“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

Bizarre Tales is a catch-all for my creative hobbies, which include reading, writing, painting, the occasional poem, etc.  Initially, I created this site to promote my adventure and horror stories.  After I started creating fantasy oil paintings it became a way to share those as well.  So, please, explore the site.  Information on stories can be found on the Stories and Coming Next pages.  Paintings will be found on the Fantasy Art page and there's usually a Poem somewhere on the homepage.  Oh, and you won't want to miss the B&W-to-Color conversions!  

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

News & Items of Note

Jan 13, 2021   “I have seldom been able to resist the allurement of a bookstore…”

—Clark Ashton Smith, The Hunters from Beyond (1932)

Deuce Richardson of DMR Books Blog asked me for an article to mark the birthday of Clark Ashton Smith.  CAS is one of my favorite authors and one I collect, so I couldn't resist.

Click the image to check out the article.

Red Worlds of Polaris by Clark Ashton Smith
Dec 15, 2020  *** New Bizarre Tales Release! ***
This novel has literally taken me years to finish because of interruptions. I've paused so many times to write and paint other things that I can't recall now what brought about all of these cessations regarding The Banshee of the Atacama . . . Volume 2 in The Tales of the Tomahawk series.  But at long last, it is available, and I'm quite proud of it.  This is available at most retailers in eBook format; the paperback version will be available on Amazon shortly.
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Tales of the Tomahawk Vol II

He had the heart of a Viking and the spirit of an Arapaho warrior...

After being evicted from his parents' village Ansen Grost ends up in a small coastal town in the Shetlands.  In the aftermath of a dust-up in the pub where he is staying, Ansen is befriended by an old man who--once he sees the Norseman fight--offers him an interesting job.  

 

To make it tempting, the pay is better than just right and down-on-his-luck Ansen can hardly refuse.  After all, a guy has to earn a living, and fighting cosmic entities and supernatural bad guys don't put ale in a glass or food in a belly.

But this job involves finding a Scottish lass lost in Peru.  And she's not like other girls.  This one has a centuries-old banshee as a familiar who can be slightly over-protective.

This might get hairy.

Sep 04, 2020  Author/pal Gilbert M. Stack asked me to make him a banner for his month-long Occultober event which is coming up soon!  Be sure to check out Gil's Occultober posts where he will host a different novel each day . . . similar to March to Other Worlds, but with a focus on horror!

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Aug 30, 2020  "As will most when forced to fight for their way of life, the Apaches of The War Chief utilized any weapon to which they might lay hand..."

Deuce Richardson of The Swords of REH and DMR Books Blog asked me if I had any articles to post to mark the birthday of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Two came to mind, both of which examine the small arms of two different novels written by ERB.

Frontier Partisans was kind enough to host my ERBAPA article, The Guns Of The War Chief. 

Click the image to check out the article.

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Aug 30, 2020  "I love movie props; it seems like I have always had a fascination with the bits and bobs utilized by film crews to create that aura of reality on the business end of a camera..."

Deuce Richardson of The Swords of REH and DMR Books Blog asked me if I had any articles to post to mark the birthday of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Two came to mind, both of which examine the small arms of two different novels written by ERB.

Castalia House was kind enough to host my ERBAPA article, The Guns Of The Land That Time Forgot. 

 

Click the image to check out the article.

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Apr 27, 2020  Mailed the 50 requisite copies for ERB-APA No 145 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Bob McGeeney - the newly elected ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This submission consists of an article called, Guns of The Land that Time Forgot, which discusses the props used in the filming of the movie adaptation of ERB's first Caspak novel.  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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Feb 21, 2020  Asked by author/pal Gilbert M. Stack to come up with a banner for his March to Other Worlds, this is the piece I came up with.  Check out Gil's March posts where he hosts a different novel each day.

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Feb 11, 2020  UK Author Richard Dee was generous to extend an offer to host me on his Indie Showcase where he hosts a new Indie Author each week.  Check out the article on Richard's site, and be sure to sign up for his Welcome to My Worlds newsletter.  Richard posts some fascinating blogs.

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Feb 10, 2020  Mailed the 50 requisite copies for ERB-APA No 144 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Henry Franke - his last issue as ERB-APA Official Editor (OE) .  This submission consists of comments to all current members, and any members who have submitted to the APA since I joined in #140.  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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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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Poem of the Day/Week/Whenever

DARK DAYS
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Spearhead force in dawn's gray mists
banners wave aloft as knights join the lists
medieval steel gripped in chain mailed fists-
they battle for life and for supremacy.

Visors clang and swords chant their reeds
grim and foreboding on black prancing steeds
the bards shall sing of this days deeds-
their names shall live forever.

Fleet is the charge, powerful the rush
horses and men in armor crush
war scenes depicted from the artist's brush-
the vultures feed well today...

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