Thursday, January 17, 2019

Psalms of the Magistrate

I am honored and more than pleased to announce that my latest novella, Psalms of the Magistrate, will be released on Mount Abraxas Press within the next week. The book, which promises to be the most exquisite of my works released on this fabulous press yet, will be printed entirely in black ink on thick, red paper.

Psalms of the Magistrate is a hallucinatory novella featuring rites of seduction and deception, stolen keys and cryptographic canticles, the oracular pronouncements of a fetishist and the pernicious kiss of the whip, all of which are inextricably bound by threads of innocence and provocation beneath the devastating shadow of a local deity.

The book can be purchased directly from the publisher by sending an inquiry to exoccidente@gmail.comor pre-ordered from Cold Tonnage in the UK or Ziesing Books in the US. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Flower Dream Sermon

I am honored to announce that my story, "Flower Dream Sermon", is included in the anthology from Egaeus Press, The Book of Flowering.

The book will feature new tales of strangeness, beauty, impermanence, and exfoliation by Mark Valentine, V. H. Leslie, Charles Schneider, Thomas Strømsholt, Timothy J. Jarvis, Mat Joiner, Ron Weighell, Tiffani Angus, John Gale, Reggie Oliver, Sheryl Humphrey, D. P. Watt, Colin Insole, Alison Littlewood, Jonathan Wood, Rebecca Kuder, N. A. Jackson, and myself.

The book is now available to order from the Egaeus Press website.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Star of Gnosia

I am elated to announce that The Star of Gnosia, my second offering on Snuggly Books, is now officially released and available for order.

The Star of Gnosia collects five hallucinatory narratives steeped in secrecy and transgression, complex rites and protocols, the delirium of the sleepless wanderer and the obsessions of the savant.

Ceremonial initiations, forgotten sacraments, inexplicable machines, and God-intoxicated exiles are brought together by duplicitous stratagems and infernal revelations in which the gates of the senses are ravaged by fires both sacerdotal and profane.

The Imperishable Sacraments 
The Apostatical Ascetic 
A Perilous Ordeal
The Hour of the Minotaur
The Star of Gnosia 

The final story in the book, "The Star of Gnosia", is a fairly long novella that has not been published elsewhere. 

The book is available directly from Snuggly Books, as well as from AmazonBarnes & Noble, et al. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Drowing in Beauty

I am honored, soaked in ether, distilled, and ceremonially set aflame to announce the availability of Drowning in Beauty: The Neo-Decadent Anthology, published by Snuggly Books, edited by Daniel Corrick and Justin Isis, and including a story by myself.

From the publisher: 

From the ashes of countless decayed Modernities comes Neo-Decadence, a profaned cathedral whose broken stained glass windows still glitter irregularly in the harsh light of a Symbolist sun. Behind this marvellously vandalised edifice, a motley band of revellers picnic in the graveyard of the Real, leaving behind all manner of rotting delicacies and toxic baubles in their wake. During the last eighty years, world culture has seen an explosion of popular aesthetics, art-forms and the movements associated with them: clothing, trends in fashion, tattoos, recreational drugs, musical sub-cultures, cosmetics, photography—all of which can be the subject of obsessions, damnations and salvations. Devices and formats, initially vulgar, are worshipped, only to be forgotten by all but the few initiates who, through their maniacal fixations, manage to uncover their hidden allure. These twelve stories and their preceding manifestos, then, arise from a shift in aesthetic consciousness: synaesthesia, ecstasy in extremes, the Divine and Infernal alike seen through a neurasthenic lens of supreme focus.

Daniel Corrick - Introduction
Brendan Connell - First Manifesto of Neo-Decadence
Justin Isis - Second Manifesto of Neo-Decadence
Brendan Connell - Molten Rage
Justin Isis - The Quest for Nail Art
Damian Murphy - A Mansion of Sapphire
Yarrow Paisley - Arnold of Our Time
Ursula Pflug - Fires Halfway
Colby Smith - Somni Draconis
Colin Insole - The Meddlers
DP Watt - Jack
Avalon Brantley - Great Seizers' Ghosts
Daniel Corrick - Chameleon is to Peacock as Salamander is to Phoenix
Quentin S. Crisp - Amen 
James Champagne - XYSchaton

Paperback, 256 pages
USA: $16.95

The book is available directly from the publisher, as well as Amazon, Book Depository, and several other distributors. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Living Heart of the Panopticon

I am extremely happy and excited to be able to unveil the multiple components of A Spy in the Panopticon, which has just been released by Mount Abraxas Press. Click on the images for larger resolution. 

(Photos by Dan Ghetu)

Artwork by Bethany WhiteNaked Star, Mikhail Vrubel, and Victor Hugo. For purchase information, contact or The book should also be available at Ziesing Books in the US within a couple of weeks. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Spy in the Panopticon

Art and Calligraphy by Bethany White

I am honored and very excited to announce A Spy in the Panopticon, a boxed set of my latest work which will be released by Mount Abraxas Press in February, 2018. 

A woman peers through a hidden eyepiece into a bedroom of lavish design in ‘A Spy in the Panopticon’, the title novella. What she observes in the exquisite chamber is progressively unraveled over the course of an intricately woven narrative, the many threads of which converge upon a series of increasingly enigmatic motifs: lenses, mirrors, cameras, and prisms; illicit transmissions and invisible signals; unspeakable passwords and etheric emanations; and the infiltration of an inexplicable ministry replete with intrigues, counter-plots, and duplicitous technologies.

A crucial document is laboriously authenticated beneath the ravages of the wild hunt in ‘The Notary’. ‘Paraffin’ follows the descent of a housemaid into the impossible depths of her employer’s past. Two siblings, in ‘That Holy and Formless Fire’, engage in precarious activities involving a transistor radio and a book of poetry. In ‘Imperium’, an infirmity suffered by the wife of a magistrate reveals an ingenious and well-concealed stratagem.

A Spy in the Panopticon

i. The Spyhole
ii. The Mirror
iii. The Camera
iv. The Prism
v. Signal/Transmission
vi. Blackout
vii. The Spy in the Panopticon

The Notary

That Holy and Formless Fire


Purchase information coming soon. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Scandal of the First Act of Creation

Wound of Wounds: An Ovation for Emil Cioran is back from the printers at last. 

Shipping begins mid-next week. The book will still be available from Fantastic Literature in the UK, and Ziesings in the US as soon as they receive their copies. After three months from today's date, a free PDF copy of the book will be available on request from myself or from the publisher at