I am happy to say that the horror and dark fiction anthology I’ve been working on some quite some time went live on Amazon last night as an ebook. Besides being available for purchase, you can read it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.
We’ll be releasing the paperback version of The Lost Librarian’s Grave later in October.
When I put together the table of contents I got to thinking about how people read anthologies. I know some people like to start at the beginning and read straight through to the end.
The traditional table of contents, which I put up a preview of here, caters to that way of doing things. It also has, for me anyway, a comforting feel of how I’m using to seeing books.
Some readers (me among them) like to skip around a collection of stories and read a short one here, a long one there, maybe that one with the weird exorcist or the disgruntled librarian who gets hectored by gargoyles.
For people like me, I grouped the stories (and four poems) under various headings. Some of the stories could have gone under multiple headings. For example, “Ocular” could have just as easily been a “strange adventure” but I liked “An Eye for an Eye” because of the play on words.
One thing I like about checking out books on Amazon is their “Look Inside” feature where they let you preview about 10% of a book. The Lost Librarian’s Grave is a pretty big book, so 10% ends up being a pretty goodly chunk of reading. I put the stories in bold text below that one can read in their entirety through Amazon’s preview.
I tried to pick three that were pretty different from each other in tone and style as well as plot to highlight the variety I did my best to bring to the collection.
Tomorrow I think I’m going to take a much-needed day off from working on the book, and then get the wheels turning again on Monday for putting together the paperback, which will start with giving my existing ebook cover a spine and a back page.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend.
Witches, Magicians, and Sorcery
- “Medusa’s Mirror” by Paul L. Bates
- “Snake and Sinew, Flame and Bone” by Amanda Cecelia Lang
- “The Artist” by Mike Murphy
- “The Clearing” by Helen Power
- “The Maze of Moonlight and Mirrors” by Gerri Leen (poem)
The Dead, the Mad, and the Terrified
- “Rathbone” by Zach Ellenberger
- “The Glorious Protection of Angels” by Michelle Ann King
- “The Jump” by Pauline Yates
- “Three Bad Things” by Kathy Kingston
Ancient Days and Apocalypse Now
- “Butterflies of the Longest Night” by Russell Hammell
- “Death, and the Scent of Tea” by Cheryl Zaidan
- “The Day in Gold” by Adele Gardner
- “The Savage Night” by Pedro Iniguez
- “Valhalla is a Lie” by Benjamin Thomas
Strange Adventures and Weird Journeys
- “Among Stars and Stones” by Brandon Barrows
- “Mother Winter” by Matthew Chabin
- “He Gets Hungry Sometimes” by Carol Gyzander
- “The Little People” by Kurt Newton
- “They Never Left” by Matthew McKiernan
A Murder of Gargoyles
- “Gargoyle of the World, Unite!” by Mary Jo Rabe
- “Odd Job Tom” by Eddie Generous
- “The Grotesque” by Rhonda Parrish (poem)
The Scientific Method
- “Aegir’s Son” by Edward Ahern
- “Bottled Rage” by Owen Auch
- “Voyage of the PFV-4” by David Rose
Ghosts and the Grave
- “Good Boy Anyway” Briana McGuckin
- “The Infinity of Worse” by Ken Hueler
- “The Problem with Bottling Troublesome Spirits” by Juleigh Howard-Hobson
- “A Bed Both Long and Narrow” by Sipora Coffelt
- “Blooms of Darkness” by Melissa Miles
- “Face to Face” by Tom Leveen
An Eye for an Eye
- “Inside a Refrigerator” by Adrian Ludens
- “Ocular” by Nidheesh Samant
- “Penance” by J.V. Gachs
- “The Binding of Chrysanthoula” by Angeliki Radou
End of the Line
- “Devil’s Oak” by Mary Leoson
- “Nature versus Nurture” by Gerri Leen (poem)
- “The Ocean’s Misfortune” by Alison McBain
- “The Woman in the Wallpaper” by Gregory L. Norris
- “Cold Storage” by Jude Reid