Joseph VanBuren

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Joseph VanBuren is a multimedia storyteller who creates dark tales about broken pasts, uncertain futures, and the present struggle of love and light. He uses the languages of horror, hip hop, heavy metal, and other misunderstood media to speak for marginalized people whose voices are not heard enough. He is also the scrambled brains behind Sykophunk Productions and a member of the HWA and the SFPA.

His poetry and fiction have been published in in the magazines Rattle + Rictus, The Sirens Call, and Horror Sleaze Trash, as well as the anthologies Haunted are these Houses (Unnerving), Untimely Frost (Lycan Valley Press), Bards Against Hunger, and Life on a Tightrope; he has written, performed, and/or produced hundreds of globally distributed s
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Keep on Rockin in the Unfree World

Like a lot of people, I’ve been going through some ups and downs lately, especially with my creative stuff. On fire one day, uninspired the next, and just overall unsure of the future.

What has kept me going is the idea that my work can help somebody out there deal with these crazy, uncertain times.

If each poem, story, and piece of music I put out there helps at least one person to cope, escape, or Read more of this blog post »
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This is a fun story and a great follow-up to Curse of the Ancients. The supernatural and western elements go well together, and the sense of suspense from chapter to chapter really makes you want to keep going to find out what happens next. But what ...more
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"Another foray into SF poetry, this time as a buddy read. I am going to list my favourites, bundle them in groups of five or six and pick a favourite from those, and so on, until I am left with my three favourites for each short and long poems (inspir" Read more of this review »
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Another great collection of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror poems. Star*Line is one of the few magazines that specifically features speculative poetry. As always, this issue contains many familiar names in addition to poets who are new to me. There is a ...more
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