A Midsummer Conjuring

 

Author, editor, publisher Des Lewis has just completed his real time reviews of my three most recent novellas published this spring and summer by Egaeus Press and Mount Abraxas Press. I had initially planned that two of the novellas- Children of the Crimson Sun and The Liminal Void appear in the same volume- one story taking place in Malta in 1606, and the second story occurring in an indeterminate location, about six hundred years later. I decided to ultimately separate these two stories, and a third story, A Haunting in Miniature, was added to the first Egaeus Press volume. Below you can find links to Des Lewis’ perceptive reviews- wonderful real time engagements with the stories, as he experiences them over the period of his readings. I feel immensely lucky that Mr. Lewis has shared his illuminating thoughts below, and I feel very grateful also, to have these stories so wonderfully presented by these two extraordinary publishers. Thank you to Mark Beech, Dan Ghetu, Des Lewis, and thank you to the readers who have read the stories, reviewed them, or sent me heartening messages about them. Below the three reviews, author and publisher at Raphus Press, Alcebiades Diniz Miguel has also reviewed Children of the Crimson Sun, and interviewed me about the origins of the stories on his excellent Bibliophage blog. All linked below.

Children of the Crimson Sun Review by Des Lewis.

The Liminal Void Review by Des Lewis.

Review and interview with Alcebiades Diniz Miguel about the origins of Children of the Crimson Sun.

Children of the Crimson Sun

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Children of the Crimson Sun

An Egaeus Press Keynote Edition

Now available

A diptych of dark, richly wrought, strange tales, exploring faith, identity, and those mysterious currents which inhabit the spaces in between them. At once psychological tales of mounting spiritual horror, and investigations into the dark fantastic.

The title novella, Children of the Crimson Sun, concerns a young medic of the Hospitaller Knights of Malta, charged with investigating an unsettling case in a local fishing village, where spiritual forces both contemporary and ancient saturate the sprawling archipelago’s villages, churches, monasteries, megalithic temples, and deep subterranean caverns.

In the second piece, A Haunting in Miniature, a village in the Moravian region of the Czech Republic is unsettled by a series of ghostly visitations. The supernatural intrusions give rise to suspicions that the region’s history has resurfaced in strange and foreboding circumstances.

The book is a lithographically printed, 192 page pocket sized sewn hardback (105mm x 165mm); limited to just 220 copies. ISBN 978-1-916465725.

Books can be purchased for 21 English pounds / 27 US Dollars / 24 Euro, including worldwide shipping Here

An accounting of disclosures fantastic

I had the opportunity to work with some extraordinary artists this year. Huge thanks to Alcebiades Diniz Miguel, Márcio Simões and Bethany White at Raphus Press who all did truly magnificent work on Secretariat. Thanks also to Dan Ghetu and Damian Murphy at Mount Abraxas Press for including my story Horrill Hill in their remarkable Cioran anthology Wounds of Wounds. Much gratitude to Mark Beech at Egaeus Press for including my novelette The Sorrows of Satan’s Book in his wonderful anthology Book of the Sea. I couldn’t possibly ask for better circumstances and instances to work with these immensely talented publishers, editors, designers- all truly great artists. And humbled to be in print with such wonderful writers in these two anthologies.  I am also grateful for those who have responded to this work including Des Lewis, Mark Andresen, and Dejan Ohnjanovic of Rue Morgue, and all those who have responded or supported my work. Heartfelt gratitude. You look up, and year is coming to an end already! Immensely looking forward to 2019. Happy Holidays and New Year.

Egaeus Press Book of the Sea and The Last Resort

A collection of dark, strange or uncategorizable pieces for which the sea provides the great mystery; stories and poems which explore its pull on the human heart, its alienness, its treachery, its unfathomable vastness; and more than anything, what it makes us creatures – us unwelcome, gill-less land-dwellers – do, be, become.

The full contents are as follows…

I: Ligan
Others’ Tears by David Yates
Waiting by Rosalie Parker
In The Hold, It Waits by Tom Johnstone
The Figurehead of the Cailleach by Stephen J. Clark
The Sorrows of Satan’s Book by Karim Ghahwagi

II: Flotsam
The Storm Brood by Colin Fisher
By Severn’s Flood by Jane Jakeman
Breakwater Lodge by Michael R. Colangelo
Dancing Boy by Colin Insole
Below Decks by Jonathan Eeds
The Final Flight of Fidelia by Albert Power

III: Jetsam
Withernsea by Martin Jones
Sailing to Trebizond by S.A. Rennie
The Damnation of Captain M’Quhae by Charles Schneider
From Whence We Came by Jonathan Wood
Some Pages from the Journal of James Morris, Founder, Sable Island Humane Establishment, 1801 by Tim Foley

IV: Derelict
Cut Through with Skeins of Shallow Light by Joseph Dawson
The Night They Came by D.F. Lewis
The Woman from Malta by George Berguño
The Lighthouse by Richard Sheppard
The Woman Who Walked in to the Sea by Steven Pirie

Edited by Mark Beech

The book has 320 pages; is a lithographically printed, sewn hardback with coloured endpapers. It is limited to just 400 copies.

ISBN 978-0-993527883.

It can be ordered now for £35.00, inclusive of postage worldwide here and from other fine booksellers.

The triple vinyl gatefold of Anders Trentemøller’s The Last Resort is available now here

From Pokerflat recordings:

”The original vinyl-pressing only included a selection of songs from the original 13-track album release. It missed out on songs which had been released on singles or didn’t “fit” on the so called “vinyl edition”. Due to ‘public demand’ and simply because this album deserves a proper vinyl release we are happy to finally present, for the first time, the full album on vinyl. It spans over three vinyl discs and is packed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve which also holds a download-code.”

  1. A1. Take Me Into Your Skin
  2. A2. Vamp
  3. B1. Evil Dub
  4. B2. Always Something Better
  5. C1. While The Cold Winter Waiting
  6. C2. Nightwalker
  7. D1. Like Two Strangers
  8. D2. The Very Last Resort
  9. E1. Snowflake
  10. E2. Chameleon
  11. F1. Into The Trees – Serenetti Part 3
  12. F2. Moan
  13. F3. Miss You
The original collage film live visuals from the opening track, Take Me Into Your Skin, have just been released and can be seen here.

Egaeus Press BOOK OF THE SEA

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I: Ligan
Other’s Tears by David Yates
Waiting by Rosalie Parker
The Figurehead of the Cailleach by Stephen J. Clark
In The Hold, It Waits by Tom Johnstone
The Sorrows of Satan’s Book by Karim Ghahwagi

II: Flotsam
The Storm Brood by Colin Fisher
By Severn’s Flood by Jane Jakeman
Breakwater Lodge by Michael R. Colangelo
Dancing Boy by Colin Insole
Below Decks by Jonathan Eeds
The Final Flight of Fidelia by Albert Power

III: Jetsam
Withernsea by Martin Jones
Sailing to Trebizond by Sandra Rennie
The Woman from Malta by George Berguño
From Whence We Came by Jonathan Wood
Some Pages from the Journal of James Morris, Founder, Sable Island Humane Establishment, 1801 by Tim Foley

IV: Derelict
Cut Through with Skeins of Shallow Light by Joseph Dawson
[As yet untitled story] by Charles Schneider
The Lighthouse by Richard Sheppard
The Night They Came by D.F. Lewis
The Woman Who Walked in to the Sea by Steven Pirie

Publication is likely to be May, 2018, though more details will be made available in the weeks to come from Egaeus Press
It is an immense honor.