Speculative Fiction & Poetry
The Guardener's Tale -- Details
                     Biographical Note

I was born of Catholic and Jewish heritage in Chicago in
1943, and grew up in Southern California in an era of rock
and roll, the Cold War, and the Space Race. From
1961-2001, I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, attending
and graduating from the University of California,
Berkeley, while active in the psychedelia and political
protests of the 1960s.

I've worked in a variety of occupations, including
computer programmer, college professor, technical writer,
book designer, movie projectionist, gardener, and furniture
mover. I now live in Ocala, Florida, once known as The
City of Trees, with my wife, writer-artist
Marge Simon
and the ghosts of two cats.

My poetry and fiction have appeared in hundreds of
publications, including
Asimov's SF, Amazing Stories,
Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, The
Pedestal Magazine, The Twilight Zone Magazine, Daily
Science Fiction, Year's Best Fantasy & Horror
, and the
Nebula Awards Showcase. My poetry has received the
Bram Stoker Award, the
Asimov's Readers' Award, the
Rhysling Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association,
the Gothic Readers Award, the Balticon Poetry Award,
and the
Grandmaster Award of the SFPA. My fiction has
received a Pushcart Prize and twice been a finalist for the
Bram Stoker Award (novel, short story). I hold the
distinctions of having appeared in more issues of
than any other author, and of coining the word

My writing stretches from humor to surrealism, with
many stops along the way for science fiction, fantasy,
horror, and noir. I've published more than fifty books and
chapbooks, including the novels
The Guardener's Tale and
Stained Glass Rain. My best short stories are collected in
Masque of Dreams, my best poetry in Sensuous Debris and
Dark Roads.

For my thoughts on speculative poetry and writing, see
John Amen's
interview with me at The Pedestal Magazine
and JoSelle Vanderhooft's
interview with me at Strange
. For a retrospective essay on my poetry, see Gary
William Crawford's essay
"Songs of the Stars, Songs of the
New & Recent

Watch the trailer for
at YouTube.

My collaborative collection with
Alessandro Manzetti,
NIGHTS, is on sale at Amazon. 99 cents
for the ebook (half price), $9.99 for the
trade paper (nearly 25% off). Not sure how
long this will last, but at least a week.

My 2003 Bram Stoker Award
is at last available
as an ebook.

Five Mutant Rain Forest poems
up at the Freezine of SF & F.

Just out! A collaborative collection with
fellow Bram Stoker Award winner
Alessandro Manzetti.
Sacrificial Nights is a
poetry novella that blends the genres of
horror, surrealism, crime, and noir. Set in
a large America city, it follows the lives of
some of those who inhabit its late-night
streets: prostitutes, pimps, a thief, an
arsonist, a police detective, a psychotic
killer, and more. The text is richly
complemented by Ben Baldwin’s striking
illustrations. This is a dark read with some
explicit graphic content. I’d characterize it
as lurid, lyrical, and brutal. Available at
Trade Paper Edition
eBook Edition

My retrospective collection
Artifacts, Selected Show Poems
, will be appearing
from Crystal Lake Publishing
later this year.

My 2006 Bram Stoker Award collection
Shades Fantastic is at last available
in a Kindle edition at Amazon

"A Trader on the Border
of the Mutant Rain Forest"
Daily Science Fiction

Dark Roads has received the  
Gothic Readers Choice Award.

Reviewer Drake Morgan at
Horror Novel
has selected his Top Ten Modern
Gothic Novels “that rival anything from
the 1800s.” Only they are not all novels.
His number one choice is my retrospective
poetry collection,
Dark Roads: Selected Long
Poems, 1971-2012
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