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Somewhere far out of the usual orbits of the blogosphere is the modosphere, swathed in the peculiar darknesses and occasional dangerous presences of interblogular space.

  1. out of the frying pan...

    ...into the brick oven.
    Planet X Publications, the outfit I am partner in, has decided to close its doors as of the publication of the Weird Westerns anthology, sometime around Halloween.
    We had to turn away three collections and a novel. There were a couple of projects that I had been shepherding that I wanted to find an outlet for, but nobody had the right terms.
    So I've opened a new imprint. Am negotiating with my investor to see what kinda deal we can work so I don't need to ...
  2. 32 White Horses On a Vermilion Hill

    My friend Christopher was born with ameleogenesis imperfecta, a condition that essentially causes his teeth to rot and break much more easily than normal because they lack proper enamel protection. This condition has gotten so bad that the man can barely eat and suffers from constant pain. He lacks medical insurance, like so many of us. So we in the weird fiction community have gotten together to try to help raise the funds necessary to get his teeth fixed once and for all.
    It would be great ...
  3. editor's nightmare?

    Today we announced at 9 am PST that we were going to put together a limited-edition chapbook, in which the writers write stories based on the titles of Black Sabbath songs. Budget strictly limited, small crew sorta thing.
    By 1 pm, we were full.

    So we can safely announce that the anthology Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath will be available during January 2020. It will contain sixteen tales and three bonus tracks, with a cover by renowned artist Robert H. Knox and a cast which includes the ...
  4. adventures in the small press

    As some of you may know, I am the editor-in-chief of a small press, seen to be
    "upcoming" in some circles and probably "uppity" in others. It's a full-time job, and a constant learning experience.
    The primadonna factor is less than I thought it would be...which is a good thing. I've never had a nasty letter from a prospective writer, and only a few have groused publicly. One of the most enjoyable things is making connections. As editor, I'm the guy that makes first ...
  5. joy

    I've been discovering the joys of the 'ignore' feature recently. Far more enjoyable than getting annoyed by certain mindless members. I suppose I had been afraid of 'missing something'...but, yanno, I ain't missin' a thing.
    The internet is the home of the ill-informed hot take, so I shouldn't be surprised.
    On the other paw, I have two books coming out around the end of this week -- both of them are specfic/horror anthologies from Planet X Publications.
    Test Patterns: Creature Features ...
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  6. Contradictions

    Is the prompt for this month's LM event. I've already finished and polished my piece...as usual trying to find the boundaries of what one can do with 650 words, but perhaps not quite as ambitious as the last two.
    This entry involves women, cats, and Tom Swifties. There's some tough competition this time around and perhaps my record of never finishing lower than second will be in danger. We shall see.
    I'm becoming a fan of the two folks that run the LM. They've been able to implement ...
  7. Waiting for the Sun

    The title of an old Doors track, and the theme of this round of Literary Maneuvers.
    I admit that I have a small problem with the 650-word requirement. It's too many words. So my compromise this time around is to create a themed collection of short-shorts, like knickers on a clothesline, based on a couple of premises brought up by the late great Fredric Brown, author of "Knock".
    I've already begun to sketch out the dozen or so shorts I'll need, allowing for plot arcs, character ...
  8. Strawberry Cheesecake

    Ingredients for crust:
    50 vanilla wafers, ground down to powder
    1 stick butter, softened

    How to: mix the butter and crumbs and pour them into an oiled springform pan. Pat down evenly over bottom of pan. Cool in fridge for 15 minutes or so.

    Ingredients for cheesecake:
    3/4 lb cream cheese
    1/4 lb neufchatel cheese
    1 tsp each of: vanilla
    lemon juice
    almond extract
    1 6 oz can sweetened condensed milk
    1/4 cup honey
  9. music of the blogospheres

    Been busy blogwise this week...having moved a number of MP3s into a folder on my website, I updated the jukebox sidebar there and embarked on a project to explain how each of those songs came to be. Also took on the copy/pasting of a number of old blogposts to the new blogsite, and worked some on my soon-to-be-re-unveiled blognovel.
    The reason why I tell you this, dear reader, is because I've recently been plucked from the great lemminglike herd of wf members (well okay, we only smell like ...

    Updated August 19th, 2011 at 01:51 PM by moderan

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  10. the Long and the Short of it part two

    Yeah. Here I am,ninety days or so after leaving the “convalescent center”,still occasionally short of breath,wearing a tube in my nose with fifty feet of frequently-tangled green cord trailing me around the apartment,with a boarder that drives me bananas,and I call it progress.
    Gad. The recovery can take up to a year,or so I’ve been told…and it is possible that I may have this chalupa in my snout until the end of my stomping on this terra. The boarder for somewhat less time. That’s just ...
    Tags: ards, moderan
  11. the Long and the Short of it part one

    I had been feeling a little “off”since @Hallowe’en,and had shrugged off the lack of energy as the consequence of my 5 mile daily walk (usually in the hot sun) and general lack of nutritiion. I tried to eat a little bit better and slogged on.
    Things stayed pretty much in that vein for a few months. I had little energy or motivation for extracurricular activity but I was able to do a decent job of things at work. Everything else fell by the wayside...I kept my nose as much to the grindstone ...
    Tags: ards, moderan
  12. Batter UP

    Albuquerque-The Isotopes won 4-2 over the Round Rock Express in a game that was more eventful than the score would indicate. Playing at home, the Albuquerque nine had loaded the bases with the score tied and one out, in the bottom of the seventh. Switch-hitting shortstop Miguel Guerra lined a rope to the left of setup man Oscar Herrera. Herrera reached out with his glove hand and deflected the ball to Round Rock shortstop George Calabria, who grabbed it and threw in the direction of first ...
  13. Is That The Worst You Can Do part two

    More or less adult content disclaimer:the following story is extremely bad, and also contains some scenes of a not-so-graphic but sort of sexual nature.

    Blimpetto toiled in his workshop, day and night, working on his newest creation. Little by little, the small wooden toy took shape. He had a little hat and pointed ears and apple cheeks and big blue eyes and a short round nose atop a chunky little body and ...
  14. Is That the Worst You Can Do?

    A selection of intentionally bad writings.


    It was a dark and stormy night, like many other dark and stormy nights.

    The sun had gone down, and there was wind and rain. But this night was different.

    Creatures scurried furtively through the underbrush, running away from the presence that had appeared there in the woods.

    A tongue appeared at the corner of Loupe's mouth as she ran, wind-whipped branches flaying her alabaster
  15. Fallen Earring pt two

    Carefully locking the deadbolt behind him, Roger left the house, shaking his head at the state of his siding. Once it had been royal blue, but time and weather had reduced it to bluish gray. “I’ll have to get that taken care of,” he said. “Maybe the new album will get some money coming in.”
    He unlocked the car, a twelve-year-old Nova in babyshit green, and stowed his guitar in the back seat. The vintage V8 roared into life as he turned the key, without depressing the gas pedal. ...
  16. Fallen Earring

    Fallen Earring
    A novel by Duane Pesice
    updates posted weekly
    last update 05/04/2010

    As in the old saw about the kingdom and the nail, things often depend on chains of circumstance. The more tenuous the link, the more tangential the connection, the more likely that something interesting can happen. Often the smallest event, the tiniest detail, can cause the largest change as
  17. Paean

    In honor of my lady's birthday yesterday, I humbly submit this further example of what I call verse:


    As I sit...
    Missing you
    As I stand...
    Missing you
    As I lie...
    Lonely again, missing you
    And the scent of vanilla wafts through the air
    I remember:
    The first sight of you
    The first half-shy smile
    Our first embrace
    The feel of you against me
    and the promise of tomorrow ...
    Tags: moderan, poetry
  18. False Idylls

    Because I'm feelin' brave, here's an example of what I laughingly call poetry. This piece was originally published in a slightly different form in a now-defunct printzine called atmosfearics, way back in 1983.

    False Idylls

    the revolution will be televised
    the revelations will be disseminated by covert action
    read between the lines
    disinformation will be commonplace
    this information will be available for public display
    in keeping with the
    Tags: moderan, poetry
  19. The Big Dumb Object

    The Big Dumb Object is a science-fictional plot device, as described in the linked wiki entry. Examples would be the Ringworld, Rama, Gaea, or Jack Kirby's Ego, the Living Planet.

    I got to thinking, while driving cross-country and sucking caffeine to stay awake, about big dumb objects. More specifically, I started thinking about the planet Carcosa as a big dumb object. Carcosa is an Ambrose Bierce creation that has ...
    Tags: horror, moderan
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