Friday, October 7, 2022

Dark Poetry Day

 Yes, a happy Dark Poetry Day to you all. And I am ecstatic to say, with that, I have three new poems published in the October issue in The Chamber Magazine.

This is a big deal to me because--I don't know what it is--but I've been in sort of a slump. This is only my third publication this whole year and I've gone almost the year without even an acceptance. I mean, I thought I've been working. I'm sending things out. I stick to a writing schedule. I guess it's been a difficult, stressful year. The past few years have been obviously, and just keep feeling even more stressful and I don't know where to find my inspiration from. Maybe I'm just making excuses. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I really would like to thank everyone who reads my work, so thank you. ♥

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Not One of Us

The new issue of Not One of Us is now available for purchase. It includes my poem, "The Other Side of Shadows", along with work by Sonya Taaffe and Alexandra Seidel, among others. This magazine was my first paid publication back when I was a teenager and it is still going strong. Proud to be a part of it once again. 

Monday, January 24, 2022

Happy New Year, New Poems

Once again I get to start off  the year with more work in ILLUMEN. This makes me happy. I'm eagerly awaiting my contributor's copy.

I never like to make New Year's resolutions, but I have to say I always strive to work harder at my writing and this year is no different.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Pif Magazine

 ✍🏻 My three poems, "The Mist""The Prisoner", and "Seduction", appear in the November 2021 issue of Pif Magazine. This is the first publication I've had in quite awhile and it gives me joy to "be out there" again. I hope not to stay away too long.

Monday, June 28, 2021

The Horror Zine

It's just about July and The Horror Zine is celebrating its 12 year anniversary! I am glad to be a part of it, as I have 3 new poems featured in the July issue. Very proud to be a part of this wonderful 'zine.

It's been hard to focus on my writing, but I've been trying. Starting to shop my novella out again and such. I keep promising myself to work harder on the fiction, get it out there, hone my skills. I'm not getting any younger. Writing is very important to me.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Throwback Thursday Poem

"Standing at the Door of Death"

We are all standing at the door of death

waiting for our final judgment

falling onto our knees

begging for salvation

from a graven image

who can easily plague us with damnation

We keep spinning a new web of dreams

creating new stories to tell

but we turn away when they

turn into demon fairy tales

We long to shed our skin

into the blood red sea

but we never lift ourselves out of the mire

because we're afraid of what we'll see

fecundated in this holy fire

we are stuck here in reality

I'd rather be standing at the door of dreams

where things aren't what they seem to be

where there is no good or evil to speak of

where pleasure emanates from pain

where reality is an illusion

and death is just the same

(published in Outer Darkness, 1997. My Clive Barker inspiration seems to shine through in this poem!)

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Throwback Thursday Poem

 "Field of Death"

by Stephanie Smith

this place is a wasteland

for angels with glass wings

decrepit and shattered--demon angels

that fly through fields of death

this place is a haven of horrors

a grave of tired souls

where skin is a sacred illusion

and the life inside is left unknown

this place is a junkyard for dead minds

that crush their angel babies with their fists

it's just a craving they have

they've no tears of their own to shed

(published in Outer Darkness, Issue 13, 1997...Looking back I feel honored to have been published in such great small press 'zines as this alongside writers like the late Charlee Jacob. I miss her.)