...to the seventh issue ofDanse Macabre, your home for coloratura letters, thought-provoking essays, exciting photography, and little-known portals to worthy sites across the web. We’re also Nevada’s first online literary magazine, even though we’ll be moving to an undisclosed location in the near future. Our hope is to help expand the literary matrix between the composer and the electronic media you’re enjoying now. Whether unpublished, still in school, retired, professional, or acclaimed, we welcome ink energy from across the spectrum. As for themes, motifs, or subject matter, look no further than our title – Danse Macabre– or our premiere inspiration (Camille Saint-Saens’ tone poem of the same name) for all you need to know about what gets our attention. In this issue, we welcome visual works fromDr. Laurens Tan, Artist-in-Residence, Australia China Council (whose advanced design and artistry can be experienced atOctomat.com; poetry fromDr. Bruce Bond, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas; an excerpt from a novel in progress as well as poetry fromArlene Greene, lifelong Chicagoan, writer, and Professor of English at Columbia College; and poetry fromDigby Wolfe, pioneering comedian and Emmy-winning television writer. Once more gracingDanse Macabreis the delightful Northern Nevada prose of Ash Canyon Poets’Susan BotichandElizabeth I. Riseden; another splendid short story from fellow Las VeganDr. Felicia Campbell, whose stewardship of the upcoming Encyclopedia of Asian American Popular Culture is eagerly awaited by pop culture mavens everywhere; a thoughtful look at historical detection from Southern California essayist & sonneteer,RDM Cerello; and a timely ‘time-out’ for Peace by UNLV’s nationally-recognized gaming industry expertDr. William N. Thompson. There are a lot of literary sites out here in the web (always look to our Links column for sites we know you’ll enjoy visiting), some quite sophisticated, others, well, a little rudimentary. And don’t let’s forget all the many print journals churned out by our esteemed English departments (even though most of them are as provincial and, um, forgettable as their sponsoring programs are six-of-one, half-a-dozen-of-the-other in the academic millscape). AtDanse Macabre, the proof’s in the pudding. We’re proud of our ongoing cast of contributing spirits, the scope of our milieu, and the bottom-line literary quality of our output. We’re one hundred percent committed to preserving, representing, and expanding the online landscape of letters, of visuals and voices, and the coloratura in all. And we’re always open to your thoughts, and ink energy, too. In these decidedly interesting times, you never know where the next cool piece of writing might come from…Adam Henry Carriere, Publisher,Danse Macabre
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Until long habit has blunted the sensibility, there is
disconcerting to the writer in the instinct which
causes him to take an
interest in the singularities of human
nature so absorbing that his moral
sense is powerless against it.
He recognises in himself an artistic
satisfaction in the
contemplation of evil which a little startles him;
but sincerity forces him to confess that the disapproval he feels
certain actions is not nearly so strong as his curiosity
in their reasons.
The character of a scoundrel, logical and
complete, has a fascination for
his creator which is an
outrage to law and order. I expect that Shakespeare
Iago with a gusto which he never knew when, weaving moonbeams
with his fancy, he imagined Desdemona. It may be that in his
writer gratifies instincts deep-rooted in him, which
the manners and customs
of a civilised world have forced back
to the mysterious recesses of the
subconscious. In giving to
the character of his invention flesh and bones he
life to that part of himself which finds no other means of
expression. His satisfaction is a sense of liberation.W. Somerset Maugham
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