Snake Oil

A couple of years ago, when Candace, my “Belgian” daughter was visiting, she asked me repeat to her boyfriend the swimming hole story I had told her as an adolescent. I couldn’t remember, until she reminded me. It goes like this … I said, “As a boy, I was staying more »

State of the Smithy

A year ago, I had an audacious plan: Finish translating Aquelarre, write a sonnet weekly for The Pastime Machine, release a monthly 6-page D6xD6 RPG expansion, publish another poet or author monthly, launch a D13 RPG Kickstarter this fall, manage an annual Halloween anthology, attend a half-dozen conventions, and possibly more »

Halloween 2106: Lupine Lunes

It’s that time of the year again—Halloween season! And for the eighth year in a row, Popcorn Press is holding an open call for horror poetry and short fiction. This year we’re featuring werewolves and lune format—but we welcome nearly any horror subject and form. If you’re new to our “Popcorn more »

Faux Paris Story

Caveat: I do not remember writing this, though I found it today in my personal freelance folder, dated 14 Jan. 2013, and it feels vaguely familiar, like a dream I woke from. Or maybe you wrote it … He is sitting with a middle-aged black couple at an outdoor cafe. more »