Posts Tagged ‘Witch Hunters’

“I also wanted these stories offset against non-fiction material.  Some people might not get why non-fiction is included, or find this jarring, but it was an attempt at trying something a little different to what is standard practice.  For me, it’s one thing to suspend belief for a story’s sake because you know, deep down, that what you’re reading isn’t real, no mblurringatter how realistic it might be.  That’s the whole fun of horror fiction, right?  It’s a safe scare.  But it’s something else altogether to read details of actual real events or technological breakthrough that defy belief or cause you to question the world.”

So says Editor Marty Young of Cohesion Press’s BLURRING THE LINE (see below, November 22 et al.) in the first of a daily series of interviews of the anthology’s authors.  That is, look for mine in a few days too!  But for now, the lead interview also marks the promised November 26 publication date of the book as well, at least on Kindle, with the print edition to follow soon.  And so, to hear from the horse’s mouth (in a manner of speaking) just what the book’s all about, readers may press here.  And if you like what Marty has to say, Amazon’s page can be found here.

Among other activities on Halloween, I sent back an interview plus pictures, etc., to Alan Baxter for publicizing Cohesion Press’s upcoming anthology, BLURRING THE LINE, including my Victorian-set tale “The Good Work” (see July 13, March 23, February 7).  Now word has come back:  “Thanks to you all for getting the author interviews back to me so promptly  — we’re all in and well ahead of schedule. I have plenty of time now to create each post.  BLURRING THE LINE is due for release on 26th November, and I’ll be posting your interviews in the same order as the Table of Contents of the book, with Marty blurringYoung’s interview as editor going up first.”  These, Alan goes on to say, will appear one by one each weekday following the 26th, hopefully with subjects and friends helping to pass the word around, or, in Alan‘s own words, “[l]et’s hope this series of posts gives the book some extra exposure.”

This is the one that asks, “Do you really know what’s real and what isn’t?

“What we’re looking for:  BLURRING THE LINE . . . is seeking to blur the line between what is fiction and what is non-fiction.  We want horror stories, tales that are serious and frightening, hard-hitting and imaginative.  We want monsters; vampires and zombies and werewolves and the mummy and creatures from the Black Lagoon and giant killer plants and mutated ants and demons and devils and Mothmen and everything else you can think of or that hasn’t been thought of yet.  But we also want your serial killers and demented and depraved humanity. We want it all. Push your imagination and take us into the far reaches of your darkness, without letting go of reality.  Make us believe.”

And so “The Good Work” informs us of urchins in a Dickensian London with Christmas coming, which means that one must work extra hard to combat the witches — or what are believed to be witches — lest the season’s holiness be corrupted.  But did they really?

Watch this space and, with luck, by the end of the month there should be some links to help one find out.

Today’s email brought an update from Cohesion Press for BLURRING THE LINE (cf. March 23, February 7), the Australian anthology that asks the question:  “Do you really know what’s real and what isn’t?”  According to Editor Marty Young, “[r]eal life kind of got in the way for a few months,” but noblurringw it’s on schedule for publication September or October this year.  And, as another nod to real life, the book will be dedicated to recently passed on, on July 11,  author and four-time Stoker Award® winner Tom Piccirilli, “who contributed with a pretty hard hitting story that’s incredibly close to home.”  Also the table of contents should be finalized soon, and will be announced here as soon as I know it.

My part here is called “The Good Work,” a treatise on witchcraft in 1850s London.  Or is that witch-hunting?  And, along with a call for updated author bios and pictures, there will also be a limited hardcover edition signed by the authors, more on which will be announced as well as details become known.

Latish this evening the contract came from Cohesion Press for my story “The Good Work” for publication in BLURRING THE LINE (see February 7).  This is the Australian anthology that asks the question “Do you know what’s real and what isn’t?”  So concerning my story, one might consider whethblurringer there were witches in 1850s London.  And if there were witches, then what of witch hunters?

Going back to the original blurb, “BLURRING THE LINE will take you into the far reaches of your darkness, without letting go of reality.  It will make you believe.”  So following some initial delays, the book is now one more step closer to publication, originally set, according to Editor Marty Young, for the “third quarter 2015.”  Then, to quote tonight’s email, once contract details are settled all around he (and, hence, I) “will let you know the TOC, and we can begin the promotional train.”

Do you know what’s real and what isn’t?

There are many tales and urban myths of monsters that shouldn’t exist, of demons and devil possession, of serial killers wearing human skin, of ghosts terrorizing families . . .

But these tales also sound like fiction, don’t they?

We hope so.

But . . .

But what if . . .

So begins the description from Editor Marty Young for Australian publisher Cohesion Press’s upcoming anthology BLURRING blurringTHE LINE, currently due out the third quarter of this year.  And yesterday, late night by US clocks, the word came to me:  a story of mine of witch hunters in Victorian England, “The Good Work,” will be among its contents.

But is it fiction or is it a true tale.  Ah, that is the question — it could happen, couldn’t it? Stranger things have.  The guidelines last fall noted that, for instance:

A man called Arnold Paole was accused of being a vampire in 1732 in Yugoslavia, after his body was dug up five years after his death and found with long pointed teeth and nails, with blood in his mouth.

The Mothman of West Virginia was a winged man-sized creature with glowing red eyes and huge moth-like wings sprouting from its back, seen repeatedly during 1967 and 1968.

In 1977, a dead creature that looked a lot like a plesiosaur was caught in the nets of a Japanese fishing vessel, the Zuiyo-maru, offshore east of Christchurch, New Zealand.

The sage Apollonius of Tyana, born in Turkey at the start of the first century AD, hunted demons, and once saved one of his students from a vampire who was going to drink his blood and eat his soul.

These are all supposedly true stories . . .

So to see for yourself this fall, check back here for more information on BLURRING THE LINE as it becomes revealed.


  • My Books

    (Click on image for more information)
  • Chapbooks

  • Poetry

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,577 other followers