Niteblade #4: The Gnome’s Spectacles

The Gnome's Spectacles
The newest issue of Niteblade is out. Issue #4: The Gnome’s Spectacles is going live right now…early. How’s that for a bit of awesomeness? And when it comes to awesomeness, let me tell you, this issue is chock-full of it.

I think the poetry is especially strong in this issue. In addition to the killer poem that was granted the cover this period there are pieces about the Wicked Witch of the West, death, space, aliens and an amazing prose poem. I know, I’ve really had issues with prose poetry in this past, so the fact I found one so good I agreed to publish it has to say something good about the piece, doesn’t it? The poems run the spectrum from funny to depressing and touch in on a load of other adjectives too.

Don’t think poetry is all this issue has going for it though. No way. There are some pretty amazing stories too. Sentient zombies, an incredibly evocative Asian fantasy story, psychological horror, an undead pig and the end of the world are just a few of the things we’ve got in this issue’s 13 stories. There is even one about a hockey player…let the Canadian editor jokes begin! πŸ˜‰

Really, this issue is definitely one worth checking out — and perhaps best of all, it’s free.

Time For Change

I figured it was time for a change on this blog because, after all, when you have deadlines looming and scads of work that needs to be done, the thing all responsible writers and editors do is decide to change the look of their blogs…right? Right?

Well anyway, that’s what I did πŸ™‚

The image is one I licensed from i-stockphoto. It’s a vector image by -M-I-S-H-A-, an artist whose work I often drool over. In this case I only had to make a few minor changes to make it work, which is good, because as I’ve said before, I am not a graphic designer LOL The layout is courtesy of AreaΒ  381.

I like the new layout, but it’s going to take some getting used to, I think. I’d be interested in hearing what you think, too πŸ™‚ In the meantime, I’m going to iron out the bumps and then get back to work on Niteblade — the new issue comes out very soon. πŸ™‚

Sister Margaret @ Anthology Builder

Sister Margaret joined the ranks of awesome short stories at Anthology Builder today. If you’re not familiar with it, Anthology Builder is a website that will allow you to create custom anthologies filled with only the stories you want to read. I think it’s a brilliant idea and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Swing by and create your own anthology of up to 350 pages for less than fifteen bucks — and be sure to include Sister Margaret…or at least review it πŸ™‚ Reviewing is free πŸ™‚

Interviewed on The Dark Phantom Review

The Dark Phantom Review is a great little blog that does book reviews, author interviews and editor reviews. In addition, they also have articles and short fiction. It’s run by Mayra Calvani, who is a talented writer. Recently I was honored to be interviewed by The Dark Phantom Review, and the interview is live now.

Interview with Rhonda Parrish, Editor/Founder of Niteblade Magazine

Please check it out. I’d love to hear what you think, either here or on The Dark Phantom Review’s blog. Personally I think I need to work on my skills as an interviewee LoL It’s just one more thing to add to the list of skills this magazine has inspired/required me to develop πŸ™‚