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About Joseph S. Pulver Sr.
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., is the author of the novels, The Orphan Palace and Nightmare's Disciple, and he has written many short stories that have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Ellen Datlow's Year's Best Horror, The Children of Old Leech, Year's Best Weird Fiction, Book of Cthulhu, "Lovecraft eZine". His highly-acclaimed short story collections, Blood Will Have Its Season, SIN & ashes, Portraits of Ruin, and A House of Hollow Wounds were published by Hippocampus Press.
His work has been praised by Thomas Ligotti, Ellen Datlow, Laird Barron, S.T. Joshi, Michael Cisco, Jeff Thomas (PUNKTOWN), and many other notable writers and editors.
Joe has edited the anthologies, A Season in Carcosa, The Grimscribe's Puppets (TGP won the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology), and Cassilda's Song.
You can find his blog at: http://thisyellowmadness.blogspot.com/
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What frightens us, what unnerves us? What causes that delicious shiver of fear to travel the lengths of our spines? It seems the answer changes every year. Every year the bar is raised; the screw is tightened. Ellen Datlow knows what scares us; the seventeen stories included in this anthology were chosen from magazines, webzines, anthologies, literary journals, and single author collections to represent the best horror of the year.
Legendary editor Ellen Datlow (Lovecraft Unbound, Tails of Wonder and Imagination), winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, joins Night Shade Books in presenting The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Three.
This volume features some of the best Cthulhu Mythos writing over the past century. Beginning with such rare but classic stories as Mearle Prout’s “The House of the Worm” and Robert Barbour Johnson’s “Far Below,” from the pages of Weird Tales, the anthology moves on to James Wade’s novella “The Deep Ones” and Ramsey Campbell’s refreshing riff on the “forbidden book” motif, “The Franklyn Paragraphs.” Acclaimed stories by T. E. D. Klein, Thomas Ligotti, Neil Gaiman, and W. H. Pugmire are also included.
The book includes an array of original stories by such leading authors of Lovecraftian fiction as Caitlín R. Kiernan, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Donald Tyson, Cody Goodfellow, and Michael Shea. Gemma Files contributes a richly textured novella, while Jonathan Thomas offers a story full of his distinctive melding of horror and satire.
A Mountain Walked is chock-full of stories old and new that highlight the endless variations that can be played on H. P. Lovecraft’s signature creation.
S. T. Joshi is the leading authority on H. P. Lovecraft. He is the author of I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft and the editor of the Black Wings series of Lovecraftian fiction. He edits the Lovecraft Annual and the Weird Fiction Review.
New dimensions of horror will send chills up your spine, from the pens of Ken Asamatsu, Glynn Owen Barrass, Pierre Comtois, Laurence J. Cornford, Cody Goodfellow, C.J. Henderson, Willie Meikle, Edward Morris, William Patrick Murray, Joe Pulver, Mark Rainey, Peter Rawlik, and Brian M. Sammons, with a special guest appearance by Weird Tales legend John Martin Leahy and an introduction by Robert M. Price.
"You do it, Joe."
So he did.
And here it is: A Season In Carcosa.
H.P. Lovecraft. Karl Edgar Wagner. Peter Straub. Those are a few of the names that stand tall in our genre and when it comes to Robert W. Chambers and his King in Yellow they agree, Chambers' beguiling tales of the King In Yellow and Carcosa are among the best in "weird" fiction. Miskatonic River Press and Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. are proud and delighted to present an anthology of all new tales inspired by Chambers.
In haunted and splintered minds… Minds shackled to lonely places…
In the unbound shadows infesting hearts of beautiful woman with frantic sensations…
In an old house where biblical thrived…
In threadbare truths, disturbed by despair, cobwebbed with illusions…
In far cold Carcosa…
In A Season In Carcosa readers will find the strange and mysterious places of heart and mind that spring from madness, and those minds and the places touched by it are the realms that are mined. Chambers' legacy of the worms and soft decay that spring from reading the King In Yellow play stir both new and established talents in the world of weird fiction and horror to contribute all new tales that pay homage to these eerie nightmares. In Carcosa twilight comes and minds lost in the mirrors of lust and fear, are awash in legacies of shadows, not mercy. . .
Haunting the pages of this tome are the following voices:
Joel Lane"My Voice is Dead"
Simon Strantzas"Beyond the Banks of the River Seine"
Don Webb"Movie Night at Phil's"
Daniel Mills"MS Found in a Chicago Hotel Room"
Gary McMahon"it sees me when I’m not looking"
Ann K. Schwader"Finale, Act Two"
Cate Gardner"Yellow Bird Strings"
Edward Morris"The Teatre & Its Double"
Richard Gavin"The Hymn of the Hyades"
Gemma Files"Slick Black Bones and Soft Black Stars"
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr."Not Enough Hope"
Kristin Prevallet"Whose Hearts are Pure Gold"
Richard A. Lupoff"April Dawn"
Anna Tambour"King Wolf"
Michael Kelly"The White-Face at Dawn"
Cody Goodfellow"Wishing Well"
Pearce Hansen"The King is Yellow"
Laird Barron"D T"
Robin Spriggs"Salvation in Yellow"
Allyson Bird"The Beat Hotel"
Have you seen the Yellow Sign?
Cassilda’s Song is a collection of weird fiction and horror stories based on the King in Yellow Mythos created by Robert W. Chambers—entirely authored by women. There are no pretenders here. The Daughters of the Yellow Sign, each a titan of unmasked fire in their own right, have parted the curtains. From Hali’s deeps and Carcosa’s gloomy balconies and Styx-black towers, come their lamentations and rage and the consequences of intrigues and follies born in Oblivion. Run into their embrace. Their carriages wait to take you from shadowed rooms and cobblestones to The Place Where the Black Stars Hang.
The 1895 release of Chambers’ best-remembered work of weird fiction was salted with nihilism and ennui, and ripe with derangement, haunting beauty, and eerie torments. Poe’s influence was present in the core tales and one could easily argue Chambers may have been influenced by the French Decadents and the disquieting transfigurations of the Symbolists. All this and more can be said of the works collected in this anthology. Carcosa, accursed and ancient, and cloud-misted Lake of Hali are here. The Hyades sing and the cloud waves break in these tales. The authority of Bierce’s cosmic horror is here. The talismantic Yellow Sign, and the titular ‘hidden’ King, and The Imperial Dynasty of America, will influence and alter you, as they have the accounts by these writers. Cassilda and other unreliable narrators, government-sponsored Lethal Chambers, and the many mysteries of the mythical Play, are boldly represented in these tributes to Chambers.
The contents of this anthology include:
- "Black Stars on Canvas, a Reproduction in Acrylic" by Damien Angelica Walters
- "She Will Be Raised a Queen" by E. Catherine Tobler
- "Yella" by Nicole Cushing
- "Yellow Bird" by Lynda E. Rucker
- "Exposure" by Helen Marshall
- "Just Beyond Her Dreaming" by Mercedes M. Yardley
- "In the Quad of Project 327" by Chesya Burke
- "Stones, Maybe" by Ursula Pflug
- "Les Fleurs Du Mal" by Allyson Bird
- "While The Black Stars Burn" by Lucy A. Snyder
- "Old Tsah-Hov" by Anya Martin
- "The Neurastheniac" by Selena Chambers
- "Dancing The Mask" by Ann K. Schwader
- "Family" by Maura McHugh
- "Pro Patria!" by Nadia Bulkin
- "Her Beginning is Her End is Her Beginning" by E. Catherine Tobler & Damien Angelica Walters
- "Grave-Worms" by Molly Tanzer
- "Strange is the Night" by S.P. Miskowski
"The prose of Joe Pulver can take its place with that of the masters of our genre-Poe, Lovecraft, Campbell, Ligotti-while his imaginative reach is something uniquely his own." -From S. T. Joshi's Foreword
"In this innovative, hypnotic collection, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. has proven himself to be a perversely masterful sculptor of our dreams."-Jeffrey Thomas
"Joe Pulver is a dark star is the merciless cosmos of weird fiction. His work is as brutal as it is beautiful." -Wilum Pugmire
"In an earlier day I feel sure Joe Pulver would have been arrested for writing some of the stuff in this collection. Maybe he will be yet! How can he write, with such intricate delicacy, thunderous prose that fairly rips up the pages it is printed on? I wish I knew!" -Robert M. Price
“Whatever your expectations may be, check them at the door. Pulver has a truly unique style for the horror genre, and this collection of short stories is a perfect vehicle for this sort of style . . . Pulver is an original.” – Rick Kleffel’s The Agony Column
“While some may find scholar S.T. Joshi's claim in his introduction that Pulver “can take his place with that of the masters of our genre” (including Poe and Lovecraft) a trifle hyperbolic, all will agree that Pulver is a writer to watch. (Dec.)” – Publisher’s Weekly
"Some writers one admires and others make one want to do as they do, or try. For me, Joe Pulver is of the latter type. His imagination is so vile so much of the time that it makes me giggle with amazement. And the prose so deadly visionary. I'm grateful that the pieces in this collection are those of a fellow horror writer who has raised the ante on what it means to be such a creature." -- Thomas Ligotti
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. is the acclaimed author of the Lovecraftian novel Nightmare's Disciple and author of many short stories that have appeared in magazines and anthologies. He has received several Honorable Mentions in Datlow & Windling's The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.
Included in this mega-pack: 65 Lovecraftian tales:
Tark Left Santiago, by Joseph S. Pulver, SR
The Spaces Between Space, by Brett J. Talley
Eliza, by Joshua Reynolds
White Noise, by Michael Matheson
The Vessels, by Nancy O. Greene
Marked as Urgent, by A.J. French
This Scattered Ash, by W.H. Pugmire & Jacob Henry Orloff
I Am the Key, by Mike Davis
Inheritance, by Patricia Correll
Dark Ambient Metamorphosis, by John Claude Smith
The Locked Door, by Brian M. Sammons
A Catechism for Aspiring Amnesiacs, by Nicole Cushing
Available Light, by John Palisano
That Old Problem, by T.E. Grau
Taking the Cure, by Mark Howard Jones
The Fire of Zon Mezzamalech, by Randall D. Larson
Ecstasy of the Gold, by Stephen Mark Rainey
Scale Hall, by Simon Kurt Unsworth
The Dog Who Wished He’d Never Heard of Lovecraft, by Anna Tambour
The Ouroboros Apocrypha, by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Over the Hills,by Victor Takac
This Inscrutable Light: A Response to Thomas Ligotti’s “The Conspiracy Against the Human Race”, an essay by Brandon H. Bell
A Beer and Tentacles, by Holliann Kim
Now She Preys Through Endless Days, by Jenna M. Pitman
Fiesta of Our Lady, by Ann K. Schwader
God Serum, by Wendy N. Wagner
Drive, She Said, by Tracie McBride
Bus Stop, by Jerod Brennen
Starry… Yet…, by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr
Station Waiting Room, by Simon Kurt Unsworth
Pickman’s Marble, by Peter and Mandy Rawlik
Invitation, by Siobhan Gallagher
In Memoriam, by W.H. Pugmire
A Stranger at the Door, by Bradly Shelby
In the Tank, by Scott Nicolay
The Thing In the Depths, by Pete Rawlik
Fish Eye, by David A. Riley
Fade to Black, by Robert Borski
The Visitor From Outside, by A.J. French
A Mote in the Void, by Simon Kewin
Miscegenation, by Glynn Barrass
The Twilight Turns From Amethyst, by Nicola Belte
Red Sands, by Douglas Poirier
Extraction, by Julio Toro San Martin
A Counting Game, by Derek Ferreira
Carnacki: The Parliament of Owls, by William Meikle
Twenty to Life in the Lonesome October, by Evan Dicken
The Great and Groovy Game, by Joshua Wanisko
My Least Immemorial Year, by Zach Shephard
The Gotterdammerung Gavotte, by Josh Reynolds
Big D, Little D, by Edward Morris
The Blackbird Whistling, or, Just After, by Orrin Grey
Fallen Books and Other Subtle Clues in Zelazny’s “A Night in the Lonesome October”, by Dr. Christopher S. Kovacs
A Thousand Smokes, by W.H. Pugmire
The Strange Case of Crazy Joe Gallo, by Jeffrey Thomas
In the House of the Hummingbirds, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Treatment Room, by Kevin Crisp
Obsidian Capra Aegagrus, by Christopher Slatsky
The Dig, by Monica Valentinelli
Amtopians, by Logan Davis
Of Faith and Fallow, by William R.D. Wood
The Dead of Winter, by Jay Caselberg
Herbert West in Love, by Molly Tanzer
Wind Walker, by Neil John Buchanan
Yule Log, by Richard Holland
Lovecraft eZine is a monthly magazine featuring Lovecraftian horror and the Cthulhu Mythos. Lovecraft eZine was given a "thumbs-up" by S.T. Joshi, and regularly publishes well-known writers such as Stephen Mark Rainey, W.H. Pugmire, Ann K. Schwader, Joseph S. Pulver, SR., William Meikle, and many more.
Authors include Thomas Ligotti, Joseph Pulver Sr., Daniel Mills, Michael Griffin, Robert M. Price and lots more.
Featuring Thomas Ligotti, John Skipp, David J (of Bauhaus), Ben Loory, Nick Mamatas, Amelia Gray, Kevin Sampsell, Blake Butler, and many others, In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch is a tribute to one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.