More Scott C. Holstad Quotes Found in Pop Culture During 2022

Before diving into the topic at hand, I just wanted to mention a couple of things. A) I "had" to change this site's theme, look and feel as the theme I've been using for far too long is basically dead. I finally went through with it today and I'm pleased at how seamless it was, …

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The Times, They Are a Changing

The times, they are a changing. The physical transformations that FIVE (5) DECADES of writing have forced upon Scott C. Holstad. 1988 - 2021. A slideshow of the path my career and journey as a writer has taken me over a FIVE DECADE span (which is really hard to believe). All of these photos representing …

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Marilyn Kallet: How Our Bodies Learned

A Review of Marilyn Kallet’s How Our Bodies Learned

Marilyn Kallet: How Our Bodies Learned How Our Bodies Learned by Marilyn KalletMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Superb. Everything Marilyn Kallet produces is consistently at the very highest levels of quality and craft, something one can say about few others. Indeed, if there is one certain area where you can count on inconsistency, I'd …

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On Thomas Ligotti’s Book, Death Poems

I'd been told I would love this book, I guess because I’ve had some “horror poetry” books published over the years. I do like the themes, tone, morbid world view, but that doesn’t make this guy a good writer nor this poetry remotely good, professional or successful in accomplishing what the author appears to be attempting. It fails, but is salvageable. Read to discover one area Ligotti falters in while successful authors with some similarities are mentioned as differentiations that could inspire Liigotti to up his game, improve his writing and hence his poetry and become more effective at what he does without losing "his voice."

Reflections on Lyn Lifshin’s Cold Comfort: Selected Poems, 1970-1996

Cold Comfort: Selected Poems, 1970-1996 by Lyn Lifshin My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love this book. I've known Lyn personally going back to the 1980s and as "Queen of the Small Presses," I saw her in every damn magazine I came across for decades. And I would buy, obtain or she'd send me …

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New Ray’s Road Review

I'm pleased to announce the publication of the Fall 2015 issue of Ray's Road Review. It has plenty of new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography. Feel free to check it out at http://raysroadreview.com. Since I'm the poetry editor, I may as well plug the poets. They are Ruth Z. Deming, Ernest Williamson, R.T. Castleberry, Ross …

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Submission Guidelines

Why don't so many people read or adhere to magazine submission guidelines? This is the eternal mystery for me. As a magazine poetry editor, I have published a set of submission guidelines that I expect people to follow when submitting. I don't think it's too much to ask. When you're a writer submitting to a …

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