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 connect with misunderstood people. He is also the scrambled brains behind Sykophunk Productions and a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association.

His poetry and fiction have been published in in the magazines Novel Noctule, Rattle + Rictus, The Sirens Call, Star*Line, and Horror Sleaze Trash, as well as the anthologies Haunted are these Houses (Unnerving), Untimely Frost (Lycan Valley Press), and Bards Against Hunger; he has written, performed, and/or pro
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Star*Line always contains a great collection of speculative poetry, and this issue is no different. A nicely balanced mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a wide range of voices and styles. Many of the poems within use speculative themes ...more
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