A few days back, the contributors to this upcoming Cthulhu-inpired anthology received this Table of Contents and the go-ahead to share it.
Introduction by James Lowder
“There is a Book” by Dennis Detwiller
“The Lost Station Horror” by Geoff Gillan
“Bitter Shadows” by Lisa Morton
“La Musique de l’Ennui” by Kenneth Hite
“A Great and Terrible Hunger” by Elaine Cunningham
“Inscrutable” by Robin D. Laws
“Engineered” by Ari Marmell
“Black Cat of the Orient” by Lucien Soulban
“The Face of the Deep” by C.A. Suleiman
“Demons Dreaming” by Cody Goodfellow
“A Finger’s Worth of Coal” by Richard Dansky
“Bound for Home” by Christopher Golden
“Stained Windows” by Joshua Alan Doetsch
“On the Eastbound Train” by Darrell Schweitzer
“The God Beneath the Mountain” by James L. Sutter
“Daddy, Daddy” by Penelope Love
The packaging of the anthology By Faerie Light is a little bit confusing, even for someone who has a story in this anthology. Or a story in HALF of the anthology, depending upon whether you’re going with the paperback or the ebook.
Yeah, I know. Here’s how that works.
The dead-tree version of By Faerie Light contains all 18 stories. Behold the cover, just over there to the right.
The ebook version has been broken up into two sections. The first half, By Faerie Light Vol. 1, uses the same cover, which makes sense. (Unlike the whole splitting-up-the-ebook thing, which really doesn’t.) My story isn’t in this ebook. It’s in By Faerie Light II, which, as I discovered today, has a different cover. So if you want to read “The White Tunic,” a twisty little tale that features clever farm lads and malevolent scheming fairies and dragons and Far Worse Things, you’ll want the ebook with the blue cover. That said, at $2.99 each, you could probably go pink AND blue.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this tale. Leave a comment here or on Facebook or, if you prefer, drop me an email.
Because clearly, one book of Mythos-inspired poetry is not enough.
Poet and editor Lester Smith is a man with a mission. He believes that poetry should be a part of everyone’s life, an everyday occurrence rather than a rare event. Popcorn, not caviar. This is the reasoning behind Popcorn Press, a micro-press devoted to poetry and to stories that don’t necessarily fit conventional publishing lengths and genres. For several years, he has been publishing an annualHalloween poetry anthology. This year’s book is a little late in coming, due to Life, but it’s now available in ebook and paperback at Amazon.com or throughout the Popcorn Press website.
In addition to haiku, Cthulhu Haiku 2 has other forms of poetry and several pieces of short fiction, including a story by Robert J. King, who is one of my all-time favorite authors of short fiction.
If you’d like to sample the contents, the Amazon.com ebook has the Look Inside! option. Here’s a link. If you’re already convinced that you MUST HAVE this collection in particular or MUST SUPPORT Lester’s mission in general, some handy links follow.
Buy the Kindle ebook version
Buy the Paperback from Amazon.com
Buy the Paperback directly from Popcorn Press
The anthology By Faerie Light has an Amazon.com listing! Actually, it has two, one for the trade paperback and one for a very nifty hardcover edition.
Contributors include Dave Gross, Cat Rambo, Ed Greenwood, Jennifer Brozek, James L. Sutter, Erin Hoffman, Shanna Germain, Jeffrey Scott Petersen, Christie Yant, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Torah Cottrill, Erik Scott de Bie, Andrew Romine, Amber E. Scott, Jaym Gates, and Nathan Crowder.
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