blog w/ more "reviews" of my stuff soon................. .