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

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, 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 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
Asimov's SF than any other author, and of coining the
word "cybertext."

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

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.

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

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

"Sailors Evermore"
longish dark poem
Polu Texni

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

"The Surreal Fountain Pen"
prose poem/short story
Daily Science Fiction

My new collection,
Resonance Dark & Light,
is now in print
and available at Amazon

"When Beyond the Furious Clouds"
speculative poem at
New Myths

Dark Roads is now available
as an

My collaborative collection with Gary
Notes from the Shadow City, is
now available as an ebook at Amazon.

"Triptych of the Tower"
triptych poem at the
Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

Dark Roads has received the  
Gothic Readers Choice Award.

Notes from the Shadow City, my
collaborative collection with Gary
William Crawford, placed second
for the
SFPA's Elgin Award for the
best Book-Length Collection of
Speculative Poetry in 2012.

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,
Roads: Selected Long Poems, 1971-2012
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