Coming soon


I’m going to move all of my webstuff over here and probably pony up for business class so I can have MP3 players. I’m pretty satisfied that WP fits my needs, as they are at this time, and for some of my websites, the move is long overdue.

duanepesice.com already points here, and lettersfromoutside.com will follow suit shortly. I hope to complete both by the first of the year — will start formatting stories for both during November and December.

Coming real soon are Test Patterns: Creature Features and Caravans Awry. Those should be ready by Hallowe’en or thereabouts. Those are both fantastic anthologies from Planet X Publications, which I edited and have work in. Creature Features is about 135,000 words, and Caravans Awry is about 75,000. That’s 210K of new speculative fictions coming your way.

Planet X will also be releasing a novelette and a novella around Xmas/the first, both of which are nearing completion. The Forgotten God (@18K), which has never been published, and Fear and Loathing in Innsmouth (@40K), which was originally written in 2001, but has never been published as a complete narrative, and has been rewritten over the last couple of years.

This is in addition to my daily columns at Bleed Cubbie Blue,  reviews and interviews at greydogtales and Ginger Nuts of Horror, occasional postings at music sites like reverbnation and bandcamp, and other nefarious activities. Stay tuned 😉

Just so you know. Thanks for reading.

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I’m a politics junkie. I have been one for many years. I used to get in fistfights in sixth grade with a kid named Mark because he loved Nixon so much and I was a staunch McGovern man up until Eagleton.

After that, nobody was on George’s train, and Tricky Dick skated on in. Parallels with current Brett Kavanaugh machinations could be drawn.

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Dark gods help me, I watched every moment of both sides of the testimony on C-Span. One of my side hustles involves collecting quotes and anecdotes from such public spectacle, a clipping service sort of activity that I usually perform by copying and pasting quotes from articles, but sometimes I get involved enough to watch live and just transcribe on the spot. Perhaps I should have been a court stenographer…in any event I type very rapidly and accurately when I’ve enough caffeine in me and it’s early enough that I have some energy.

Anger has its own forms of energy, and so I didn’t flag very much through the nine hours, live-posting to Facebook, writing down fun quotes and impressions, getting all wired on the unfairness of it all.

This even though I am an unreformed white hetero cis male. I am, however, not now, nor ever was, an abuser. No means no.

I have other ways to be an asshole, like hating everything 80s and 80s-based, and disliking large swaths of content in the horror field that I nominally work in. I’m on the spectrum, but sometimes it’s not really clear where such contrarianism stems from. I’ve just always had it.

People have excoriated me roundly for it, too. They say “Not liking the things other people like doesn’t make you cool.”

Word. Neither does liking those things. Usually I’m just trying to work out why I don’t like them, but sometimes I just troll. I admit it. Some things are just too much for me to take, like GHOST.

Or the modern-day Republican party. I’m a card-carrying Dem, and determinedly sinister on social issues, being a disabled-American among other persuasions, and because, while both sides take the money, the Democrats occasionally dither in the direction of social consciousness and trying to improve the lives of their constituencies rather than the Tweed class.

Occasionally. But the liberals are in bed with the neoliberals and most of the progressives have less financial backing for their ambitious programs than they do for their eternal campaigns, and pass less good legislation than gas.

It’s difficult to remain positive when there really isn’t a side to anything.

And there we come full circle to the Kavanaugh hearings and the state of politics now. It’s possible to have a side, to feel right (at least some of the time). Granted, a few take greater liberties and try to police every thought and action in a sort of spinach inquisition, and they’re very busy and visible, but they’re just a few in the grand scheme of things and they usually vote the right way, so what the hell? Just don’t argue with them. It isn’t worth it.

It’s very much like arguing with a Trump voter, who they closely resemble.

Everybody wants to be the Judge.  Even those of us who don’t believe in a Final Arbiter.

Random comments about writing


I’m trying like hell to blog more. It’s weird that I can write a daily column, post 1000 words of research to another blog on a daily basis, write a short story (at least) on a weekly basis, but I’ve never been able to blog consistently.

So I’m trying to develop the habit by just unreeling whatever comes into my head, instead of posting it on Facebook or Twitter.

The Caravans Awry project is still going great guns. We have additional writers —  a slate of 25 people, old and young, familiar and unfamiliar, working on tales and poems. The fundraiser can always use some help. Pre-order books for less than the cover, get access to bonus material…

Here’s the list of contributors:

Michael Adams, Adam Bolivar, Frank Coffman, Scott Couturier, Ashley Dioses, 
Sam L Edwards, John Paul Fitch, Maxwell Gold, John Linwood Grant, 
Jill Hand, Shayne Keen, Ted Morgan, KA Opperman, Duane Pesice, Peter Rawlik, Ralph Rotten, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, Alan Sessler, Russell Smeaton, Matthew St. Cyr, William Tea, Sean M. Thompson, Sarah Walker, Can Wiggins, and secret guests.

JB Lee and Derek Pegrist are still fashioning artwork for us. The volume will be out sometime between now and Christmas, depending on how soon it gets developed, proofed, and formatted. I have about a third of the book in hand, fully proofed, waiting for the overall edit (after which we plan to turn it all into a shared-universe story with judicious additions).

I’m just about to turn in the edited copy of Test Patterns: Creature Features, which should debut around All-Hallow’s. I proofed this edition as well, so it took a little extra time. This is going to be a killer volume. There are award-winners/nominees on board, a fantastic variety of themes and styles, tremendous artwork…Planet X Publications is up-and-coming, make no mistake.

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Planet X is also likely to debut a novella and a novel by my hand, sometime in the reasonably near future. Both are in edits right now. I have all of the artwork already, so they’ll be quick releases once I have them done to my satisfaction and Mr. Adams agrees that they’d be good for his imprint.

The Forgotten God and Fear and Loathing in Innsmouth are their titles. I’ve spoken of them before. TFG was planned as a giveaway for the GoFundMe that purchased the batteries for my O2 machine…so I could attend conventions, of which I’ve attended exactly one…for various reasons, mostly related to my eternal poverty. My side-hustles are slowly but surely providing hedges against that, and I’ve quite a few projects nearing the finish line that might bring in a few shekels each.

Things take time. I work on dozens of projects simultaneously. It looks kinda haphazard but I stay prolific that way, and I keep interested. When something starts seeming like work, I move on to the next.

My modular approach helps with this. Most scenes can migrate to a different piece if needed, as they’re parts of the same overall story, with a singularity in the center where the separate narratives all converge. The characters wander from arc to arc, most of them oblivious.

I tend to write well-meaning dumbshits, victims of Dunning-Kruger. What that says about my self-image and view of human nature, I dunno. I also mostly write noir — everybody’s guilty. There are no heroes in my universe. Even the villains have some redeeming qualities or something redeeming in their backstory.

Caravans Awry


We’re at it again…Planet X publications and I, that is. We’ve embarked on another book-length project that developed from a casual discussion, as the Test Patterns books have. I’ve just about finished the editing and proofing of the Creature Features volume and dove right into heading up Caravans Awry, a series of teals and poems about traveling circuses on Rt 66 in the mid-sixties, the heyday of those marvelous carnivals.

As per usual, we’re doing pre-orders via GoFundMe, and we have a Facebook page. Ebooks are 2.00. TPBs are 15.00, and an ebook is included. HCs are 25.00.

Caravans Awry . Fourteen tales and poems of carnival knowledge in the 1960s
from the folks who bring you Test Patterns — and — Creature Features , Planet X Publications .

Contributors:

Michael Adams, Adam Bolivar, Scott Couturier, Ashley Dioses,
Sam L Edwards, John Paul Fitch, Maxwell Gold, John Linwood Grant,
Jill Hand, Ted Morgan, KA Opperman, Duane Pesice, Peter Rawlik,
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, Russell Smeaton, William Tea, Sarah Walker, and Can Wiggins are creating content.

JB Lee and Derek Pegritz are creating art.

Coming Hallowe’en 2018.

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Thanks for your time and attention! Happy reading!

Test Patterns: Creature Features revealed


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The ToC:

1. Danger Slater-Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster

2. Cody Goodfellow-The Greedy Grave

3. Erica Ruppert-Pretty in the Dark

4. Robert Guffey-The Eye Doctor

5. Alistair Rey-Regeneration

6. Farah Rose Smith-In the Room of Red Night

7. James Fallweather-Little House in the Suburbs

8. Ashley Dioses-Amadis the Enchantress

9. James Russell-Spirit of Place

10. John Paul Fitch-Signals

11. Brenda Kezar-From Little Acorns Grow

12. SL Edwards-With All Her Troubles Behind Her

13. Debra Robinson-Chaos and Void

14. Calvin Demmer-The River Ran Red

15. Kurt Fawver-Extinction In Green

16. Aaron French-Chosen

17. Duane Pesice-Bone Sequence

18. Buzz Dixon-The Bride of the Astounding Gigantic Monster

19. Natasha Smith-Underground Rose

20. Orrin Grey-The Pepys Lake Monster

21. Jill Hand-The Bride of Castle Frankenstein

22. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy-No More Iron Cross

23. Dominique Lamssies-Admitted Inhabitants

24. Daniel Brock-Bitter Waters

25. Lana Cooper-Mrs. Doogan

26. John Linwood Grant-For Whom There is No Journey

27. John Claude Smith-Normal

28. Aksel Dadswell-Something Hungrier Than Love

29. Jeffrey Thomas-E

Coming soon!

Music


I’ve recently begun adding tracks to my bandcamp account. Here’s one of them (it’s an ELP cover):

You can reach the others through that link. There’ll be more.

Open Season on Monsters!


Wanted, monsters!
The loose theme is the late-night weird tv of the 50s and 60s, but well-written tales will over-rule theme, as long as there are monsters.
Stories should be in standard ms format, 2500+ words. No headers or footers please. Payment is 100 dollars US. Originals only, no reprints, and no poetry this time around. Multiple submissions are okay but only one will make the final cut.
Submissions window is from June 1 at 12 am PST through 12 am July 1 31 PST. Extensions are negotiable.
Submissions to moderan(at)hotmail(dot)com. Please email or voyage to this page if you have questions. We’re also running an art contest — vote for your favorite creatures to appear in the little tv screens on the cover.
Planet X Publications thanks you in advance for your fine work!

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Art by Yves Tourigny. ©2018