Ladybox is HERE!

It’s October 15th.



Ladybox is a chapbook box set of seven amazing chapbooks by seven amazing ladies!

There’s Constance Ann Fitzgerald, Laura Lee Bahr, Rios de la Luz, Rae Alexandra, Tiffany Scandal, Violet LeVoit and me.

You can purchase Ladybox here.

Allegories of the Tarot Book Release Day!!!

Allegories of the Tarot Badass Marketing Blog Tour

Get the Allegories of the Tarot Anthology in on Amazon and Smashwords.
Add the Allegories of the Tarot Anthology to your Goodreads to-read shelf!

Swing by the Allegories of the Tarot Facebook page and enter the release-day giveaway of a custom Tarot box–complete with Tarot deck!

Allegories of the Tarot

Who hasn’t been fascinated by the mysterious Tarot, writer and reader alike? For centuries, fortune-telling by the Tarot has caught many an imagination, but nothing like what will be presented here.

22 cards… each an individual splinter of the human psyche.

22 writers… honing each splinter into a story of triumph and decay, arrogance and humility.

Stories of the brightest lights and the darkest corners of the weirdest minds.

22 cross-genre worlds.

22 portals into the Universal.

Only one way to get there.

Come with us. Cross the portals. The Universal awaits.

About the book

Once upon a time, there was an editor with a fascination for the Tarot. She was struck one day by a crazy idea. “Hey,” she said. “What if twenty-two writers each wrote a story about the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot and were fashioned into an anthology?”

The idea would not leave her alone.

And thus, the Allegories of the Tarot was born.

Crowdfunded by a campaign on Indiegogo with the help and support of an amazing group of writers, twenty-two stories were crafted around the mysteries of the Tarot. The group includes a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Pulp Ark nominee, a former Bigfoot researcher, a journalist, an award-winning YA author, and a Rhysling Award winner. Professional writers, new talent, and a range of genres boggling the mind: Horror, Speculative Fiction, Bizarro Fiction, Erotica, Mystery, Humor, Paranormal, Epic Fantasy, Literary, Romance, and Historical Fantasy.

What has emerged is an outstanding collection of fiction, unique and mysterious. Stories that will make you cry, make you laugh, and make you think. Stories that make you feel the touch of the Universe.

Dare to step through the portal to shadowy realms and emotional journeys.

Early readers have fallen in love with the Allegories of the Tarot

Allegories of the Tarot Anthology is a magical book. Magic that will keep you turning the pages. There are muses, demons, psychics, evil,and more! I shivered, I laughed and I even cried. Magic, I tell you. Magic.” -Julie Affleck

“Reviewing an anthology is slightly more difficult than discussing a book or comic because the tone varies from author to author. However, Allegories somehow flowed together as a well-matched whole. The project ended up feeling like several beads strung together to form a beautiful necklace that were more amazing for being paired together.” -Jodi Scaife

“All twenty-two stories in this volume are, in a word, superb. I found myself scouring the Internet as I read it; every story made me want to go find more work by its author. The ultimate compliment I can give Allegories is to say that when I finished it, I thought how I envy those who haven’t read it yet.” -Lisa Millraney

Get the book!

Allegories of the Tarot is available in e-book and paperback format on Amazon, and in multiple e-book formats on Smashwords.

Don’t forget to add Allegories of the Tarot to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.

Connect with the Allegories of the Tarot Anthology on its website, Facebook, and Twitter.

In Which We Update All the Things

One of these days, I’m going to write some proper posts, but for now, a lot has been going on in Spikeland, and I wanted to catch you up on all the things…

First of all, I’ve started blogging for this AMAZING website. It’s called Pretty Awful Things. YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT. Pretty Awful Things presents the weirdest, wildest, funniest, most entertaining, craziest, most fascinating stuff you’ll find online. 

I’ve also been blogging at Bizarro Central. We LOVE Bizarro Central. My column is called The Tea House, and it’s posted on Mondays. I talk about the artist life–the fun bits and rough bits, and I post exercises and provide advice. YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT.

Perhaps the most exciting bit of news is that (ba-da-bum!) I’m now an editor with Eraserhead Press. I edit books for the New Bizarro Author Series (of which my first book, Placenta of Love, was a part during the 2011-2012 year), and for the main line. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be working with Eraserhead and to introduce some amazing bizarro books into the world. 

Que mas… 

Oh, yeah. I’m working on living an amazing artistic, creative life. And I hope you are, too.

The Next Big Thing

Garrett Cook  tagged me for the Next Big Thing meme. This is a fun meme for writers and readers—writers get to talk about their current projects and readers not only get a taste of what’s to come from favorite writers, they get introduced to new awesome writers.

So, without further ado, my Next Big Thing…

What is the working title of your book?


What genre does your book fall under?

Dark fantastical horrific bizarro. Heart hole bunny fuck.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

None of them! We’re casting unknowns! We can’t you thinking, “Oh, that’s Brad Pitt on the screen. Nothing’s going to happen to Brad Pitt.” No, this book is brutal! And you have to believe it going in.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

How about a logline instead?

The Shining meets Watership Down with sprinkles of Donnie Darko and Ginsberg’s “Howl.”

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’ll be starting with traditional publishing channels.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

One month. It needs a major rewrite!

What other books within this genre would you compare your book to?

Satan Burger, Sea of Patchwork Cats, Angeldust Apocalypse, Starfish Girl. 

Who or what inspired this book?

The books listed in the logline and lots of creepy bunny pictures on the Internet. Also: my brain.

What else about this book might pique a reader’s interest?

Bunnies! Evile bunnies!

Who did you tag and why?

Justin Grimbol  because he has an outrageous imagination and sense of fun.

Constance Ann Fitzgerald because she is a fine writer and I want to see what else she’s got in store for us.

Ross Lockhart’s  first book, Chick Bassist, just came out and it’s amazing. Whatever else he’s got up his sleeve is going to rock.

Talk Like a Placenta

As I was saying, today is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Which is, you know, awesome. Except that Helen the giant placenta feels left out.

Post your best Talk Like a Placenta phrase here to win a free e-copy of Placenta of Love!

Talk like a Pirate for a Free Story!

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

You know what this means, right? It means it’s an excellent day to order Placenta of Love and brush up on your pirate lingo with the help of Captain Carl the Robo-Pirate!

As an extra bonus, if you order Placenta of Love (either print or e-copy) between now and my birthday (September 25th) and send me a copy of your receipt, I’ll send you a special short story, not yet available to the public.

Email your receipt to spikemarlowe at gmail dot com.

Placenta of Love  is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or through your favorite indie bookshop.

Project: Planned Parenthood

I just got home from Burning Man to word that lots of copies of Placenta of Love were bought last month.


I’m thrilled so many of you wonderful beautiful people purchased copies of Placenta of Love so low income ladies could get Well Woman exams provided by Planned Parenthood.

Thank you, to every one of you who purchased a copy of Placenta of Love, spread the word or donated to Planned Parenthood.

Of course, the journey doesn’t end here. Politicians are still fighting for and against women’s reproductive rights. Bad stuff is still happening in the world. But if we fight for what’s important to us, are creative and use art to spread the word, we can make the world a better place.

Thank you for helping me make this small piece happen.

Guest Post!

The Jess Resides Here book blog let me hang out and write a guest post!

I talk more about rocking the world with art.

Operation Planned Parenthood Update

Buenos dias, mis compadres!

It’s an excellent day here in San Francisco. The sun is out. The buskars are singing. The news is spreading.

I’m so excited–it’s like the 4th of July!


The Austin CultureMap ran an excellent article yesterday about how I’m donating all my August royalties to Planned Parenthood, to help provide Well Woman exams to low-income women.

Currently, Amazon is a wee bit back ordered on Placenta of Love. This is great news! It means all the copies Amazon had in stock have been purchased. You can still order the book through them, and the purchase will still count towards the Planned Parenthood project. Of course, if you want to read the book RIGHT NOW you can also order it as an e-book for Kindle, through Barnes and Noble or through your favorite indie bookshop.

The news is spreading.

The project is getting bigger.

Together we can rock it, and fill the sky with fireworks.

Review and Giveaway!

Jess at the Jess Resides Here book blog just reviewed Placenta of Love. Which is, you know, awesome. What’s even better? She’s giving away an e-copy. Go sign up!
And watch Jess Resides Here for the rest of the week. She’s got an interview with me popping up, and I even wrote a guest post.