A Tale of Hell Now Available at Your Local Bookstore by Print on Demand.

As of October 23, 2020, A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror is being printed and distributed by IngramSpark. With their immense distribution network of over 39,000 retailers, A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror is now available by print on demand. Be sure to ask for it at your local book retailer. It will continue to be sold via Amazon in Kindle and in print (though the IngramSpark version will be much nicer).

In this collection of published and previously unpublished stories of horror, I take you on a journey into the minds of people who perpetrate horrors, from acts of stupidity with unintended results to cold-hearted revenge to pure enjoyment to complete indifference. Settings range from 17th-century France in the heart of the werewolf trials to the Old West to the present and on to alien worlds in the distant future. Order yours today!

2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Shortlist — At the BookShelf

The link below is to an article reporting on the 2021 shortlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. For more visit:https://lithub.com/heres-the-shortlist-for-the-2021-andrew-carnegie-medals-for-excellence-in-fiction-and-nonfiction/

2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Shortlist — At the BookShelf

Baltasar Gracian on Expressing Yourself

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Baltasar Gracian y Morales (1601-1658)

I have a small book entitled The Art of Worldly Wisdom:  A collection of Aphorisms from the Works of Baltasar Gracian (translated by Martin Fischer, published by Barnes and Noble, 1993).  Baltasar Gracian y Morales (1601-1658) was a Spanish Jesuit scholar and writer of Baroque prose.  The Art of Worldly Wisdom is perhaps his most famous work.   It is a collection of three hundred paragraphs from his works on how to live in what we would consider the practical world of human relations as these first lines from five randomly-chosen paragraphs show:

  • Because an ass once, not twice.
  • Watch him who works by indirection.
  • Know how to put fire into your subordinates.
  • Know how to pretend ignorance.
  • Discover each man’s thumbscrew.
  • Choose an occupation that brings distinction.

Clearly, the drift of the works is more towards the earthly than the spritual, more towards Machivelli and Marcus Aurelius than Solomon and Lao Tzu.   With that in mind, I have quoted paragraph 216, the one that seems to bear the most relation to the art of writing.   Please let me know your thoughts on the value of Gracian’s advice.

“Be able to express yourself, not only clearly, but with charm.  Some conceive easily, but have a hard delivery; yet without pains, these children of the spirit, our thoughts and our judgments, are not rightly born; others are like those vessels that hold much but yield little;  while conversely others pour forth more than was anticipated;  what resolution is to the will, exposition is to the mind, and both are great attributes;  clear heads are much praised, but those balmy may be venerated because not understood;  wherefore at times be not too clear, in order not to seem too ordinary;  yet how can a world get a concept of what it hears, if the speaker himself has no clear notion of what he is talking about?”

A Tale of Hell Now Available at Your Local Bookstore by Print on Demand.

As of October 23, 2020, A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror is being printed and distributed by IngramSpark. With their immense distribution network of over 39,000 retailers, A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror is now available by print on demand. Be sure to ask for it at your local book retailer. It will continue to be sold via Amazon in Kindle and in print (though the IngramSpark version will be much nicer).

In this collection of published and previously unpublished stories of horror, I take you on a journey into the minds of people who perpetrate horrors, from acts of stupidity with unintended results to cold-hearted revenge to pure enjoyment to complete indifference. Settings range from 17th-century France in the heart of the werewolf trials to the Old West to the present and on to alien worlds in the distant future. Order yours today!

The Chamber Magazine Rises Again

I am once again opening up The Chamber Magazine. Click on the photo or the link to go to its revamped homepage.

Yes, I am once again opening up The Chamber Magazine. Click on the photo or the link to go to its revamped homepage. Check out the submissions page for what I am seeking and details on publishing with The Chamber (they are long but they boil down to pretty much the same standard policy at most online magazines).

Please retweet and reblog this, so that I can reach the most people.

Thoughts? Comments?

Seeking Review of Click

I have a copy of Click that is lying around collecting dust. If anyone would like to review it, I will send it to you via USPS.

Synopsis: Frank Martinez is a south Texas police officer, who has retreated to a small island to recover from the guilt of having killed an unarmed man while the incident is under review by the department. One night, after falling asleep in a lounge chair in the yard, he awakes to find two well-armed but unknown men sneaking onto the island to kill him, but he doesn’t know why. Unfortunately, his gun is in the bedroom. Now he must get it before they find him.

Contact me though my contact page, if you are interested.

By the way, this is an older edition. It has the same text as the latest edition, but the cover is different.

The Chamber Magazine Rises Again

I am once again opening up The Chamber Magazine. Click on the photo or the link to go to its revamped homepage.

Yes, I am once again opening up The Chamber Magazine. Click on the photo or the link to go to its revamped homepage. Check out the submissions page for what I am seeking and details on publishing with The Chamber (they are long but they boil down to pretty much the same standard policy at most online magazines).

Please retweet and reblog this, so that I can reach the most people.

Thoughts? Comments?