Venus Rising



Bored with her life in a quiet, French coastal town and desperate for excitement, Emma sends out a prayer to the Angel of Happenings. When she meets Gabriel, an enigmatic Parisian photographer, her wish appears to have come true, until she finds herself drawn into an intimate world of erotic temptations, obsession and danger.

ANGEL---FIRST-EDITION (1)Angel of Everything
by Catherine D’Avis, translated from the French by Kenneth D. Fletcher. This short novel originally appeared in Paris (L’ange de toutes choses: 2012 Published under the pseudonymous initials “C.A.,” the controversial work received favorable reviews, as well as condemnation. Ms. D’Avis’s writing has been compared to the novelist Marguerite Duras.



catherine_d_smlCatherine D’Avis was born in Paris to French parents but grew up in the South-West of England. She studied dance at the Boston Conservatory and…

View original post 93 more words

Launch date of Sensorama: Stories of the Senses is 6th March 2015

Clockhouse London Writers

The launch date for the anthology “Sensorama: Stories of the Senses” has now been announced. The anthology is edited by Clockhouse London Writers founder Allen Ashley, and published by David Rix’s Eibonvale Press.

The anthology features stories by Clockhouse members Gary Budgen, David McGroarty and David Turnbull.

The launch will take place as part of the British Fantasy Society Open Night on the evening of Friday 6 March 2015. The venue is: The Blacksmith & the Toffeemaker pub, St. John’s Street, London, UK. In terms of transport: you are recommended to take the tube to Angel station (Northern Line). Timings are fluid – BFS nights usually run from about 6pm to 11pm. The official launch is likely to occur around about 8pm.

There will be hardback copies of the book available at the launch at a guide price of £15 on the night. There should also be cheaper paperback…

View original post 65 more words

Review of Artifice ONLINE

There has always been a reluctance to review web zines, especially if there is a print version available, albeit with different content. But huzzah, for the good people at Whispers of Wickedness have now started a column solely for reviewing online zines. Go here to read what Pete Tennant has to say:

Review of Sein und Werden 1, 3 – Collaboration

Here at Future Fire:

Sein und Werden now available

from Etsy, the online store:

Please do support Sein by buying a copy (£3.50/$6.50 inc p+p) or ordering a year’s subscription (4 issues for £14/$26. Every little bit helps to keep the magazine going.

More details on how to pay:


… a year’s subscription to Sein und Werden.

Just go here and scroll down to the Sein question.

Poem by Juliet Cook

The highly talented and lusciously edible Juliet Cook has written a poem for me. Huzzah!


for Rachel Kendall

You forage for gorgeous dead flowers,
prettily decaying off their stems. Infested
moss grows on mouse bones. Bird beaks
cling to skeletal remains.  You caress
a decadent wick; charm a snake
until it exudes this mesmerizing perfume:
–violet pastilles and burnt lace
–mounds of dilapidated doll meat
–acrid tinge of mons venus heat

It skitters like spider feet when you rip open
the black tasseling that sewed your servant girl’s lips into a snarl
until you were ready for her to speak. Now she’s your silk-lined clutch
with her decorative beading. Her knotty maw. Her rotten zinnias bleeding.
You fill her raw mouth-hole with a dark purple votive. You make her drip
violet wax when she whimpers. You make her flicker through your hall
of antique mirrors, then use her flame to plant a scorching kiss
into the furrowed scalp of your dirty manikin head.
Dark tendrils steam and writhe from the root beds.

For more of Juliet’s poetry check out Sein und Werden, both online and in print – ALL issues, including the most recent – Artifice:

Read an interview with her poetessness here:

Artifice in print

The hard copy, the printed zine, the WORD, the letter, the book–ish–ness of the new issue of Sein und Werden has been delayed, alas. There have been a few problems printing off the images but this is now pretty much sorted and you shall have your copy of the zine very very, oh very very soon.

ARTIFICE new issue now online

Read it read it read it read it read it read it read it read it read it lick it read it read it read it read it love it.

Doppelganger – review

A review of Sein und Werden vol 1 # 2 – Doppelganger, by Peter
Tennant, has just been posted over at Laura Hird.