The Headless Horseman of South Texas

In my latest Creature Feature, I retell the story of “The Headless Horseman of South Texas,” drawing more thoroughly on actual history than previous versions onf the legend. Great art by Julian Dwyer accompanies my words. You can read the on-line version here.  

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The Ghosts of Fort Ringgold

My latest Creature Feature tale is “The Ghosts of Fort Ringgold,” which focuses on the haunting of the old Robert E. Lee House in Rio Grande City, Texas. The story features art by mother/daughter team Elke and Jaden Allen; you can read it on-line here.  

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The Lady in Black

My new miniseries, CREATURE FEATURE II, kicked off today with “The Lady in Black,” illustrated by the awesome Christian Rodriguez. Here’s the online version (lacking the cool formatting of print).  

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The Smoking Mirror to be published in 2015

The international small press IFWG Publishing, which specializes in speculative and children’s fiction, has picked up my YA fantasy novel The Smoking Mirror for publication in 2015.  

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Poems in Rattle #47

Just received word that my translations of three Japanese poems by Karai Senryū have been accepted for publication in issue 47 of Rattle (forthcoming March 2015). Ii darou! (“Cool, ain’t it?”)  

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Strange Texas Tales That Never Die

In September of 2014, Overlooked Books released a series of illustrated, bilingual readers for young people. Titled Strange Texas Tales That Must Not Die, the series features twelve tales that I have penned: The Black Dog of Driscoll The Devil at the Disco The Hitchhiker of Highway 281 Storyteller A Mermaid in…

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Poem in Goodbye, Mexico

I am excited to learn that my poem “Por la libre” will be published in the anthology Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance that the wonderful Sarah Cortez is editing for Texas Review Press. I can’t wait to read the other pieces in what is sure to be an amazing collection.…

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“Any hope of ever seeing you again” by Eugenio Montale

Eugenio Montale was an Italian poet awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1975. His work occasionally seems difficult, but the apparent obscurity often arises from references to events in his life of which the reader has no knowledge. The following poem, for example, alludes to an event both poet…

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Featured Poet for Upcoming Red River Review

I am delighted and honored to have been selected feature poet for the August edition of the Red River Review (edited by the very cool Alan Gann), in which several of my poems will appear: “taming,” “kill the muse,” “Palimpsest Soul,” “Lovely Little Thing,” “Tzompantli,” “The Paradoxical Axiom,” “Weathered and…

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“I often encountered the evil of living” by Eugenio Montale

Eugenio Montale was an Italian poet awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1975. I often encountered the evil of living I often encountered the evil of living: it was the choked brook that gurgles, it was the curling of the sun-parched leaf, it was the horse that collapses. The…

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