The Spell

“The Spell” is a short comic I did with art by Doug Stambaugh. It was published in Mysterious Visions After Hours #3 (editor Tomm Gabbard) from Dimestore Productions in 2008.





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Who are the 2017 Elgin Award Winners?


Expanded remarks and an overview from Our 2017 Elgin Awards Chair, Josh Brown.

Poetry is back, baby.

You may have seen the article recently in Publishers Weekly, “Is Poetry the New Adult Coloring Book?” I’ll admit I cringed a little at the headline, which would seem to suggest that poetry is just another passing fad, a fleeting “in the moment” kind of thing, when it’s not. Speculative poetry is nothing new, either, take Beowulf, or Paradise Lost, for example.

So yes, it would seem that poetry is back, but then again, did it ever go anywhere? Hasn’t it been right here with us all along? Personally, it’s difficult for me to see this in broad strokes, mostly because my “day job” grants me the honor and privilege of working with some of the very best poetry presses in the world. But yes, when I see the…

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Poem in the Spring 2017 issue of Silver Blade Magazine

My poem, “Nine,” appears in issue 34, Spring 2017, of Silver Blade Magazine. The poem was inspired by my fascination with the number 9, and its connection to budo and martial arts.

Silver Blade issue 34 Spring 2017

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2017 Elgin Award Nominees

Congratulations to all the 2017 Elgin Award nominees! It has been an honor to serve as Award Chair for this important and prestigious award that recognizes the best science fiction and fantasy (and everything else “speculative”) books and chapbooks from year to year.

Apocalypse • John C. Mannone (Alban Lake, 2015)
An Assortment of Sky Things • Christina Sng (Allegra Press, 2016)
Corona Obscura • Michael R. Collings (CreateSpace, 2016)
Energy (or the Art of Keeping it Together) • Susan Gray (Burning Eye Books, 2016)
Ghost Skin • Wren Hanks (Porkbelly Press Press, 2016)
Ghost Tongue • Nicole Rollender (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
In Favor of Pain • Angel Yuriko Smith (CreateSpace, 2016)
Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak • Stacey Balkun (dancing girl press, 2016)
Leviathan • Neil Aitken (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016)
Lost City Museum • Stacey Balkun (ELJ Publications, 2016)
The Mole People by Heather Cox (Bat Cat Press, 2016)
Moon Facts • Bob Schofield (Nostrovia! Press, 2015)
Notes on the End of the World • Meghan Privitello (Black Lawrence Press, 2016)
Prophet Fever • Wren Hanks (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016)
Quick Bright Things: poems of fantasy & myth • P.S. Cottier (Ginninderra Press, 2016)
Shipwreck Smiles • Lauren Andrei (Cozy Muse, 2016)
Shopping After the Apocalypse • Jessie Carty (dancing girl press, 2016)
Southern Cryptozoology • Allie Marini (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015)
Radio Heart, or; How Robots Fall Out of Love • Margaret Rhee (Finishing Line Press, 2016)
Violet Hours • Jeanie Tomasko (Taraxia Press, 2016)
What Stranger Miracles • James Brush (White Knuckle Press, 2016)
Full-length Books
The Acolyte • Nancy Hightower (Port Yonder Press, 2015)
Apocalypse • Frederick Turner (Ilium Press, 2016)
Bone Confetti • Muriel Leung (Noemi Press, 2016)
The Book of Robot • Ken Poyner (Barking Moose Press, 2016)
Brief Encounters with My Third Eye: Selected Short Poems 1975-2016 • Bruce Boston (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2016)
Chemical Letters • Octavia Cade (Popcorn Press, 2015)
The Crimson Tome • K. A. Opperman (Hippocampus Press, 2015)
Dark Parchments • Michael H. Hanson (MoonDream Press, 2015)
Dead Starships • Wendy Rathbone (Eye Scry Publications, 2016)
Field Guide to the End of the World • Jeannine Hall Gailey (Moon City Press, 2016)
The Galaxy Is a Dance Floor by Bianca Lynne Spriggs (Argos Books, 2016)
Ghosts Still Walking • Do Nguyen Mai (Platypus Press, 2016)
A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora • Jenna Le (Anchor & Plume, 2016)
House of Mystery by Courtney Bates-Hardy (ChiZine Publications, 2016)
I Am Not A War • Sophia Terazawa (Essay Press, 2016)
In the Crocodile Gardens • Saba Razvi (Agape Editions, 2016)
Lost Gardens of the Hakudo Maru • Ryu Ando (a…p press, 2016)
Marginalia to Stone Bird • Rose Lemberg (Aqueduct Press, 2016)
On that one-way trip to Mars • Marlena Chertock (Bottlecap Press, 2016)
Poems of My Night • Cynthia Pelayo (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2016)
Poor Anima • Khaty Xiong, (Apogee Press, 2015)
The Primitive Observatory • Gregory Kimbrell (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016)
PseudoPsalms: Saints v. Sinners • Peter Adam Salomon (Journalstone, 2016)
The Role of Lightning in Evolution • David Clink (Kelp Queen Press, 2016)
Sacrificial Nights • Bruce Boston & Alessandro Manzetti (Kipple Officina Libraria, 2016)
The Seven Yards of Sorrow • David E. Cowen (Weasel Press, 2016)
Small Spirits: Dark Dolls • Marge Simon (Midnight Town Media, 2016)
Staying Alive • Laura Sims (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016)
Turn Left at November: Poems • Wendy Rathbone (Eye Scry Publications, 2015)
Underwater Fistfight • Matt Betts (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2016)
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Shamrock issue #3 now available on comiXology

I’m super stoked to announce that issue 3 of Shamrock is now available on comiXology! Issue 3 includes the first set of stories that have not appeared first in Fantasy Scroll Magazine. This is brand-new, never-before-released material!

Alberto has done a really wonderful job illustrating the story, and these new pages are no exception. So please check it out and let me know what you think!

Shamrock #3 cover

Written and created by: Josh Brown
Art by: Alberto Hernandez
Cover by: Abraham Di
Cover colors by: Paul Little
Price: $1.99

In her continued quest to find the Emerald of Creation, Shamrock comes face to face with her past. She and her mighty tiger companion, Ruarc, also meet more creatures of the realm, and find that things are not always what they seem in the Kingdom or Kerlow.

Buy now on comiXology!

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image2Hello, friends! Welcome to the next episode of the 2017 Rhysling Poets’ Showcase!

Today I’m glad to introduce six more poets, whose Rhysling-nominated poems you can read in the Anthology, which you will receive if you are a member of the SFPA.

If you aren’t a member, you may purchase a PDF or pre-order the print anthology now)As noted before, we will link to the nominated poems here where possible. (Some poems appear only in print but we are working on getting around that).

Okay, here we go, the next six Rhysling poets!

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Shamrock: Origins now available on ComiXology

I am very excited to announce that Shamrock: Origins (we’re calling it “issue #0”) is now available on ComiXology! It’s one of the first comics I self-published, back sometime in about 2008. Kinda neat to now see it on ComiXology all these years later, and to be able to read it in guided view!

Shamrock: Origins

Art by: Franc Czuba
Colored by: Slamet Mujiono
Written and created by: Josh Brown
Price: $0.99

King Tuathal’s former ally and advisor, Lorcan, seeks to gain control of the kingdom of Kerlow for himself. He believes, however, that one thing stands in his way of achieving ultimate power — Princess Erin O’Shea.

This digital edition of the prequel to the popular series contains exclusive extras such as character bios and an additional two-page story.

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