Nightmare’s Realm Table of Contents TOC

I feel extremely honored to have a short story in this weird fiction anthology edited by the great S. T. Joshi and published by Dark Regions Press. Years ago, before I officially returned to the horror field but was still writing an occasional horror story on the sly, I would always check the horror section on visits to Powell’s Books in Portland, and whenever I came across a Dark Regions Press title, I would think that someday, somehow, I would love to have something published by DRP, which I’ve always considered the leading contemporary publisher of horror fiction. I had no idea of how that could actually happen. Now, through some mysterious, unimaginable unfolding of events, that dream has come true. Three people had a lot to do with this dream coming true. The first is my friend Obadiah Baird (editor of the weird lit zine, Audient Void), who bought me a ticket to the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in 2012 and invited me to attend with him. He even drove. Being a homebody, I had been aware of the HPLFF since it’s inception, but never considered actually driving the 60 miles to attend. Leaving town just wasn’t in my play book. The second person who helped this dream come true was my wife, Judy, who insisted I break out of my shell and urged me to go with Ob to the festival. She knew I would have a good time if I just gave it a chance. And the third person who helped me realize the dream of being published by Dark Regions Press was my old pal, legendary Lovecraftian author, W, H. Pugmire. Wilum and I had corresponded by snail mail back in the 80s and 90s. I published a few of his pieces in various Lovecraft fanzines that I edited, and he published one or two of my pieces in his zines. I lost touch with him sometime in the 90s, but I was aware that after I had left the horror field, he went on to establish a very solid reputation as one of the very finest prose artists in modern horror. Wilum did a reading at the 2012 HPLFF which I enthusiastically attended. Afterwards, I went up to him rather sheepishly and introduced myself (we had never met in person before), asking if he remembered me from the old days. He did, and gave me a very warm welcome. Later, we became Facebook friends, and eventually collaborated on two books of Lovecraftian fiction: the short novel, The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal, and the story collection, In the Gulfs of Dream. Both of these books were beautifully published by Dark Renaissance Books. Wilum and I did signings of these books at various cons, I met many other writers, editors, publishers and fans in the horror field, and eventually it came to pass that I was invited by the esteemed S. T. Joshi to submit a story for Nightmare’s Realm. I jumped on this opportunity, wrote the best tale I could, and was floored when Joshi accepted it. I truly believe this happened not because I was friends with Wilum and had met Joshi at one of the Lovecraft Festivals (I’ve attended each one since 2012), but because, through the process of collaborating with Wilum and really pushing myself to produce the best work I was capable of, I had grown as a writer, to the degree where I was  able to craft a story good enough for Joshi to accept. So, long story short, Obadiah, Judy, and Wilum each in their own way helped me realize that impossible dream of being published by  Dark Regions Press, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. Okay, here’s the table of contents for Nightmare’s Dream. I’m in there with some real heavy hitters, including Lovecraft and Poe themselves:

Nightmare’s Realm Table of Contents

Introduction by S. T. Joshi
Prologue: To a Dreamer by H. P. Lovecraft
The Dreamed by Ramsey Campbell
A Predicament by Darrell Schweitzer
Kafkaesque by Jason V Brock
Beneath the Veil by David Barker
Dreams Downstream by John Shirley
Death-Dreaming by Nancy Kilpatrick
Cast Lots by Richard Gavin
The Wake by Steve Rasnic Tem
Dead Letter Office by Caitlín R. Kiernan
The Art of Memory by Donald Tyson
What You Do Not Bring Forth by John Langan
The Barrier Between by W. H. Pugmire
Sleep Hygiene by Gemma Files
Purging Mom by Jonathan Thomas
The Fifth Stone by Simon Strantzas
In the City of Sharp Edges by Stephen Woodworth
An Actor’s Nightmare by Reggie Oliver
Epilogue: Dream-Land by Edgar Allan Poe



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Nightmare’s Realm

I’m thrilled to have a short story in the forthcoming anthology of weird fiction, Nightmare’s Realm, edited by S. T. Joshi and published by Dark Regions Press. There will be a deluxe signed, slipcased hardcover edition that is bound in black leather and limited to 150 copies.  Here’s the publisher’s announcement (note the preorder date of November 22):

Announcing Nightmare’s Realm: New Tales of the Weird & Fantastic Edited by S. T. Joshi Featuring New Fiction by Ramsey Campbell, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Simon Strantzas, Gemma Files and Many More:…/november-22nd-nightmares-realm…

Dreams and nightmares often give us glimpses into our true character; they can reveal our deepest anxieties and our most ambitious aspirations. Weird fiction has a rich history with dreamlike stories and nightmares that cross boundaries between the real and imaginary. Even H. P. Lovecraft endured many bizarre dreams from the early days of his youth that he then used as inspiration for some of his fiction and poetry. Now world-renowned weird fiction scholar and editor S. T. Joshi has assembled a new set of nightmares from some of the strongest minds in weird fiction today.

Launching for preorder with early ebook download exclusively on on Tuesday, November 22nd 2016!

Read the full Table of Contents for Nightmare’s Realm on our website:…/november-22nd-nightmares-realm…



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A list of my King In Yellow (KIY) stories and poems

Last summer I was asked about the poems and short stories I’ve written that were inspired by Robert W. Chamber’s 1895 book of weird horror fiction, The King In Yellow, and came up with this list:

“Audience at Sunset” (poem, collaboration with Wilum Pugmire) in Spectral Realms

“Chamber of Shards” (poem) in Cyaegha

“In Her Hibernal Aspect” (story) in Cyaegha

“The Dying King” (story) in Cyaegha

“Caressa’s Song” (poem) in Spectral Realms

“The Cyprian’s Tale” (story) in Cyaegha

I expect to write more KIY pieces in the future. One of the things that fascinates me about Chamber’s King In Yellow Mythos is that it’s quite vague and undefined, which makes it wide open for endless variations and interpretations. It’s kind of a Rorschach test. You can make of it what you will.


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Midnight Shambler # 2 Cover and Contents























Here’s a blog post I drafted ages ago and never got around to posting:

Midnight Shambler #2 was a Special Lovecraftian Issue published May, 1988. It contained:

“Gibberings from the editor” by David Barker

“Dust to Dust” by W. H. Pugmire

“The Weighing of the Soul”, “The Gate Between the Stars” and “Power Failure” by Ann K. Schwader

“Wine In Slimy Bottles” by Bobby G. Warner

“The Screaming Stones” by Ralph E. Vaughan

“The Darkest Morning Revisited” by Raymond Schmitz III

“Moles” by Lisa Lepovetsky

“Before the Dawn” by Gary Lovisi

“The Scrawling Chaos” (Letters), and

“Alien Concept” by Albert J. Manachino.

Plus art by Richard Sardinha, Darrell Tutchton, Doni A. Lazenby, David Barker, Raymond Schmidz III, Carole Wellen, and Kevin D. Duncan.  The issue hasn’t been reprinted although there may have been two issues of the original edition, based on the fact that I have one with a tan cover and another with a pink cover.

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Little Gray Bastards is now available

Little Gray Bastards, my nonfiction book on UFOs and alien abduction written in collaboration with Jordan Hofer, can now be ordered on the Schiffer Publishing website.


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The Dreamlands Novel is Completed

My pal W. H. Pugmire and I recently completed our short novel set in H. P. Lovecraft’s dreamlands, and the text has been copy edited by the leading Lovecraft scholar and editor of weird fiction, S. T. Joshi. Our tentative title for the book is Witches In Dreamland. The manuscript is being evaluated by a publisher.

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Poet and small press editor Harry Calhoun has died

Sadly, poet and small press editor Harry Calhoun passed away on October 31, 2015. I didn’t know him well, but we had some very pleasant exchanges by mail and/or email and he sent me at least one, and possibly more of his books and magazines. Shortly after I heard the news, I did a quick search through one of the stacks of poetry books scattered around the house and found one that Harry Calhoun had sent me in 2011, titled. The Insomnia Poems. I immediately reread it and was reminded that it’s truly superb, the language finely crafted, the poems insightful, profound and touching. I don’t recall if I told him that back when I first received it. Harry is best known as the editor and publisher of the tiny poetry magazine, Pig In A Pamphlet. Issue #12, which was an all Bukowski special issue, is famous for the fact that Bukowski’s publisher John Martin objected to Harry publishing a stand alone edition of Bukowski work with no other writers being involved. That issue is titled “then I gave up and started drinking heavily” and is now a rare item that sells for about $200, although the issue price in 1985 was a mere 50 cents. I want to do an exhaustive search through my books to see what else I have of Harry’s. I’m pretty sure it includes issues of Pig In A Pamphlet although I don’t remember having number 12. There may be other chapbooks of his as well, and possibly cards or letters. Harry was a good guy, a gifted poet, and is missed by many. Rest in Peace, Harry.

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