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A Season in Carcosa is now available via Miskatonic River Press! !!

The Press Release has this to say about ASiC:
A Season in Carcosa
edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
When Joe Pulver approached S. T. Joshi about doing an anthology like his now-famous tome Black Wings, only for Robert Chambers' King in Yellow, Joshi had only one thing to say: "You do it, Joe."
So he did.
And here it is: A Season In Carcosa.
H.P. Lovecraft. Karl Edgar Wagner. Peter Straub. Those are a few of the names that stand tall in our genre and when it comes to Robert W. Chambers and his King in Yellow they agree, Chambers' beguiling tales of the King In Yellow and Carcosa are among the best in "weird" fiction. Miskatonic River Press and Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. are proud and delighted to present an anthology of all new tales inspired by Chambers.
In haunted and splintered minds… Minds shackled to lonely places…
In the unbound shadows infesting hearts of beautiful woman with frantic sensations…
In an old house where biblical thrived…
In threadbare truths, disturbed by despair, cobwebbed with illusions…
In far cold Carcosa…
                               Lies madness.
In A Season In Carcosa readers will find the strange and mysterious places of heart and mind that spring from madness, and those minds and the places touched by it are the realms that are mined. Chambers' legacy of the worms and soft decay that spring from reading the King In Yellow play stir both new and established talents in the world of weird fiction and horror to contribute all new tales that pay homage to these eerie nightmares. In Carcosa twilight comes and minds lost in the mirrors of lust and fear, are awash in legacies of shadows, not mercy. . .

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Promotional Trailer for: A Season in Carcosa (c) Brendan Petersen


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Work continues on the King in Yellow and Ligotti tribute anthologies (A Season in Carcosa and The Grimscribe’s Puppets) I’m editing for Miskatonic River Press (both will be released this year – KIY summer, Ligotti, this fall). The KIY tome is about done (looks like 2 weeks and it goes to the publisher). I’m still tinkering away on my intro for this and awaiting what I believe will be a stunning sub and addition . . .

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Bob Price has accepted two tales of mine for upcoming anthologies. Here are the ToC’s

Over the Mountains of Madness  (Dark Quest 2012)
Robert M. Price, Introduction

Glynn Owen Barrass, “The City at the Two Magnetic Poles”
Joseph S. Pulver, “The Second Wave of Fear” (this is my prequel to HPL’s “AtMoM”)
Pierre Comtois, “Second Death”
Pete Rawlick, “Beneath the Mountains of Madness”
Ken Asamatsu, “The Continent of Madness”
Laurence J. Cornford, “Gedney”
C.J. Henderson, “The Pleasure in Madness”
Brian Sammons, “A Biting Cold”
Cody Goodfellow, “Garden of the Gods”
Stephen M. Rainey, “The Danforth Project”
Edward Morris, “Tekeli-li!”
Will Murray, “Static”

Secrets of Cthulhu (Fedogen & Bremer)
Don Webb, “The Healing Power of Snow”
Ann K. Schwader, “The Death Verses of Yian-Ho”
Ernest J. Fischer, “The Event at Gangew Taundon”
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., “The Corpse-Eating Cult of Leng”
Stephen Mark Rainey, “Warlords of Leng”
Will Murray, “God General Nakji”
Michael Fantina, “Leviathan”
Pierre Comtois, “Masks of the Puppet Lord”
Ben P. Indick, “The Monster in the Lake”
Leigh Blackmore, “The Return of Zoth-Ommog”
Lin Carter & Laurence J. Cornford, “The Doom of Enos Harker”
Richard A. Lupoff, “Steps Leading Downward”

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My “King in Yellow
A Play in Two Acts” for the upcoming Bibliotheca Ecclesia Siderum Sapientia:  (editor, Nate Pedersen; PS Publishing) is almost done (bit of my usual panic tweeking), and I’m pleased the editor loves it.

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S.T. (Joshi) has accepted my tales, “In . . . and Out” (“Weird Fiction Review”), “. . . Hungry . . . Rats” (
A Mountain Walked Centipede Press), “…down black staircases”, “WHITE FIRE” (for his upcoming “AtMoM” tribute anthology, Titan Books).

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Henrik Harksen’s
URBAN CTHULHU: NIGHTMARE CITIES, hplmythos.com Vol. 3 anthology is due any minute now. I have a new tale in it. Here is the ToC

“Dancer of the Dying” by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
“The Neighbors Upstairs” by John Goodrich
“Carcosapunk” by Glynn Owen Barrass
“Architect Eyes” by Thomas Strømsholt
“Slou” by Robert Tangiers
“Ozeelah’s Lake” by Morten Carlsen
“The Statement of Frank Elwood” by Pete Rawlik
“In the Shadow of Bh’Yhlun” by Ian Davey
“The Screamer” by T. E. Grau
“Night Life” by Henrik Sandbeck Harksen
“the guilt of each … at the end…” by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.


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I have a new Lovecraftian tale coming in the May issue of the “Lovecraft eZine”.

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My new collection Portraits of Ruin (w/ an introduction by Matt Cardin) arrives from Hippocampus Press in April.
Let us posit that Bukowski is the sun. Or Brautigan, Burroughs and the Beats—a solar Coney Island of the Mind where Timothy Leary’s dead and dead Cthulhu waits and sings the live long daydream believer. Then Joe Pulver’s Portraits of Ruin would be the burst of planets, Big Bang-Bang, Marquee Moons hanging on for what they got, scream of consciousness—in Outer Space no one can hear it . . . except Coffin Joe, Monster Mash Potato that big ol’ Portraits of Ruin—Mars needs it, you need it, so just open the lid and shake your fist—then say: “They kill horses, horses, horses, horses.” Thank you. Come again?Thomas Ligotti

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I have a new tale coming in Trent Zelazny’s upcoming anthology, A Splintered Mind.

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A few new things (3 as I recall) will be appearing in the next issue of “Patricide”.

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Spectral Press’ new line of Lovecraftian CD’s will premiere this May. My work will appear on this “Music & Mythos” project w/ HPL’s! !!

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The wonderful folks at “STRANGE AEONS” magazine will be offering a very-limited chapbook of “my love letter tale to the HPL Film Festival” at the fest this May in Portland. This is a new tale written just for the fest. The cover and illos will be by my pal, Nick Gucker! I love Nicky work so saying I’m delighted is a vast understatement! !! A shorter, variant version will appear in Portraits of Ruin. This will be the only appearance of this version ever! !!

http://strange-aeons.com     http://www.nickthehat.com     http://hplfilmfestival.com/

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Finished and submitted my "intro"/love letter to Michael Cisco’s brilliant, Secret Hours, which will be part of his upcoming [and wonderous!] boxed-omnibus from Centipede Press.

http://michaelcisco.blogspot.de     http://centipedepress.com/

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I am working on a number of submissions for various invites, and a “few” other INTERESTING things as well . . .


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A Season In Carcosa and The Grimscribe's Puppets are coming

I am proud to announce Miskatonic River Press will be releasing two anthologies I am editing. A Season In Carcosa will be similar in feel and direction to Ellen Datlow’s stunning Lovecraft Unbound, but I’ll be mining the King In Yellow work of Robert W. Chambers.


The 2nd book is called, The Grimscribe’s Puppet and will feature all new tributes to weird fiction’s legendary master, Thomas Ligotti. These two books will be released in summer and fall of 2012. The list of names who have agreed to pen tales for these two books is, I feel, breathtaking. More on that as things progress.


Dani Serra
will be doing the covers for both of these anthologies.

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"Phantasmagorium [is], a literary journal dedicated to the weird, the unsettling, and the dark. I’d like to thank Justin Montgomery for the opportunity to showcase fiction by a number of well-established authors and stars ascendant in the horror/dark fantasy fields. Thank you as well to Lara Kerr and JD Busch for their contributions and support regarding this endeavor. [ ... ]

The inaugural issue sets the tone nicely. Herein you’ll discover new work by Stephen Graham Jones, Scott Nicolay, Joseph Pulver, Simon Strantzas, Anna Tambour, and Genevieve Valentine. They’ve provided tales of tooth and nail survival in dystopian wastelands, haunted friendships, childhood angst among a draconic nuclear family, nightmares that shape the waking world, rock climbing gone way, way wrong, and an homage to the Grimscribe himself, Thomas Ligotti.
Again, welcome. Pull up a rock. It’s sundown here in the eerie part of the woods. We’ve got a tale to tell you…"
--Laird Barron, September 16, 2011

YouTube Video

 
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Ross E. Lockhart, editor of The Book of Cthulhu (Night Shade Books 2011) has accepted my tale, “To Live And Die In Arkham” (from my collection, SIN & ashes Hippocampus 2010) for his upcoming anthology.
My dear brother & friend, Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire will have a tale [from his wonderful THE TANGLED MUSE] in this anthology as well! !!
And Laird Barron will have his tale [a NEW! !! one] "The Men from Porlock" in The Book of Cthulhu as well.
Night Shade is publishing this tome this FALL. More on the ToC as I know it!! !

UPDATE: The Table of Contents can be found at Night Shade Books' page for The Book of Cthulhu

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"Just Another Desert Night With Blood" has been accepted for Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 3!
Please find the Table of Contents and further announcements on Ms. Datlow's blog.
 
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It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce my new novel, The Orphan Palace, will be released this October by CHOMU PRESS. To have a work of mine released by a publisher with a roster of literary magicians which includes among other gifted writers, authors Reggie Oliver, Michael Cisco, Mark Samuels, and Rhys Hughes is thrilling! [insert several rows of YAYyyyyyyyyyyyYs!! !] !! TOP will also have a foreword by none other than Michael Cisco. To say I'm over the moon and humbled doesn't even come close to covering it.

Chomu Press and their dazzling[! !!] releases can be found here:
http://chomupress.com/

The amazing, unique, and vastly underappreciated, Michael Cisco (The Divinity Student, The Tyrant, The Great Lover) can be found here: http://www.prostheticlibido.org/news.html

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I will be editing two Anthologies, both coming from Miskatonic River Press in 2012.
The first is a collection and titled A Season In Carcosa. It will be an anthology of new tales based on Robert W. Chambers' "King In Yellow" tales.
The second Anthology is called The Grimscribe's Puppet's. It will collect newly written tales in tribute to and based upon Thomas Ligotti.
 
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I am co-editing  and will be contributing to The Aklonomicon. This book is coming from AKLO Press Summer 2011.
Updates will be featured here and on my blog.
 
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Bob Price has accepted my "At the Mountains of Madness" tribute tale, "The Second Wave of Fear", for his upcoming Anthology, Beyond the Mountains of Madness (Miskatonic River Press).
 
Bob has also accepted my tale, "The Corpse-Eating Cult of Leng", for his upcoming Anthology, The Secret Heart of Asia (Mythos Books). 
 
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 SIN & ashes is now available from Hippocampus Press!

* Introduction by Laird Barron 
* ISBN 978-0-9844802-4-1
* 325 pp

The world of Joe Pulver’s dreams and nightmares is a world of grim violence and death but also of strange beauty and wonder. In stories that read like poems and poems that read like incantations, Pulver weaves a sorcerer’s spell of language—tough, gritty, cheerless, but always evocative, hypnotizing, intoxicating—that lays bare the fragility of human beings on the edge of the abyss, looking down at the depths and looking up at the boundless cosmos. H. P. Lovecraft, Robert W. Chambers, and other writers of terror and the supernatural are Pulver’s touchstones, but his riffs on their tales are the work of a master craftsman who recognizes the emotive value of every sentence, phrase, and word. A poet in every sense of the word, Pulver sees the world and the cosmos as a cauldron of death and carnage but also a platform for triumph and redemption. In these stories, sketches, prose-poems, and vignettes, Pulver evokes the wild beauty of terror in a manner that few can match.

"Joseph S Pulver, Sr. is a thunderous scribe of dark fiction. His poetry slams into you, cracking through flesh and bone to the real meat beneath. SIN & ashes is his mighty hammer, deftly wielded and smithed on Hephaestus's great anvil. This is no book for the faint of heart. Filled with hard boiled goodness and devastating imagery, Pulver proves his is a talent to be reckoned with, and cements his rightful place as one of the most interesting voices in the genre. I am both awed and humbled by his power." - Simon Strantzas

"Joe Pulver's SINS AND ASHES is a messed up (and I mean Cronenberg messed up) splicing of William S. Burroughs and Thomas Ligotti. Add a whiskey chaser. After reading these vibrant and weird stories with their assorted devils and down-and-outs, I kinda want to party with Joe. But I think I'm too scared to." - Paul Tremblay, author of The Little Sleep and In the Mean Time.

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