Vastarien: A Literary Journal Vol. 2 Issue1

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Grimscribe Press 2019

Jon Padgett, Editor-in-Chief

My previous reviews of Vastarien: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/tag/vastarien/

Work by Forrest Aguirre, Matthew M. Bartlett, F.J. Bergmann, S.E. Casey, Gemma Files, Fiona Maeve Geist, Sepehr Goshayeshi, Rhys Hughes, Gwendolyn Kiste, Carl Lavoie, Lia Swope Mitchell, Harry 0. Morris, C.M. Muller, K.A. Opperman, David Peak, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, Michael Sawecki, Farah Rose Smith, Natalia Theodoridou, Toni Tošić.

Terror Tales of Cornwall

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Edited by Paul Finch

Stories by Mark Morris, Ray Cluley, Reggie Oliver, John Whitborn, Paul Edwards, Jacqueline Simpson, Paul Finch, Mark Valentine, Kate Farrell, D.P. Watt, Stephen Jordan, Adrian Cole, Mark Samuels, Sarah Singleton, Ian Hunter, Thana Niveau.

When I review this book, my thoughts will appear in the comment stream below…

The Court of Midnight by Mark Samuels

 “new quests for nothing”

The writer Melchior — having lost “a position of great respect and status in society” and beset, along with other artists and writers, by lunar fever — comes to the Court of Midnight with his English gin so as to follow up the promise of a doctor called Dr Prozess. Including a striking scene with Melchior’s friend Santon finally falling by the wayside, and we realise the dreadful diminuendo involved, as, one by one, the residue of us thinkers and artists and poets wanes…

My extrapolation of this provoking work –
We sense that our own preciously mannered masque alongside these gifted words is one of realising that the process is of a tontine not of a deadly attrition. And the writing here is writer Melchior’s pitch for such a prize. While the rest of us wait in great suspense for our own telegrams of a hopeful process of procession or a doomful moon’s precession (sic).

A court or a court’s court?

(A story in UNCERTAINTIES Vol. 2 – Swan River Press 2016)

UNCERTAINTIES Vols. I & II

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Edited by Brian J. Showers MMXVI

One Foreword by John Connolly

My previous reviews of SWAN RIVER PRESS books are linked from HERE.

Stories by John Reppion, Derek John, Martin Hayes, Robert Neilson, John Kenny, Reggie Chamberlain-King, Maura McHugh, Sarah LeFanu, Timothy J. Jarvis, Mark Valentine, Lynda E. Rucker, Peter Bell, R.B. Russell, John Howard, Steve Duffy, Emma Darwin, Rosalie Parker, Steve Rasnic Tem, Mat Joiner, Helen Grant, Mark Samuels, Gary McMahon, Adam Golaski, V.H. Leslie, Reggie Oliver.

When I review these anthologies, my comments will appear in the thought stream below….

 

Marked To Die

MARKED TO DIE

A Tribute to Mark Samuels

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SNUGGLY BOOKS 2016

Edited by Justin Isis

With 450 pages, the biggest multi-authored book of new Weird Fiction in the 21st Century.

Table of Contents:

The Shadowy Companion, foreword by Mark Valentine

Rapture, Reggie Oliver

The Golden Dustmen, Colin Insole

Canticle, Daniel Mills

White Light, White Heat, Adam Nevill

The Black Mass, Justin Isis

The Big-Headed People, DF Lewis

Attraction, John Mundy

The Early Signs of Blight, Kristine Ong Muslim

Chaoskampf, James Champagne

A Bad Un to Beat vs. The High Gate Waterman:
It’s All About the Benjamins, Brendan Connell and Quentin S. Crisp

Language of the City, Thana Niveau

The Singular Quiddity of Merlin’s Ear, Simon Clark

The Carnivore of Monsters, Stuart Young

The Men With Paper Faces, John L. Probert

Empty Houses, Ralph C. Doege

Reinformation Theory, Yarrow Paisley

Prison Inquieta, Jon Paul Rai

Slag Glass Lachrimæ, David Rix

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Also a book where I break my 17 year old non-submission fast for the fifth time by having a new story published here.

When I real-time these stories, my comments will appear in the thought stream below.