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  • Brief Bio

    Lester Smith is a 2-term past president of the WFOP, a 4-time Origins-winning game designer, and a former JavaScript teacher for the HWG. He works days as a Writer/Technologist for the educational publishing house Sebranek Inc, nights and weekends as president of Popcorn Press.

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    d6*d6 any-genre role-play rules, featuring worlds of your favorite authors!
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  • Other Card Games…

    Monster Con card game
    Invasion of the Saucer People card game
    Wolf Man's Curse card game
  • Suggested Reading

  • Undying Games

    Dark Conspiracy roleplaying game
    now by 3Hombres
    Dragon Dice game
    now by SFR Inc.
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  • Poetry

    George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron ByronIn 1985, a British Romantic Period Literature class changed my life. The poetry of Byron, Shelley, and Keats wakened in me a passion for writing. I determined to somehow make a career of it—and somehow feed my children.

    Since then I’ve worked exclusively in publishing, first for game companies, now in education. I also continue to write, study, and promote poetry. It’s my opinion that poetry used to belong to the people, until academics stole it. It’s high time to steal it back from them.

    Popcorn Horror – 99 Cents!

    Lester Smith : December 17, 2013 9:14 am : Announcements, Poetry, Popcorn Press

    Popcorn Press logoIf you visit PopcornPress.com, you’ll note that the company is a part-time, family-owned publishing house. Which is to say, we’re not in business for the money, but rather to help worthy projects get published.

    With that in mind, we’ve reduced the price of all our Kindle titles to just 99 cents each. Not just our horror titles; that headline was to get your attention.

    The thing is, we sincerely believe you’ll utterly love not just our horror titles, but also books like edge of the pond, a marvelous collection of haiku by Darrell Lindey, Grim Series, a dark but beautiful book by Kristine Ong Muslim, and Douglas Niles’ Cuban Missile Crisis alternate history, Final Failure: Eyeball to Eyeball.

    Of course, the horror titles—Vampyr Verse, The Hungry Dead, Halloween Haiku, and Cthulhu Haiku—are also great, and we recommend Lilith Unbound, as well. All just 99 cents. To quickly reach the Kindle versions, just visit any of our links above and scroll to the bottom of the page.
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    Another Halloween Success

    Lester Smith : October 31, 2013 12:22 am : Announcements, Poetry, Popcorn Press

    Cthulhu Haiku II cover I’m happy to report that the Kickstarter project for Popcorn Press‘s fifth annual Halloween project—Cthulhu Haiku II and More Mythos Madness—just ended successfully.

    Many effusive thanks to everyone who backed and/or promoted the effort.

    Now I need to get back to work arranging all the stories and poems! Tomorrow is Halloween, and I’ve promised backers they’ll have an ebook to celebrate the occasion.

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    Hibakusha

    Lester Smith : September 24, 2013 9:34 am : Announcements, Japanese, Poetry

    Hibakusha DVD coverLast Thursday, while researching at the office, I came across the term “hibakusha,” meaning surviving victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Wikipedia’s hibakusha entry conveys in a few succinct words and pictures some of the tragedy, including the many Korean forced laborers, the “nijū hibakusha” (those who suffered both A bombs and survived), and the discrimination against hibakusha by their own culture.

    Of course I’m familiar with the rationalizations for our having dropped those bombs. “How bloody would an extended Pacific campaign have been?” and “Dresden took at least as much damage, though by many bombs instead of one.” Somehow, those arguments don’t soothe my soul.

    As a poet, the only way to cope is to share my feelings in verse. So I spent Thursday evening preparing this:

    Hush, hibakusha.
    Hide away your shameful scars.
    Righteousness is flame.

    And I tossed it into the sea of social media like a tiny message in a bottle.
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