“Demonstra” Wins an Elgin Award


Huge congratulations to Bryan Thao Worra, who just won an Elgin Award for Demonstra, the poetry collection published by yours truly, Innsmouth Free Press, last year!

The Elgin Awards, named for Science Fiction Poetry Association founder Suzette Haden Elgin, are presented annually by SFPA for books published in the preceding two years in two categories, chapbook and book. Worra won in the book category. Innsmouth friend Helen Marshall won the chapbook category for The Sex Lives of Monsters

IFP“Demonstra” Wins an Elgin Award

Interview: Bryan Thao Worra on “Demonstra”


Bryan Thao Worra is an award-winning Lao-American writer. An NEA Fellow in literature, he is a member of the Horror Writer Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. His work appears internationally, including in Innsmouth Free Press, Tales of the Unanticipated, Illumen, Astropoetica, Outsiders Within, Dark Wisdom, and Mad Poets of Terra. He is the author of several books of speculative poetry including the recently released Demonstra from Innsmouth Free Press. Visit him online …

IFPInterview: Bryan Thao Worra on “Demonstra”

Found on the Net: H.P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon at San Diego Comic-Con

Bryan Thao Worra takes over this week’s Found on the Net. Enjoy!

The Necronomicon has appeared in many stories and movies, including Evil Dead.

If you’re attending San Diego Comic-Con this year, you will definitely want to catch the panel, “H.P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon: 75 Years of Mingling Fact and Fiction” convened by Aaron Vanek, chair of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (Los Angeles), which will feature an amazing list of Lovecraftian luminaries discussing the fabled Necronomicon in …

Bryan Thao WorraFound on the Net: H.P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon at San Diego Comic-Con

Demonstra has a Fishy Cover

Our upcoming poetry collection Demonstra now has a snazzy cover for its paperback edition. If you participated in Bryan’s Kickstarter for the illustrated edition, the cover for that one will be different and will contain, of course, illustrations.

At any rate, behold the beauty of Demonstra and our giant fish.

In the depths, half-hidden under still waters, await strange and vicious creatures ….

Cthulhu, Godzilla and nagas mingle in Demonstra, a speculative poem collection which assembles 20 years of …

IFPDemonstra has a Fishy Cover

Column: Innsmouth Intank: A Poetic Interview with Ann K. Schwader

Welcome to the Innsmouth Inktank! In this new column, we’ll be looking at all manner of squamous and meandering musings for the literati of Innsmouth and beyond. This month, we interview horror poet Ann K. Schwader!

Ann K. Schwader’s most recent collection of dark verse, Twisted in Dream, was published by Hippocampus Press in 2011. Her fiction and poetry have recently appeared in The Book of Cthulhu, The Book of Cthulhu 2, A Season in Carcosa, …

Bryan Thao WorraColumn: Innsmouth Intank: A Poetic Interview with Ann K. Schwader

Sword and Sorcery Week: Lao Ancients & Old Ones: An Introduction to Writing Lovecraftian Lane Xang

By Bryan Thao Worra

Some of my earliest exposures to Lovecraftian horror and the Cthulhu Mythos came through the work of Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian and Kull the Conqueror, among others. Of course, for a young Lao boy, there was also the sword-swinging fantasy work of Tolkien, Clark Ashton Smith, Fritz Leiber, Terry Brooks, and the many writers who brought the world of Dungeons and Dragons to life.

Europe, or pseudo-Europe, surely doesn’t have a monopoly …

Bryan Thao WorraSword and Sorcery Week: Lao Ancients & Old Ones: An Introduction to Writing Lovecraftian Lane Xang

Poem: Dead End in December

By Bryan Thao Worra

When you leave me, don’t think
You’ve truly gone.
You’re fastened to too many gluons
And neurons, anchored to this gray
Beneath bone between wood and wave.
Don’t believe you’re some seagull.
You haven’t wings.
Sitting by the seaside, these planks
Of ancient piers,
Let those ships sail on without you.
You try to live like everyone else.
You try to mind your business.
You get married, you have your children,
But you will return.
Whether …

Bryan Thao WorraPoem: Dead End in December

Monster Byte: Castaway sues Innsmouth Cruise Line

By Bryan Thao Worra

Innsmouth, MA – A local Innsmouth cruise line is in hot water thanks to a cantankerous castaway. Thirty-two-year-old fisherman Stanley MacKenzie says he and seven others had been stranded for thirteen days because the motor on their fishing boat broke and their radio equipment had became inoperative. On March 23, they caught a glimpse of a cruise liner passing by and called for help, signalling with everything they could, but the ship, owned by Euryale Cruises, …

Bryan Thao WorraMonster Byte: Castaway sues Innsmouth Cruise Line