Cats in need of a good home.

Hey gang, I found out tonight that Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine is having a sale this weekend on both its 2016 Anthology and all of its back issues — check out its Facebook page right here for details:

If you follow this blog, then you know I’ve been lucky enough to see my own work selected for many issues, as well as the Peeking Cat Anthology 2016.  And I can personally guarantee that there is always a roster of terrific poets sharing their voices there.

If you’re looking for some thoughtful Autumn reading and you’d like to support indie lit, then consider picking up a copy or two.





Arnold and Jacob Pander’s cover for “Grendel” #7, 1987

Colors by “Grendel” creator, writer and artist Matt Wagner.  This was the original artwork for the “Devil’s Legacy” storyline first published by Comico; Wagner completed the cover art for Dark Horse Comics’s reprints in 2000.



Nerdiest accidental cosplay fail ever?

You buy a “Punisher” t-shirt just for kicks, and because they’re apparently out of the “Daredevil” designs.  Then you throw on your dark overcoat without thinking.

The result is an inadvertent and extremely pathetic attempt at emulating Frank Castle.




Throwback Thursday: Vampire Blood!!!

I’m not even sure that this should be a Throwback Thursday post, as I’m pretty sure it’s still being sold in stores before Halloween.  In the 1980’s, this was indispensable every October to aspiring Draculas everywhere.  You could also order it from the Johnson Smith & Company catalog — which was sort of a Bible to little boys who loved pranks and monsters.

We just called it “Dracula blood.”  You didn’t put it on your fingers, like the kid in the illustration — you applied it on your face to make it look like blood was running out of the corners of your mouth.  Maybe once in a while, you’d get a tubeful derived from an inferior batch of the stuff, and it would be orangeish.  But it was always fun.


Imagineering Vampire Blood "Safe" 1970's Monster Toy Fake Costume Vampire Blood | eBay:


“Weep no more but pity me, Fleet persistent shadow cast …”

“Postscript” (From W. H. Auden’s “The Sea and the Mirror”)

(Ariel to Caliban, Echo by the Prompter)

Weep no more but pity me,
Fleet persistent shadow cast
By your lameness,
caught at last,
Helplessly in love with you,
Elegance, art, fascination,
Fascinated by
Drab mortality;
Spare me a humiliation,
To your faults be true:
I can sing as you reply

Wish for nothing lest you mar
The perfection in these eyes
Whose entire devotion lies
At the mercy of your will;
Tempt not your sworn comrade, – only
As I am can I love you as you are –
or my company be lonely
For my health be ill:
I will sing if you will cry

Never hope to say farewell,
For our lethargy is such
Heaven’s kindness cannot touch
Nor earth’s frankly brutal drum;
This was long ago decided,
Both of us know why,
Can, alas, foretell,
When our falsehoods are divided,
What we shall become,
One evaporating sigh



Giulio Aristide Sartorio’s “The Siren,” 1893

Showtimers Community Theater, Roanoke, Virginia, October 2016

I saw an absolutely fantastic production of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in Roanoke the first weekend of October, performed by Showtimers Community Theater.

I then was treated to a  tour of the entire theater itself.   The wooded hilltop location is a renovated 1908 church secluded from its surrounding residential neighborhood — it’s a small touch of ambiance that further makes the venue an easy destination for people looking for an atmospheric night out.  (Showtimers has been operating since 1951.)