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SURREALITIES by HWA Member Bruce Boston

Posted by Dark Whisperer on August 22, 2011


Author: Bruce Boston

SFPA Grandmaster Poet Bruce Boston brings together 29 poems surreal and about surrealism. Along with seven poems appearing here for the first time, Surrealities includes reprints from leading genre and literary publications such as Chiaroscuro, Dreams and Nightmares, Paper Crow, The Pedestal Magazine, and Strange Horizons. Also includes six original and striking Rorschach illustrations Boston has created specially for this collection.

“Here, the surreal beauty of a muscular mind, poems like evil flowers, cachinnating snow monkeys, blue-eyed chateaus, scarlet snails. Here, all the boats are drunk, all the architecture soft and hairy, all the nights lit by giraffe fire, butterfly blaze. Here, Bruce Boston – investigating an horizon first mapped by Celan and Eluard, Tanguy and Tanning – rummages through each tree’s drawer, behind perception’s door, to find disturbing but strangely familiar shapes for language, longing, and love.” –Bryan D. Dietrich, author of Universal Monsters

“At times furious in its assault on the senses. At times curious in its nonchalance. This vein of poetics suits Boston oh so well. Like when he takes flight from a straight narrative thread and employs his vocabulary to high and exigent purposes, as in ‘The Lateral Eclipse of Bound Sunsets.’ And when he makes the mystery melancholy, as in ‘Stray Acquisitions.’ A master class on the motive/emotive powers of language.” –-Robert Frazier, author of The Daily Chernobyl

“Boston utterly transcends convention, highlighting many aspects of human experience inaccessible through the use of more traditional methods. Reading these poems is like embarking upon a trek through ‘the depths of dreams,’ the ‘infrastructure’ of the soul itself! I celebrate the release of this work, a collection to which I shall, no doubt, frequently return.” –-John Amen, author of At the Threshold of Alchemy

Dark Regions Press
Release Date: August 2011
ISBN_10 1-937128-13-X
ISBN_13 978-1-937128-13-5

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IL POSTO NERO – July Links (HWA Italy)

Posted by Dark Whisperer on August 7, 2011

The first episode of Il Posto Nero‘s link collection is here. In the month of July, Alessandro Manzetti posted an awesome list of articles and interviews for our Italian HWA members and other horror fans in that country.

Some come with an English translation, but even if they don’t, remember that most browsers offer a “translate” feature. While it may not be perfect English, you’ll definitely be able to understand the great information in these articles.

  • Horror Street: Interview with John Everson (in English, in Italian)
     
  • Queen Anne’s Resurrection – Journey II – The Voice of Elsewhere with Lisa Morton, Rain Graves, Danilo Arona, Daniele Bonfanti (in Italian)
     
  • Black Pills: Dark Surrealism of Alan M. Clark (in Italian)
     
  • Autopsies: Review of Apocalypse Z by Manel Loureiro edited by Alessandro Vigliani (in Italian)
     
  • The Raven – News From Hell: #1 Issue of HWA Italian Bulletin (in Italian
     
  • Black Pills: The Art of Shinya Tsukamoto (in Italian)
     
  • Preview: New Issue of H, The Almanac of Horror Magazine – Interview with Brian Keene (in Italian)
     
  • Queen Anne’s Resurrection – Journey I – The Maps of the Wizard with Bruce Boston, Daniele Serra, Daniele Bonfanti (in Italian)
     
  • Black Pills: The Hell of Francis Bacon (in Italian)
     
  • Autopsies: Review of Apocalypse The Conqueror Worms by Brian Keene edited by Barbara Baraldi (in Italian)
     
  • Horror Street: Interview with Jonathan Maberry (in English; in Italian)
     
  • Black Pills: The Skeleton of James Ensor (in Italian)
     

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Bram Stoker Award 2010 Winners Announced

Posted by Dark Whisperer on June 25, 2011

Superior Achievement in a NOVEL
A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub (Doubleday/Orion)

Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL (Tie)
BLACK AND ORANGE by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books)
THE CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES by Lisa Morton (Gray Friar Press)

Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION
INVISIBLE FENCES by Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)

Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION
“The Folding Man” by Joe R. Lansdale (from HAUNTED LEGENDS)

Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY
HAUNTED LEGENDS edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)

Superior Achievement in a FICTION COLLECTION
FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster)

Superior Achievement in NON-FICTION
TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS by Gary A. Braunbeck (Apex Publications)

Superior Achievement in a POETRY COLLECTION
DARK MATTERS by Bruce Boston (Bad Moon Books)

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THE GUARDENER’S TALE by HWA Member Bruce Boston

Posted by Dark Whisperer on March 10, 2011

by Bruce Boston

“A gripping dystopia wickedly extrapolated from our present. Boston brings to bear his narrative genius on this noir tale of a love triangle in a society gone mad, probing the way technology and science alter our reality. Transcending genre, The Guardener’s Tale combines suspense and breathtaking plot twists with macabre humor. Involving, compelling, a masterwork.” —Mary Turzillo, author of An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl

“Brave New World. Fahrenheit 451. THX 1138. A Scanner Darkly. Bruce Boston’s new novel, The Guardener’s Tale, assumes its rightful place in this noble lineage of anti-authoritarian fables. His twisted love story between Rick Thorne and Josie Jimson is the perfect suspenseful armature on which to display some eternally perplexing ethical quandaries. As inexorable as fate and twice as surprising, Boston’s novel will resonate long after its final sentence carries the reader down the memory hole.” —Paul Di Filippo, author of Shuteye for the Timebroker

“…this book certainly belongs as a great anti-authoritarian novel for the ages.” -Anders Monsen, Prometheus

“For those who enjoy tales of dystopia, The Guardener’s Tale is a must-read.” -Jennifer Crow, Flashquake

“…a heavyweight mixture of plot and action that will keep you hooked until the end….an engrossing and solid piece of work.” -Edward Cox, Aoife’s Kiss

Sam’s Dot
ISBN_10=0982897596
ISBN_13=9780982897591

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New Release – Dark Matters

Posted by Dark Whisperer on August 8, 2010

Dark Matters

Author: Bruce Boston

Publisher: Bad Moon Books

Release Date: July 15, 2010

ISBN-10: 0-984460152
ISBN-13: 978-0-984460151

Author Website

Bruce Boston’s 30th book of poetry collects 49 poems, six of them appearing here for the first time. This new collection includes reprints from Asimov’s SF Magazine, Chizine, The Pedestal Magazine, The Rhysling Anthology, Space and Time, Strange Horizons, and other leading genre and literary publications. Beautifully illustrated by Daniele Serra.

Table of Contents:

  • The Scarified Man
  • Harvest People
  • Curse of the Strangler’s Wife
  • Blue Rain in G-Minor
  • The Beast at Vespers
  • In Possession of Burning Snow
  • Ouroborus
  • A Stray Grimoire
  • The Sizing of Curses
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Vulture
  • The Demon Coal
  • Ten Dark Quatrains Channeling Nostradamus
  • Like Scarlet Birds Screeching
  • A Siren’s Tale
  • Hollows of the Blues
  • Death of a Changeling
  • Dead Heat
  • Faith of the Torturer
  • The Faithless
  • On Homo Reptilis
  • Conflicted as a Warrior Poet
  • Desert Ghost
  • Rat People
  • Dystopian Dusk
  • Casket of the Age
  • Assassin People
  • The Oblong Observatory
  • Rifling the Crosscut Blowfish
  • I Met a Woman in the Shadow City
  • The Final Word in the Shadow City
  • Light and Shadow in the Shadow City
  • The Knave of Shadows
  • Mole People
  • Arrive on Time
  • The History of Tomorrow
  • The Sky Merchants
  • On the Dark Side of the Sun
  • Robovamp
  • The Berserker Enters a Plea…
  • The FTL Addict Fixes
  • Key Events of the Third Millennium
  • Dark Rains Here and There
  • From the Damnation Cemetery
  • Necropolis Burning
  • Disembodied Haiku
  • Zombie Haiku
  • Nocturnal Retrospective
  • The Darkness We Possess
  • A Flight of Demons Rising from Still Waters…

Whispers about Dark Matters

“Whether he’s writing about an errant siren, a grimoire, a vulture, or the apocalyptic implosion of our way of life, Boston does it with stunning and unexpected complexity. There is a sense of completeness to his poems, a sense that he has turned the thing around and looked at it from every angle. He offers insights that are startling in their clarity, and – after he’s shown them to us – completely logical. This is a laudable achievement in and of itself, but the fact that he can balance his eye for detail and his intuition about character with a poet’s ear for the lyrical joy of language is awe-inspiring.” — Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Quarantined

Dark Matters places an extraordinary gallery before us – rat people and robovamps, dystopias and surreal landscapes – rendered in all the rich colors of Bruce Boston’s vivid word-palette. Whether he’s speculating on the dead who come to us in our dreams (“Like Scarlet Birds Screeching”) or taking us on a journey to a unique version of hell (“From the Damnation Cemetery”), every piece here brightens and expands what Boston calls ‘the bereft vocabulary of our lives.’ There’s no one in American poetry quite like Bruce Boston, and Dark Matters is one of his best.” — Christopher Conlon, author of Starkweather Dreams and Midnight on Mourn Street

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New Release – Double Visions

Posted by Dark Whisperer on August 5, 2009

double_visions_lgDouble Visions

Author: Bruce Boston and others

Publisher: Dark Regions Press

Release Date: July 10th, 2009

ISBN-10: 1-888993669
ISBN-13: 978-1888993660

Author Website

SFPA Grandmaster Poet, Bruce Boston, collaborates with ten other speculative poets, including fellow Grandmaster Robert Frazier, Bram Stoker Award-winner Marge Simon, Asimov’s Readers’ Award-winner G.O. Clark. This collection includes seven Rhysling nominees, the winner of the Odyssey Poetry Award, and the winner of the Locus Online Poetry Poll for best All-Time SF, Fantasy, or Horror poem.

Whispers about Double Visions

Double Visions explores and articulates the alien countryside that lies just behind the facade of ordinary existence and examines the elusive, fleeting shadows where fundamental truths reside. I came away from this collection with an enhanced appreciation for the richness, strangeness, horror, delight, and utter beauty of our kind’s brief sojourn in the cosmos.” – from the introduction by J.L. Comeau

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Horror Writers Association Celebrates 2008 Stoker Winners!

Posted by Dark Whisperer on June 16, 2009

At long last, the anticipation is over. The Horror Writers Association has announced the winners of the 2008 Bram Stoker Awards at its annual Stoker Banquet held Saturday, June 13th, 2009 as part of its Stoker Weekend in Burbank, California. Nine new bronze haunted-house statuettes were handed over to the writers responsible for creating superior works of horror last year. This year’s winners are:

Superior Achievement in a NOVEL
DUMA KEY by Stephen King (Scribner)

Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL
THE GENTLING BOX by Lisa Mannetti (Dark Hart Press)

Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION
MIRANDA by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books)

Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION
“The Lost” by Sarah Langan (Cemetery Dance chapbook)

Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY
UNSPEAKABLE HORROR edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Chad Helder
(Dark Scribe Press)

Superior Achievement in a COLLECTION
JUST AFTER SUNSET by Stephen King (Scribner)

Superior Achievement in NONFICTION
A HALLOWE’EN ANTHOLOGY by Lisa Morton (McFarland)

Superior Achievement in POETRY
THE NIGHTMARE COLLECTION by Bruce Boston
(Dark Regions Press)

Works can be recommended by any member of the HWA. Members with Active status then vote works onto a preliminary ballot. From there the field is narrowed to the final ballot and Active members then choose the winners. The award is named for Bram Stoker, best known as the author of Dracula. The trophy, which is a miniature haunted house, was designed by author Harlan Ellison and sculptor Steven Kirk.

HWA also presented its annual Lifetime Achievement Awards and its Specialty Press Award. F. Paul Wilson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards, were on hand to accept. The Specialty Press Award went to Larry Roberts of Bloodletting Press. The Silver Hammer Award, for outstanding service to HWA, was voted by the organization’s board of trustees to Sephera Giron. The President’s Richard Laymon Service Award was given to John R. Little.

(left to right) Chad Helder, Vince Liaguno, Lisa Morton, F. Paul Wilson, Lisa Mannetti, Larry Roberts, Sephera Giron, and John R. Little

(left to right) Chad Helder, Vince Liaguno, Lisa Morton, F. Paul Wilson, Lisa Mannetti, Larry Roberts, Sephera Giron, and John R. Little

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