New Fiction: Squid Lord

I’ve got a new tale up at All Due Respect: “Squid Lord” recounts a plan for revenge that might have a few holes in it involving a minor celebrity chef. Hmmm, now where did I get the idea for a name like that?

Six Sentences: Gun Street Girl

I have another story up at Six Sentences, “Gun Street Girl” which the music savvy amongst you will know is a references to a Tom Waits song. Yes, another to add to the playlist Inspirations: Songs that Spawned Stories. It’s getting to be a long list despite all the videos that inevitably get pulled down…

FACING THE UNKNOWN

FACING THE UNKNOWN: IMAGINATION IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC Lightforms Art Center, Hudson NY January 8th 2021 – April 3rd 2021 Lily Morris, Millicent Young, Osi Audu, Martina Angela Müller, Patrick Stolfo, Laura Summer, Elmer Orobio & Richard Neal Completely new in recent history, the pandemic has created a never before experienced inner and outer…

Is it Funny?: The trailer!

A few years back everyone was passing around a meme attributed to Cicero: “Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.” It’s even worse now: everyone’s making a podcast. Even I have succumbed — yes, at the very worst possible time of the year: the week before classes…

Film for a Friday: The Sensual Nature of Sound

THE SENSUAL NATURE OF SOUND (1993) 4 Composers Laurie Anderson, Tania León, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros Dir: Michael Blackwood Yes, getting the most out of my Kanopy account and distracting me from being on a treadmill so I don’t just think about the capitalist grind of our lives in the midst of a pandemic. Also…

Who’s Afraid of Kathy Acker?

Who’s Afraid of Kathy Acker? Everyone apparently: all the edge lords who should embrace a unique voice of pain and punk ethos; all the punk writers who want to champion a rebel voice and a fuck-you attitude; all the sex-positive feminists who want to celebrate our bodies and the right to express our truths however…

Film for a Friday: The Sorrows of Satan

Thanks to Angela (check out her fab writing at the Cultural Gutter), I was introduced to this interesting novel by the famous-but-largely-erased author Marie Corelli. The Sorrows of Satan was a sensation upon its release and a scandalous bestseller, so it’s typical that it has been overlooked despite its broadly appealing topic — Faustian bargains…

Tiny Tales Podcast: Chastity Flame 3

Many thanks to Darren Sant at Tiny Tales podcast: as you may know he does short readings of all kinds of fiction and poetry. Now he’s got an exclusive preview of the forthcoming third Chastity Flame novel A Cut-Throat Business which will be out soon from Fahrenheit Press. Chapter one is rather dark, so be warned!…

When Chastity Flame was just a Spark

I know I seem to have a new idea every minute and to change gears just about that often, so it’s kind of funny to see that some obsessions stay with me a very long time. The roots of my Chastity Flame novels are deep. The first novel I wrote in high school was also…

#FolkHorror: Lullaby

I have been reading the excellent biography of Shirley Jackson by Ruth Franklin, which of course makes me turn to Jackson’s own writing for various things (some books are still packed in boxes alas, and it is too hot to spend time in the garage looking for them). I decided to re-read this essay which…