The Lost Librarian’s Grave Horror and Dark Fiction ebook is on sale for $0.99 on Amazon

It is that time again, when Amazon allows me to place The Lost Librarian’s Grave ebook on sale in the United States and United Kingdom. So, I reduced the price to $0.99. The book, as always, is also available in paperback and through Kindle Unlimited.

Buy the book on Amazon or read it for free with Kindle Unlimited.

These are some graphics I’ve been using to promote the sale on Twitter. I thought it also might be fun to highlight some of the stories by making a graphic with a quote from the individual story and using the author’s picture if they provided me with one.

Also, someone was kind enough recently to leave a five-star rating for the anthology on Amazon so I made this graphic to use on social media as well.

Added Three more Authors to our upcoming dark anthology, Superstition, which is now 74% full.

We added three more stories to Superstition, bringing our anthology, which I’m anticipating will be about 100,000 words, to nearly three-quarters full now. Occasum (thank you!) made the graphic below, which I promptly screwed up, then fixed before adding it to this post where all of our Superstition author graphics are located thus far.

I accepted these stories a while ago, but things have been moving slowly because I managed to pick up a nasty strain of Covid and have been flat on my back for some days. There was some talk of hospitalization. Instead, the doctor offered me some antiviral drugs, which I eagerly accepted. Those seem to have done the trick and within about 36 hours I have enough (off and on) energy to be able to take care of some things so long as I don’t push it too much.

Anyway, enough of all that.

I particularly like this little trio of stories. “Don’t Look Back” by Sarah Sigfried is a southern Appalachian story about the wisdom of being prepared and not looking back at things you don’t want (or perhaps shouldn’t) see. There is a pretty long tradition of the wisdom in not looking back–Lot’s wife and Orpheus immediately come to mind–and I’m pleased to add Sarah’s fun tale to this longstanding tradition.

“The Art of Shui Feng” by Chris Hewitt tells the story of a man who learns and comes to term with a rather strange power that he stumbles upon during a breakup with his girlfriend. I found that the story darkly funny and I also liked Hewitt’s tale enough that I violated my rule of “no black cats” for the anthology. How could I object, after all, to the inclusion of the impish “Nothing” the cat?

Finally, Henry Herz’s “Guardians of the Grünwald” reads like a fractured, German fairy tale and tells the story of murderous huntsmen, a pillaged forest, and some unconventional guardians. Henry mentioned “Little Red Riding Hood” when he introduced me to his story, and I can see the parallels and the differences too, which I enjoyed in equal measure.

I’ll have more story announcements in the next few days and I hope to fill the anthology very soon and begin editing. Until then I hope everyone who reads this is well.

Superstition Anthology over half full now and reading continues …

Don, Occassum, and I have been keeping quite busy reading story submissions for our upcoming dark anthology, Superstition. As of today, August 23, 2022, we’ve turned the corner with the work we’ve accepted, and the book is now over half full. (Fifty-eight percent full to be precise.) We’re planning to release the book around Halloween and so far we’re on schedule for that.

Below are the graphics I’ve used for some of the stories to announce them on Facebook and Twitter. This is by no means all of the stories. I plan on making more graphics and announcements as my schedule permits.

The graphics below were posted to announce multiple works when things were moving very fast indeed. I do hope to make some individual graphics for some of these stories as well.

I’m planning on posting some more graphics as we accept more stories and (of course) when I have time to make them!

The Lost Librarian’s Grave now available at Spine Bookstore & Cafe in St. Louis, Missouri

The good folks at Spine Bookstore & Cafe in St. Louis, Missouri sent me this picture of The Lost Librarian’s Grave ensconced happily on their shelves. From the pictures I’ve seen on their website, Spine has a lot of interesting-looking books and a nice cafe menu, including a nip of the hard stuff if you are so inclined. So if you are in the area, drop in and say hello. Tell ’em Ann sent you!

As for our next, upcoming dark anthology, Superstition, things are moving quickly now and we are acquiring more stories every day. I’ve been announcing some of them on Twitter and Instagram, and I’ll be talking about some of them on the blog in a bit more depth soon.

In the meantime …

Writing Prompt #8: Cyclone Storms on North Pole of Jupiter!

The image below is a “composite image” collected by Nasa’s Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper, which is part of their Juno mission to Jupiter. There is an interesting article here if you’d like to know more about it.

When I saw this, I immediately thought this storm (or storms?) would make for a nice writing prompt. Cosmic Horror is the first thing that comes to mind for me, but I’m sure there are a lots of other possibilities.*

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ASI/INAF/JIRAM

One idea for writing prompts I’ve been seeing a lot of lately (again, on Twitter mainly) is a six-word story prompt or some other number of words. Besides being fairly easy, I find such a prompt serves as a nice vehicle to explore possible story ideas or sketch out a broad theme. If I can’t think of something pithy that encapsulates a story with a beginning and end then perhaps something leading into a theme. This type of prompt could also serve as a entry point into a poem, either using the technique in a similar way as brainstorming for a story or perhaps coming up with a line that inspires a larger poem.

I could see this image-as-a-prompt working in other mediums, such as painting or drawing, music, or even making a quilt … pretty much anything.

Can you think of a six word story using the above image as an inspiration? If so, drop it in the comments.


* I originally saw this on Twitter, courtesy of Science Fiction writer Bert-Oliver Boehmer (@BOliverBoehmer).

Superstition: Book One of the “Fear, Uncertainty, and Doom” Series Writer Guidelines

Closed to Submissions

(We are now in the process of editing.)

We have finished acquiring material for our upcoming dark fiction and horror anthology, Superstition. To the best of my knowledge, we have replied to everyone who was kind enough to send us their work. If never received a response from us, please let me know via our “Contact” tab.

Thank you!

Ann

The Problem with the Bottling of Troublesome Spirits by Juleigh Howard-Hobson nominated for Rhysling Award

The Problem with the Bottling of Troublesome Spirits

by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Blue bottles hanging from a tree won’t hold
a ghost forever. Trees will die, branches
will break, blue bottles will fall. I’ve been told
that after a bottle shatters, what was
inside it is unrecognizable
as a ghost anymore, having been turned
into a cold mass of hate over all
that time stuck in that blue prison, concerned
with one thing and only one: revenge on
whoever hung those bottles. Ghosts can take
as long as they need to find a person,
and they always do, living or dead, makes
no difference. A ghost, once freed from its glass
will ruthlessly avenge its bottled past.

Juleigh’s poem has been nominated for the Rhysling Award, which is given out annually by the Science Fiction Poetry Association, which publishes and promotes genre-oriented verse. A big, well-deserved congratulations go out to Juleigh and all of the other nominees.

As far as I can tell, the only ones not happy about it are the ghosts, who are tired of looking at the world through cerulean-colored glass, perhaps.

“The Problem with the Bottling of Troublesome Spirits” first appeared in The Lost Librarian’s Grave anthology this year (2021) along with verse by two other poets and almost 400 pages of lovely, dark short stories on subjects ranging from grave robbing to gargoyles, from the leech-people apocalypse to leprechauns … and so much more.


“The Problem with the Bottling of Troublesome Spirits” © 2021 Juleigh Howard-Hobson. Used with permission of the author.

The Lost Librarian’s Grave Ebook on Sale for $/£ 0.99 on Amazon!

I put The Lost Librarian’s Grave ebook on sale for $0.99 (or £0.99) on Amazon through their “Countdown Deal” the platform will let one periodically run. So if you’ve been thinking of picking up the ebook and haven’t yet, it’ll be almost 80% off until December 25th.*

Thus far, interest has been brisk, which pleases me, and I’m knocking around some ideas for the next book, which I’m going to get started with as soon as my husband’s holiday vacation ends in early January.

I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season thus far and that the fun continues.


* If you have already read the anthology, I’d greatly appreciate a short review on Amazon if you have the inclination. “I liked it,” or “It wasn’t completely awful,” etc. would be lovely. 🙂

The Lost Librarian’s Grave Promotional Graphics

Some promotional graphics for The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror and weird fiction anthology. If you are a reviewer or are otherwise spreading the word, please feel free to use and modify these graphics for your review or post.

E-Book Cover (500 x 800 pixels)

E-Book Cover (1600 x 2560 Pixels)

Paperback Front Cover (500 x 752 Pixels)

Paperback Back Cover (500 x 720 Pixels)

Book Graphic (666 x 1122 Pixels)

Received The Lost Librarian’s Grave Paperback Proof Copy Today

I received a proof copy of The Lost Librarian’s Grave from Amazon today with a matte cover. I’m happy with how it came out, though I do think I’m going to move the “Tales of Madness…” over to the left just a tad and the “Edited by” over a bit to the left as well, near that outside rusty talon.

I have a bunch of points on the credit card I use for Amazon, so I ordered a second copy, this time with a glossy cover. While, like I said, I’m pleased with this cover, the colors aren’t as vibrant as I expected. Amazon says that the glossy covers tend to have more vibrant colors, so we’ll see.

Also, I went with cream-colored paper instead of the white paper for the second copy, so I could see the difference. I probably wouldn’t have gone to all of this trouble if I didn’t have the points.

I’ll post again when I get the second copy and the paperback will go live soon after that. In the meantime, for those who prefer to read ebooks, the anthology can be read for free with Kindle Unlimited and of course can be all yours for $4.99, though I’ll probably be doing a sale soon.