The first is by Kat Kinney of Kat’s Reviews, who is an author active on Goodreads. She has quite a few books out involving werewolves, which look interesting. I plan on checking out some of her work myself on Kindle Unlimited soon.
Kat wrote: “This was an excellent anthology of horror and dark fiction short stories and also included some poems that I especially enjoyed as well. The entire collection was well edited and formatted and I enjoyed every contribution.”
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.
I putThe 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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!