The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror and dark fiction anthology available

I’m very pleased to write that The Lost Librarian’s Grave ebook is now available on Amazon. I changed the home page to announce the book, along with some of the information we’ve been posting on this blog recently.

Buy the Ebook or Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited.

Don and I are working on the paperback now, which we plan on also making available on Amazon later this month.

Pretty exciting stuff!

— Ann

The Lost Librarian’s Grave: Table of Contents Reveal

Our debut ebook anthology is going to be available on Amazon in a couple of days, so I thought this would be a fun time to post our table of contents.

The book contains 36 short stories, including one novella, and four poems. It is a sizeable tome!

What is more, if you have Kindle Unlimited, you’ll be able to read the ebook for free. Of course one can buy the Grave for $4.99, though I’m planning on running a sale for October.

The book has the usual table of contents listing the stories and poems in the order they appear, but we also collected up the stories by theme under happy categories such as “Demon-Haunted World,” and “The Dead, the Mad, and the Terrified,” and (of course) “A Murder of Gargoyles.” A few of them, naturally, could go in more than one category but as editor I had to make the final call and I did!

The idea is that some people like to read anthologies in order and other people like to skip around the book. So we provided a guide for both sorts of readers. (I’m a skip around type of reader.)

Preface: How I Found the Grave of a Lost Librarian.

“The Savage Night” by Pedro Iniguez

“Inside a Refrigerator” by Adrian Ludens

“Medusa’s Mirror” by Paul L. Bates

“The Maze of Moonlight and Mirrors” by Gerri Leen (poem)

“Ocular” by Nidheesh Samant

“Voyage of the PFV-4” by David Rose

“The Infinity of Worse” by Ken Hueler

“Snake and Sinew, Flame and Bone” by Amanda Cecelia Lang

“They Never Left” by Matthew McKiernan

“Face to Face” by Tom Leveen

“The Problem of Bottling Troublesome Spirits” by Juleigh Howard-Hobson (poem)

“Rathbone” by Zach Ellenberger

“The Ocean’s Misfortune” by Alison McBain

“The Jump” by Pauline Yates

“Good Boy Anyway” by Briana Una McGuckin

“Bottled Rage” by Owen Auch

“Death, and the Scent of Tea” by Cheryl Zaidan

“The Artist” by Mike Murphy

“The Woman in the Wallpaper” by Gregory L. Norris

“Gargoyles of the World, Unite!” by Mary Jo Rabe

“The Grotesque” by Rhonda Parrish (poem)

“Devil’s Oak” by Mary Leoson

“The Day in Gold” by Adele Gardner

“He Gets Hungry Sometimes” by Carol Gyzander

“Valhalla is a Lie” by Benjamin Thomas

“Aegir’s Son” by Edward Ahern

“Butterflies of the Longest Night” by Russell Hemmell

“Odd Job Tom” by Eddie Generous

“Penance” by J.V. Gachs

“Cold Storage” by Jude Reid

“Nature versus Nurture” by Gerri Leen (poem)

“Three Bad Things” by Kathy Kingston

“Blooms of Darkness” by Melissa Miles

“Among Stars and Stones” by Brandon Barrows

“The Little People” by Kurt Newton

“A Bed Both Long and Narrow” by Sipora Coffelt

“The Clearing” by Helen Power

“The Binding of Chrysanthoula” by Angeliki Radou

“The Glorious Protection of Angels” by Michelle Ann King

“Mother Winter” by Matthew Chabin

I will post again once the ebook becomes available in a couple of days. After that, I’ll be working on the paperback version, which I’m planning on publishing later in October.

The Lost Librarian’s Grave: Back Cover Text

We’re putting the finishing touches on The Lost Librarian’s Grave ebook, and Don and I finished sorting out the book description, which we put near the beginning of the ebook. This description will also be on the back cover of the paperback, which I’m working on now..

I also added the black and white illustration on the same page of the ebook. I don’t necessary think you need to wear protective gear when reading this lovely book, but I’m not seeing it isn’t a good idea either.

Welcome, mortal. You have finally discovered that place they told you about where hope crawls off to die.

Where sorcery, vile experiments, and the supernatural are as real as killers from around the corner and those things you cannot see that buzz and wriggle and chew narrow, twisting tunnels under your skin and inside your skull.

Surrender to the unclean darkness living in this malevolent tome. Treat yourself to a bevy of tales where revenge, greed, and malice are the orders of the day and watchwords of pitiless night.

Travel through blood-stained vistas set in forgotten pasts, along rolling centuries of iron and pain, into the strange apocalypses of our present day and several possible near futures. Enjoy this diverse collection of horror, leavened with an osseous dusting of bizarre adventures, verse, and weird fiction written by a loose cabal of thirty-nine authors from around the world.

Unearth… The Lost Librarian’s Grave!

The Lost Librarian’s Grave Title Page Reveal

Work continues on The Lost Librarian’s Grave anthology, and I’ll be hard at it for the rest of the month. Today I’m formatting the ebook, which will run into tomorrow as well.

I’m the meantime, I took a screenshot of the title page, which I think is pretty nifty, but of course I biased. As is often the case, click on the image if you want to see a larger picture.

Back to work!

Tweaked the Ebook Cover for The Lost Librarians Grave

Work continues on The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror and weird fiction anthology, which is good because October will be here before we know it. Today I tweaked the ebook cover a little, giving the gargoyle a bit of an aura or glowing effect, as well as a few other things.

I also decided to put some author names on the cover. It was very hard to decide* so the three of us each picked our favorite story–none of us liked the same one the best. This was easy for Don, a bit harder for Occasum, and very hard for me because I liked all the stories and had several favorites for differing reasons.

Then I added another author because I have misspelled their name now about a dozen times, and while not a huge deal it seemed a way of balancing the scales and achieving some literary Maat. Finally, we all agreed that we had to put Matthew Chabin on the cover because his ten thousand word-and-then-some “Mother Winter” is by far the longest story in the anthology, besides being a great read with an ending I thought very suitable for wrapping up our anthology.

I wanted seven names, because everyone knows that seven is a lucky number, and since all of the authors belong on the cover, I rolled a die twice and left the decision to good Renenet.

As always, suggestions and feedback are appreciated. I’m still toying with the idea of taking the “33” out as well as a couple of other things.


* Again, for purposes of Maat, I decided that the other twenty-seven authors and three poets should be on the front cover too, even if the only people who know it are you and me. So I typed in the remaining thirty names, then occluded them by means of technology both vast and dark. The scales are balanced!

Writing Prompt #2: Arrows and Forest Squash

Use this prompt as a jumping off point for your own short story, poem, narrative, fragment, etc. and see where you goperhaps the picture or the text taken separately or mashed together somehow will lead you somewhere useful or fun…

Suggestion: Create something new that somehow brings both pictures into your work.

Bonus points if you can work in the picture from prompt #1

If nothing gels using both pictures, try using just one. As usual, bring other elements such as music, visual art, and so on into your brainstorming session. Use whatever techniques serve your end goal to create something new!

If this prompt leads someplace interesting, leave a link leading toward your new creation wherever that may be. Of course you can also post your masterpiece, if it is short, directly in the comments.

Writing Prompt #1: Stacks of Railroad Ties and “here’s the thing” …

Use this prompt as a jumping off point for your own short story, poem, narrative, fragment, etc. and see where you goperhaps the picture or the text taken separately or mashed together somehow will lead you somewhere useful or fun…

Visual Prompt:

Text Prompt:

We had no intention of choosing sides until we were sure who was going to win, but here’s the thing…

You can also bring in other elements, more pictures, other words, music, memories, anything that helps you create whether that be a novel, an exercise in free writing for, say, one minute or something in-between.

If this prompt leads to something interesting, leave a link leading toward your new creation wherever that may be. Of course you can also post your masterpiece, if it is short, directly in the comments.

The Lost Librarian’s Grave Short Story Horror Anthology Cover

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I’ve been working on the cover for the October anthology for a couple of days now and this is the current version. Today’s big innovation is I added some bats. I’m also considering putting four or five author names in the middle, left part of the cover.

I originally did three covers. Personally, I liked the angel the best but the general consensus from the people I asked was for the gargoyle one. I do have to say that the gargoyle has sort of grown on me and I do like what the filters and such did with the rusty reptiles.

Be Well!

— Ann