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"No more will that arousal wild be found/in that dark celled abyss where tinkling mirrors sound." from "Lost Innocence" by Karen L. Newman, mistress of dark verse


Background Information

I've been writing for over twenty years. Most of my writing can be classified as dark, fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Some of my poetic influences are Alfred Lord Tennyson, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, and Carl Sandburg. I am the author of the poetry chapbooks EEKU (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2005), containing forty previously unpublished horror and fantasy haiku, ChemICKals (Naked Snake Press, 2007), containing fifty previously unpublished horror poems, and Toward Absolute Zero (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2009), containing forty-two poems. My poetry has been published in THE PEDESTAL MAGAZINE, THE 2009 RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY, DWARF STARS 2006, DWARF STARS 2008, STAR*LINE (twenty-four poems), THE HUFFINGTON POST, SOTTO VOCE MAGAZINE, VERSE LIBRE QUARTERLY, PAPER CROW (two poems), CHAMPAGNE SHIVERS, EROTIC TALES 2, NONEUCLIDEAN CAFE (three poems), EOTU EZINE, DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES, RAVEN ELECTRICK, TAPESTRY, THE UNIVERSE IN THREE LINES: A SAMPLER OF SCIFAIKU, DROPS OF BLOOD: A HORRORKU SAMPLER, THE BSFAN, ALIENSKIN MAGAZINE (two poems), SPACEWESTERNS.COM, THE SWORD REVIEW, KENTUCKY MONTHLY (two poems), THE WRITTEN WORD (two poems), SCIENCE FICTION POETRY ASSOCIATION PROMOTIONAL BROCHURE FOR THE WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION, THE INDEPENDENT, AOIFE'S KISS (four poems), POE LITTLE THING (two poems), THE FIFTH DI..., LONE STAR STORIES, THR DARK KRYPT (four poems), REVERENCE OF RUNE (four poems), APPALLING LIMERICKS, KUANTA (two poems on the SCIFAIKUEST SPECIAL EDITION CD), THE SHANYTOWN ANOMALY (three poems), BLOODCOOKIES, SINFULLY TWISTED (two poems), WICKED KARNIVAL (three poems), THE DREAM PEOPLE, SCARED NAKED MAGAZINE, DECOMPOSITIONS (two poems), PROJECT M ZINE (two poems), ESCAPING ELSEWHERE (two poems), CTHULHU SEX MAGAZINE (two poems), ILLUMEN (four poems), BEYOND CENTAURI (seven poems), 2006 SAM'S DOT CALENDAR, 2008 SAM'S DOT CALENDAR (two poems), APHELION, ULTRAVERSE, (six poems), TALES FROM THE MOONLIT PATH, TWILIGHT TIMES, PEGASUS, KIDVISIONS, BETWEEN KISSES (four poems), EXPRESSIONS NEWSLETTER, THE ANGRY POET, DOWN IN THE CELLAR (three poems), THE LORELEI SIGNAL, EROTIC TALES (two poems), SCORCHED EARTH, THE MARTIAN WAVE, SCIFAIKUEST (eighteen poems), INVITATIONS, THE GOBLIN READER, THE PEDESTAL MAGAZINE: THE POLITICAL ANTHOLOGY, AMAZE: THE CINQUAIN JOURNAL (four poems), CONCEIT MAGAZINE, WANDERINGS, SEEKER MAGAZINE, MIND CAVIAR (four poems), POETRY RENEWAL (ten poems), QUOTHADE (anthology released by Trafford Publishing), NAKED SNAKE ONLINE (two poems), VOICESNET ANTHOLOGY 7, VOICESNET ANTHOLOGY 8, and VOICESNET ANTHOLOGY 10. I have also contibuted a line to the poem "Blood Thorn Roses" in A TANGLED SCRIPT OF INTANGIBLE SOUL ENGRAVINGS. My fiction has been published in DARK TALES OF TERROR, DEAD WORLDS: UNDEAD STORIES, AFTERBURN SF (two stories), EROTIC TALES, BEYOND CENTAURI, AOIFE'S KISS, NOCTURNAL OOZE, 7th DIMENSION MAGAZINE, EVERYDAY WEIRDNESS, BLOODY OCTOBER, MORPHEUS TALES, TWEET THE MEAT, BLOODCOOKIES (two stories), SEX AND MURDER MAGAZINE, SINISTER TALES (two stories), FLASHSHOT DAILY GENRE FLASH FICTION (five stories), WRETCHED AND VIOLENT, DEMONMINDS, CORPSE FUCK (two stories), HELP, GIRLPHORIA, THE GORELETTER (fictional monster movie idea), THE INDEPENDENT, and THE DRABBLER (four stories). My nonfiction has been published in FIREFOX NEWS (sixty-eight reviews, sixteen articles), INKSPOTTER NEWS (article), APEX BOOK COMPANY (nine articles), ILLUMEN (interview, review), AOIFE'S KISS (review), DARK DISCOVERIES (four reviews), NONEUCLIDEAN CAFE (one review on two books and a book review), HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER (article), SCIFAIKUEST (review),  STAR*LINE (review), THE BLACK GLOVE: HORROR CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT (ten interviews, fourteen reviews, one article), TANGENT ONLINE (four reviews), NIGHT TO DAWN (three reviews), THE DREAM PEOPLE (review), and GOTHIC REVUE (review). I also have a one line review published in Wicked Karnival #4.

Accomplishments

HONORABLE MENTION 1983 Jesse Stuart Invitational Literary Festival - Poetry

MASTER OF SCIENCE Marshall University 1990 thesis - "Investigations into the Acetylation and Nitration of 2,5-Dichlorothiophene"

COAUTHOR "Abstracts and Other Information" Short Course: Introduction to Coal-Tar and Petroleum Pitch, Carbondale, IL; Marsh, H.: Carbondale, IL, 1993; pp 20-25

COAUTHOR "Introduction to Carbon Technologies"; Marsh, H., et al Eds; University of Alicante Secretariado de Publicaciones, Spain: 1997; Chapter 6 "A History of Pitch Technologies"

WINNER of the EOTU Ezine Contest: What Does EOTU Stand For, 2004

SECOND PLACE Charles H. Schubert Award 2004 Kentucky State Poetry Society Contest

SECOND HONORABLE MENTION Deborah Madden Memorial 2004 Kentucky State Poetry Society Contest

SELECTED for inclusion in Poets & Writers' DIRECTORY OF AMERICAN POETS AND FICTION WRITERS as a poet in February 2005

HONORABLE MENTION in Bloodcookies Fake Rejection Letter Contest

#1 BEST SELLER on Project Pulp for 7/16-31/05 for poetry chapbook EEKU

HONORABLE MENTION in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eighteenth Annual Collection for the poem "Absolute Zero" published in EOTU Ezine

HONORABLE MENTION in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eighteenth Annual Collection for the poem "Unspoken" published in Aoife's Kiss

RUNNER-UP Champagne Shivers Demented Nursery Rhymes Contest

FIRST PLACE, Mary Jane Barnes Award 2005 Kentucky State Poetry Society Contest

THIRD PLACE, Living in Oblivion 2005 Kentucky State Poetry Society Contest

FIRST HONORABLE MENTION, Ben Ray Memorial 2005 Kentucky State Poetry Society Contest

TOP TEN FINISH 2005 PREDITORS & EDITORS READERS' POLL

THIRD PLACE, Balticon 40 Poetry Contest

INCLUSION IN BEST OF AFTERBURN SF for the story "The Reunion"

INCLUSION IN DWARF STARS 2006 and DWARF STARS 2008, anthologies of the best short-short (ten lines and under) science fiction, fantasy, and horror poetry of 2005 and 2007.

WINNER, The Lorelei Signal's Readers' Poll for poetry, Oct-Dec issue

SECOND PLACE The Heartland Review Prize, 2007 Kentucky State Poetry Society Contest

HONORABLE MENTION, 2008 Space Western Senryu Contest

RHYSLING AWARD NOMINEE for poem "Internet Witch"

THIRD PLACE Jim Proctor Memorial, 2009 Kentucky State Poetry Society Contest

JAMES B. BAKER NOMINEE in nonfiction for review of Cyborg Chimera by Shelly Bryant in Scifaikuest

Additional Information

I am the editor for the online magazine, AFTERBURN SF. I was a staff editor for Sam's Dot upcoming anthology entitled Appalling Limericks. I judged the category "Speculative Poem Award" for the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Kentucky State Poetry Society Contest. I am the editor for ILLUMEN, a print magazine published by Sam's Dot.

Favorite Links

Karen's Literary Reactions
My award winning website (having won FREAKING SCARY SITE PLATINUM AWARD from horrorfind.com, THE DARK WRITES AWARD from Crimsin Tears, MOST HAUNTING SITE AWARD from Mephisto's Haunt, THE DEAD POE-ITS AWARD from countessbloodshalloweenhorror.com, and the 2004 HORRID AWARD from everydayshalloween.com) features links (if applicable) and titles of all my poetry that has been published and information on upcoming works. Having animated graphics and sound, my website includes some personal information about me as well.

EEKU
EEKU is my poetry chapbook that can be purchased through Project Pulp where it is a number one best seller.

The Science Fiction Poetry Association
This site has information for those interested in the field of science fiction/horror/fantasy/speculative poetry.

Horror Writers Association
This site has resources and information for serious horror writers.




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