Monday, June 27, 2011

Piano With A Broken Key

Piano With A Broken Key

not at war tonight. Hours
deep as any dark
Please was breached.
I watched it turn away from
would like to go back and make it right.
I’d like
to show willing
the ghost
in this knife.
Like to.
I’d like to
in the soft
cheek of blue. Like to.
but I lack intent.

[Bill Evans]

(C) 2011 Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.

off the desktop

and into the done file . . .

“The Director’s Cut”
“Herding Fire: a murder mystery”

“Memories Can Wait”
“My Mirage”
“6 . . . 6—”

Hoping to finish the revisions on "Lonely . . . and a long way from home" tonight as well . . .

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My guest blog arrives

For my guest blog at SheNeverSlept I've typed up my "Author's Notes" for SIN & ashes . . . Perhaps S.T. will find them of use when it comes to the "corrected" version of SIN :-D

Here's the link

Friday, June 24, 2011

Guest blog on SNS

just sent my guest blog for to Sarah . . . Tore up a few attempts then settled on a "Author's Notes" for SIN. I was lucky enough to win a 2010 NIGHTMARE AWARD for SIN from SNS, so I thought I'd shared some of the behind the scenes of SIN . . .
My post will be up sometime this weekend. Drop by and look behind the curtain . . . If it causes you to yawn, don't blame me, yell at the editors . . .

SNS [and their rave review of SIN] is here

And my books are here


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ross E. Lockhart's The Book of Cthulhu gets a ToC! !!

I'm over the moon to have a tale in this anthology! !! Coming this fall from Night Shade here's the ToC. All I can say is WOW!! !

And to all the contributors, CONGRATSssssssssssssssssssssssssssS! !!
Caitlin R. Kiernan - Andromeda among the Stones
Ramsey Campbell - The Tugging
Charles Stross - A Colder War
Bruce Sterling - The Unthinkable
Silvia Moreno-Garcia - Flash Frame
W. H. Pugmire - Some Buried Memory
Molly Tanzer - The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins
Michael Shea - Fat Face
Elizabeth Bear - Shoggoths in Bloom
T. E. D. Klein - Black Man With A Horn
David Drake - Than Curse the Darkness
Charles R. Saunders - Jeroboam Henley's Debt
Thomas Ligotti - Nethescurial
Kage Baker - Calamari Curls
Edward Morris - Jihad over Innsmouth
Cherie Priest - Bad Sushi
John Hornor Jacobs - The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife
Brian McNaughton - The Doom that Came to Innsmouth
Ann K. Schwader - Lost Stars
Steve Duffy - The Oram County Whoosit
Joe R. Lansdale - The Crawling Sky
Brian Lumley - The Fairground Horror
Tim Pratt - Cinderlands
Gene Wolfe - Lord of the Land
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. - To Live and Die in Arkham
John Langan - The Shallows
Laird Barron - The Men from Porlock

Sunday, June 19, 2011

After the Stokers

The Stokers are great, but there is another award, the best one a writer can get, that's the READER! !! Readers can give books and writers/editors that award by getting out there and making noise about books they've enjoyed. Share on FB, push the LIKE button on Amazon [post reviews too], tweet and blog, make mentions on TLO and other forums, and the books you enjoy get noticed . . . This is a great time for horror fans -- Get out there and HOWL at the moon! !!

When you push that LIKE button on Amazon it's like you hug the writer or editor. Musicians get applause, we have you The Reader and we do want to hear what you think.

2010 Bram Stoker Award Winners

What a GREAT year for horror! !!

Winner: A Dark Matter by Peter Straub Rot and Run by Jonathan Maberry
Dead Love by Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Apocalypse of the Dead by Joe McKinney
Dweller by Jeff Strand

Superior Achievement in a First Novel (tie)
Winner: Black and Orange by Benjamin Kane Ethridge
Winner: Castle of Los Angeles by Lisa Morton

A Books of Tongues by Gemma Files
Spellbent by Lucy Snyder

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
Winner: Invisible Fences by Norman Prentiss

The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman
Dissolution by Lisa Mannetti
Monsters Among Us by Kirstyn McDermott
The Samhanach by Lisa Morton

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
Winner: The Folding Man by Joe R. Lansdale

Return to Mariabronn by Gary Braunbeck
1925: A Fall River Halloween by Lisa Mannetti
In the Middle of the Poplar Street by Nate Southard
Final Draft by Mark W. Worthen

Superior Achievement in an Anthology
Winner: Haunted Legends edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas

Dark Faith edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon
Horror Library IV edited by R.J. Cavender and, Boyd E. Harris
Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears edited by Angela Challis and Marty Young
The New Dead edited by Christopher Golden

Superior Achievement in a Collection
Winner: Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Occulation by Laird Barron
Blood and Gristle by Michael Louis Calvillo
The Ones that Got Away by Stephen Graham Jones
A Host of Shadows by Harry Shannon

Superior Achievement in Nonfiction
Winner: To Each Their Darkness by Gary A. Braunbeck

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race by Thomas Ligotti
Wanted Undead of Alive by Jonathan Maberry and Janice Gable Bashman
Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews by Sam Weller

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
Winner: Dark Matters by Bruce Boston

Wild Hunt of the Stars by Ann K. Schwader
Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist by Robin Spriggs
Vicious Romantic by Wrath James White

HWA Specialty Press Award

Dark Regions Press

HWA Silver Hammer Award
Angel Leigh McCoy

HWA Richard Laymon Award
Michael Colangelo

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Grim Reviews posts about The Orphan Palace

Grim Reviews just gave (my 2nd Hippocampus Press collection) SIN & ashes a very, very nice review and now they've posted about the upcoming release of my new novel The Orphan Palace. TOP is coming from Chomu Press in October.

You can find SIN and my other books here on my Amazon "author page"

Monday, June 13, 2011

something from a Chomu Press post . . .

I came across this [very humbling] tidbit of description in a CP post.

"Speaking of which, those following developments on the site will have noticed that after Nemonymous Night, we have also scheduled releases for two very different (to each other and to just about anything else we’ve encountered) novels, Jeanette, by Joe Simpson Walker (July release), and The Orphan Palace, by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (October release). The former is in the transgressive tradition of Pauline Réage, with a gritty British sixties setting. This will also be the longest work we have so far published. The latter comes from one of the rising stars of the weird, for whom, we believe, the stars are now right; a novel of madness, written in poetry, or perhaps a novel of poetry, written in madness. "

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire SINner!! !

"The imagery is so amazing I want to keep quoting it: "The moon is a window of ice wrecked in soft embrace of the river of midnight...its banks couldn't hold the invisible..."

But, no -- you must buy the book so as to find yourself FULLY entranced, pulled into the web of words and brutal/beautiful fancy. This is the neoteric world haunted by Joe's daemons, and his raptures. It is a celebration of the Literary, and rock'n'roll; of that which seduces and will not save you. It is the language of the lost, which has found its tongue in the idiom of pure originality. It is the taste of sin in your mouth, mixed with the debris of ash -- and it's taste is delicious and decadent and deadly, that savors of damnation. It is Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. -- one of today's truly original and effective artists, before whom we bow, hypnotized."--Wilum Pugmire, author of  The Tangled Muse 

You can find Hopfrog here

Thursday, June 9, 2011

DEAD BUT DREAMING 2 is at the printer! !!

Yep. It's coming! !!
Edited by Kevin Ross! !!
DBD2 is 22 tales of Lovecraftian horror from: Scott David Aniolowski, David Annandale, Donald R. Burleson, Cody Goodfellow, John Goodrich, T.E. Grau, Rick Hautala, Walt Jarvis, Erik T. Johnson, William Meikle, Will Murray, Daniel W. Powell, Wilum Pugmire, Joseph S. Pulver Sr, Pete Rawlik, Kevin Ross, Brian Sammons, Darrell Schweitzer, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Michael Tice, and Don Webb.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ellen's BEST HORROR of the YEAR gets another RAVE! !!

Hardly a shock to see Ellen Datlow get another rave for one of her anthologies. This time it's from POP MATTERS. They give the book a 9 out of 10! !!
Congrats to all the writers and ELLEN for a wonderful book!! !

Monday, June 6, 2011

an Orphan Palace update . . .

Well folks, here tis, the offical handy-dandy release info page for my new novel . . .  As you'd expect I'm excited as a bEast on a mad YAYyyyyyyyyyy! !! bender. . .

We do not have a cover yet, but that will be coming soon . . .

I'll keep ya posted.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Amazon author page

I've updated my Amazon author page w/ the SIN book trailer, tweets/blog feeds, and a new bio . . .

I'd love to see readers post some reviews.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Grim Reviews praises SIN & ashes

"There are few weird horror collections that can vacillate between subtle terrors and visceral apocalypses without becoming wildly unbalanced. Now, though, the horror community is joined by Joseph S. Pulver's latest collection, Sin & Ashes, a sizable nightmare gallery published by Hippocampus Press that accomplishes this rare feat. By some indeterminate black magic, Pulver successfully dishes out the grotesque, the chilling, and intellectual dreads by short story and poetry, without losing his foothold on readers' unsettled reptile brains."

That's the opening paragraph of the review . . . Funny how you can find yourself doing the happy dance and humbled at the same time . . .

Thursday, June 2, 2011

CHOMU PRESS will release The Orphan Palace this fall

It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce my new novel, The Orphan Palace, will be released this October by CHOMU PRESS. To have a work of mine released by a publisher with a roster of literary magicians which includes among other gifted writers, authors Reggie Oliver, Michael Cisco, Mark Samuels, and Rhys Hughes is thrilling! [insert several rows of YAYyyyyyyyyyyyYs!! !] !! TOP will also have a foreword by none other than Michael Cisco. To say I'm over the moon and humbled doesn't even come close to covering it.

Chomu Press and their dazzling[! !!] releases can be found here

The amazing, unique, and vastly underappreciated, Michael Cisco (The Divinity Student, The Tyrant, The Great Lover) can be found here

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A new interview

When my first collection, Blood Will Have Its Season, was released in 2009, Sarah at was kind enough to interview me. With the release of my 2nd collection, SIN & ashes, she's up to her ghoulish tricks again . . .

Here's the link to my new interview w/ Sarah . . .