Today, we’re thrilled to publish a unique, special issue of the MockingOwl Roost – our first special issue.
Enjoy the stunning artwork of The Mad Artist (Derek Roper) and the writings inspired by the work, coming from the MockingOwl Roost staff.
An image inspired by H.P. Lovecraft – stories and poems inspired by the image. Note: Some stories are horror-themed, most are not.
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft Fear is an essential part of the human experience, but it can also manifest into a source of inspiration. My work explores the abstract reality beyond the tangible borders of our world, and blurs the lines between terror and beauty. I want to help people escape their mundane lives by showing them worlds where reality is transformed, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the cosmic scales are tipped. This can be more than a simple journey of self-discovery. Fear has the potential to act as a catalyst, to challenge whatever we may think we know about the universe, and all of its secrets.” – The Mad Artist (Derek Roper)
If you enjoyed this special issue of the MockingOwl Roost, you’ll enjoy other issues by the contributors and staff.
- All the Colors – February 2023
- Yugen – December 2022
- Poetry Special – September 2022
- Introspection – July 2022
- Community – October 2021
Joseph Paul “JP” DeNeui (he/him) is a basketball-loving missionary kid from Thailand transplanted to Chicago, Illinois, where he shivers through winters and writes fantasy and sci-fi. He is the author of the fantasy novel Shadow of Wings.
You can follow Joseph on Facebook, Twitter, his website, or LinkedIn to see what’s going on in the world of fantasy writing, fiction, and general fun. Or, if you happen to love a good epic fantasy novel, check out his book in paperback or Ebook.
Email him at: email@example.com
Sue Cook lives in Freeport, Illinois with her husband Randy and two dogs. Her passions include assistance dogs, rescue dogs, music, acting, theater, poetry, and Doctor Who. She’s been in both film and theater and is a regular cast member of the podcast Doctor Who’s Line is it….Anyway? Sue is an advocate for the use of Service Dogs to assist their disabled handlers to maintain their independence. Quigley’s Quest, her first children’s book, addresses how a dog becomes a Service Dog.
Cyndi (she/her) is the mama of two grown children and Oma to eight grandchildren, all of whom she adores. She’s a biker chick with a lady’s heart and thirty-nine tattoos that tell some of her life story. Not just a cancer survivor, she’s a life thriver. She also loves painting, and finds the process similar to solving math equations. She has been a writer/poet since the age of nine, her first poem being about God’s Hands. She wrote for Christian Biker Magazine for five years.
You can follow her on Facebook for more inspiration on a regular basis. Email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor-in-Chief of The MockingOwl Roost, Rita Mock-Pike is the granddaughter of aviatrix, Jerrie Mock, first woman to pilot an airplane solo around the world. Rita has found inspiration from her grandmother’s life and flight and pursued many of her own dreams in theatre, podcasting, novel writing, and cooking up delicious food from around the world. She now writes on food, travel, pets, faith, and the arts. She’s happily married to Matt, and faithfully serves the very fluffy kitten queen, Lady Stardust.
The Mad Artist (Derek Roper)
Derek Roper has dedicated his creativity and ingenuity to the cosmic mythos. The Mad Artist focuses much of his work on the mysteries of cosmic horror. To find out more, follow his various outlets via Linktree.