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The Great Tome of Forgotten Relics and Artifacts, volume one of The Great Tome Series, presents fifteen tales of cursed relics, ancient artifacts, magical items, and alien devices.  In this volume:  The Candle Room by James S. Dorr The Heart of Irelda by Jeff Sullins Her Long Hair Shining by Simon Kewin Digging for Paradise by Ian Creasey Light Bringer by Deborah Walker The Nimrod Lexicon by Taylor Harbin Life Sentence by Miranda Stewart The Shepherd by CB Droege The Rightful GTVol1.3385958_stdOwner by Linda Tyler The Head of John the Baptist by G. Miki Hayden The Binding Agent by Douglas J. Ogurek Seamus Tripp and the Golden Plates by Richard Walsh and Jon Garrett Oracle at Delphi Street by Jon Etter Special Collections by Jon Etter The Djinn at the Wheel by Kathy L. Brown.

So Amazon tells us, dating the book’s publication as March 15.  But for eldritch reasons, unfathomable to ordinary mortals (but having to do with mysterious returns through the postal system), some authors never received their copies, I among them.  To the publishers’ credit, however, they got on top of it and finally, with special shipping via Federal Express, THE GREAT TOME OF FORGOTTEN RELICS AND ARTIFACTS bounced onto my front porch yesterday afternoon.  My story in it (see March 28, 16 et al.), originally published in TERMINAL FRIGHT as well as in THE TEARS OF ISIS, is already noted in the quotation above.  Suffice to say I checked it out first, fourth in the lineup on page 107 — while the book itself can be ordered from Amazon by pressing here.  (Also as a preview, Amazon tells us the second GREAT TOME is expected, on Kindle at least, to be available June 24.)

Then also on Monday afternoon an email came from Editor Cliff Gerstang to the effect that EVERYWHERE STORIES, VOLUME 2 (cf. April 1, February 29), reprinting my tale of “The Wellmaster’s Daughter,” is coming along ahead of schedule — at least so far!  Such is the biz, some things get delayed, others pop up unexpectedly early.  In any event other items were listed, cover design, galley proofs, possible launch events, leading to a hoped for release ahead of its current October target.

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Word came today from Julie Hedge of Bards and Sages Publishing that the final files for Volume 1 in the “Great Tomes” series, THE GREAT TOME OF FORGOTTEN RELICS AND ARTIFACTS (cf. February 3, January 7, et al.), have been completed and sent to the printer and various digital outlets.  In fact, it’s already available for pre-order at Amazon at $4.99 and should start appearing for GTVol1.3385958_stdpre-order at other sites within the next week.  At that point the print edition will undergo a final proofreading with everything on track for an announced March 31 release date, with a trade paperback price set at $15.99

As noted in the headline above, my entry into this eldritch ediface is a tale of candle magic and playing with fire called “The Candle Room.”  Of troll-shaped tapers and unearthly entities.  It is a reprint that first appeared in the Summer 1995 issue of TERMINAL FRIGHT and can also be found in THE TEARS OF ISIS.

For those who wish, for the Kindle page and pre-order information for THE GREAT TOME OF FORGOTTEN RELICS AND ARTIFACTS press here, with, again, other electronic versions and the print edition available over the next few weeks.

This one is for another reprint, “The Candle Room,” a tale of magic and Lovecraftianish mystery from THE TEARS OF ISIS, originally published in TERMINAL FRIGHT for Summer 1995.  Candle magic, to be exact, centering around an odd candle that he had bought for his girlfriend Niki’s birthday.  Fortunately it had come with instructions, so when she was kidnapped by strange, bearded gray men. . . .

So here will be another chance to read it, the book to be called THE GREAT TOME OF FORGOTTEN RELICS AND ARTIFACTS (cf. October 21), the first in Bards and Sages Publishing’s “Great Tomes” series of themed anthologies, tentatively set for a March 2016 publication date.  The theme for this one:  “Plots revolving around magical items, cursed relics, ancient artifacts, or alien devices.  The device must be central to the plot.”  And so, on Wednesday*, the contract arrived to be signed and put in the mail today.

Also a fooling around on the Bards and Sages website revealed an “up-to-now” table of contents with the proviso that one or two more titles could conceivably be added to it.  More information on it and the Great Tomes series in general, the second book in which is open to submissions now, can be found by pressing here.  While here are the contents for Tome number one:

The Candle Room by James S. Dorr
The Heart of Irelda by Jeff Sullins
Her Long Hair Shining by Simon Kewin
Digging for Paradise by Ian Creasey
Light Bringer by Deborah Walker
The Nimrod Lexicon by Taylor Harbin
Life Sentence by Miranda Stewart
The Shepherd by CB Droege
The Rightful Owner by Linda Tyler
The Head of John the Baptist by G. Miki Hayden
The Binding Agent by Douglas J. Ogurek
Seamus Tripp and the Golden Plates by Richard Walsh and Jon Garett
.

*Not to be confused with the cave cat Wednesday (see October 30) who, having survived two trips to the vet and a course of antibiotics, seems now to be doing well.  : )=

So began the call from Bards and Sages Publishing:  “THE GREAT TOMES Series will feature short fiction and novella length works within the speculative genres.  Each installment in the series will surround a specific theme.  The series will begin publication in 2016.”  The pay wasn’t much but reprints were welcome.  And the first anthology was to be THE GREAT TOME OF FORGOTTEN RELICS AND ARTIFACTS.

Why not, thought I, and off I sent the 4900-word “The Candle Room,” initially published in the Summer 1995 edition of TERMINAL FRIGHT and also appearing in my collection (ah, now), THE TEARS OF ISIS.  That is, if the latter credit then appears in THE GREAT TOME with it, perhaps it may move those who enjoy the story to take a look at THE TEARS OF ISIS too.

So goes the theory.

Be that as it may, the good news came today from Editor Julie Ann Dawson.  “Thank you for the submission.  We would like to include this in the anthology.”  More information will be coming later.

In addition, for fellow writers, THE GREAT TOME OF FORGOTTEN RELICS AND ARTIFACTS is still open as far as I know till the end of the month, October 31.  And after that there will also be new volumes in the series opening, so, again, while the money’s not huge, it is a way to get one’s works farther disseminated.  More information from Bards and Sages can be found here.

And for readers, here is the blurb on “The Candle Room” that the guidelines asked be sent with submissions:  “An antique, strangely shaped candle, when used in ritual candle magic transports a woman  to a different-dimensional world.  The narrator must follow to rescue her and, in the process, possibly save the Earth as well.”




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