Sunday, October 13, 2019

Short Story Collection Now Available!

THE HUNCHBACK'S CAPTIVE AND OTHERS is now available in both paperback and Kindle versions through Alternatively, the paperback can be purchased directly from the author by clicking the button below ($8.99 plus $3 shipping).

Friday, May 31, 2019

Love poem displayed in poetry box

My poem "These Things" is currently on display in The Fox Poetry Box in St. Charles, Illinois. This is one of the coolest places my writing has appeared. Such a great concept!

Thank you to Tricia M. Cimera Whitworth for selecting my poem.

Photo by Tricia M. Cimera Whitworth

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Order New Chapbook

Order the new chapbook HEARTVINES by Jay Sturner. Single copies are $6 (plus $2 for shipping). All proceeds go to the college fund of the author's son.

HEARTVINES is a limited edition chapbook of poetic writings about nature, the seasons, and the author's time spent outdoors with his young son. At times light-hearted, at other times serious, this new chapbook — which is embellished with art and photos from Sturner's family and friends — will take the reader on a journey as only a poet can.

Three of Sturner's previous chapbooks are also available. Each is $4 (includes free shipping).

Wilderness & Love

10 Love Poems

Selected Poems 2004-2007

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


I'm not often moved by European Starlings, being troublesome as they are to our native wildlife. But today, considering the extreme weather, all things are equal:

Negative twenty-three degrees. Birds puffed up and deliberate. I watch the feeders from my window, safe, but concerned. What survived the night has a long fight ahead, an ancient struggle as pure as the arctic snow. Today, I harbor no disdain for the non-native starling — that single, disoriented bird I saw fumble across the snow, losing its wild symmetry.

European Starling by Bill Ahlgren

(From the book HEARTVINES)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Lord Dunsany book review

Issue 11 of THE GREEN BOOK is now available. As mentioned in a previous post, this issue contains my review of Lord Dunsany's THE GHOST IN THE CORNER AND OTHER STORIES (edited by S.T. Joshi and Martin Andersson; Hippocampus Press).

Also appearing in this issue are articles by Martin Andersson, Darrell Schweitzer, Mike Carey, and many others.

THE GREEN BOOK is a first-rate journal featuring commentaries, articles, and reviews on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic literature. Click here to order a copy.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Tempering the World's Chaos

Snow rests heavy upon the dim blue landscape, tracing and draping myriad outlines. Branches droop in repose as juncos dash through wild-haired shrubs. The waking mind is coaxed into a slow wandering — silence the treasured vehicle. The serenity placates, perhaps medicates. We inhale what we can of it, for morning quickly smothers the predawn hour. Soon it will heave jewels of sunlight across the white blanket, shrinking blue shadows like summer puddles. Snow drips and falls to the warming wet earth. We begin to stir within the transition, lured by its guiding hand. Soon our thoughts will speed, looping, toward the waking day. Routine will take hold. But before we step too far into the busyness, let us sit, selfishly, with one more cherished thought of a loved one, near or somewhere far; or the soft gray juncos, chasing and chattering like lovers' hearts; or a path along a bookshelf, all those soul-building stories and poems; or something else, anything else, to help temper the world's chaos.

(From the book HEARTVINES)