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Uhm, what’s up, Doc?

From the start Gloom Cupboard has grown and the moment has come this magazine can’t be run anymore by one person, that’s why I gladly announce two new editors-in-chief: T.M. De Vos and Alan Garvey! Us three will assist you with all general and sometimes more specific compliments, problems, questions and of course the possible complaints …

Our team also gained a second poetry-editor Henry Ajumeze, who will work together with Luis and Amber.

Please welcome them :-)!

That’s all folks!


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2010 in review some stats

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 59 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 266 posts. There were 53 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 6th with 346 views. The most popular post that day was Prose #113.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, duotrope.com, networkedblogs.com, pw.org, and stumbleupon.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for gloom cupboard, cupboard, chloe caldwell, stephen jarrell williams, and gloom cupboard magazine.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Prose #113 January 2010


Submission Guidelines September 2009


Meet the Editorial Team September 2009


The Artists November 2009


The Penis Game by Chloe Caldwell February 2010

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Where old and new converge …

A new year, a new era … the right moment for some announcements.

As regular readers probably noticed, 2010 was a year of the symbiosis of old and new … new editors, old editors shifting place and, not less capable of their task, they brought it to a surprising result. Of course I want to thank all of them, both old and new, for their time, their talent and their enthousiasm in bringing you quality literature.

First of all I want to announce we have three new co-editors: Amber Bromer as assistant poetry-editor, Alan Garvey in charge of (poetry) reviews, and soon Tiffany De Vos, who will continue the fresh series of interviews for the Art Section.

Among our editors we welcome Meghan Barnes as non-fiction editor, continue to praise Luis Rivas, this time as poetry editor, and of course our most valuable Allie, a rock to build on, as fiction editor and co-ordinator of the Pushcart Prize Nominations.

There’s also some news from our previous Editor-in-chief Richard Wink who founded a print magazine together with Ben Smith (for link and more information see post below) and from Joseph M. Gant, until short our poetry editor, who just released the Anthology of S & M Magazine at SAM Publishing. I hope you all will take a look at both initiatives!

2011 will be a very busy year for us, besides our regular issues for poetry, fiction and non-fiction, we have a ton of reviews waiting to be unleashed on you and art interviews of at least 5 or 6 artists coming. Where the grand innovation in 2010 was our participation to the Pushcart Prize, we are still considering Gloom Cupboard in print for 2011. This however doesn’t mean it will be immediately taken care of. As always and unfortunately practical agreements and arrangements slow down a process that is already a huge undertaking for anyone who starts it.

With this word of thanks to all our readers, contributors, writers and artists, I salute you!

Lena Vanelslander

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Horror Sleaze Trash in print!

A creation from the founder of this site, Richard Wink, and the Australian poet, Ben Smith! Now in print!



For more information …

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The votes are cast and the stamp is licked.  The best poems and stories on Gloom Cupboard for 2010 have been nominated.  Since 1976, the Pushcart Prize has been awarded to the best “poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot”.

Founded by such famous persons as Buckminster Fuller, Joyce Carol Oates, Ralph Ellison, and Gordon Lish, the Pushcart Prize is awarded annually and the stories published in a book that represents the best of American literature.  The “2011 Pushcart Prize” just came out in November with the best of 2009.  The 2010 nominations that were due December 1 will be judged and the winners published next November in the “2012 Pushcart Prize” book.

So what did we find outstanding?  If you pick up a copy of a Pushcart, you’ll see stiff competition, so we took this process seriously.  We didn’t nominate the people we liked the best or even the most popular stories.  These are pieces that moved us; pieces that said something in a way we hadn’t experienced before; pieces that should be read again. Here they are:


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Message from poetry editor Joseph M. Gant

Sex and Murder Magazine is seeking poetry, dark fiction, art, and now Mp3s of music and spoken word. Check us out at http://www.sexandmurder.com

We’re growing fast and seeking talent to come on board.

Joseph M. Gant
Poet in Residence / Poetry Editor
Sex and Murder Magazine

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Say “ay!” if you’re fond of the idea!



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The new editor …

… or because Jude insisted on using this photograph ;-).

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(C) Guido Van Bastelaere

Lena Vanelslander

I didn’t plan to publish this but as Jude insisted: “the Vermeer-like quality of this photograph cannot be ignored. It is moving, qualitative, taken by someone who knew what he was doing”.

This brief introduction on me will also announce one of the first changes in the magazine: the arts in the broadest sense of the word will be incorporated as much as possible. I can only quote this famous sentence: “you can keep something good but you can also make it great”


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For those who noticed and those who didn’t …

We could have taken the silent road … but we didn’t. With great pain and grief I announce the departure for personal reasons of our editor Richard Wink, who handed me the torch to keep the flame of unconventionality burning. Gloom Cupboard will not disappear (as so many journals already have), a very conscious choice of our friend Richard. Gratefull for this opportunity, I will do my best (and maybe more) to first of all maintain the quality of the journal and second of all introduce gradually some changes in the future … Alea jacta est.

Let’s make the best of it!


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