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The Greatest Ghost Stories Ever Told in Two Volumes (ed. Sanguine Woods), 2017 & 2018

News Release Wick Press(sm) Denver, Colorado May 3, 2017 In April 2017, Wick Press acquired the rights to publish a two-volume anthology of rare ghost stories originally published in 1700s and 1800s periodicals. Volume I of The Greatest Ghost Stories Ever Told will arrive in time for the Ghost Story for Christmas tradition practiced by [...]

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Ghosts & Christmas—in Case You’ve Ever Wondered…

How to Read a Victorian Christmas Ghost Story Imagine a midwinter night, an early sunset, a long, drafty evening spent by candlelight. The season of Christmas coincides with the shortest days of the year and, for middle-class Victorians, a chance for families to reconnect in story-telling circles. Urban dwellers, disconnected from village legends, simply picked [...]

Mr Railton’s Haunted House

Amazing illustrations by Herbert Railton for the posthumous illustrated edition (1896) of a poem by Thomas Hood entitled The Haunted House.

The Library Time Machine

The approach to Christmas is also traditionally the time for ghost stories. The most famous of British writers of ghost stories, M R James, often gathered together friends or students at  this time of year to read one of his latest offerings to them. You can picture them in in an ancient university city, in an old academic’s study, lined with bookshelves and lit by candles or gaslights. You can imagine a small group of like minded men in comfortable chairs gathered round the storyteller. Perhaps the only light is the one illuminating the reader’s manuscript.

It’s always gatherings of men in these things isn’t it?  So wipe some of them from your mind and insert some academic women in their place, perhaps in evening dress after some college function. The reader is an equal opportunity teller of scary tales. You can insert a clergyman if you like, and a nun,or even a…

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Necromancy in the Colosseum by a Priest? Uh…How Well Do We Really Know Our History—?

DO WE REALLY KNOW OUR HISTORY? Back in the late 1500s, famed Renaissance master, Benvenuto Cellini (David in bronze) documented two episodes in which a Sicilian priest conducted necromancey rituals within hand-drawn circles on the floor within the Coliseum. Who knew? Click here to read Cellini's autobiography in the Public Domain at the University of [...]

I Am Providence…a cool new novel of Lovecraftian Weirdness by Nick Mamatas

Nick is a cool cat…with tentacles. This is a nice writeup. This book is on my To Read This Summer list. Put it on yours, too.

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From BlackGate.com:

‘Nick Mamatas is the author of Move Under Ground, Under My Roof, and several other novels. But his latest, I Am Providence, looks like a breakout book.

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Set at a horror convention, where a grisly murder leads to the discovery of an unspeakable horror in the pages of ancient book bound in human skin, I am Providence is narrated by a faceless corpse in a morgue.

Here’s a longer, official description…

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Israeli author of award-winning speculative fiction (Osama, The Bookman, Camera Obscura) Lavie Tidhar says that “I am Providence is Dark and hilarious… that murder-mystery-in-a-writers-convention you didn’t even know you wanted.”

Publishers Weekly calls the novel: “A heartfelt homage to Lovecraft lore, [which] perfectly captures the antics of conventioneers.”

I Am Providence was published by Night Shade Books on August 9, 2016. It is 243 pages; priced at $16.99 in trade paperback, and $15.99 for the digital version.

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Driven to Madness with Fright: Further Notes on Horror Fiction by S. T. Joshi, 2016

Anything by writer and scholar S. T. Joshi is a must read. Joshi lends a credibility and and intellectual element to the reading and study of horror, weird, and supernatural in fiction in academia and pop culture.

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Screenshot_2017-04-02-18-35-11 Cover art by Allen Koszowski, 2016

 

Table of Contents

I. The Classics
From Gothic to Weird
The Canon of American Weird Fiction
Weird Poetry, Then and Now
Poe as Revolutionary
The Life and Work of Ambrose Bierce
A Biography of the Mind
Shirley Jackson as a Classic

II. Some Contemporaries
Terror in the Northwest
Campbell and Lovecraft
Rain, Rain, Everywhere
Fifty Years of Ramsey Campbell
Terror in a Sentence
The Sublime and the Ridiculous
Just Like the Movies
A Slow-Moving Tsunami
A Modern “Heart of Darkness”
Sculptures in Prose
The Mystery Man of Weird Fiction
Spanning the Genres with William F. Nolan
Of Revenants and Seedy Taverns
Road Dogs and Iron Dead

III. Some Anthologies
Driven to Madness with Fright
A Smorgasbord of Weird
Chambers, Lovecraft, and Pastiche
The Anthologies of Jason V Brock and William F. Nolan

IV. H. P. Lovecraft: His Disciples and His Critics
The Emergence…

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