Tuesday, December 22, 2009

At the Bijou: El Dia de los Reyes

Just in time for the holiday season, my story, El Dia de los Reyes (The Day of the Kings) is featured along side Ian Rochford's very cool tale, A Room at the Star down At the Bijou.

At the Bijou: El Dia de los Reyes, Angel Zapata

At the Bijou: A Room at the Star, Ian Rochford

Creator/editor/wordsmith/Harbinger 33 champion, Absolute Kate Pilarcik continues to inspire and publish writers every Tuesday and Thursday on her virtual theater blog. She’s a truly lovely woman with a remarkably giving heart. Thanks, Kate.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

NYC Midnight Tweet me a Story: The Semi-Finals

I registered for the NYC Midnight Tweet me a Story Contest a few hours before the deadline last week. Basically, at 7pm the next evening they provided a key word (my word assignment was Produce) and every writer had until 11:59pm the same night to enter up to three, 140-character stories. They would then narrow down the entries to the Top 25 and put them up for reader vote. Both my stories made it into the Top 25 of my category, which puts me as a contender for the finals.

My request is to stop by, and if you like either or both, please vote for me. My stories begin, “She squeezed the tomato” and “His experimental pesticides had worked.”

The NYC Midnight Tweet me a Story Contest

Thanks in advance, fellow writers and readers.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Every Day Poets: Family Portrait

Got my poem, Family Portrait up on Every Day Poets.

Every Day Poets: Family Portrait

Once again, my sincere thanks to all the good people of this amazing poetry site.

I know I haven’t spent much time blogging in the cyberworld lately. You know us writer-types. I’ll try not to be such a hermit.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Flashshot: Howl

My new micro-horror piece, Howl is up on G.W. Thomas’ Flashshot. As always, if you miss reading it today, it’ll be available on the Last Ten Flashshots page.

Flashshot: Howl

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Not From Here Are You? The Ash Blossoms

Michael Solender, blog meister of Not From Here Are You? has included my honorable mention story The Ash Blossoms in his remarkable Feast of Flash series.

Not From Here Are You? The Ash Blossoms

And Daniel Stine’s gratifying flash, Thanks Giving.

Not From Here Are You? Thanks Giving

Go have yourself a gander.

Thank you, Michael!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Negative Suck: The Animals Want to Drive…

Writer, and now editor extraordinaire, Jeffrey Callico (aka wiredwriter) has the virgin issue of Negative Suck up for your viewing pleasure. You can find my poem The Animals Want to Drive, but I Can’t Find my Keys wandering about its non-sucking pages.

Negative Suck: The Animals Want to Drive, but I Can’t Find my Keys

A huge congrats to Mr. Callico! After sinking your teeth into his negative suck-fest, drop by his blog:

What is but may not be

And a shout out to my pal, Jodi MacArthur whose art is also featured.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Flashshot: Front Lawn Nativity

Just in time for the holiday season, my micro piece Front Lawn Nativity is featured today on Flashshot. As always, thanks goes to editors G.W. Thomas and Guy Koehler.

Flashshot: Front Lawn Nativity

And don’t forget, if you miss reading it today, it’ll be available for the next ten days on the Last Ten Flashshots page.

Last Ten Flashshots

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Legendary: Three Poems

Huge thanks to editors Jim Parks and Katie Moore over at The Legendary where my poems Lost Communication, Walls of Air and Remarry appear in their November Issue #11. They publish amazing poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Drop by, read, and submit your work.

The Legendary: Three Poems

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Said No to NaNo? Here are Two Tiny Alternatives

Okay, I admit it; I dodged the NaNo bullet this year. It’s not like I’ve stopped writing, I just don’t have 50,000 consecutive words in me at this time. The good news is I’ve been busy scribing flash and poetry all month long. So there. (Submit pic of defiant tongue here).

Recently, I found a couple of fun sites to wet the end of your quills and get those juices flowing (hmm…that came out dirtier-sounding than I intended) and wanted to share them with you.

Daily prompts that challenge you to pen a masterpiece…in 60 seconds! Writer, C. Beth has kindly provided a timer to jitter your nerves while you write. Basically you read the prompt, press play on the clock, and go!


BTW, she’s a limerick genius and you can view some of her brilliant five-liners at my next recommendation:

Daily prompts inspired by a variety of cues. Per the blog, “Read the cue, react to the cue. There's no right answer, no research required. I cite sources where applicable but it's all about coming up with creative answers. Winners are picked in a week.” It’s a challenge, so you get to compete with your peers. Win a coveted winner’s button to sport on your blog. And you have an opportunity to win one for every day of the week.


Have fun!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The New Flesh: Evolution

Editor, William Pauley III has published my tale of the Octopi. Stop by The New Flesh and find out what happens when sea creatures fall from the sky.

The New Flesh: Evolution

Thanks III!

Monday, November 9, 2009


My entry for The Worst of Love Contest is featured today on Flashes in the Dark.

Flashes in the Dark: Death Reversal

Per the contest guidelines, What we’re looking for: Dark stories that tell us what happens when love goes awry. This could be romantic love, or love between family or friends. Throw in a paranormal twist to this premise, and we want to see your story! 1,000 words is the limit. Please visit the FITD News page for further details. You have until November 30th to submit…so hurry!

Flashes in the Dark: The Worst of Love Contest

Editors Lori Titus and Bob Eccles have my gratitude.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


A Rage of Angel is proud to host a feature interview with an exceptionally gifted horror illustrator. For those of you unfamiliar with Mark Anthony Crittenden’s work, you are in for a mind-blowing treat. Some of his published and forthcoming illustrations can be appreciated on his blog, “Vision Primordial” and in the pages and covers of Graveyard Tales, Champagne Shivers, Twisted Dreams, Morpheus Tales, and Sideshow 2: Tales of the Big Top and the Bizarre.

I’m quite excited to announce that Mark has also allowed us the exclusive privilege to witness the evolution of one of his art creations, "Lucy's Wolf" by rewinding the clock from finished product to initial concept through the four step-by-step images showcased here. If you’ve always been curious to learn how an idea becomes a jaw-dropping reality…now’s your chance.

It’s a great pleasure to introduce you to Mark Anthony Crittenden.

RAGE: In one sentence, describe everything there is to know about your illustrations.
MAC: It's anything full of teeth, and psychosomatic illness, and just a touch of charm.

RAGE: Tell us your latest news.
MAC: The magazine Graveyard Tales will feature a reprint of one of my stories and an illustration. I was very pleased to make the debut issue of this magazine (which is available for purchase now, by the way). That occasion was a first for me.

RAGE: In order to clarify, should we address you as an artist or illustrator? Is there a distinction?
MAC: Oh yes, there is a big distinction. The artist often just talks about it, the illustrator actually does it. I am the latter.

RAGE: What defines you as an illustrator? Was there one significant moment in your life? Who are your biggest inspirations?
MAC: I am defined by the long hours that I have spent in a transformative process, and by all those who said I couldn't do it, bless them all. All the people out there who struggle and get knocked down and just keep getting back up…they are my inspiration, and I will never stop cheering them on.

RAGE: I know you sometimes employ models for specific projects, and as each illustrator has a unique creative process, please explain yours.
MAC: That would require a very long answer. I can tell you that there is a definite formula for selecting the right model for a composition. It's all about finding the personality of the image and then working in reverse, establishing a mood in my own singular style. I enjoy the challenge of also doing photo-manipulation and trying to maintain a level of illustration within the piece. In every case I try to produce something exquisite, even if it takes everything out of me. I will easily spend 40-60 hours on a cover illustration, and I won't stop until it meets my standards.

RAGE: You post many links to music videos on your blog. How much does music influence your work? What other passions drive you to create?
MAC: Music is definitely the tie that binds us to our creativity. Whenever we are composing we are creating music. That is to say, everything is lyrical and literal and symbolic. We are all of us conduits and tiny firestorms.

RAGE: You are also a published writer. Your fiction and poetry has appeared on your blog, Micro 100 and Champagne Shivers. Does your artwork inspire your fiction or vice versa? Where else are you published? New stories in the works?
MAC: I will say this: Everything I do is visual to some degree. I am trying to transport the viewer somewhere and paint a picture-either with a stylus or with words. Unfortunately because I am living between two worlds, that of an illustrator and a writer, I sometimes spread myself thin and it is hard to get my writing out to all the markets I would hope for. There is a flash fiction special in the form of a free pdf download now available from Morpheus Tales:

Morpheus Tales Special

that features one of my new stories. One could start there. A new story will also appear in Champagne Shivers Jan 2010 issue, which I was also lucky enough to land the cover art for.

RAGE: If a publisher or writer wants to commission you for work, what’s the best means to contact you?
MAC: Well, I have always gone to them originally, but I am hoping that changes. Just like the subjects we write about –we don't always choose them. Sometimes they choose us. My email is at the top of my blog:

Vision Primordial

and I encourage anyone to drop me a line. I am always excited to hear from new writers, or about any new projects happening out there.

RAGE: What advice can you give to up-and-coming illustrators wanting to see their work published?
MAC: Be willing to give everything for what you do. Be concise and sure-footed and tenacious, and if that doesn't work pole vault yourself into the opposition. Be a lightning bolt. Don't be afraid to refine your techniques. Always be changing.

RAGE: Final thoughts?
MAC: I just want to thank you, Angel, for this interview and the chance to rant for a while. I also want to thank all of the writers out there who are doing everything in their power to be heard, to make their mark. I raise my glass to you and salute you. You are in many ways the voice of today. Keep rising to new heights. I will be watching out for you!

Thank you, Mark!

Please visit Mark’s work:

Vision Primordial

Micro 100: Health Care Denied

Micro 100: Alive

Champagne Shivers: The Shock Value of Bad Magic

Morpheus Tales Special

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Old Mother Hubbard Goes Before the Parole Board

Yep, the TRUE story finally revealed. Go read all about it on The New Flesh. I’ve transcribed it from Old Mother Hubbard’s very own words.

The New Flesh: Old Mother Hubbard Goes Before the Parole Board

My thanks to editor, William Pauley III.

Monday, October 19, 2009

13 Days of Horror Begins!

Erin Cole’s blog, Listen to the Voices will be hosting 13 DAYS OF HORROR beginning today and running through Halloween. Each morning, a new story or poem will be featured by a guest writer. Click the link below and enter into darkness…

Erin Cole’s Listen to the Voices: 13 Days of Horror

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Summer Chiller Contest Winners

My flash story, Surrogate Fruit has placed first in the Flashes in the Dark, Summer Chiller Contest. The summertime theme, per the guidelines, was to create a story that turned “the regular trappings of the warmest part of the year into something dark and scary” in 1,200 words or less.

There were first through third place winners and two honorable mentions from writers Graeme Reynolds, Jessica Brown, Jodi MacArthur, and Shane McKenzie. Please read the announcement here:

Flashes in the Dark: News Page

Please visit each writer’s story in the Summer Chillers Archives and feel free to leave congratulatory comments in the feedback field:

Flashes in the Dark: Summer Chillers Archives

Sincere thanks goes to editors, Lori Titus and Bob Eccles who are not only kind people, but also some of the best horror writers around.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

55 A Day, Nanofiction for Nanopeople: Love Story

I got the guest spot up on 55 A Day: Nanofiction for Nanopeople. It's called "Love Story." Editor, Ari Collins has compiled some great micro fiction (what he considers nanofiction). Please stop by, read and support this gem of a site.

55 A Day: Love Story

And for those wondering where I’ve been…yes, I’ve been hiding in my cave.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sideshow 2: Tales of the Big Top and the Bizarre

Horror illustrator and artist extraordinaire, Mark Anthony Crittenden (who happens to be the cover artist) has asked me to pass on the word that Sam's Dot Publishing is still open to submissions for Sideshow 2: Tales of the Big Top and the Bizarre.

Per their guidelines, “We want unique stories about side shows, freak shows, travelling shows, carnivals, circuses, and fairs. Stories may fall into one or more of three genres: horror, fantasy, and science fiction (although typically we do not expect many science fiction stories). Although we are looking for original stories, we will consider reprints, but probably will accept no more than two--we really want original work. Story length should be somewhere between 1,500 and 5,000 words.”

They pay $12 for Original Stories & $7 for Reprints.

For those unfamiliar with Sam’s Dot, they offer a wide range of fantastic publications from managing editor, Tyree Campbell. Titles include Champagne Shivers, edited by Cathy Buburuz, The Drabble, edited by Terrie Leigh Relf and many, many more.

Please visit their newsletter for full submission guidelines:

Sideshow 2: Tales of the Big Top and the Bizarre

For general publication info:

Sam's Dot Publishing

BTW, in the very near future, A Rage of Angel will be featuring an Artist Spotlight with Mark Anthony Crittenden. The horror community should pay special attention to his work as he may be illustrating YOUR work very soon. Please stop by and view some of his effin’ amazing artwork currently on display at his blog:

Vision Primordial: The works of Mark Anthony Crittenden

Sunday, October 4, 2009

House of Horror Call for Submissions

For those of you unaware, at the UK’s House of Horror magazine “There is always something happening in every room of this horror house. Join us for horror stories and poems in the basement, book reviews and interviews in the lounge, macabre models and horrific art in the studio, and bloody romance in the master bedroom.”

I, for one, read their magazine and find the quality of work submitted to be of the highest caliber. They are currently open to submissions for their online magazine:

House of Horrors

AND editor, S.E. Cox has just announced open submissions for their latest anthology, RUTHLESS: An Extreme Shock Horror Collection. From Within These Walls, the HOH blog site:

“We are looking for stories that will shock the reader, make them feel uncomfortable as they read. Give us your sickest, weirdest, craziest stories. The gorier and stranger, the better. That being said, the story still has to be strong. Gore for gores sake will not cut it, but a great story full of gory details is what we are looking for”

For more details, submission guidelines, and other pertinent links, please visit:

Within These Walls: House of Horror blog

House of Horror continues to donate to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, so please support not only the horror community, but a worthy cause as well. House of Horror anthologies and special print editions and can be purchased at their bookstore:

House of Horrors Book Store

Friday, October 2, 2009

10 Flash Quarterly: Deep Within the Heart of Thieves

My latest flash is up on editor, K.C. Ball's genre fiction e-zine, 10 Flash Quarterly. Every issue features 10 writers showcasing their interpretation of the presented theme. The October 2009 theme was "two men, one of them wounded, flee pursuit following a botched bank-robbery."

Issue 2 writers include D. J. Barber, Alexander Burns, Laura Eno, Jude-Marie Green, Oonah V. Joslin, John Jasper Owens, Stephen D. Rogers, Tanya L. Schofield, Robert Swartwood, me, and a bonus tale by Gay Degani.

10 Flash Quarterly: Deep Within the Heart of Thieves

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Plagiarized...Three Days Later

Whew…can you believe the response? That guy sure picked the wrong writing community.

As we all know, a writer by vocation pens alone. Some have called it a lonely life. I don’t know if I agree with that. What I do know is if I excluded the online community of writers I scribe beside, I wouldn’t have another writer’s voice cheering me on each and every day.

Three days ago, all I wanted was my daily dose of flash fiction. Who knew what opening that e-mail would do? And how far the echo of outrage would travel?

If this experience has taught us anything, it’s that the internet world of writers (and especially, small-press horror writers) is very, very small. For the most part, we’re all familiar with each other’s names and writing-styles. We know the editors and they know our work. But most of all, we know what line not to cross, and we’re willing to lay it all down and defend it.

It's brought us all closer.

We’ll never completely stop plagiarism from happening again to one of us, but neither will we be silent about it. Something has changed within us. Where once we may have remained a passive observer, we now stand vigilant, ready to strike back, and ready to identify the predator lurking in our midst.

My deepest thanks to all of the writers and editors who banded together with me in this time of crisis, and proved the value of our craft. The bevy of e-mails, tweets, and support I received on my blog from every walk of life has been like manna from heaven.

I never thought anyone would bother to steal any of my words. Thank you all for helping me take them back.

-Angel Zapata

The following is a collection of links created by each of you on your blogs, websites, and forums about that plagiarist scoundrel, Richard Ridyard. Sorry if I missed any:














































Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I've Been Plagiarized...and I'm Not Alone

Early yesterday morning, via e-mail, I received my daily dose of Genre Flash Fiction from Editor, G.W. Thomas's site, Flashshot. The featured story was called, IMAGINATION'S BURIAL by Richard Ridyard. I usually look forward to being delighted, shocked, or horrified by another great story, and yesterday I wasn't disappointed. Only it wasn't in that "Wow, what a fantastic story" way, it was in the "Holy Sh**, someone not only stole my idea, but actually stole a line I created" reality.

Case in point, excerpts from Mr. Richard Ridyard's 100-word story, Imagination's Burial:


"We go to the end of the wreckage away from the crowds to search for survivors…We find two people unconscious, under rubble. We take turns drinking their blood."

Now: Read the 22-word story I wrote for the June issue (#6) of Micro 100 entitled "At the Depot."


"After the train derails, we desperately search through the wreckage. Luckily, six men and women survive. We take turns drinking their blood."

Initially, I was taken aback. Could someone have stolen my work? Is it a case of unconscious plagiarism? Maybe the author really liked my work and wanted to do something similar. I was upset and dumbfounded. I decided more research was required.

What I found was frightening.

Author, Deborah Biancotti has an excerpt from her award-winning story, "The First and Final Game" on her site:

Altair 6/7, Altair Press, ed. Robert Stephenson, pub. 2000
Aurealis Award Best Horror Short Story winner
Ditmar Award Best Short Story shortlist

"Electricity is irregular here, and so are phones, but the privacy is absolute. You could kill every single person in every single house and hardly anyone would disturb you. It's that kind of place."
Copyright Deborah Biancotti 2000 All copyrights reserved

NOW: Go to http://www.microhorror.com/microhorror/author/richard-ridyard/the-tyburn-jig/ and read Richard Ridyard's story, "The Tyburn Jig." Here are the last three lines:

"Electricity is irregular here, and so are phones, but the privacy is absolute. You could kill every single person in every single house and hardly anyone would disturb you. It's that kind of place."

Absolutely shocking!

I don't claim all of Richard Ridyard's work is plagiarized, but there are some truly valid doubts and astonishing evidence found on many respected sites on the internet.

Sadly, there's more.

This is from author, James Wood’s story, "The Face of the Dummy" published on Short Stories org uk:


"As long as I live he'll haunt me, taunt me, then destroy me. There's only one escape for me...for both of us. Tomorrow they'll find us hanging from a beam in the centre of this room ...two stiff, inanimate puppets on the ends of our strings, our faces blackened and contorted by the tightened rope…will look closely at the two bodies hanging side by side, and will see the inescapable resemblance."
Copyright James Wood 1993 All copyrights reserved

Per Richard Ridyard's bio he's "a 21 year old Law student who lives on the Wirral, England." That's right. You read correctly. "LAW" student. And if by chance, one of his pseudonyms happens to be James Wood, he would have been the ripe old age of 5 years old the year he penned this story in 1993.

Here's an excerpt from Richard Ridyard's "The Hanged Man" which has been published on numerous horror sites including:


"As long as I live he'll haunt me, taunt me and then destroy me. There's only one escape for me. for both of us. Tomorrow they'll find us hanging from a beam in the center of this room. two stiff, inanimate puppets on the ends of our strings, our faces blackened and contorted by tightened rope…will look closely at the two bodies hanging side by side, and will see the inescapable resemblance."

Per a further Google search, I did find that it's possible he uses the pseudonym, "R.M. Valentine." View Google address:

1. Flashes In The Dark: Horror Flash Fiction in Daily Doses
Sep 27, 2009 ... still she continues her search for ghosts. She is startled at first, squinting as she looks with her dementia clouded eyes. She then looks ...flashesinthedark.com/ - Cached - Similar
2. A Place of Rest by RM Valentine at Story write
It is getting quite late but still she continues her search for ghosts. She is startled at first, squinting as she looks with her clouded dementia ridden ...storywrite.com/story/324646 - Cached - Similar
In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 2 already displayed.If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included.

I've included links to known published pieces from Mr. Ridyard in order for other writers and readers to draw their own conclusions:

Author's page on Flashes in the Dark includes, A Place of Rest, The Grief of Rapture, The Beginning of the End, and The Empty Swing.

Author's page on Microhorror.com includes The Hanged Man, The Empty Swing, The Tyburn Jig: http://www.microhorror.com/microhorror/category/author/richard-ridyard

The Darkness Within:

School Boy Error: http://www.sffworld.com/community/story/3238p0.html

He’s also slated as editor for “Valentine Publications.” http://valentinepublications.com/

What? There’s more?

Here’s another excerpt from the brilliant, master of horror himself, H.P. Lovecraft, his story, “Ex Oblivione.”


“The days of waking had become less and less bearable from their greyness and sameness…”

Now: read Mr. Ridyard’s story, originally published on Flashes in the Dark (which has since been pulled for obvious reasons, but you can find evidence of it through a Google search)



“My last days were that of realisation. The days of waking had become less and less bearable from their greyness and sameness…”

In closing, and quoting the title of one of the author's many stories, this may in fact be "The Beginning of the End" for one Richard Ridyard. Maybe through this effort, he will step forward and come clean. PLAGIARISM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED BY ANY WRITER.

What really gets me is that before I discovered this madness, I left said author positive feedback on one of his stories! I'm still upset, but strangely happy to expose an apparent fraud in our community. It's crazy, because several months ago I wrote a six sentence story not realizing the relevance it would have today. It's a warning, and I humbly present it to you, dear, honest writers.

Beware the Word Hogs

They eat up all your little piggy muses. Catch a woman poet by the toe and she'll tell you that she knows. A man won't admit it, but neither will he hesitate to flash his cut roast beef. This market isn't safe for writers. Stay within the safety of your homes and write with the bed sheets pulled over your head or cry wee little tears for the lost. When the word hogs come, they won't leave you with any words, absolutely none.
Copyright © 2009 Angel Zapata


I did attempt to contact Mr. Ridyard through “Valentine Publications” and this is the reply I received from them:

Dear angel Zapata,

I was shocked and appalled to read the email regarding Richard Ridyard’s accusation of plagiarism, which I opened at 12:16 on the 29th of September. I have known Richard for over a decade and do not believe it possible for Richard to be morally capable of such an act. As a person with a great respect for the law and with such a love of literacy, I do not believe this is something he could commit knowingly, if at all.

I shall be passing this information onto Richard, but I urge you to contact him at his personal email: (I’ve removed it from this post, but did forward this to Mr. Ridyard) As officially this matter does not concern Valentine Publications.

I know Richard shall be contacting you soon regarding this accusation and we hope this matter can be rectified soon.

Yours sincerely

Valentine Publications - Team

I went back to visit the “Valentine Publications” website and found this waiting for me:

“The site is currently closed until further notice due to administration issues. We are still accepting submissions and are still aiming for 15th December 2009 release date for our first magazine. please come back soon! Mail@valentinepublications.com Valentine Publications Also please find us on facebook for more details and forum discussions.”

I have not received a reply from Mr. Ridyard.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Flashes in the Dark: Surrogate Fruit

With an awesome introduction by editor, Lori Titus, "Even the most pure of intentions can bring the most tragic of results..... read Angel Zapata's latest offering on Flashes in the Dark."

Flashes in the Dark: Surrogate Fruit

Thanks, Lori!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Toe Tags Horror Anthology: October 2009

This is a trailer for the horror anthology "TOE TAGS: 21 spine-tingling stories by the best new authors of horror" - Due out in early October 2009. The book includes short stories by Brian Barnett, William Pauley III, Angel Zapata, Lori Titus, Jimmy Calabrese, Nathan Rosen, Graeme Reynolds, Oonah V Joslin, L. B. Goddard, T. J. McIntyre, Robert C. Eccles, Stephanie Barnett, Joshua Day, Brett Saunders, Joshua Scribner, Chad Case and Michael A. Kechula. The book will be available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Every Day Poets: Girl Fight

My poem Girl Fight is featured today on Every Day Poets.

Every Day Poets: Girl Fight

As always, I'm grateful for the acceptance. Thanks again to editors, Oonah Joslin, Constance Brewer, and Nicholas Ozment.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Absent Willow Review: Two Poems

The Absent Willow Review has published their latest issue which happens to include two of my poems, Dreams of the Scarlet Blossom and The Little Pyromaniac. The editors are committed to producing quality horror fiction and poetry. For those of you wanting to delve into horror short stories (between 2,000 – 8,000) vs. flash fiction, this is definitely the site for you.

Familiar names like K.C. Ball, Jodi MacArthur, and Lucien E. G. Spelman have appeared in its pages. They are open to submissions, so dust off those manuscripts.

The Absent Willow Review

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Twins: September 2001

We came here to raise the dead. The rubber-coated
handle of that borrowed shovel flowing thickly
through his dust-encrusted hands. Between gloved fingers,
a nameless daughter now reduced to ash gray wind.
My father has volunteered to sort brick from bone,
skin from stone, undress the glass-crushed epidermis.
Over his scorched head, thread-like pillars of white smoke
stab blue sky, hushed prayers strike white against his mask.
Any deep breath is cause for alarm, toxic gases
fueled by exposed pipes, the odor of ghosts.
I know somewhere submerged beneath trampled wreckage,
friends who climbed falling stairs grow closer in the earth.
Again the carbon tempered blade of his shovel
strikes rock, sparks a quake that shivers from the mantle.
Eight hundred miles away, I’m digging up a dead rosebush
within the square-fenced yard of my safe Georgia home.
I turn the soil with a crooked spade, plowing
deeper than I should, expecting a hand to break
the distance, reach up from the dark and voice its name.

Copyright © 2009 Angel Zapata

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Laura Eno: Writer Spotlight

My recommended author of the week is the always terrific, Laura Eno. A successful fantasy and romantic fiction writer, she’s recently turned her attention to the darker side of fantasy and horror. “He signed away all rights to the robot zombie doll that same day, but never saw his money. A day later, the cute little robots began receiving their new programming, devouring their unsuspecting owners while they slept.” from Zombies Inc.

Her prose is consistently clean and unencumbered by superfluous words. “Do you remember how Mama begged? Can you see once again the pool of blood as she lay dying?” from Family Reunion.

What’s most impressive about her work is her keen mastery of subtlety and misdirection. “‘I'd like to spend some time with you.’ Paul drew his lips across the back of Amy's hand, watching her shiver in reaction. She would be easy prey tonight.” from Need.

In reference to creating works of flash fiction, and her participation in a weekly “#fridayflash” forum, Laura shares her own personal feelings with us. “At first, #fridayflash seemed like a fun way to connect with a few fellow writers, but it’s become so much more than that to me. As I’ve seen my readership grow and take in the comments left, I realize that I’m making a connection with a much broader audience that enjoys my stories. That’s very gratifying to any writer.” The author continues. “I am the proverbial introverted writer, sitting alone in a room, clacking away at a typewriter. This experience has forced me to push beyond my perceived limits, both in terms of coming up with new stories on a regular basis and forging into the unknown...” from A Conversation with Laura Eno on Mad Utopia.

What hasn’t been mentioned yet is Laura’s generous spirit. She is a constant source of support for many aspiring writers. You can find her words of encouragement and thoughtful critiques posted in dozens of online magazine comment forums and author blogs. She is a genuinely gracious writer and a person who does her best to not only promote her own creations, but the flash fiction community at large.

It’s an honor to write along side her.

Works of interest include:

Zombies Inc. flash fiction published on MicroHorror.

Family Reunion flash fiction published on The New Flesh.

Need flash fiction published on Static Movement.

Finale flash fiction published on author’s blog.

A Conversation with Laura Eno flash fiction published on Mad Utopia.

Visit Laura’s blog to experience “A Shift in Dimensions” and prepare to be taken on a glorious ride:

A Shift in Dimensions

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The New Flesh: Grub

I’ve been hiding out the past couple of weeks or so writing up a storm…and it may be paying off.

My flash piece, Grub is up on The New Flesh today. Editor, William Pauley III has created a fantastic site for true affectionados of the horror genre. He’s a very talented horror writer as well. Check out his site and his work.

The New Flesh

Now back into the cave I go...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Every Day Poets: Drive-By

Many thanks to editors, Oonah Joslin, Constance Brewer, and Nicholas Ozment for featuring my poem Drive-By on Every Day Poets today.

Every Day Poets: Drive-By

And to all my fellow poets, "What are you waiting for?" I want to read your work on this site and I'm sure there are others who feel the same. Shuffle through those boxes of poems and submit your best.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Short Story Library: My Wife is a Peculiar Bird

Editor, Casey Quinn of Short Story Library was kind enough to accept my poem My Wife is a Peculiar Bird for the latest edition of their online magazine. There are of plenty of short stories, flash and poetry to keep you delighted for a very long time. And they’re open to submissions too.

Short Story Library: My Wife is a Peculiar Bird

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Flashes in the Dark: Angel Zapata Interview

I was recently interviewed by horror author and editor, Lori Titus over on Flashes in the Dark. For those of you unaware of this great horror e-zine, it happens to be one of the preeminent sites for Horror Flash Fiction. Every Sunday, they feature an interview with either an editor or horror writer, and today it’s my turn. Stop by and get a glimpse into why I do what I do. If you miss it today, look for it in the right hand column under "Recent Posts."

Flashes in the Dark

They are also hosting The Summer Chiller Contest from August 1st, 2009 - September 22, 2009. All stories MUST employ some sort of summertime theme! Per their guidelines, “For the Summer Chiller, we will accept stories of 1,200 words, a slight bump up from our usual limit of 1,000 words.” Click the link below for further details.

Flashes in the Dark: The Summer Chiller Contest

Friday, August 14, 2009

Financial Disclosure: Rage Gets Paid

As you may or may not know, A Rage of Angel was originally created to voice the soulful fury of the unpaid writer. Just look at the header above.

“I don't get paid. Nope. Sure don't.”

I’m fairly certain most of us are unable to support our families simply by our writing prowess, and sadly, must take (dare I say it aloud) an actual job amongst society. I don’t know all the reasons why each of us spends hours in solitude penning the fantastic tales twitching around our minds, but I like to believe the majority of us do it because our hearts would explode without this incredibly satisfying outlet. Yes, I know “poor in money, rich in spirit,” but the periodic layoffs from my current place of employment beg to differ.

Okay. So here’s the rub. I actually have received payment for my writing this year. I’ve grossed a grand total of $41. And that’s real American money too. Obviously not a large sum, but it does pose a conflict.

“I don't get paid. Nope. Sure don't.”

So now what? Must I edit this statement out? Add a disclaimer? Hmm…what would you do?

Let me tell you what I’ve decided.

Whenever there’s a choice to accept payment or donate it back to the publication, I will choose to donate it back. Any checks addressed to me will be cashed and utilized to support the e-zines, printed press publications, and editors I respect and enjoy. I’ve seen so many of my favorite print and e-zine publications fold.

Sure “I need money” and “I get hungry,” but it’s the hunger that continues to drive me.

No, that’s not a soapbox under my feet, and neither is there a halo over my angelic head. I’m not trying to sway you one way or another— no political or religious agenda; I’m just sitting here sharing my thoughts with you, not judging you. And hell, if tomorrow I happen to win a $2,500 short story contest, I may have to come back here and delete this post. In all honesty, I need my rage— that desperate passion to unite words. I can always find a way to pay my mortgage.

How you spend your money is your business, but as for me, I know I’ve wasted a lot of it over the years on fruitless joys. I’m ready to invest more than just my time into this irresistible craft. In fact, I’m inclined to give back everything it means to me. My measly donation or subscription renewal may seem insignificant, but it could make all the difference in the world to a struggling magazine.

Who knows…my boys may one day grow up and decide to become writers.

I want to ensure they have somewhere to submit.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

John Wiswell: Writer Spotlight

My recommended author of the week is the thoroughly engaging satirist, John Wiswell. He cleverly forges sarcasm and irony into a humorously appealing language. There are no forbidden topics for this intrepid scribe. On his blog site, The Bathroom Monologues, he confronts the controversial issue of abortion and presents us with the flipside of the proverbial coin: fetuses aborting their mothers. “One mother argued her own case in a French court this April, claiming she feared her baby would terminate her just because she couldn’t promise that the doctor wouldn’t spank him.” from Take the Other Side.

His rationalist perspective of a perceived shark attack pleases both the intellect and the funny bone. “A Washington D.C. Rationalist Think Tank was on holiday at the undisclosed beach that day. Three employees saw it break the surface. Tammy saw a deck of playing cards. Guido saw a platter of fried shrimp. Ironically only one of the rationalists, Virginia Welsley, saw a shark fin. Even more ironically, she was the only rationalist in the water.” from Rorschark Attack.

He’s a completely versatile writer who can easily pen a good old-fashioned, supernatural horror tale. “A bride with a bloody gown and knives for fingers stood in Chantal’s door. Her lipless mouth grinned, asking, ‘You said Bloody Mary in the mirror three times on October 29, 1984, right?’” from Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody...

But moreover, he can create a cerebral killer capable of expatiating philosophies during a gruesome act of violence. “He dropped the left hand to start on the right. It lolled off the side of the workbench, bushing against Matvey’s knee. He kicked it aside and continued. ‘Now your country’s Mark Twain said familiarity breeds children, which is funnier. Also less true, I think. I am mighty familiar with my siblings, but unless I blacked out one holiday, I never fathered a baby by them.’” from Familiarity Breeds.

John Wiswell’s writing is bold, bright, beautiful, and a bunch of other “B” words I’m too excited to recall.

Works of interest include:

Take the Other Side
flash fiction published on the author’s blog:
The Bathroom Monologues

Rorschark Attack
flash fiction published on:
Short Story Library

Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody...
flash fiction work published on:
Six Sentences

Familiarity Breeds
flash fiction work published on:
Powder Burn Flash

Broadcasting from Unconfirmed
flash fiction work published on:

Visit John’s blog to view “something you don’t see every day.”
The Bathroom Monologues

Friday, July 31, 2009

Flashshot Daily Genre Micro-Fiction: Initiation

My reanimated death tale "Initiation" is today's featured micro on Flashshot: Daily Genre Micro-Fiction.


I love this site! And remember, if you miss reading it today you'll have to click on the LAST TEN FLASHSHOTS link to find it.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Every Day Poets: Autumn 1985, The Dead Girl

Short and sweet today (pulling overtime at my day job…argh!).
Please visit Every Day Poets for a dose of daily poetry. Not just because my story “Autumn 1985: The Dead Girl” appears there today.

The editors, Oonah Joslin, Constance Brewer, and Nicholas Ozment consistently strive to feature a wide range of poetry from the literary to the surreal. And the quality of work is always high.

Every Day Poets

Stop on by. Better yet, submit.

Monday, July 27, 2009

55 A Day: The Terrified Thoughts of a Moon

Recently, the very cool e-zine 55 A Day sparked back into existence. There was a long hiatus, but thankfully, editor Ari Collins has returned to publishing great micro stories. Per submission guidelines, “Your story must be 55 words long. No more, no less.” Challenge yourself, peeps!

And while you’re there, check out my stories, “The Terrified Thoughts of a Moon” and “The Repetitive Nature of Death.”

55 A Day

I’m glad this site is back!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

House of Horror Anthology: Mausoleum Memoirs

My story "The Inheritance" will be appearing in the new House of Horror Anthology: Mausoleum Memoirs. There is a long list of great writers in this collection including Lori Titus, Bob Eccles, Graeme Reynolds, Charlotte Gledson, LB Goddard and many other talented authors. Proceeds for this creepy tome will help support the Birmingham Childrens Hospital across the sea in the UK. Pre-order your copy here:

House of Horror: Mausoleum Memoirs

Hey, you also get free shipping and a 6x9 card with all of the authors signatures (yep, that's right, a John Hancock from little 'ol me).

I wish editor, S. E. Cox great success in raising money for this very worthy charity.

Oh, and they happen to be a monthly e-zine as well, so get to submitting!

House of Horror

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Flashshot Daily Genre Micro-Fiction: Fingered

My horror tale "Fingered" is up on Flashshot: Daily Genre Micro-Fiction.


My thanks to editor, Guy Koehler who took the time to critique this story. It's so much better now.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Erin Cole: Writer Spotlight

My recommended author of the week is Portland, Oregon’s very own, Erin Cole. Her work passionately entwines the quiet light of a prophetic voice with the fury of a wounded soul. “Embark through the shaded jungle, lunacy beware, for the wolf journeys on the writer’s unrest.” from Pursuit of the Writer.

She’s able to amuse us with the fundamental nature of her craft. “I play with words, and though I may not assemble them with eloquence and clarity as often as I try, they do infuse my world with vibrant color and meaning.” from My Guru. Then, just as easily, she reveals a significantly divine truth. “I reflect on the concept of an inner compass, some spiritual atlas that gives one drive and direction…” from My Compass.

Thankfully, Erin is gracious enough to share her writing philosophy with us. “For me, writing is a medium to explore the multitude of interests, beliefs, emotions, visions, and other facets I seek to discover and create to make sense of my world.” from Writing.

Erin Cole’s writing seeks out the scars we hide and mercifully declares them beautiful.

Works of interest include:

Unspoken Bonds
a powerful short story of familial relationships published on Helium:

Who I Am Is Where I Came
flash fiction published on 13 Stitches:

My Guru
flash fiction work published on Six Sentences:

eloquent prose on the craft of writing published on Six Sentences:

Pursuit of the Writer
poem published on the Author’s blog:

Visit Erin’s blog to “Listen to the Voices” and discover other relevant epiphanies:

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Tales from the Moonlit Path: At Most

The great online horror magazine Tales from the Moonlit Path has published my poem, At Most in their June 2009, Issue 13. They have so much good work on this site. Please visit and send them your best work. They are also sponsoring the "Thirsty Vampire Contest," looking for vampiric tales under 2000 words.


My sincere thanks to editor, Tricia Urlaub and poetry editor, Terrie Leigh Relf.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Full of Crow: Excerpts from The Diary of Noah's Wife

Full of Crow has published my story, Excerpts from The Diary of Noah's Wife in their July 2009 issue. They've formatted the font to appear handwritten for an authentic diary entry. It's brilliant!


A huge thank you to editor, Lynn Alexander.

Fellow writer Michael Solender also has his story, Getting Ready published in this month's issue. There are many great writers and poets featured. Please take the time to read their work.

Stop by Michael Solender's blog and tell him what you think:

Sorry folks, this story no longer exists anywhere in cyberspace.


Friday, June 12, 2009

The House of Horror: Inaugural Issue

A brand new horror e-zine, House of Horror launched it's inaugural issue today. The magazine has stories, poetry, interview and film reviews posted in different theme rooms. My erotic horror tale, "Neighbors" can be found in The Master Bedroom.


My sincere thanks to editor, Sam Cox.

And while you're out there, fellow writer and editor of Flashes in the Dark, Robert Eccles also has his work, "Remi Thibodeaux's Strange Collection" laid to rest in the Graveyard.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jay Holmes: Writer Spotlight

My recommended author of the week is the multifaceted and sharp-witted writer, Jay Holmes. His work rips away the veil of pretense and valiantly kicks down the door of every societal taboo. “My son is playing with a retarded kid but my son is too young to realize the kid is retarded…” from 8 Thousand Dollar Tits.

He’s equally proficient when utilizing irreverent humor from the delighted observations of a loving Dad. “It wasn't my intention to buy a package of Oreo Cookies but I felt I couldn't just put them back on the shelf after he (the Author’s son, Jake) rubbed his nuts all over them. When I was walking down the milk aisle somebody came up to me and said ‘so your son really likes Oreos I see…” from Cookies.

His blog site is aptly named “jayonguitar’s posterous.” And although it’s easy to hear and picture the vibrant intonation of his soulful music, I can’t say enough about how sweet his words taste on the page.

Works of interest include:

McDonald’s Ball Pit
flash fiction published on The New Absurdist:

8 Thousand Dollar Tits
flash fiction work published on 13 Stitches:

Backwards Fairy Tale
flash fiction work published on Six Sentences:

flash fiction work published on the Author’s blog:

Visit Jay’s blog for daily ramblings, new posted works, and other relevant links:

The Daily Tourniquet: Whipping Boy

My wickedly visceral tale of violent madness, “Whipping Boy” is featured today at The Daily Tourniquet.


A big thank you goes out to editor, Jeffrey Conolly who has done an outstanding job of promoting the writers and film directors appearing on his dark e-zine through Twitter, online forum discussions, and a weekly video update which airs on Sundays.

If you’re a horror enthusiast, then please support this site with your blood…uh…submissions and comments.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Micro 100: At the Depot

A horror story in 22 words? Yep. Got one published over on Micro 100 entitled, "At the Depot."


While you're there, check out Rebecca Nazar's "Best Mommies." 24 words of horrible goodness.

This happens to be the last issue of the short-lived e-zine. Great stories posted on this site by editor, Dustin LaValley. Earlier this week, he announced the magazine will be going on indefinite hiatus. I wish him all the best.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Doorknobs & BodyPaint: The Work Issue, #54

My story, “The Frailty of Blood” can be found under the Dorsal fiction heading. And please check out writer, Jeanette Cheezum's amazing micro flash piece “Retribution” under the Tapas flash fiction section. There are a lot of great authors represented this month and it would be a shame for you to miss out.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Author Interview: Lorianne Zeller

"I have published and been published, but what matters most is what I am writing today."
~Lorianne, from the Author’s blog.

Welcome to the first of many author interviews I will be hosting here at
A Rage of Angel. It is my distinct pleasure to introduce an exceptional writer whose work I greatly admire, Lorianne Zeller.

RAGE: In one sentence, describe everything there is to know about your writing.
LORIANNE: It evolves in its honesty, maturity and beauty at about the same rate that I do.

RAGE: Tell us your latest news.
LORIANNE: Started a new venture with http://13stitches.ning.com/, a community for writers. Also, some of my work will be featured this month at Outsider Writers Collective and also at Rusty Truck. I'm pretty excited about both, though I've appeared in Outside Writers Collective before, it's always a thrill to be asked.

Rusty Truck is a special thrill for me. I've religiously read it. Some of my favorite poets, whose work I respect have been published there, like Father Luke, Hosho McCreesh and William Taylor Jr. to mention just a few. Having my own words grace those same pages makes me feel all tingly and a little bit like bowing and scraping while chanting I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy.

RAGE: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
LORIANNE: You mean what things do I like to do while I'm thinking about writing but not actually doing it? Just kidding...sorta. Since moving last year to California, I've discovered I can make things grow, so I garden. I spend time with my kids as often as they will tolerate me (they're teenagers, so not that often). I paint and draw. I play a mean game of Texas hold-em from time to time.

RAGE: What do your family and friends say about your writing? Are they supportive?
LORIANNE: My extended family is barely aware of me, let alone my writing. My immediate family is very supportive and they always allow me the time and space necessary. They humor me when I talk to strangers or street people looking for experiences I will weave into stories. Both of my daughters write, not with the same rabid drive that I do and that's a good thing. My friends have always been my biggest supporters and best audience, cheerleaders and critics. I'd have to say they're the ones that keep me honest and grounded when it comes to the writing.

RAGE: One of my favorite stories you’ve written is the micro fiction piece “One Door Closes…” published on your Six Sentences blog. The confessional honesty and strong imagery really hit home for me. As a writer, I often feel like I’m hiding out “in plain sight” from my own family. Is this story based on true experience? If so, how has it changed you as a writer?
LORIANNE: That one is based on truth. To be honest even when it isn't easy, to say what’s difficult to say, to show myself as vulnerable and sometimes terribly unattractive in my humanity is something I work at in my writing, and my life.

I do come from this wildly talented family of artists, though I am the only one who writes. I think the hiding thing is part of the creative personality; like it's built in. My brother makes his living as an artist now, but as kids growing up in the same house, I never saw his work; none of us did. We were all shocked when he got a college scholarship to major in art.

I don't think having some of my family 'discover' my writing has changed how I write. I think I've been aware for some time that often a reader takes a piece as documentary, as a gospel truth reporting of facts or a diary entry, rather than a created work; understandable in my case since seeds of truth seem to always be sown within the furrows of the words. I mean we, our lives, are always in our writing... intended or not; it seems unavoidable doesn't it?

RAGE: What inspires you to keep writing?
LORIANNE: Life; if I'm brutally honest with myself, mostly the painful aspects of life. Other writers. God I love being in the company of other writers who take the craft seriously, but not themselves. Some kind of wonderful jambalaya always seems to result when you toss a wide range of creative folks into one pot. I sometimes write less often, sometimes more, but I'm always writing. Funny – I've never tired of it. My passion for it has never flickered to such a small flame that I could/would walk away from it. Words, language, writing...they've been the longest love affair of my life; fraught with all the wonder and all the angst of any love affair of course, but always enduring.

RAGE: If a publisher wanted to offer you the book deal of a lifetime, where can you be contacted? Where can we find your published work?
LORIANNE: Electronically I can be found all over the place via Google. Other than a brief stint writing non-adult content for an “adult” venture, I've always written under my own name. I already mentioned www.outsiderwriters.org, www.rustytruck.wordpress.com, and of course I can always be found at www.13stitches.ning.com

In print I can be found in some dusty old anthologies now lining birdcages or possibly in the basement of the now defunct Stand Alone Press; my mother might have a copy of a collaborative book I did with 3 other writers titled Table for Four and Other Reservations. That one I have to say was early in my poetic evolution and I am more proud of the title, which was my idea, than I am of any of the poems I contributed. Even thinking about them now makes me cringe. I really do believe what I am writing today is what matters most.

RAGE: Thank you so much, Lorianne!

Apollo's Lyre

Poetry Editor, Betty Dobson over at Apollo's Lyre has published my poem, "The Human Bean" in this month's issue.


They happen to be open to submissions...so time to dust off those poems and flash pieces you've been hiding under your beds. Get going!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Jodi MacArthur: Writer Spotlight

Allow me a brief moment to recommend reading Jodi MacArthur, a very talented fiction writer and poet. On her blog site, she describes herself as “Exiled in deep southern Texas, Jodi is a Seattle author hoping to write her way back to the Pacific Northwest.” There’s no doubt in my mind she’ll achieve this goal. Her work consistently integrates great imagery with solid prose, and usually dwells in the inspired realm of the fantastic. Works of interest include:

Bop Bop
short fiction published in Ray Gun Revival:
from the Ray Gun Revival contents page, “Daddy brings home an alien doll, or is it more than that?”

A Lick of Fate
poem published by The Absent Willow Review:

Passing Moments
flash fiction work published on Six Sentences:

Visit Jodi’s blog for profile information, publications credits, and other relevant links:

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Niteblade: Blood Brother

It's going to be an amazing month of publications. My latest poem, "Blood Brother" will appear in the June Niteblade Issue #8, Of Warmth, Of Dragons. Please visit and read the fantastic work published by wonderful editor, Rhonda Parrish.


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Gloom Cupboard #95

As it so happens, my poem "The Seven Pinpoints of Origin" appears in issue #95, posted today.


My sincere thanks to editor, Richard Wink.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Thrillers, Killers 'n Chillers

Ever wonder if crystal balls actually work? Read my story up on Thrillers, Killers 'n Chillers. Become a believer.


Thanks very much, Col Bury!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Two Sentence Stories

Friends, followers, and countrymen:

I found a wonderfully challenging site that makes our six sentence efforts pale in comparison. It's called "Two Sentence Stories." Guess how many sentences they're looking for.


Stop by and vote for mine.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

My story "Dead Giveaway" gets reviewed!

"Eastern Standard Crime" has reviewed my tough guy story...go see what they got to say.


Paul Brazill--- Thanks for the heads-up!


Up at "Flashes in the Dark" today. This is a great daily flash fiction e-zine for horror. They are always looking to publish new work. Editors Tony Smith and Bob Eccles are great people to work with and happen to be fantastic writers as well. So submit!


Monday, May 11, 2009

Powder Burn Flash: Dead Giveaway

My sequel to "Dead on Target" has been posted at Powder Burn Flash. Stop by and read "Dead Giveaway."


A tough guy's work is never done...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Every Day Poets

My latest poem is called Hide and Seek. Now go and find it.


Welcome to the Party

Yep. This is it. The party. Having fun yet?

The reason I've joined the ranks of internet bloggers is not only to bore you with publication credits and useless tidbits about me (although I will in fact do so). No, I'm far more interested in using this page to showcase the many talented fiction writers and poets I know, and would like to know better. Also, I'd like this page to be a resource for the many fantastic e-zines publishing some of the greatest fiction and poetry available on the net.

So...here we are. Here I am...dressed in my party hat and popping balloons with a safety pin.

Let's get this party started, shall we?