“For I have always been a seeker, a dreamer, and a ponderer on seeking and dreaming...”
- H.P. Lovecraft
Welcome to the Bizarre Tales site

 

From here you can begin exploring what Chris is doing in pulp-style stories of adventure, horror and fantasy.  It is an interest which eventually began spawning fantasy paintings in oils.  Check out Chris' writings under Stories and Coming Next, and his most recent paintings under Fantasy Art.

News & Items of Note

Jan 14, 2020  "There have been many various collections over the years of the works of Virgil Finlay… but none, my friends, precisely like this one..." 

When I was asked by DMR Books to write up a review of my copy of The Collectors' Book of Virgil Finlay, I was more than happy to.  This is a museum quality book that has the distinction of displaying original pieces by Finlay by a group of collectors, with many of the illustrations being reproduced in 1:1 scale which might be a true first. 

To read more and see several photos of these amazing pieces, hop over to DMR Books and read, The Collectors' Book of Virgil Finlay.

The Collectors' Book of Virgil Finlay

Jan 14, 2020  "When Merritt hit the scene in Frank Munsey's All-Story Weekly in 1917 with his short story Through the Dragon Glass, he took to the field like a knight tossing a gauntlet to the ground at a tourney.  He swiftly became a force to be reckoned with in the writing field and publishers took notice..."

 

And no where is this more apparent than in the pulps!

Check out the latest installment in my Collecting Merritt series on DMR Books, titled, Collecting Merritt: Famous Fantastic Mysteries and Other Cool Mags.

Fantastic Novels - The Snake Mother

Dec 30, 2019  Back at the end of October fellow author and pen-pal Gilbert M. Stack asked me to come up with a idea for a monster he needed for a book cover.  With only a snatch of description to go by I came up with this gnarly beast.

Gil's full-time cover artist blended the monster onto a background to be used for Gil's novel, Blood, Volume 2 in his new Preternatural series.  Check it out on Amazon!

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Nov 8, 2019  Mailed the 50 requisite copies for ERB-APA No 143 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Henry Franke, ERB-APA Official Editor (OE) .  This submission consisted of an article based on ERB's novels, The Land that Time Forgot and The People that Time Forgot, titled:  A Message in a . . . bottle? 

 

For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

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Sep 13, 2019  "It would take a fleet, six-man Barsoomian flyer full of two-headed aliens to wear as many hats as Mike Tierney, and keep a mad, Kaldane hatter in business to do so....”

It's Black Friday and we have more Mike Tierney!  I wouldn't call that unlucky at all.   Click on the image to check out Part II of the interview, and be sure to visit the other pages on DMR Books.

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Sep 5, 2019  "Restoring the 5000 images and gathering the books represented in the Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology was a labor of love...”

Recently I was asked to interview Mike Tierney, author of The Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology for DMR Books. in celebration of ERB's birthday.

Click on the image to check out Part 1 of the interview (Part 2 is coming soon), and be sure to visit the other pages on DMR Books.

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Aug 11, 2019  Mailed the 50 requisite copies for ERB-APA No 142 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Henry Franke, ERB-APA Official Editor (OE) .  This submission consisted of an article based on ERB's The War Chief, titled:  The Guns of Geronimo

 

For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

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WELCOME TO MY WORLD

 

This is a typical shot of my cluttered office where I write. It's inspiring to write and paint while surrounded by books and swords.

Shot of my office

Poem of the Day/Week/Whenever

It's been right at a year (01/16/19) since I wrote and posted this poem, so I felt a re-post might be in order!

One and All

I've seen moonlight glisten, like diamonds on the snow -
And I've seen my face reflected, in a wet axe –
. . . and so, I know …

That we are mortal - you and I
And as such, we soon must die
That when fallen, our bodies lie…

As fodder for the crow –
. . . and so, I know…

We were not meant, to o'er long last
That all too soon, we surely pass -
Into a darkness, consuming all…
Oh – that dark, unseemly pall!

A grim gash leaves a splitted skull…

Then we know - we all are fools!
That one and all, we're naught but tools!
To be used until we fell -
upon hearing Death's dark bell,
toll and join, that darkly pall,
each of us - one and all…

Frozen rubies made of blood
A River Styx - a crimson flood
Flows down my face, across my breast
Stains my jerkin, and my flesh
Limbs do stiffen as I die
Ice-cold winds, now freeze my eye
Men above me stomp and swear
But I - I no longer care…

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