The Works of Jayne Pupek

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Richmond, VA, United States
Jayne Pupek is the author of the novel "Tomato Girl" (Algonquin Books, 2008) and a book of poems titled "Forms of Intercession" (Mayapple Press, 2008). Her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals. In addition to her own writing, Jayne freelances as a ghostwriter, editor and mentor. A Virginia native, Jayne has spent most of her professional life working in the field of mental health.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

2009 Bram Stoker Award Winners

2009 Bram Stoker Award Winners

Novel:AUDREY'S DOOR by Sarah Langan This is a personal favorite of mine. Langan is a remarkable writer!
irst Novel:DAMNABLE by Hank Schwaeble
Long Fiction:THE LUCID DREAMING by Lisa Morton
Short Fiction:“In the Porches of My Ears” by Norman Prentiss
Anthology:HE IS LEGEND edited by Christopher Conlon
Fiction Collection:A TASTE OF TENDERLOIN by Gene O’Neill
Nonfiction:WRITERS WORKSHOP OF HORROR by Michael Knost
Poetry Collection:CHIMERIC MACHINES by Lucy A. Snyder
Lifetime Achievement Award:Brian Lumley, William F. Nolan
The Silver Hammer Award:Kathryn Ptacek
Richard Laymon President's Award:Vince A. Liaguno

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Dysfunction in Abundance

By Michael Mewshaw
288 pp. Other Press $14.95
Reviewed by Jayne Pupek
All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. (Leo Tolstoy)
Tolstoy’s words are from his renowned classic, Anna Karenina, but they certainly fit the dysfunctional family that is at the center of Michael Mewshaw’s eleventh novel,Lying with the Dead.
In Lying with the Dead, a manipulative and dying matriarch gathers her three adult children at their Maryland childhood home so she may confess her sins. The narrative rotates among the three voices of the siblings. Maury, the firstborn, who currently lives in California, is afflicted with Asperger’s syndrome and reveals that he spent twelve years in a maximum-security prison for murdering his father with a butcher knife while trying to protect his mother. Candy, who had polio as a child, is the dutiful daughter/martyr who stayed behind to take care of her gravely ill mother, forfeiting her own happiness and the man she loves.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New poems at Press1

I am thrilled to have six poems included in the new issue of Press1. These six poems were written in response to the amazing doll photographs provided by Didi Wood (The photo above is titled Back to Work, Didi Wood). It's a delight to be in the company of other poets I admire.

 I'm looking forward to reading the entire issue tonight while the dolls whisper comments in my ear.