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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Call for Submissions: Lummox Poetry Anthology 8 (ending 30 April)

THE ONE MONTH READING PERIOD STARTS ON APRIL 1, 2019 and ends April 30th! Please take note!

The 8th annual Lummox Poetry Anthology aka L 8 (pub. Sept. 2019) and the 2nd annual Angela Consolo Mankiewicz poetry Contest  (tho this is actually the 6th contest)  will be judged by Ellaraine Lockie.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Shard: John Bennett- Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward Christian Soldiers
John Bennett

Insights and expletives. Strange twists of thought. The cup they never take away, stuck to your face like a harelip. Christianity ended with the crucifixion.

Let's put an end to this love business said the Romans. Nail the carpenter to a cross and co-opt his spiel. It may take a few centuries to feed all the true believers to the lions, but the Emperor's Think Tank says that if it's played right, this love thing can be reduced to a string of pop songs.

The Empire will morph into The One True Church, and Rome will still be ours long after the Barbarians have come and gone. Along the way there'll be spice wars and crusades, witch hunts and Inquisitions, splinter groups with names like Baptists, Presbyterians, Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons.

There'll be holy wars.

So, they had a little history behind them when recently some well-heeled Christians drifted into town from the East Coast and bought both downtown movie theaters, turning them into Christian nerve centers. Then they build a six-plex on the edge of town where it's not uncommon for six crapola movies to run simultaneously, a deluge of gratuitous violence, sordid Hollywood sex, and grotesque stabs at humor, while out in the spacious high-ceilinged lobby stands a large wooden cross anchored to a buckboard wagon.

Paying customers don't seem to notice. They queue up for tubs of hot-buttered popcorn and giant plastic cups of Coke, and--ticket in hand--enter the holy of holies.

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Coming Soon: IBIZA by Joseph Ridgwell (East London Press, 1 May 2019)

An announcement:
First up in our new pocket-sized series of handmade books is cult favourite - Joseph Ridgwell's - mind-snapping short story - Ibiza. Set in the White island's hedonistic haven of Sant Antoni, it features the heroes of Ridgwell's road novel Burrito Deluxe, as they struggle to survive the glamorous perils of an early 1990's Balearic summer. Fans of Ridgwell's work will be keen to add this literary gem to their collection. Ibiza is pure Ridgwell gold. It's got booze, beaches, a babe, police brutality, narcotics, nightclubs, and a gut-wrenching tale of two ill-fated toothbrushes.
Designed to slip snugly into the back pocket of your jeans, this craft item is limited to an edition of 50 copies, with each copy including a signed postcard from the author, and an original drawing.
£7 per book inc postage world-wide.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Rust Belt Review #2 Rust Belt Press, March 2019 (88 pages)

Latest print anthology by Rust Belt Press now out:

The second issue of the bimonthly periodical. Cover art by Mike Fiorito. Interior art by Red Focks, Marcel Herms and Kevin Martin. Prose by George Anderson, Mike Fiorito, Kevin Tosca and Robert Ragan. Poetry by George Anderson, Mendes Biondo, Matthew Borczon, Alan Britt, Heath Brougher, Wayne F. Burke, Mari Deweese, John Dorsey, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, John Grochalski, Mark Hartenbach, Richard D. Houff, Bart Solarczyk, Jeff Weddle, A.D. Winans and Mike Zone. Full Color, 8.5 x 11.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

New Release: Horror Sleaze Trash: Poems (HST, March 2019) 235 pages

This anthology of poems was released yesterday. Edited by Arthur Graham. The book is loosely divided into four sections- Horror, Sleaze, Trash... and the rest. The strongest and craziest section is probably 'SLEAZE' (pages 69-131).

Overall, on first reading, some great writing by David Bosky, Johnny Scarlatti, Ben John Smith, Mather Schneider, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, John Grochalski and many others.