Ranks of the Rejected: Rose Blackthorn

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Rose Blackthorn:

Aeryn Rudel was kind enough to invite me to participate in his Ranks of the Rejected series. Besides asking some fun questions, he also said some very nice things about me – so check it out!

Originally posted on REJECTOMANCY:

Welcome to the next installment of Ranks of the Rejected, where I interview working authors and ask them to bare their literary wounds for your amusement and edification. Make sure and check out the links to these writers’ works and websites. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Today’s victim . . . er, subject is Rose Blackthorn. I’ve worked with Rose in my role as acquisitions editor through Skull Island eXpeditions, and I’ve gone head to head with her as a writer on numerous occasions at a bi-weekly flash fiction contest out at the Shock Totem forums, where she routinely trounced me and a dozen other writers. Rose is one of those writers whose talent is so great and seemingly effortless, she makes you feel kind of worthless in comparison when you read her stuff. (Gee, thanks, Rose.) She is also a mighty 17th level Rejectomancer who commands the advanced powers

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The Pedestal Magazine #76 now available

“Visitor” by Jim Painter. © Jim Painter, 2015

The Pedestal Magazine issue #76 is now available here. The poetry for this issue was selected and edited by Bruce Boston and Marge Simon, and includes my poem Time Capsule.

Poetry table of contents:
Diana Smith Bolton – Lewis Carroll Knew My Family: A Series
Ken Poyner – Miracles
Ross Wilcox – Critique of Car Accident Art Museum
Stephen Toskar – Lunar Eclipse by the Chitose River, December 10, 2011
Mack W. Mani – And then the stars…
Rose Blackthorn – Time Capsule
Andrew Pidoux – Tourists Do Not Touch the God
Steven Ratiner – Venetian Red
Christina Zawadiwsky – Tether
Charles Gramlich – Gaunt
Frederick Pollack – The Dark Side of The Force in Relation to Art
Richard Bruns – Whatever Happened to Scott Carey?
John Philip Johnson – Selenites
Linda Rodriguez – Crow Mother
Fred R. Kane – Schizophrenic Conversation at the Four Winds Bar
Gary Singh – Analog Reincarnation
Daniel Ausema – The Alien Ruins
Dane Cervine – Copernicus
Gabrielle Bates – Flyology

About Pedestal:
Based in Charlotte, NC, ThePedestalMagazine.com launched its first bimonthly issue on the winter solstice, December 21, 2000. In July 2001 an online art gallery was added, showcasing original works of art from artists around the world. The Pedestal Magazine is the vision of published writer and entrepreneur John Amen. Mr. Amen’s mission for the magazine is to publish a premier literary journal, exclusively online, featuring new and established writers and visual artists. Many bimonthly issues include in-depth interviews with a featured writer and visual artist, along with examples of their work, as well as poetry, fiction, and non- fiction from writers around the world. In July 2003 the magazine began publishing select book reviews. Additional features include the bookstore and the forum.

The goal of The Pedestal Magazine is to provide a platform for authors and literary critics to publish work and stimulate thought and discussion. Published in each issue are 15-20 works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and book reviews from writers around the world. All published writers are paid professional rates.

Morpheus Tales #XXVI


The twenty sixth issue of the UK’s most controversial weird fiction magazine! Featuring:

A Late Night Summons At The Crossroads By Andrew James Woodyard, Illustrated By P. Emerson Williams

Burnt Offerings to Disaster By Robin Wyatt Dunn

Creatures By Leon Saul

Farishta By Mithun Mukherjee, Illustrated By Joe Young

Calling Hours By Gwendolyn Kiste

Mercy By Scarlett R. Algee, Illustrated By Candra Hope

Mrs. Flim Is Dying By Arthur Staaz, Illustrated By Jeffrey James Oleniacz

After Life By Richard Farren Barber, Illustrated By Tex McCranie

Stitches By Caitlin Marceau

That First Real Kill By Daniel Weaver

Obsidian Heart By Rose Blackthorn

Read the magazine Christopher Fowler calls “edgy and dark”. www.morpheustales.com

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Rose Blackthorn:

Latest update on Chiral Mad 3!

Originally posted on WRITTEN BACKWARDS:

Chiral Mad 3

All poetry has been selected for Chiral Mad 3. It’s been a fun ride! As previously announced, there will be 20 poems from 10 different poetry contributors (2 from each) to be symmetrically placed around the fiction. The first half of the accepted poems (and their creators) were previously announced, and now we have the second half, which are listed in bold:

01. Elizabeth Massie: “Black River #1” and “Black River #2”
02. Marge Simon: “Mirror Image” and “Reflections through the Raven’s Eye”
03. Stephanie M. Wytovich: “Put Me to Dream” and “Welcome Home, Darling”
04. Bruce Boston: “Beyond Symmetry” and “Reflecting on Reflections”
05. Erik T. Johnson: “Whisper #1 (A Warning)” and “Whisper #2 (A Prophecy)”
06. Ciarán Parkes: “The Speed of Sound” and “Recognizing Trees”
07. Jonathan Balog: “Insomnia in Reverse” and “Fail-safe”
08. P. Gardner Goldsmith: “Fair” and “Promise”
09. Rose Blackthorn: “Arbitration” and “Prescience”
10. Sydney Leigh: “Folie à Plusieurs” and “Folie à Deux”

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Thorns, Hearts and Thistles poetry collection

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Thorns, Hearts and Thistles is my debut poetry collection, just released by Eldritch Press and now available in paperback from Amazon.

Included are pieces written as long ago as the mid-1980’s, and as recently as the end of last year. I’ve included previously published pieces such as Enamored in Darkness which appeared in last year’s HWA Poetry Showcase, Inevitable as the Incoming Tide which was originally released in Jamais Vu Spring 2014 issue, and Contemplating Corners which was published in the charity anthology Widowmakers.

Also included in this 100 page collection are several of my photographs, taken in such various places as the Oregon coast, the Duchesne River valley in eastern Utah, and even my own backyard. I’m very proud of this collection, my first but not my last!


Thorns, Hearts and Thistles brings together the best of Rose Blackthorn’s poetry. Journey down the darkened road into veils of reality diverging into streams of consciousness fraught with horror and beguiling beauty. Rose’s poetry sings to the heart in its depth and overall arching tone, poetically and fervently calling you into worlds yet unseen.

Product Details

Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Eldritch Press; 1st. edition (February 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692393196
ISBN-13: 978-0692393192
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces