Rhonda Parrish publishes urban fantasy novel, “One in the Hand.”

Many congratulations to Rhonda Parrish, whose urban fantasy novel, One in the Hand, is now available on Amazon, courtesy of Poise and Pen Publishing.

When a sword manifests in an old folk’s home it opens Autumn’s eyes to a whole world of magic, gods and giants. But before she has a chance to come to grips with her new reality, Autumn’s grandmother is attacked and put in the hospital. Autumn needs to discover what the deal is with the sword and how to protect herself and the people she loves.

And, of course, there’s also the matter of the wings that have sprouted from her back.

Can she learn about this new reality and the shadowy forces working within it in time to diffuse the situation before someone gets killed?

Rhonda is a prolific authorher Amazon Author page boasts many of her other works as an author and editor. She also holds an honored position at Redwood Press in that her poem, “The Grotesque,” is the first piece of writing Don and I accepted for our first anthology, The Lost Librarian’s Grave.

Congratulations again, Rhonda!

— Ann Wycoff

“Devil’s Oak” by Mary Leoson haunts The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror anthology like a spectre of cruelty

The Lost Librarian’s Grave—coming October 1, 2021.

Mary Leoson’s fine short story, “Devil’s Oak,” is a tale of loss, return and hope for Marguerite, a young woman whose family was “southern royalty” but is nowsome years after the American Civil Warruined after their patriarch died of tuberculosis. The ancestral plantation is now in the hands of the wealthy Haber family.

Marguerite’s mother dreams her daughter will marry the eldest Haber boy and restore both their prominence and family fortune. The young woman is certainly amendable to the idea with the eponymous oak as a “sigil” of hope “burning in her mind”:

"It was a tree for stories, for late lunches on hot summer days, for secrets and first kisses. It held all these memories for her family—at least that’s what her Mama said. She’d see for herself one day, maybe take her own beau there. Walk in the footsteps of their long-gone matriarch, Grandmére Marie, lady of the plantation."

Yet this is The Lost Librarian’s Grave, so I don’t think I’m giving too much away by saying that events don’t unfold in quite the way Marguerite or her mama had planned. “Devil’s Oak” is a story of hope but it is also a story of fear, the phantoms of a cruel legacy, and certain vanitiesin more than one sense of the word.

Mary teaches teaches English composition, literature, film, creative writing, and psychology in the Cleveland, Ohio area and online. She holds an MFA in Fiction, an MA in English, and an MS in Psychology.

She wrote “Devil’s Oak” after being “inspired by an emotional visit to the Whitney Planation in Louisiana, where the lives of enslaved people are honored and remembered.”

You can learn more about Mary, including links to some of her previous published work, by visiting her website at www.maryleoson.com.

Kathy Kingston’s “Three Bad Things” will buzz and wriggle into The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror anthology

That’s one of the problems with the ‘Three bad things,’ theory. Exactly where does it start and where does it stop?

— Kathy Kingston

Don and I are pleased to announce that Kathy’s Kingston’s classic short story, “Three Bad Things,” will appear in The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror and weird fiction anthology.

A late bloomer, Kathy Kingston became a published writer at the age of 66 in a Sisters in Crime LA anthology.

She has always been an avid reader and her experience as a grocery store cashier, bank teller, wholesale plant salesman and a New York fashion model gave her lots of raw material to work with.

She now resides in Venice, California and is an award winning landscape contractor specializing in drought tolerant landscapes. Short stories are her first love, but she is currently working on a novel.

Kingston’s tale opens with her narrator in a tough spot:

"I lift my head up from the rock and let it drop with a resounding thump. I close my eyes and savor the pain as I would a piece of expensive Peruvian dark chocolate melting slowly in my mouth. I lift my head a little higher, and drop it again. The pain emanates in waves and I am grateful."

Our protagonist is a woman with a vivid imagination, a theory, and perhaps just a touch of entomophobia.*

Kingston takes us down a twisted road where we learn, and have the pleasure of reliving with our narrator, the odd chain of events that led to the opening lines above. Buckle up and enjoy a wild ride along the borders of fate and chance circumstance fueled by dreams, a touch of madness, culminating in a final, mind-shattering horror!

The Lost Librarian’s Grave—coming October 1, 2021.


* Well, maybe more than a touch.

Paul L. Bates’ short story, “Medusa’s Mirror,” casts its evil reflection from The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror anthology

The Lost Librarian’s Grave—coming October 1, 2021.

Paul L. Bates weaves a unique, mystic tale of magic, addiction, mystery, and death in “Medusa’s Mirror.” The narrator recounts his adventures when Enoch, an old college acquaintance who is one part magician and one part “facilitator of forbidden desires,” slithers back into his life, seemingly out of nowhere. Enoch seems to have a strange hold over our narrator, despite past abominations and the promise of future horrors to come:

"Have you ever felt as if your skin were about to erupt into an independent crawling horde? That your body was inhabited by—or composed of—countless squirming maggots or mites scrambling about on tiny legs, living just below the surface, busily transmogrifying all that was not them into more of them? Such was the sensation I experienced every time Enoch insisted I accompany him on one of his outings, as he called them—excursions into the darkness within and without."

“Medusa’s Mirror” is a wild ride and Bates certainly delivers “the darkness within and without,” giving us both physical and psychological horror, a nice taste of allegory, and a satisfying ending. Don and I are proud to offer this fine story in the pages of The Lost Librarian’s Grave.

Paul is the author of the novels Imprint and Dreamer. He has a degree in Architectural Design, and is happily retired from a career in construction management. He lives on the shore of a small private lake with his lady love, swims for distance, and writes when the muse comes to call, which is good for us when she does!

Check out some of Paul’s other writings on his Amazon author page.

The Lucid Dream of Brandon Barrows’ “Among Stones and Stars” shimmers into The Lost Librarian’s Grave anthology

The Lost Librarian’s Grave—coming October 1, 2021.

Today we journey with the mysterious Brandon Barrows as he guides us through the strange country of his fine piece of weird fiction, “Among Stones and Stars.”

Follow the aging ex-soldier, photojournalist and adventurer, Reese Cook, through mountains haunted by History, down fey valleys to a lonely necropolis of bare memories. If there are ghosts, they are the afterimages of a Hellenistic dream. What draws Reece and his companions is a motivation as timeless as the mountains themselvesgreed fueled by tales of ancient treasure.

Brandon has published over seventy stories, some of which have been collected in The Altar in the Hills and The Castle-Town Tragedy. He is an active member of the Private Eye Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. He lives in Vermont by a big lake with a patient wife and two impatient cats.

Check out Brandon’s website at brandonbarrowscomics.com.

Ken Hueler unearths his short story, “Infinity of Worse” for The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror anthology

The Lost Librarian’s Grave—coming October 1, 2021.

Today brings us Ken Hueler’s “Infinity of Worse,” the story of a late Victorian era odd couple, the brutish Lowell and smooth-talking Paul, who ply their charming trade of digging up the dead for the local medical and dissection trade. Seems a particularly apt tale for The Lost Librarian’s Grave, wouldn’t you say?

We think Ken really brought the late 19th Century alive in his chronicle of Lowell’s and Paul’s adventure where things go from bad to worse to very strange indeed! As the title suggests, I wouldn’t bet good brass on a happy ending this time.

Ken writes in a number of genres, choosing what works best for his current project or whatever interests him at the time. Fortunately for us, Ken’s tastes often run to horror and dark fantasy.

Ken teaches kung fu in the San Francisco Bay Area, where with fellow members of the Horror Writers Association’s local chapter he gets up to all sorts of adventures. His work has appeared in Weirdbook, The Sirens Call, Space & Time, Weekly Mystery Magazine, and the charity anthology Tales for the Camp Fire.

Visit Ken’s website at kenhueler.wordpress.com.

“The Ocean’s Misfortune,” a short story by Alison McBain, rolls like an unclean tide into The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror anthology

The Lost Librarian’s Grave—coming October 1, 2021.

Wednesday brings more good news from The Lost Librarian’s Grave: Alison McBain’s short story, “The Ocean’s Misfortune,” rolls into the anthology like an unclean tide, redolent with dead eels and even deader eyes. The oceans bring lifethe oceans are lifebut sometimes what a fisherman brings back is something not exactly Life, nor is it Death, but a fate worse than either.

Alison has nearly a hundred short publication credits over a wide range of genres including literary, romance, horror, science fiction, fantasy, historical, and adventure.

Her debut novel, The Rose Queen, received the Gold Award in the Young Adult Fantasy category of the 2019 Literary Classics International Book Awards. During the same year, she released Enchantress of Books, a collection of her short, fantasy stories.

Alison was born in Canada, raised in California, and currently resides in the beautiful state of Connecticut, where she chose to raise her family. Her personal mantra is, “Do something creative every day,” so between her writing and drawing she always has irons in the creative fire.

You can learn more about Alison on her blog, www.alisonmcbain.com.

“The Savage Night,” a short story by Pedro Iniguez, unearthed for The Lost Librarian’s Grave anthology!

The Lost Librarian’s Grave—coming October 1, 2021.

We continue to brave ancient curses and wards of blood and bone in our ongoing quest to scratch up another nugget of literary gold from The Lost Librarian’s Grave. Much hidden treasure remains: the latest being the imaginative Pedro Iniguez’s short story, “The Savage Night”a tale of hot blood, gnashing teeth, loyalty, and a craving for death beyond Death itself!

Pedro is a speculative fiction writer, who also enjoys painting. He has built up quite a nice bibliography of short fiction since 2013 and is on quite a creative roll so far for 2021.

His cyberpunk novel, Control Theory, and his collected stories, Synthetic Dawns & Crimson Dusks, are both available on Amazon.

Pedro is originally from Los Angeles, California and now resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he is currently working on his second novel. He can be found online at Pedroiniguezauthor.com and in October 2021—The Lost Librarian’s Grave!

Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s poem, “The Problem with the Bottling of Troublesome Spirits” will appear in the The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror anthology

The Lost Librarian’s Grave—coming October 1, 2021.

I am very pleased to announce that Juleigh Howard-Hobson graces us with a sample of her hermetic (in more than one way, perhaps) wisdom of shadowy things with her excellent poem, “The Problem with the Bottling of Troublesome Spirits.”

Juleigh’s work has appeared in multitudinous publications though she is best known for her poetry. She is a “firm believer in throwing literary breadcrumbs in any path that may hold them” and also publishes “fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews and articles.” Don and I are glad that Redwood Press is now one of those literary paths.

She lives in a “dark deep forest” (sounds familiar!) in the Pacific Northwest corner of the United States. She has been nominated for many awards including “The Pushcart, the Elgin and the Rhysling Awards.”

Check out Juleigh’s author page on Amazon. There are some interesting, fun-looking reads lurking there, and read her this October in The Lost Librarian’s Grave.

Mike Murphy’s short story, “The Artist” will appear in The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror anthology

The Lost Librarian’s Grave—coming October 1, 2021.

Today starts on a fun note with another signing: Mike Murphy’s short story, “The Artist,” has found a home in The Lost Librarian’s Grave. Mike paints the story of Digby, a troubled soul who paints caricatures for tourists. As you might expect our artist is quite a bit more than one might suspect at first glance….

Mike is quite a versatile talent who has had over 150 audio plays produced in the U.S. and around the world. He has won many accolades, including the Columbine Award and a dozen Moondance International Film Festival awards in their television pilot, audio play, short screenplay, and short story categories.

Don and I are pleased to feature Mike’s work in our upcoming horror anthology. We will have another author signing announcement coming on Friday.