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.)

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Throwback Thursday Poem

 "Sphere"

by Stephanie Smith


Mixing midnight oils on a darkened canvas.

an artist professed his view of the world.


He birthed a sea

and found Earth's children had drowned.

Firewater had scalded their skin

and left them fleshless on the ocean floor.

Dead before they got here.


He created a setting sun through crimson tears.

A dreamless day gone by,

As banal as days forgotten.


The morning found his images as dust.

And he an illusionist

inspired by the night to work magic

on a world that left him feeling

nothing at all.


(published in Not One of Us, #19, 1997)


Monday, February 22, 2021

Illumen

 First post of the New Year!

(Yeah, I know it's the end of February, already)

I have three new poems published in the Winter 2021 edition of Illumen , so please consider purchasing a copy. Your support helps magazines like these keep going. :)

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Pif Magazine

My poem, "A Song of Needles" , has been published in the new issue of Pif Magazine .

Not much else going on. So many publications I used to submit to are either folding or charging a reading fee these days. Always looking for new places to send fiction, which reminds me of the need to work harder on the fiction.

Before the pandemic I was trying to work on a book proposal/marketing plan for my first book to send to a publisher and I never finished it. Part of the marketing plan was getting local. Now, I don't know.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Prisms

I am proud to announce my first appearance in Abyss & Apex magazine, a poem called Prisms. So take a little time during this time of quarantine to read some poems. Read read read!

Also, the April issue of The Horror Zine is now online!