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

My collaborative collection
with Alessandro Manzetti
is currently on the
Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot

collaborative fiction-poetry collection
with Robert Frazier
Now available at Amazon

Selected Short Poems 1975-2016
Now available on Amazon.
100 of my best short poems,
including 15 award-winners

Watch the trailer for
at YouTube.

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

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

A collaborative collection with fellow
Bram Stoker Award winner Alessandro
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.
Available at Amazon.
Trade Paper Edition
eBook Edition

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