Thursday, December 7, 2023

The Explosion of a Chandelier

I'm extremely pleased to announce that my new short novel, The Explosion of a Chandelier, is available to order from Occult Press, a new imprint of Snuggly Books specializing in finely printed limited editions of occult fiction and non-fiction. 

The Explosion of a Chandelier is a labyrinthine story of anarchists, bombs, impetuous youth, scandalous rites and extravagant visions, mutinous angels, intricate games, and the ritual seduction of an old hotel, all of which revolve around The House of Amaryllis, a place of gnostic exaltation and luxuriant delirium in the Spain of Alfonso XIII. 

Chapter headings:
The Strangling of the Sentinels
The Explosion of a Chandelier
The House of Amaryllis
The Bomb
The Secret Axis
The Hotel Delicias
Her Majesty The Queen

The book can be ordered in both standard hardcover and leather-bound editions directly from the publisher:

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Night Lamp Lotus

My fourth occult retro-electronic-gaming story, "Night Lamp Lotus (An Attempt at a Strategic Guide)", is included in the lighthouse-themed Eibonvale Press anthology, "At the Lighthouse", which is now available to order in both paperback and hardback. The story is suffused with the aesthetic of the golden age of 16-bit RPG console games. 

"If you unleash the wolves around the confessional booth in Saint Estukio’s Cathedral, timing their deployment to coincide with the setting of the sun, you’ll attract the presence of a disconsolate widow whose confession will make your hair stand on end. Her diabolical misdeeds provide a valuable clue to the location of an ivory mantel clock which, in turn, is instrumental to the infiltration of the night watch. Do this at any other time and you’ll merely agitate the priest." 

Also, I've recently finished my 5th occult retro-electronic-gaming story. It's titled "Magnetic North" and, if all goes according to plan, will be included in a secret project released sometime in 2024. 

Order here:

Monday, September 18, 2023

A Veritable Feast

The last year or so has been relatively quiet, but a lot has been taking shape behind the scenes. A number of fairly major releases are coming up. Aside from the new collection, Saint Severina's Fire, which will be released on Snuggly Books sometime in the next year, there are two short-novel-length standalone releases in the works, one of them to be announced fairly soon. In addition, there will be a second collection, a secret project which will hopefully be released next year. 

The contents of Saint Severina's Fire will be as follows: 

Psalms of the Magistrate
Night's Faithful Forgery
Caterina's Mistress
Saint Severina's Fire

"Night's Faithful Forgery" and "Caterina's Mistress" are previously unpublished, the latter being nearly novel-length itself. These two stories comprise a little over half of the book. This book will be longer than my previous collections. 

In addition, my fourth occult retro-electronic-gaming story, "Night Lamp Lotus", will be featured in Eibonvale Press's anthology At the Lighthouse, which will be available for order any day now. 

I've also written the introduction to a previously unpublished book by the late Ron Weighell, Child of the Dawn, available from Zagava Books

Friday, February 10, 2023

A Conversation With an Errant God

I'm very pleased to announce that my story A Conversation With an Errant God: Distorted Reflections on the Kerker-Kreis has been released as a book on Mount Abraxas Press in Bucharest. The book has been printed in a gorgeous hardcover edition, complete with illustrated end-papers and silk ribbon. Limited to 100 copies. 

Copies will be available in the US at Ziesing Books. If you inquire by email, they'll reserve a copy for you. The story is a very perverse response to the German poet Stefan George and his circle of poets, the George-Kries. 

Taken from the pages of Die Nachtigal, issue 77, September 1973, “A Conversation with an Errant God: Distorted Reflections on the Kerker-Kreis”, directly transcribed from tape by the author. Text translated by C.K. Weber. Introduction excised. 

Die Nachtigal: How did you come to be involved with the Kerker-Kreis? I understand you were not a founding member. 

F. Keiner: It started when I was a boy. It was me and my brother, Kaspar. I must have been eleven, so he would have been twelve or thirteen. We’d sneak into our parent’s bedroom while they were in another part of the house and take off all our clothes. It was far more than merely a game between us. We treated it all with the utmost gravity. It would simply be unthinkable that our parents would find us behaving in such an unacceptable way. What, exactly, it was that we were doing, we didn’t really know. Whatever it was, we were genuinely inspired. 

I’m afraid I’m a little confused, Herr Keiner. Are you saying that this is what led to your involvement with the group? 

Excuse me?   

The Kerker-Kreis, Herr Keiner. The poets’ collective. The subject of this interview is your history with them. 

I’m coming to that. Some background details will be necessary. It all happened so long ago, I hardly remember. What I distinctly recall are the routines we acted out, my brother and I—the blindfolds, the punishments, the mock interrogations, the escalating dares and all the complicated dances. It all had very real consequences. 
     The worst was when we took the mantle clock apart. We’d always been fascinated by the faded Roman numerals that circumscribed its face. The curved, walnut casing, the ornate dials—they all came apart like lotus petals. We put it back together, but it was never the same. It didn’t keep time the way it was supposed to. What’s more, it did something to the house. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

A Token Derangement of the Senses

The Language of the Storm: A Tribute to Ernst Jünger is now available to order from Raphus Press in Brazil. Ziesing books in California should have copies available within a few weeks as well. 

My story "A Token Derangement of the Senses" is included in the book, along with stories and poetry by Adam S. Cantwell, Jonathan Wood, Alcebiades Diniz Miguel, and Brian Evanson, among others.

"So we marched with a limp that eluded detection, one foot in the forest and the other in the underworld. If we seemed to move in circles, it was only to propitiate the ambition of the night itself, which demanded, as if in compensation for its treasures, a token derangement of the senses."

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Sleep of the Assassins

I am very pleased to announce The Sleep of the Assassins and Other Stories, a book very much akin to a collection of b-sides and rarities from Mount Abraxas Press in Bucharest, gathering six short pieces from several disparate places along with a new, previously unpublished title story. 

The contents are as follows:
The Bastion Overwhelmed
The Subpoena
A Flip-Take in the Heart of Seville
The Sleep of the Assassins
The Immaculate Scrambled Automat

"What I’m about to tell you is of marginal importance. You can regard it as akin to an anecdote. My hope is to provide you with a tentative guide to your expected conduct in the field, yet there’s every possibility that my advice will only lead you into error. You’ll have to seek refuge in uncertainty and guesswork, rely on chance and ambiguity, and find a means to kindle flame from little more than intuition. The very lack of clarity regarding your assignment will reveal far more than anything I can pass on to you. 

The outer layers of the citadel will not be difficult for an agent of your caliber to breach. The enemy won’t make it easy. They possess considerable prowess in the art of misdirection. With a little ingenuity, you’ll slip through their defenses like a sparrow through the hangings of a chandelier. What comes after will prove a more formidable challenge. This is only the first of a series of citadels, each of them nested inside the others and secured with insidious traps and locks. You can expect these to grow progressively more difficult the further you proceed." 

The Sleep of the Assassins and Other Stories can be purchased directly from the publisher by sending an inquiry to, or pre-ordered from Ziesing Books in the US. 

Friday, June 3, 2022

The Embassy at Fontainebleau

I have a short piece, "The Embassy at Fontainebleau", in the anthology ORNITHOLOGIÆ, which is available now from Egaeus Press. 

My story involves ley lines and telluric forces, distant radiation from decaying stars, the fickle intelligence of the winds and the pulsation of magnetic currents, riots, fires, incendiary slogans, prayers to the night wind of Napoli, an oracular metronome, the rites of litigation, the howling of wolves around an opera house, symmetries, intervals, reversals, inversions, the nourishment of ancient ores, acrostics, ballistics, steganography, and forgery, as well as and several other things besides, but principally birds.