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In Oliver Smith’s stories you'll find a mermaid smoking French cigarettes in the bath and demanding a holiday, pickled brains plotting in the pantry while Father tangos the night away under the eye of the most honest spy in all Argentina. There’s Talos and Medea, Witches’ skulls, Caliban, Gawain, evil scientists, Anglo-Saxon poetry, and Frankenstein’s Niece. In the story ‘The Sulphur Remedy’ there’s a giant flea sat where the flatmate used to be and, let’s face it, he’s an improvement. In ‘Basilisk Soup’ a green man has lost his head and isn't going to take it lying down. There are surprise visits from dead girlfriends and Christmas with the nicest cannibal in town. There’s Saxon magic colliding catastrophically with Rock and Roll at sea, and in the pleasant valley Yellow Dust is covering the landscape and transforming everything it touches.
‘Basilisk Soup & Other Fantasies’ collects together stories and poems that have previously appeared in S T Joshi’s Spectral Realms journal, the Horrorzine, anthologies by Ex Occidente Press, Inkermen Press, Dark Hall Press, and History and Mystery LLC. It also includes four previously unpublished tales and ten new poems.
Oliver Smith’s writing has been described as “literary splatter-horror, and wild-conceited ironic fantasy to die for.” (D F Lewis), “richly textured and shaded through a dark and subtle palette”, “hauntingly poetic”, “beautifully written with a superb poetic turn of phrase” (Amazon reviews).
His influences include Alasdair Gray, Aldous Huxley, Angela Carter, August Strindberg, Borges, Bruno Schulz , Clark Ashton Smith, David Madsen, Dostoyevsky, Edgar Allan Poe, George Orwell, Gustav Meyrink, H P Lovecraft, Henrik Ibsen, Herbert Rosendorfer, Italo Calvino, Michael Moorcock, J G Ballard, Kafka, Kingsley Amis, Samuel Beckett, and Lucius Apuleius.
His short stories and poems have been included in the following books:
ANTHOLOGY- LAND'S END Inkermen Press (2008) ISBN-10: 0955625939
ANTHOLOGY- COLD TURKEY Inkermen Press (2009) ISBN-10: 0955625955
'A Present for Jack Price'
ANTHOLOGY- This Hermetic Legislature: A Homage to Bruno Schulz edited by D.P. Watt and D.T. Ghetu (Bucharest: Ex Occidente Press, 2012).
'With Shadow All The Marble Steps'
ANTHOLOGY- 'Transactions of the Flesh: A Homage to Joris-Karl Huysmans
Edited by D.P. Watt & Peter Holman. (Ex Occidente Press/Zagava Press, 2013)
'The Sulphur Remedy'
ANTHOLOGY -'Dark Hall Press Cosmic Horror Anthology' Edited by William Renahan ISBN-10 0615968406 (Dark Hall Press, 2014)
'The Yellow Dust'
ANTHOLOGY - 'Dark Hall Press Techno-Horror Anthology' Edited by William Renahan (Dark Hall Press - 2014)
'The Arkenholz Sonata'
ANTHOLOGY - 'History and Horror, Oh My' Edited by Sarah E. Glenn ( Mystery and Horror, LLC - 2014)
'St Ayers Gospel'
ANTHOLOGY - 'Compass' , University of Gloucestershire, (Horseplay Press -2015)
'The Souls of Men Who Went Beyond'
JOURNAL - Spectral Realms - issue 1 Edited by S T Joshi (Hippocampus Press- July 2014)
JOURNAL - Spectral Realms - issue 2 Edited by S T Joshi (Hippocampus Press- January 2015)
JOURNAL - Spectral Realms - issue 3 Edited by S T Joshi (Hippocampus Press- Summer 2015)
JOURNAL - Spectral Realms - issue 4 Edited by S T Joshi (Hippocampus Press- February 2016)
'Deeper Flowers Thrive'(poem)
JOURNAL - Spectral Realms - issue 5 Edited by S T Joshi (Hippocampus Press- July 2016)
E-ZINE/MAGAZINE - The Horror zine - Fall 2015 Edited by Jeani Rector
'After His Wrath' (poem)
'Broken Angel' (poem)
'Caliban Post Prosperum' (poem)
ANTHOLOGY – In A Cat’s Eye – edited by Kelly A. Harmon & Vonnie Winslow Crist (Pole to Pole Publishing – October 2016)
JOURNAL - Spectral Realms - issue 6 Edited by S T Joshi (Hippocampus Press- February 2017)
ANTHOLOGY – Supernatural Horror Anthology Edited by Roger Luckhurst (Flame Tree Publishing 2017)
JOURNAL – Illumen issue 26 – edited by Tyree Campbell (Alban Lake January 2017)
ANTHOLOGY - Fossil Lake IV: Sharkasaurus! – edited by Christine Morgan (Sabledrake Publishing 2017)
‘Waters that Sparkled so Green’ (poem)
ANTHOLOGY - All is Full of Hell : A Panegyric for William Blake – edited by D.T. Ghetu & Damien Murphy, illustrated by Denis Forkas Kostromitin (Mount Abraxas/Ex Occidente 2017)
‘Burnt the Fire of Thine Eyes’
ANTHOLOGY – White Noise and Ouija Boards edited by Kate Garrett & Caroline Hardaker (Three Drops Press 2017)
‘Pale Molly Waiting’
COLLECTION – Stars Beneath the Ships (Ex Occidente Press 2017) limited to 101 copies hardback illustrated by Rotten Phantom.
‘Deeper Flowers Thrive’(Poem)
‘Crocodiles in the Sugar’
‘The Voice of Your Redeemer- The Songful Morning Near’
‘Blood, Dark Rainbow Bliss’
‘A Garland of Rue’
ANTHOLOGY – Shadows – University of Gloucestershire (Horseplay Press 2017)
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Cat stories set in ancient Egypt, pre-history Mexico, Victorian England, space stations, grim magical worlds, during the zombie apocalypse, and a typical neighborhood give a glimpse into the mysterious lives of felines. And each cat, whether friend or fiend, believes In a Cat's Eye, all things belong to cats.
Cat-lovers and readers of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and horror will find a tale to sink their claws into from an international roster of authors. Featuring fiction from Jody Lynn Nye, Gail Z. Martin, A.L. Sirois, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Doug C. Souza, Oliver Smith, Jeremy M. Gottwig, K.I. Borrowman, Gregory Norris, Christine Lucas, R.S. Pyne, Steven R. Southard, Joanna Hoyt, Elektra Hammond, A.L. Kaplan, and Alex Shvartsman.
In a Cat's Eye is purr-fect reading for a dark night—just beware of paws on the stairs.
Classic authors include: E.F. Benson, Ambrose Bierce, Robert W. Chambers, Wilkie Collins, F. Marion Crawford, Arthur Conan Doyle, Hanns Heinz Ewers, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, Elizabeth Gaskell, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Hope Hodgson, Robert E. Howard, M.R. James, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, Edith Nesbit, Fitz-James O'Brien, Edgar Allan Poe, John Polidori, Bram Stoker, H.G. Wells, Edward Lucas White.
Dark Hall Press is proud to present our Cosmic Horror Anthology, ten tales of nameless terror from some of the most exciting voices in the field.
It’s all here, from stories of subtle, invasive menace to tales of full-fledged cyclopean horrors; from alien worlds to the yawning holes in perception where strange forces lurk; where nature takes on a terrifying sentience and one is not safe even in dreams.
We at Dark Hall invite you to join us in celebration of the modern weird tale, to cast off the veil of reason and see the universe for what it truly is – frightening and uncontrollable.
Burn on the Bayou, by L.F. Falconer
The Mumbler, by Gillian French
Cleric at Sentinel Hill, by Franklyn Searight
Whores and Criminals, by Dean Macallister
The Quiet on the Water, by C. C. Adams
The Haggard Brothers Go to Town, by James Pratt
The Awakening, by Megan Neumann
Dead Line, by D.C. Lozar
The Waterman’s Song, by MB Vigil
Maleficium, by Kelly Gould
The Green Dome, by Joe DiCicco
We Who Walk on Worlds, by Matt Sullivan
Insect Song, by William Tea
The Harvest Moon Festival, by Gigi Eng
Like Falling Snow, by W.D. Clifton
The Oldest Story, by S. L. Edwards
Geronimo Versus Frankenstein, by Neal Privett
The Black-and-White Dozen, by Chris Kuriata
Omzetten, by C.M. Muller
Vandegald’s Globes, by Jeremy Hayes
In the vein of such seminal works as Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, H.G. Wells's THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, and Ira Levin's THE STEPFORD WIVES, these stories depict the horrific consequences of man's desire to subvert the natural order through scientific and technological advances.
Includes stories by Oliver Smith, Michael Bray, DJ Tyrer, Tim Jeffreys, Brett J. Talley, Gerry Griffiths, Josh Strnad, Kierce Sevren, Patrick Lacey, and Joseph Sale.
In Basilisk Soup & Other Fantasies you’ll find a mermaid smoking French cigarettes in the bath and demanding a holiday, pickled brains plotting in the pantry while Father tangos the night away under the eye of the most honest spy in all Argentina. There’s Talos and Medea, Witches’ skulls, Caliban, Gawain, evil scientists, Anglo-Saxon poetry, and Frankenstein’s Niece. In The Sulphur Remedy there’s a giant flea sat where the flatmate used to be and, let’s face it, he’s an improvement. In Basilisk Soup a green man has lost his head and isn't going to take it lying down. There are surprise visits from dead girlfriends and Christmas with the nicest cannibal in town. There’s Saxon magic colliding catastrophically with Rock and Roll at sea, and in the pleasant valley Yellow Dust is covering the landscape and transforming everything it touches.
Basilisk Soup & Other Fantasies includes eight previously published and four new stories together with twenty poems.
The stories here have previously appeared in anthologies by Ex Occidente Press, Inkermen Press, Dark Hall Press, and History and Mystery LLC. Several of the poems been published in S T Joshi’s Spectral Realms journal.
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