ince 1994 Michelle Scalise's work has appeared in such anthologies as UNSPEAKABLE HORROR, DARKER SIDE, MORTIS OPERENDI, DARK ARTS, THE BIG BOOK OF EROTIC GHOST STORIES and such magazines as Cemetery Dance, Crimewave and Dark Discoveries. She was nominated for the 2010 Spectrum Award which honors outstanding works of fantasy and horror that include positive gay characters and the 2000 Rhysling Award for poetry. Her fiction has received honorable mention in YEARS BEST FANTASY AND HORROR. Her latest poetry has been chosen by the Horror Writers Association for their anthology HORROR POETRY SHOWCASE:VOLUME I. She has fiction and poetry appearing soon in the best of Dark Discoveries anthology DISCOVERIES: BEST OF HORROR AND DARK FANTASY and the anthology OUR WORLD OF HORROR. Contributing Editor and Senior Reviewer for SFSite chose her first collection, INTERVALS OF HORRIBLE SANITY, as one of the top ten books of 2003. Her fiction collection , COLLECTIVE SUICIDE, was published by Crossroad Press in 2012. Eldritch Press has just published a collection of her poetry, THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW in paperback and ebook. Michelle was raised in Kent, Ohio and is married to bestselling author Tom Piccirilli.
Michelle Scalise can be contacted here.
ednesday January 21, 2015
"And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. --Dylan Thomas
Sometimes good news comes in threes: My poetry collection THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW (Eldritch Press) has made it on to the HWA's Bram Stoker preliminary ballot! Tom Piccirilli's poetry collection FORGIVING JUDAS (Crossroad Press) has also made it on to the HWA's Bram Stoker preliminary ballot! So it's a happy household. And the final piece of great news is a review from the latest print issue of Space And Time Magazine issue 122:
"The Manufacturer of Sorrow by Michelle Scalise (Eldritch
Press, 2014) takes the reader on a ride through loss and madness in the most
Evil Enchantments By Song: "Even after shock treatments shes still filled with lies/ Shes just blurred at the edges now".
There are poems of life ending before its first breath and love spinning into infinite vacuums; the result of lies told, truth withheld. Scalise is the master manufacturer of dark dreams, singing the ultimate lullaby. I highly recommend this collection." -- Space & Time Magazine ( issue 122)
unday January 18, 2015
"He lifts his fingers toward the skies Where holy brightness breaks in flame; Radiance reflected in his eyes, And on his lips a whispered name. --Siegfried Sassoon
I have received another great review for THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW from Amazing Stories: "Michelle Scalise presents her first poetry-only horror collection in The Manufacturer of Sorrow, which held a place on the Womens Authors best-seller list at Amazon for several weeks in 2014. The collections title is taken from the poem, Mouthful of Thorns. The forty-one poems touch on a wide range of macabre perceptions and experiences: death by drowning, life in asylums and prison, autumn as the season of impending death, and the peculiar horrors self-absorbed parents visit upon their children. The three final poems, Red, Recede, and Her Little Blue Pills evoke every parents and childs deepest dread. Nearly every child has had to take, at some point, pills crushed in grape jelly or other sweet substance these little pills, however, are not meant to cure. Erotica is featured in many of the poems, as well. Among these Shadow on the Waves takes the laurel, with its surging waves providing ecstasy as well as finality. The poetry structure in these works ranges from classic iambic meter of various lengths to an almost foxtrot-style meter in Dark Garden. Ms. Scalise uses actual rhymed words and phrases sparingly: death walks in lace and waits behind the door / Life like a shadow running through cracks in the floor (from Close the Door), but these stylized lines create powerful images, and add true poetic depth to the pieces. Lovers of horror and the macabre unfamiliar with Ms. Scalises writing would do well, however, to take the plunge with The Manufacturer of Sorrow, before continuing their exploration of her work with her mixed prose and poetry collections, Intervals of Horrible Sanity (2003) and Collective Suicide (2012). Readers who know her earlier work will find delights both spine-tingling and poignant in this new collection."-- AMAZING STORIES
And on a different note, my cousin Lori Boles Harper is greatly in need of a kidney. Please, it is such a simple act that everyone can make to save lives. No one should have to wait years on a list.
aturday January 9, 2015
The thorns which I have reaped are of the tree I planted; they have torn me, and I bleed. I should have known what fruit would spring from such a seed. -Lord Byron
Eviscerating Pen has reviewed THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW. Here is a blurb: "Cat, which deals with the loss of a child via mythology, hit me right where it needed to. The flow pulled me along effortlessly, the images were sharp and the heart was laid bare. The same goes with the immediate followup, Blue Rose Tattoo. From that point, the reading got much better. By the last third of the book, every single poem just goddam nails it. Close the Door is a deft dance of fear and desire intertwined, Posthumous Voices winds and wraps and tickles its way into the worst parts inside and Her Little Blue Pills just plain kicked my ass. There are quite a few damn fine poems here that straddle that razor line of taking nightmarishly specific horrors and translating them into a universal experience in a way that breathes naturally..."
ednesday December 3, 2014
I am alone here in my own mind. There is no map and there is no road. " Anne Sexton
THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW has received an excellent review from Horror Novel Reviews.com!
"This collection of forty-one poems is filled with dark avenues of pain, grief, insanity, anger and so much more. There are no simple, easy, happy-go-lucky places to travel here. Be prepared. Ive personally read this a number of times now and have found myself deeply engrossed in the macabre mood and bleak territory in which the book takes me. It is now officially a part of my collection that I will re-read time and time again.Two of the included works are co-written with her husband, Tom Piccirilli, and they simply add a slight edge. But Scalises solo material is certainly nothing to scoff at. Now to mention just a few poems that stand out for me, and for a variety of reasons. She Sings Eternal Madness rings out a true feeling of madness, with lines that chill to the bone. The Blue Rose Tattoo, touches a lonely emptiness with lines like, I suspect the waters much colder down there in the past where your sins clog up a stream like dead trees. Her Little Blue Pills, will leave one wondering about the motivation in constructing this one, as we deal with the mother in this and how anyone could survive such a life. Lastly I want to mention one that is a definite favorite of mine, Recede. This one is amazing, and will last with me for a very long time. I would be remiss not to mention the excellent photos that are sprinkled throughout the collection.They are also dark, but have a very real feel to them. There are countless poems here to get into, certainly too many to list here. Do yourself a favor and get this book and read, read, read." Horror Novel Reviews.com-Vitina Molgaard
And on a very sad note, Rocky Wood, the president of the HWA, a very kindhearted man, loss his battle to ALS this week. His family has asked that donations be made to his favorite charity MND Australia so Michael Randolph of Eldritch Press has decided that half of all the profits from the anthology OUR WORLD OF HORROR will go to this cause. The anthology will also be dedicated to Rocky. I am very happy to be a part of this and also crushed to lose another member of the horror writing community. My condolances to his family.
unday November 16, 2014
"This world is half the devil's and my own, Daft with the drug that's smoking in a girl and curling round the bud that forks her eye."- Dylan Thomas
Along with Tom Piccirilli and Jack Ketchum, I will be a guest at The Stanley Hotel Writer's Retreat. A yearly author and artist retreat held each October at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
I am really looking forward to being a guest at this event. To sign up or for more information on the retreat check out The Stanley Hotel Writers Retreat on Facebook. See you there!
Thank you to everyone who has purchased my poetry collection, THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW. I am truly thrilled to know that people still love poetry. And to discover that it is currently on Amazon's best seller list is very cool.
We had an amazing vacation in Southern California last week! Hung out with the amazingly talented poet and writer Wendy Rathbone and Della Van Hise.
unday November 2, 2014
"You've got to live in the moment, says the soul. It's got wings and is ready to take you for a ride." Christopher Bursk
From Eldritch Press: "It is great to see Michelle Scalise's poetry collection (THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW) hit the best seller rankings on Amazon for Women Authors." Very cool!
uesday October 28, 2014
"One can't build little white picket fences to keep the nightmares out." - Anne Sexton
I am November's poet of the month for the HWA. Thank you Horror Writer's Association ! Click on the logo to check out my interview here :
unday October 19, 2014
"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. "- Emily Dickinson
It was nice to see my collection THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW (Eldritch Press) on the HWA's 2014 Reading List for the Bram Stoker Award.
aturday October 3, 2014
"I don't make pretty pictures. Sometimes I wish my imagination were fueled by something other than panic and dread." -Marc Maron
Here is a blurb from my first review for THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW from the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Star*Line.
"Michelle Scalises collection of dark and evocatively disturbing poetry, The Manufacturer of Sorrow, contains 41 poems that explore the underbelly of human emotion. It is a journey through a modern landscape littered with the signposts of horror: the collection traipses through dark asylums and blood-stained maternity beds...Alongside questioned sanity, bleak eroticism crawls through this collection...Kisses are poisoned, trysts regretted, children abandoned, with intimacy wreaking horrible damage. The poems weave a complex combination of lust, loss, shadows, and sex in a grim tapestry.
The collection also engages with the darker side of motherhood, with several poems including neglectful, abusive, or downright twisted maternal figures. They drug their children, haunt their dreams, steal their souls, and chain them to asylum beds, flitting past with perfect red lipstick and hollow smiles.
The collections primary strength lies in its atmosphere. The similar length of each poem, along with a unity of subject matter and similar vocabulary, manages to weave a dark but appealing window into the less stable sides of the human experience. Poems with a thoroughly dark subject matter and shadowed atmosphere. Madness, twisted eroticism, and damaging motherhood make up the backbone of the collection...it should leave the reader with a pleasant sense of unease." --SCIENCE FICTION POETRY ASSOCIATION, Star*Line Magazine
aturday September 20, 2014
"I lost her somewhere along the way. Hand in hand we entered the theater to see Snow White but when I looked down she was gone. All I held was the emptiness she left behind. And a scream that builds up inside me forever." Michelle Scalise
Wendy Rathbone, an amazing poet and writer interviewed me for her blog. I have been a fan of her work for years so it was an honor to be asked by her. Now go buy copies of both of our books !
Check out the interview here: Wendy Rathbone - From the Left Dimension
uesday September 16, 2014
"Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. " Dylan Thomas
Tom Piccirilli and I are looking for reviewers who work for print or online magazines. If you review horror poetry collections we'd like to send you copies of our new books, FORGIVING JUDAS from Crossroad Press and THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW from Eldritch Press. Drop me a line at Darkiss566@aol.com. Or send a Facebook message to Tom Piccirilli's page and we'll send you out some copies.Thanks!
ednesday September 3, 2014
Even so, I must admire your skill. You are so gracefully insane. -Anne Sexton
You'll find the cover of my new poetry collection, THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW, on the front page of the Horror Writers Association's site. Check it out. And thank you HWA for the nod!
unday August 31, 2014
We should meet in another life, we should meet in air, me and you. -Sylvia Plath
Check out the Eldritch Press website here
And you'll find more info about my new poetry collection, THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW, right here
aturday August 30, 2014
"And together we can compose each other in verse, offer what's due and deliver our love line by line in vein." -Tom Piccirilli
My poetry collection THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW is out now from Eldritch Press. Click the book cover to be taken to Amazon to order your copy today. It is also avaliable at Barnes & Noble online and at brick and mortar stores. I was interviewed by the amazing poet, Wendy Rathbone for her site. It should appear in two weeks. In November I will be the poet of the month and interviewed by the HWA for their Poetry Page.
"The Manufacturer of Sorrow gathers together the best of Michelle Scalise's collected poetry descending into the darkest recesses of our lives, taking you into Mental Asylums, dark avenues fraught with ghosts and witches, and into the darkness of childhood. Michelle's poetry will chill you to the bone with its diverse and in-depth contemplation of the human soul."
hursday August 14, 2014
"Having seen all things red, Their eyes are rid of the hurt of the color of blood for ever."- Wilfred Owen
In about two weeks you will be able to purchase my poetry collection, THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW published by Eldritch Press in trade paperback or ebook versions. Here is the front and back cover.
hursday July 31, 2014
"My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends It gives a lovely light.". -Edna St. Vincent Millay
From Michael Randolph, head of Eldritch Press: "Horror poetry cover release for the talented Michelle Scalise's poetry collection "The Manufacturer of Sorrow." She will be in attendance at the 2015 World Horror Convention and will be signing copies of her book alongside her husband Tom."
I LOVE this cover. Eldritch Press did a great job.
hursday July 17, 2014
"A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. " W.H. Auden
I have just sold my latest collection of dark poetry to Eldritch Press. The book is titled THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW and it will be published at the end of this summer. I am thrilled to be working with Eldritch Press. The cover art is beautiful too. You'll be able to purchase the book at all the usual places and if you are attending WHC 2015 in Atlanta, bring it along and I will sign your copy. Or you can purchase a copy at the convention.
By the way, if you are a fan of genre poetry check out UNEARTHLY by Wendy Rathbone, one of the very best poets in the business. Seriously, her work has amazed me for years.
hursday July 10, 2014
"Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." Antoine de Saint Exupéry
The HWA POETRY SHOWCASE VOLUME I containing my poem 'She Sings Eternal Madness' is out right now. " The inaugural volume in HWA's Poetry Showcase includes poems by some of the horror genre's darkest and most lyrical stars". Click on the book jacket to buy your copy.
ednesday July 9, 2014
"Nobody ever became a writer just by wanting to be one. " F. Scott Fitzgerald
My short story Three Doors Down We Cleanse the Soul which was originally published in Dark Discoveries Magazine has been selected to appear in editor James Beach's best of Dark Discoveries anthology titled Discoveries: Best of Horror and Dark Fantasy. With all the amazing writers they have published over the years, I am very honored to have one of my stories chosen. The anthology is expected in 2015. More news when I receive it.
uesday July 1, 2014
"When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse out of the corner of my eye. I turned to look but it was gone. I cannot put my finger on it now. The child is grown. The dream is gone." -R. Waters, D. Gilmour
I've just sold two pieces to the anthology OUR WORLD OF HORROR comming soon from Eldritch Press. I am very excited about this sale and can't wait to see the book.
uesday June 4, 2014
"Where was she that she could not come back? Where did she go?" A neighbor of the Fitzgeralds talking about Zelda after she lost her mind.
My poem 'She Sings Eternal Madness' has been chosen by the HWA to be included in the Inaugural Horror Writers Association Horror Poetry Showcase. I am very honored to have been selected. I also have a new piece of work out at a magazine right now and I am waiting to hear word from the publisher on my latest collection THE MANUFACTURER OF SORROW.
I will be on some writing panels at the WHC 2015 in Atlanta where Tom Piccirilli will be the Guest of Honor. If you attend come up and say hello.
uesday May 20, 2014
"We poets have no need for drugs to attain the borderline between life and death," Louis Malle from The Fire Within
The new issue is here of BEWARE THE DARK, a beautifully published magazine edited by the wonderful Paul Fry and filled with great writing. Order right now by clicking on the link. This issue contains only the second nonfiction piece I have ever written (both were about poetry). More importantly, this is the special Tom Piccirilli issue with brand new fiction by Tom and some amazing articles about him. Remember, one click and you can have this special copy shipped to your house from the U.K.. Brand new Piccirilli stories and you won't break the bank getting them. What more could you ask for?
And remember Tom Piccirilli has been selected as one of the special guests of honor at next years 25th World Horror Convention and Bram Stoker Awards Weekend in May so we hope to see you all there. And bring along your copy of BEWARE THE DARK to get it signed by Tom and all of us involved. To visit the website and order tickets follow this link.
ednesday May 7, 2014
"Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities--" Anaïs Nin
My poem 'She Sings Eternal Madness' has been chosen to be included in the book produced by the Horror Writers Association to celebrate the Inaugural HWA Horror Poetry Showcase. This is a huge honor to be acknowledged for my talent by the HWA and I thank the judges who chose my poem. I'll have more information on this soon. Right now Tom Piccirilli and I are currently recharging out at Montauk where we were married ten years ago. Beautiful beach, sea and lighthouse. Best place on earth.
ednesday April 9, 2014
"People or stars Reagard me sadly, I disappoint them." Sylvia Plath
April is national poetry month. In celebration here is a poem of mine that appeared in print last year. My latest collection, which will be my first containing only poetry is currently being considered by a publisher. Celebrate April in grand style by purchasing a new book or magazine of poetry or reread one of your favorite poets.
THE FEEL OF BLUE LIPS
By Michelle Scalise
The nurse that never smiles
Never lets a glint of sympathy
soften her gray eyes
placed the dead baby on my breast
He weighs nothing and yet I am
Oppressed with pins
to the bed like a rare butterfly.
Sheets as white as a pall.
I sicken at his touch,
always knowing he would feel this way.
Get it off of me!
Only the dead suckle the dead.
His name is Autumn
and once more
he's brought death to my door.
(This poem is copywriten. If you are interested in republishing it in any fashion, please contact me.)
uesday Feburaury 4, 2014
"Hell is empty and all the devils are here." Shakespeare
I have submitted my first piece of work to a magazine since my husband (novelist Tom Piccirilli) got sick. More to come on that once I sell it.
Remember, today is World Cancer Day: Purple Roads Stands Strong Against Cancer | and Chevrolet will donate $1.00 to evveryone who tints their facebook ot Twitter profile picture purple. It's easy. Go here: PURPLE ROADS. Do it for for all the survivors. Do it for everyone fighting the toughest battle you could ever imagine. Do it in memory of someone you loved.
ednesday Janaury 29, 2014
"Every word is autobiographical, and every word is fiction." William Burroughs
APEX Publication's website published an article titled Women of Horror: In Celebration of Great Women Horror Authors by Jason Sizemore and I'm very honored to be listed as one of those writers. I received my first acceptance letter TWENTY years ago (Holy crap! ). That was in the pre-web days when one would study the market listing books (which came out once a year so that by the time they appeared in print many of the magazines they listed had already gone under) then mail a letter asking for guidelines and then snail-mail your work and wait...and wait. My first acceptance letter came from a magazine that is long out of print, Vampire's Crypt. I believe Charlee Jacob (another writer mentioned in the Apex article) also made her first, or one of her very early sales to the same issue I was in. The Apex article mentions women who's work I enjoy reading and some of my friends in the business. It's not easy for ANYONE, male or female to make it in this field and there are no easy tricks. Just hard work, always striving to get better and never giving up. Thank you Apex and Jason Sizemore for including me in this wonderful list...now go by a copy of my latest collection, COLLECTIVE SUICIDE, from Crossroad Press at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ITUNES, Sony, Smashwords or Crossroad Press's website.
February 4 is END CANCER DAY! Wear a purple ribbon, tint your Facebook photo purple or just give someone you know who is fighting the brave fight a big hug and kiss.
aturday November 23, 2013
"If I got rid of my demons, I'd lose my angels." Tennessee Williams
I've just finished a piece for the new British magazine, BEWARE THE DARK. The magazine is beautiful and I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of this special edition. I'll post more when I know the release date. This is only the second time I've written an essay for a magazine. The first was an article about the history of horror in classic poetry for the HWA newsletter.
unday October 6, 2013
"Copying other writers leads people into all manner of blunders in taste because they mimic those mannerisms for which they have NO innate propensity themselves." Ted Hughes
Do you really want to be a writer? Do you want to know if you have any talent? Here's some advise from the greatest American writer ever. I have replaced the rant I had posted here because he is
F. Scott Fitzgerald. Who better to take advice from.? Besides, the kind of people I was raving at don't matter. This is for anyone who really wants to work. and it is taken from the COLLECTED LETTER OF F.SCOTT FITZGERALD.
No one else could write these words besides him: "And as
I sat there, brooding on the old unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder
when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisys dock. He
had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close
that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind
him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields
of the republic rolled on under the night.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but thats no matter tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past".
"November 9, 1938
Ive read the story carefully and, Frances, Im afraid the price for doing professional work is a good deal higher than you are prepared to pay at present. Youve got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner. This is especially true when you begin to write, when you have not yet developed the tricks of interesting people on paper, when you have none of the technique which it takes time to learn. When, in short, you have only your emotions to sell.
This is the experience of all writers. It was necessary for Dickens to put into Oliver Twist the childs passionate resentment at being abused and starved that had haunted his whole childhood. Ernest Hemingways first stories In Our Time went right down to the bottom of all that he had ever felt and known. In This Side of Paradise I wrote about a love affair that was still bleeding as fresh as the skin wound on a haemophile.
The amateur, seeing how the professional having learned all that hell ever learn about writing can take a trivial thing such as the most superficial reactions of three uncharacterized girls and make it witty and charming the amateur thinks he or she can do the same. But the amateur can only realize his ability to transfer his emotions to another person by some such desperate and radical expedient as tearing your first tragic love story out of your heart and putting it on pages for people to see.
That, anyhow, is the price of admission. Whether you are prepared to pay it or, whether it coincides or conflicts with your attitude on what is nice is something for you to decide. But literature, even light literature, will accept nothing less from the neophyte. It is one of those professions that wants the works. You wouldnt be interested in a soldier who was only a little brave.
In the light of this, it doesnt seem worth while to analyze why this story isnt saleable but I am too fond of you to kid you along about it, as one tends to do at my age. If you ever decide to tell your stories, no one would be more interested than,
Your old friend,
F. Scott Fitzgerald"
And finally, on a personal note: I have been a professional writer since 1994. PLEASE do not confuse me with anyone using a similiar name who is self-published. If your foot fits in this single sentence then this shoe belongs to you. The rest of my rant, like my life, does not involve you at all.
And now I'm so happy to announce that my husband, best-selling novelist Tom Piccirilli has been in remission for ONE YEAR! He is not just an amazing, award winning writer and poet. He is my Superman.
unday February 17, 2013
"Belief in one's identity as a poet or writer prior to the acid test of publication is as naive and harmless as the youthful belief in one's immortality ... and the inevitable disillusionment is just as painful."-DAN SIMMONS
Here is a review from Horror World of my new collection, COLLECTIVE SUICIDE, from Crossroad Press:
Collective Suicide is an amazing collection of extremely high quality speculative fiction and stimulating poetry. Scalises work hearkens back to a period when horror fiction followed no commercially defined formula in both style and substance. Her tales are heavily infused with atmosphere; allowing it equal weight as her plotting. Scalise also assumes that we are intelligent readers, letting our imaginations define the terrors she proffers without resorting to depicting extreme acts of violence or the video-ready images born of horror movies. Readers will be hard pressed to find other contemporary horror or fantasy authors who can pen such tales with as much flair and intelligence as Scalise does. Many of the stories in Collective Suicide are set in decades long past, her style evocative of an era when merely a combination of subtle plot changes and the weight of the words themselves would be enough to send readers minds into overdrive.
As for the fiction in this collection, I found every one of the stories to be delightfully out of the ordinary and a joy to read. Two of those, bookends really, called I Am The Shadow That Walks There and The Beautiful Ones, where highlights for me, and both lingered long in my mind after I finished reading them. The first concerns a man battling the physical and metal ravages of World War II while mourning the death of his lover. The latter is about a playwright in gaslight London whose circle of friends and their influence crumble after his mentor is exposed as a homosexual. Both these stories contain horrors that are deeply layered and work on multiple levels; from the realistic terrors of societal judgments to supernatural retributions arising from guilt.
One story that had me breaking out in goose bumps, The Night Around Me Falling, is a tale of a woman on a plane who has a young girl approach her and ask if she would like her fortune told. Though the ending of this story may be easily telegraphed by its description, in Scalises hands you will relish the spin she puts on it.
The remaining stories in the collection, including plots dealing with a plague, the governments radiation sickness testing program, the internment of a womans grave to retrieve a book, and a cat who can manhandle a body part or two, are all fascinating and well written tales that are sure to please readers.
I am not a poet or a fan of the genre so Ill let others comment on the quality of the poems presented in this collection. As someone who is often baffled by poetry, I will say that I enjoyed all of them and that I didnt once scratch my head with a puzzled look while reading any of them. I found them all easy to read, understand, and I thought they were affecting.
If you are not familiar with Scalises fiction or poetry, Collective Suicide is the perfect collection to start with. After finishing, I think youll find yourself seeking out much more from this author.
You'll find my latest work in these fine magazines and a new anthology:
hursday July 26, 2012
Keep passing open windows. John Irving
My new collection, COLLECTIVE SUICIDE from Crossroad Press can now be purchased right here at Smashwords
And also the Crossroad press website:
hursday July 19, 2012
"I'm on the verge of a total breakdown. Sciatica. Taxes. Cars. Fleas, possibly. It's an absurd existence." Jonathan Ames
From CROSSROAD PRESS a new collection of 14 short stories and poems. COLLECTIVE
SUICIDE can be purchased for your Kindle, Nook and Ereader at the CROSSROAD
PRESS website, Amazon.com
ednesday April 18, 2012
"Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?" Honore De Balzac
You'll find me here, in Midnight Echo, next month. Just click on the cover art to order.
"Everyone has the right to be respected and the responsibility to respect others."
ednesday March 21, 2012
"I am living permanently in my dreams from which I make brief forays into reality." Ingmar Bergman
I've just sold a poem to Midnight Echo, issue #7, an Australian horror magazine. And I believe the next issue of Illumen due in April should also contain more of my work. So keep an eye out for both.
"Everyone has the right to be respected and the responsibility to respect others."
unday December 4, 2011
"Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken." Oscar Wilde
In the better-late-than-never category (as far as posting about
it): My short story, I Am the Shadow That Walks There, (Unspeakable Horror)
was nominated for the 2010 Spectrum Award which honors outstanding works of
science fiction, fantasy and horror that include significant positive explorations
of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered characters, themes, or issues. This
means a tremendous amount to me and I am honored to have been nominated with
such a fine group of writers.
unday November 27, 2011
"Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art." - Kenneth Tynan
I've just sold a supernatural crime story to the Harrow Press's anthology, MORTIS OPERANDI. Look for it in 2012!
And you'll find my poetry in the current issues of these two magazines:
One last piece of news...here is a photo of the newest member of the family, our pound puppy, Dashiell "Dash" Hammett. He was very ill when we got him but all is well now and he's healthy, crazy and as goofy as his ears.
uesday November 1, 2011
"Wisdom comes with winters." Oscar Wilde
The fall issue of Illumen containing some new work of mine is out right now. A really beautiful looking magazine so pick up a copy by clicking on the title link. And the fall 2011 issue of Kaleidotrope will also have my work and should be out any day now.
uesday Feb. 22, 2011
"If Jesus came back and saw what was going on in his name, he'd never stop throwing-up." from Hannah and Her Sisters -Woody Allen
The poetry magazine Illumen has accepted my poem Blue Rose Tattoo for their fall issue coming in October 2011. Look for it then or pre-order by following the link.
For those living in Colorado, Merchant Voyage in downtown Loveland has a whole new line of my necklaces.
It's an underdog, but I've got my fingers crossed that BLACK SWAN wins the best picture prize next week.
hursday Oct. 28, 2010
"Take thy beak from out my heart." POE
The fall issue of Ghostlight Magazine is out now and contains my poem VISTOR'S DAY. Click on the magazine cover to purchase a copy.
If you live in Northern Colorado you'll find a brand new selection of my jewelry in two wonderful stores, Curiosities in old town Fort Collins and Merchant Voyage in downtown Loveland. So check them out.
And have a dark and happy Halloween!
P.S.- Mondo got SCREWED! If you're a fan of Project Runway you'll know what I mean.
unday October 10, 2010
"Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me leave to do my utmost." Isak Dineson
Dear state of Montana,
Please keep all your white-trash, art-hating truck driving women to yourself. Everyone else in the state of Montana is, of course, always welcome to visit Colorado any time. We're glad to have you.
Offensive print destroyed with crowbar!
And while I'm at it, Shame on any member of the city council of Loveland Colorado
and any member of the board of the Loveland Museum for their decision NOT to
replace the destroyed lithograph because of the trouble it has caused. Loveland
Colorado prides itself on having one of the largest statue art exhibits every
summer. Is this how you show your appreciation for artists and their work?
unday October 2, 2010
"Occasionally I sense an insane wail deep down in the pit, the echo alone reaching me, striking without warning, a child weeping uninhibitedly, imprisoned forever." Ingmar Bergman
As anyone who's ever checked out this site knows, I love quotes by writers and poets. In this case though I've chosen one of my favorite directors, Ingmar Bergman. Actually since he wrote his movies I guess he still fits right in. Also, I recently hung up a black and white copy of a behind-the-scene photograph taken during the shooting of THE SEVENTH SEAL. It's Bergman talking to 'Death' and it certainly fits the last six months of my life. For those who don't know, let me just say I'm not dead yet, I didn't see the stupid tunnel with the light at the end...or even my Dad, Grandmother or favorite dog (any three of which would have been nice). I did spend time in a cardiac ICU ward where I learned that nurses should not hook Italians up to tubes. I kept pulling them out when I talked (with my hands, which we tend to do when we speak). But my experence did inspire me to write some of the bleakest work I've ever done, which is saying quite a bit.
Thank you from the bottom of my broken, but repaired, heart for all the kind messages, cards, flowers.
Since leaving the hospital, I've recently sold work to DARK DISCOVERIES, KALEIDOTROPE and GHOSTLIGHT MAGAZINE so keep an eye out for all three sometime soon.
Also my handcrafted necklaces are now for sale in Northern Colorado at fine stores like CURIOSITIES and ALPINE ARTS in Fort Collins and MERCHANT VOYAGE in Loveland.
One quick note that I never got the chance to mention before , the anthology UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS containing my story I AM THE SHADOW THAT WALKS THERE, won the Bram Stoker Award for best antho. This was a huge win for one of the nicest and most professional editors I've ever worked with. Way to go Vince!
uesday March 10, 2009
"Thou art the whisper in the gloom, the hinting tone, the haunting laugh: Thou art the adorner of my tomb, the minstrel of mine epitaph." L. Johnson
Wonderful reviews are coming in for Unspeakable Horrors, the anthology that contains my story I AM THE SHADOW THAT WALKS THERE. Take a look at raves here NOSSA MORTE . See why Nick Kauffmann's comments made my day! Thank you, Nick. And then go buy yourself a copy!
ednesday December 24, 2008
"Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost; That the hands of the sisters Death and Night incessantly softly wash again and ever again, this soiled world." Walt Whitman
The anthology Unspeakable Horror: From The Shadows Of The Closet is out right now from Dark Scribe and you'll need to rush if you want a copy because it's selling very fast. If you find it out of stock though don't give up! Another printing is on its way to bookstores. You can read my interview from Dark Scribe RIGHT HERE. And to purchase click on the book jacket.
uesday May 13, 2008
"Red lips are not so red as the stained stones kissed by the English dead." Wilfred Owen
Well finally something new to report (no one ever said I was a fast writer). My World War 1 short story, I AM THE SHADOW THAT WALKS THERE, has sold to the anthology Unspeakable Horror: From The Shadows Of The Closet. I'm thrilled to be a part of this book soon to be published by Dark Scribe. You can check out my bio page and photo on their site right here!
And speaking of World War 1, the title of my story is taken from a poem by Wilfred Owen. I kept two of his poems taped to my desk as I worked and they helped me immensely with this story. Please take a moment to check out the Wilfred Owen site with all of his war poems. He began writing after suffering shell shock and a stay in a war hospital. His first book was published posthumously (he died in battle just a week before the war ended). His work is painful, heartbreaking and filled with a passion only a soldier who suffered firsthand in battle could express.
I have another new piece currently in consideration and am working on a murder mystery.
And remember the anthologies Dark Arts and Dead Cat's Traveling Circus both contain recent stories of mine and are still available to purchase.
Getting kissed by Lord Byron in my library at home.
ednesday September 5, 2007
"Happiness leaves such slender records; it is the dark days that are so voluminously documented." Truman Capote
It has been a long time since I have updated my site due to what I shall refer to as a walking-nervous breakdown. Well, what kind of writer would I be if I didn't fall apart on occasion? But all is back to my version of normal. I have one story currently being considered by a magazine and I am working on a new one titled A DRAWING-DOWN OF BLINDS. This one is a dark mystery that takes place in England near the end of World War One. I've had to do a lot of research for this due to my complete lack of war knowledge.
I recently discovered and purchased the Oscar Wilde DVD box set containing BBC versions of many of his best plays along with a wonderful version of Dorian Gray. This set also includes a first-rate documentary on Wilde. If you're as big of a fan of Wilde as I am, pick up this collection.
Yes, all Lord Byron got on my last visit to NY was a teeshirt.
ednesday August 31, 2006
"Whither is fled the visionary gleam/ Where is it now, the glory and the dream." William Wordsworth
I recently discovered the website Very-Clever.com and found two lovely reviews of my work I thought I might share. And I'd like to thank the readers for their kind words.
One of the year's best
Michelle Scalise is one of the best newer female horror writers to hit the circuit in years. Pick up her first collection and you'll see just how creative and unique her fiction can be. She moves easily in her voice and theme from Southern weird gothic fiction to smooth and sultry dark erotica that will melt your brain. Pick this book up now! Highly recommended!
The Lady Can Write!
Michelle Scalies makes one heck of a statement, weaving a tapestry of several
different prose styles, including a pretty hot erotic "girl on girl"
tale that is sure to raise your eyebrows (at the very least). Yet she cut her
teeth on horror prose, and it shows. Elegant, disturbing, fluid, nasty--altogether
quite an impressive debut.
And here is a photo of the newest member to our family, Edgar Allan Poe.
uesday August 29, 2006
"Yes, in spite of all, Some shape of beauty moves away the pall From our dark spirits." Keats
The latest issue of DARK DISCOVERIES is out right now with my story Three Floors Down We Cleanse The Soul. Pick up a copy right here at Shocklines.
And in other happy news I just learned that my novellete THE BEAUTIFUL ONES from Crimewave #8 received an honorable mention in YEARS BEST FANTASY AND HORROR.
hursday March 16, 2006
"One cannot always keep an adder in one's breast to feed one, nor rise up every night to sow thorns in the garden of one's soul." Oscar Wilde
My news this week is that my story THE BEAUTIFUL ONES from Crimewave magazine has made the Preliminary ballot in long fiction for the Bram Stoker award and has received some really wonderful reviews. I have short stories coming out soon in Devil's Work and Dark Discoveries.
unday Feb. 5, 2006
"Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak Whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break." Shakespeare
My story THE BEAUTIFUL ONES which appeared in the latest issue of Crimewave has received a few Stoker recommendations in the long fiction category. This comes as a nice surprise since Crimewave is a UK magazine that most readers in the US are not aware of. If you are an HWA member and you'd like to read the story, please email me at Darkiss566@aol.com and I will send you a copy as a RTF attachment. And if you'd like, scroll below and see what some reviewers have had to say about the piece.
hursday Jan. 31, 2006
"You don't know what it is to stay a whole day with your head in your hands trying to squeeze your unfortunate brain so as to find a word." Flaubert
Here's what a few reviewers have had to say about my story THE BEAUTIFUL ONES which just appeared in Crimewave 8 (a trade paperback magazine that is receiving glowing notices):
"In "The Beautiful Ones," Michelle Scalise takes us back in time to Victorian London for the first person tale of a failing poet and playwright who is secretly gay and addicted to chloral, which causes vivid hallucinations. When one of his associatesa more successful playwright named Childeis arrested for indecency for cavorting with young, male prostitutes, our protagonist must decide whether to publicly come to the aid of his friend, or suffer what he is in silence. Or does the chloral have other plans?This is a well-written story. Scalise does a wonderful job of painting a different time period for us and has peopled it with sympathetic characters who are fully realized." TANGENT ONLINE
"The Beautiful Ones by Michelle Scalise is a story that works on many levels. The narrator is a failed playwright and wannabe aesthete, who lives on the fringes of the Edwardian gay in-crowd, the beautiful ones of the title. He is haunted by visions of a drowned woman, the wife of Childe, an Oscar Wilde character facing the same kind of trial that the great man did. Mrs. Childe is very much alive as the visions are induced by chloral, the drug of choice for the beautiful and sophisticated. The aesthetes are portrayed as desperate, elegant, and persecuted but also have their delusions about themselves revealed. They hand hard faced rent boys roses and quote poetry in an effort to gild a lifestyle that is self centred, shallow, and exploitative, devoid of any loyalty, affection, or genuine emotion. When the crisis comes, both Childe and the narrator are abandoned by their friends. The most honest assessment of them comes from a renter who betrays them : pretentious fops pretending you were better than me.Threaded through this story is another one: that of Childes wife, a pathetic creature who loves her husband and retains her devotion to him although she is of no importance to him. She is fated to be a shadow drifting past his window, an object of mockery to his witty friends (her dress sense is despicable, apparently, and her loyalty and devotion of no account). The narrators visions turn out to be premonitory for all the excessive emotion and dramatics of the aesthetes, it is she who commits suicide, quietly and without fuss. The haunting of the narrator is really a battle with his inner self. Marriage with a suitable girl who bores him is on the cards. He knows the damage done to Mrs. Childe, but he tries to love his fiancée (after all, her father will finance his latest play) but in the end is torn hopelessly between his desire for men (eerily explored in dream sequences) and the security of the camouflage of marriage. The denouement is shocking and it is impossible to know who to feel most pity for. " Laura Hird THE NEW REVIEW
"The Beautiful Ones, by Michelle Scalise is set in Victorian London, and recounts the terror of persecution lived by a drug-addicted, homosexual, playwright." TANGLED WEB UK REVIEW
I've recently sold stories to DEVILS WORK and DARK DISCOVERIES. Look for them both to appear sometime this year.
In closing let me express my heartfelt thanks to friends and family for the many condolence cards, flowers and emails, all of which helped us through an awful time.
hursday Jan. 26, 2006
"Forever honour'd, and forever mourn'd" Alexander Pope
I haven't updated in a couple months due to the sudden death of our beloved pug, Criswell.
unday November 6, 2005
"Great writers create; writers of smaller gifts copy" Somerset Maugham
Lot's of news this week. First of all, Here's a picture of Tom and me that accompanied our interview in the local Colorado newspaper, The Reporter Herald.
Tonight (Sunday November 6) you can see Tom and me in a television interview on Denver's channel 2 at 9:00 PM.
INTERVALS OF HORRIBLE SANITY is now sold out.
uesday Oct. 25, 2005
"An idea, like a ghost . . . must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself." Charles Dickens
The BIG BOOK OF EROTIC GHOST STORIES, which contains one of my short stories,
appeared in hardcover last year from The Venus Bookclub. Blue Moon Books has
just rereleased the anthology in paperback.
Just click on the bookjacket for ordering information.
My story "Three Floors Down We Cleanse The Soul" has sold to Dark Discoveries Magazine. Look for it in an upcoming issue.
Crimewave #8 is out right now containing my novelette, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES. This is a wonderful British magazine you don't want to miss.
Tom and I were interviewed today for the local Colorado newspaper, The Reporter Herald, about life as horror writers.The article will appear the day before Halloween.
ednesday August 3, 2005
"Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor." Poe
The latest issue of CEMETERY DANCE (#52), containing my story How Far We Fall From Grace, is finally out. You can pick up a copy at your local Barnes & Noble, Borders, online at Shocklines or direct from the Cemetery Dance website. It took me eleven years to get into this magazine so I hope everyone enjoys it.
unday July 10, 2005
"What a bitch of a thing prose is. It's never finished; there is always something to redo." Flaubert
It's time to do some pre-ordering from Shocklines for a couple anthologies I'll be in this summer.
First check out DARK ARTS from Cemetery Dance
Limited Edition: $35
Lettered Edition: $175
TABLE OF CONTENTS: "The Disease Artist" by Steve Rasnic Tem, "The Shape of the Empty Heart" by Gerard Houarner,"For Art's Sake" by John Pelan, "With Acknowledgements to Sun Tzu" by Brian Hodge, "Hurdy Gurdy" by Pedar Ó Guilín,"The Art of Madness" by Edo van Belkom, "The Power of Preserving Pictures" by Leah Cutter,"The Death Technique" by John B. Rosenman, "Body" by Tim Lebbon, "I Hear You Quietly Singing" by Lucy Taylor, "Learning to Leave the Flesh" by Jeff VanderMeer, "The Hoplite" by Paul Finch, "Chained Melody" by Patricia Macomber, "Works of Art" by J.F.Gonzalez,"The Disinterment of Ophelia" by Michelle Scalise, "If You Were Glass..." by David Niall Wilson, "A Splash of Color" by Mike Oliveri, "The Mist Machine" by Charlee Jacob, "Scratching the Surface" by Michael Kelly, "Kodachrome" by Lorelei Shannon,"Nightmares, Imported And Domestic" by Mark McLaughlin and Matt Cardin
Then take a sneak peak at DEAD CATS TRAVELING CIRCUS OF WONDER AND MIRACLE
MEDICINE SHOW (damn, that's one hell of a long title!) from Necro Publications
$45 limited to 300 Hardcovers, signed by all contributors
Edited by Gerard Houarner and GAK. Stories by Tim Lebbon, Brian Hodge, Gary Braunbeck,
Wrath James White, Mark McLaughlin, Michelle Scalise, Jeffrey Thomas, P.D.
Cacek, Linda Addison and more!
CRIMEWAVE#8: COLD HARBOURS should be out any day now! If you enjoy strange mysteries check this one out.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Dating by Ron Savage, Twenty Dollars by Susan Fry, Time Capsule by Stephen Volk, How To Build Your Own Coffin by Scott Nicholson, Jury Duty by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Black Dog by Joel Lane, Scarecrow by Tom Brennan, The Beautiful Ones by Michelle Scalise, Adjustment by Luke Sholer, In The Rundown by Joe Hill, Then The Snow Bled In by Darren Speegle, Lost In Darkness by Ian R. Faulkner & Simon Avery, Green Lady by Jay Caselberg, Friday Nights by Steve Rasnic Tem, Is It Better Now? by Steve Mohn, Bienvinidos A L.A. by Ryan G. Van Cleave
The next issue of Cemetery Dance Magazine will be out sometime this summer with a new story of mine. Just sent off my latest story PATRON SAINT OF WALKING GHOST. I'll have more news on that once it finds a home.
uesday April 26, 2005
"I'll walk where my own nature would be leading- It vexes me to choose another guide." Emily Bronte
Just a quick update: my novelette, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES has sold to the British magazine Crimewave and should appear this summer in the next issue. I'm thrilled about this. Crimewave is a beautiful looking magazine filled with strange mysteries. I had a hell of a time deciding where to send this piece. It's a little bit horror but not quite, somewhat a mystery but too odd. Well, you can see it for yourself in a couple months. It may be hard to find a copy in the US but you can always purchase it online at their website or at Shocklines.
unday april 17, 2005
"The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion. It is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion." Auguste Renoir
I've just added three new pages of photos from WHC in New York . The city was great as always. I didn't want to come home! And if I'd known I was going to have to sit in the plane for two hours before it managed to get off the runway, I probably would have just stayed.
WHC was lots of fun with very little sleep in a strange hotel with even stranger elevators that seemed to transport people into other realms. I was a member of the Women in Horror panel, signed a ton of signature sheets for the next Dead Cat anthology, had my picture taken with Harlan Ellison (yes, it was nerve wracking) after he signed some of my books, hung out with lots of great people and bought art. Prints by Chad Savage (along with a very cool dead babydoll!), Matt Towler, Caniglia and Allen Koszowski are now waiting for me to frame.
Sunday afternoon when the con ended we had a chance to finally visit the Museum of Modern Art. Amazing place with a breathtaking room filled with Jackson Pollock's art.
Next year's WHC is in San Francisco and they've already got the website up.
ednesday March 30, 2005
"And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life 's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more" Shakespeare
And that cheery quote can only mean one thing...it's time for me to get on another plane. Next week we leave for World Horror Con in New York City. I will be a guest on a panel entitled Women in Horror and I'll be one of many writers involved in the mass book signing event. A new Dead Cat chapbook that will be given away to guest, includes one of my poems and I'll be signing the signature sheets for the Dead Cat Circus anthology while I'm there.
And more importantly, I will be heavily medicated on the plane.
WHC is a great event. For more information check out their website at World Horror Convention.
The next issue of Cemetery Dance magazine comes out in May and will contain a new story of mine. Still waiting to hear about my novelette and I'm halfway through a new story titled, The Patron Saint of Walking Ghost.
Check back in a couple weeks for tons of pictures from WHC.
aturday November 13, 2004
"Whether we are describing a king, an assassin, a thief, an honest man, a prostitute, a nun, a young girl, or a stallholder in a market, it is always ourselves that we are describing." Guy De Maupassant
Tom & Michelle at Horrofind Phoenix.
It looks like we'll be heading back to New York City in April where Tom will be one of the guest authors at World Horror Convention.
We haven't been to WHC in at least three years so we're pretty excited. The artist's dealers room is always amazing.
Want to read something that might cheer you up just a bit after the recent
elections? Check this out:
17 Reasons Not to Slit Your Wrists...by Michael Moore
And if you're looking for a great DVD to buy or rent then check out the first season of Arrested Development. I was pleasantly surprised to find a show THIS smart and funny (and no laugh tracks!) on regular television.
The Amazing Criswell.