Author: Ace G. Pilkington

Ace G. Pilkington has published over one hundred poems, articles, reviews, and short stories in five countries. His poetry has appeared, among other places, in America, Asimov’s, Amazing, The Christian Science Monitor, Enchanted Conversation, The Horror Zine, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, Mindsparks Science Fiction Poetry Anthology, Poetry Australia, Poetry Kanto (Japan), Poetry Wales, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Weirdbook, and Weird Tales. He is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the author of Screening Shakespeare from Richard II to Henry V. His essays have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Insights, Journal of the Utah Academy, Journal of the Wooden O Symposium, Literature/Film QuarterlyMidsummer, Quidditas, Review of English Studies, St. George Magazine, and The Yearbook of English Studies. His essays are also included in Cambridge University Press’s Shakespeare and the Moving Image, Greenhaven Press’s Sexuality in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gale’s Short Story Criticism: Stalky and Co. by Rudyard Kipling, and in McFarland’s Star Trek as Myth, and The Films of James Cameron. He contributed the filmography for Shakespeare from Page to Stage: An Anthology of the Most Popular Plays and Sonnets, edited by Michael Flachmann, Prentice-Hall. He is co-editor with Matthew Wilhelm Kapell of The Fantastic Made Visible: Essays on the Adaptation of Science Fiction and Fantasy from Page to Screen. And with his wife, Olga, he is the co-editor and co-translator of Fairy Tales of the Russians and Other Slavs. Ace’s book Science Fiction, Futurism, and the Terms and Ideas Behind Them is forthcoming from McFarland in 2016. He is Professor of English and History at Dixie State University and Literary Seminar director at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, which produced his play Our Lady Guenevere in their New Plays series. He has a  D.Phil. in  Shakespeare, history, and film from Oxford University.


A cave like bone, bowed stone under brittle stone,
Hides behind a labyrinth of vines,
With slow sleepers lapped in a promise of design.
The names change with the sun’s shadow,
Arthur, Ogier, Charlemagne, all heroes
Waiting to reclaim presence, retouch legend.
But the suffering peasant never offers enough:
Muffles the morning bell, fumbles the unheard horn,
Forgets the sword to cut time’s web of beard.
The sleepers stir into summer, their hunters’
Eyes blind from blood’s bright lust; then,
Their solemn slumber clutches them again.
So sleep grows thicker with sweet autumn colors;
Piled white with winters as the glacier passes,
The ice is all that in their hearts still marches,
While a last star’s glitter spatters frozen faces
And darkness flows out from their secret places.