I am happy to see that my poem, “Government Buildings in Berlin, 2018,” is out again in The Bookends Review. Many thanks to the editors, especially Editor-in-Chief Jordan Blum, who graciously accepted it as a reprint. I previously wrote about the poem here, and I am happy that Bookends included an explanatory note that you can read under the poem. It was first published in After the Pause.
From the admittedly small sampling I have read in Bookends, I would say the editors have an ear for beautiful language and an affection for all things quirky, offbeat, and original. So it’s not that surprising they liked my poem. Please go check out the other intriguing fare at the journal.
And now, another review of Russell T Davies’s It’s a Sin:
I have received some publications, most of which contain work by me. First, we have What Lieson the Other Side, a compendium of issues of cc&d Magazine, a Scars publication. This contains my flash, ‘Difficulties on Theory,’ about the closeted Darwinist. Second, with the discomfiting cover, is the current issue of Schlock!. The middle story mentioned on the bottom of the cover, Eye of the Beholder, is my horror flash about a person who develops an eating disorder, as well as a few other disorders.
Then we have two issues of 34 Orchard, kindly sent me by Editor Kristi Petersen Schoonover. The first, issue 2, contains my horror story, The Jet-Black Knight, and the second, issue 3, was sent because I contributed a small amount of money to the magazine.
Triggerwarnings: The cover of the latest edition of Schlock! is weirdly disgusting and disturbing. I mean that in a good way, but sensitive souls may not enjoy it. Also, my story contains graphic violence and gore and is not for people sensitive to mentions of eating and compulsive exercise disorders.
And Now the Post
With no written heads up (though I believe Editor Gavin Chappell informed me of this when the piece was accepted), my horror flash, “Eye of the Beholder,” has suddenly appeared with the latest edition of Schlock!, available online at the link or in Kindle and paperback here. My thanks to Editor Chappell. It’s also nice to see the story title featured on the cover–and what a cover it is, too.
I wrote about the story here. I can’t remember what prompted me to write it–some call for horror stories, but I can’t even remember the theme now. Even though the story is schlocky in some respects, I do like the way it shows how trauma can cause people to lose perspective. If you won’t be triggered, please go and read it, and let me know what you think.
In other news, I’m somewhat embarrassed by the following review. I saw Pieces of a Woman, didn’t like it, and forgot some important details, as I do with works I don’t care for, almost immediately. Then, several weeks later, I did this review, and only remembered the details as I went along. That said, I think my reasons for not liking it are clear.
For anyone wondering why I haven’t posted in a while, I had no news to report. I am only getting the odd poem out because I am still working on the second part of a three-part science fiction novel. Did you know quantum physics is actually quite hard to understand?
I also had no reviews to post because the reviewing is on pause while my son completes his master’s in education. He only got this one up recently, and we did it some time ago. We plan to finish the Netflix Oscar fare, even though the ceremony has been and gone, when he returns here after graduation.
For anyone who was wondering about that, no, my son will not be living in our basement. I believe he will soon be hired, and he would be a credit to any junior high or high school in need of a social studies, history, government, psychology, geography, or economics teacher. We don’t even have a basement, anyway.