“Satanic Panic Attack”

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I’ve got a new story in Dark Moon Digest #38, out now from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. It’s called “Satanic Panic Attack”, and is written in the style of one of those old, text-based adventure games, like Zork. I had a lot of fun with this one and am proud of the way it turned out. I think DMD is the perfect home for it.

Here’s the tiniest of tastes:

SATANIC PANIC ATTACK

Copyright © 1984, 1987 Dark Moon Games, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Revision 666 / Serial number 69105

SATANIC PANIC ATTACK is a text based game of strategy and black magic. Use your cunning to navigate the world and advance your powers. Only the most adept of apprentices shall achieve initiation into the dark coven. Enter “start” to begin.

>start

Bedroom

You awake to the sounds of the KROZ morning crew blaring from an alarm clock radio. Evil red numbers display the time: 6:30 AM. A snooze button dominates the clock’s center. Sunlight spills through the window, highlighting the Commodore 64 on your desk. The desk has two drawers. Posters of leather clad musicians paper the walls. The scent of bacon wafts in through the door

“Playing Doctor”

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Out now, from Necro Publishing: The Big Book of Blasphemy, featuring my story “Playing Doctor.” Super proud to be in this monster TOC. #grateful #blessed

Allie pinched the slide between her fingers and unzipped the body bag. The hook and hollow of interlocking teeth parted to reveal a familiar face, one as stoic as her own. Its cloudy blue eyes stared unseeing from within the plastic shroud. Her father had warned her, but she’d insisted on preparing the body all the same. “By myself,” she told him. He didn’t like it, but knew better than to argue…

I also just learned that an Italian version of The Big Book of Blasphemy will be published by Independent Legions in November 2020. That’s a spicy meat-a-ball!!!

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Whispers in the Ear of A Dreaming Ape -Now Available!

Joshua+Front+CoverCover by Matthew Revert

My debut short story collection, OUT NOW from CLASH Books. Thirteen weird pieces of literary genre fiction. Singularities, ciphers, and reappearing limbs. Alien messiahs and murderous medieval hydrocephalics. A dark collection that twists dreams into nightmares in an attempt to find a whisper of truth.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. LETTERS TO THE PURPLE SATIN KILLER
  2. TWICE AMPUTATED FOOT
  3. THE BLACK HOLE
  4. HOMUNCULOID
  5. MAISON D’OEUFS
  6. MUMMER’S PARADE
  7. THE HAND OF GOD
  8. SUPREME MATHEMATICS: A CIPHER
  9. WHISPERS IN THE EAR OF A DREAMING APE
  10. THE WHOLE INFERNAL MACHINE
  11. AFT LAVATORY OCCUPIED
  12. THE GOSPEL OF X
  13. NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE

“This is dark stuff, but fun, without any hipster wink of irony or cynicism. Writing stories that are simultaneously grim and good-hearted is a fucking tough line to straddle, and writing them well… let’s just say I don’t see that often. Chaplinsky walks a barbed-wire tightrope here. In short, good shit.”

—Craig Clevenger, author of The Contortionist’s Handbook

In Whispers in the Ear of a Dreaming Ape, Joshua Chaplinsky takes readers on a wild ride through a landscape of darkness and absurdity. You may think yourself safe, but you’ll learn soon enough—no one rides for free.”  

—Kevin Kolsch, writer/director of Starry Eyes, Pet Sematary

“If you’re sick of tepid short stories that taste like watered down milk, Whispers in the Ear of a Dreaming Ape is the collection of multi-colored, bite-sized brain pan bullets that might just be the cure. Joshua Chaplinsky has an imagination both of depth and breadth, and no two stories are alike. You can practically hear the lively, fascinating, hallucinatory click of his brain throughout the book. An enjoyable read for all of us dreaming apes.”

—Autumn Christian, author of Girl Like a Bomb

“The weird tales of Joshua Chaplinsky are full of magic and surprises. Whispers In the Ear of a Dreaming Ape is one of the most original short story collections of the year. A must-read if you like your fiction smart and strange.” 

—Cameron Pierce, author of Ass Goblins of Auschwitz, Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon

“Spend some time in Chaplinsky’s weird and wild stories and you may want to bathe afterward, but you will have been relentlessly entertained.” 

—Kelly Thompson, Eisner nominated comics writer – Deadpool, Captain Marvel, X-men

“Ceaselessly inventive, Chaplinsky doesn’t so much work within various genres as he does pull them apart like taffy, crafting something new and previously unseen.”

—Keith Rosson, author of Smoke City, The Mercy of the Tide

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“Cenobio Pizzeria”

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This is one of the greatest things I’ve ever been a part of as a writer.

TALES FROM THE CRUST: AN ANTHOLOGY OF PIZZA HORROR is out now from the lunatics at Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. It includes my pizza-menu-as-story “Cenobio Pizzeria.”

You think this is a joke? Brian Evenson has a story in this thing. So does Rob “author of The Warehouse, soon to be a major motion picture from Ron Howard” Hart. There’s even a sick-ass limited edition hardcover, that comes in its own pizza box.

10" x 10" x 1 3/4" Kraft Corrugated Pizza Box - 50/Case

So what the hell are you waiting for?

“Sangomas”

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OUT NOW from Salo PressI Transgress, an anthology of transgressive fiction edited by Chris Kelso. It includes my story “Sangomas”, which takes place in South Africa and is about a very different kind of heist.

Check out this insane TOC:

Laura Lee Bahr, Tom Bradley, Joshua Chaplinsky, Garrett Cook, Dennis Cooper, Samuel R. Delany, Andrew Gallix, C.V. Hunt, James Joyce, Violet LeVoit, Edward Lee, Nick Mamatas, Thomas Moore, Scott Philips, The Residents, Matthew Revert, R.G. Robertson, Michael Salerno, Lauren Sapala, Gary J. Shipley, Iain Sinclair, John Skipp