Monday, November 28, 2011

Dr. Cantalupo's Introduction

Dr. Cantalupo has gone far above and beyond what anyone could expect, and it the midst of personal tragedy completed and delivered her introduction.  I want you to read a few excerpts:

"From childhood's hour..." that phrase, to Poe fans, finishes itself:  "I have not been as others were."  Yet who was that I who was that man?   Who was that poet who had not been as others were?  So much has been fabricated about Poe's life, and so much remains a mystery.  We have very little to go by:  no diaries, no notebooks, only a few daguerreotypes, and his letters, so carefully re-edited by Burton Pollin and Jeffrey Savoye.  But we do have something else:  his home in Baltimore at 203 (3) Amity Street.  

Her writing is evocative and powerful, and we're thankful to have the introduction in hand.  Listen to her appeal:

No one can take away his words.  But 203 Amity is vulnerable.  We know that.  We know that we may lose our chance to come close to the man who believed that places hold echoes of their pasts.  We need to keep Poe's home in Baltimore the historic and venerable site that it is.

This collection of stories and poems has emerged from the urgency of this appeal to save Poe's home. 

Now that we have everything, the book will go to final editing and formatting, and we'll do our best to have both the paperback and the e-versions available in time for Christmas.  In the meantime, help us out, will you?  Reserve your copy today.

Oh, and a quick note:  

The current address for the Poe House is 203 Amity Street.  While Poe lived, it was 3 Amity Street.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Gift from John Darling

Author John Darling, who writes the fabulous Detective Anderson series of stories, has been kind enough to offer us a 1944 copy of Tales of Edgar Allen Poe.  It has wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg, and it's in nearly perfect condition.

John will be featured in our next anthology, which will focus on stories inspired by Poe's Dupin stories.  Keep your eyes out for a call for submissions and for purchase details.

If you'd like a chance to win this beautiful book, simply pre-order an anthology today or tomorrow.  We'll choose one person randomly from those that purchase and send out the book as well as their anthology.

Thanks again to everyone for caring about this cause!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Our Contributors...James WF Roberts

We’d hoped to already be on the virtual and brick and mortar shelves, but while we’re disappointed by the few delays, we’re still excited about the anthology. James William Francis Roberts is one of the reasons we’re not losing any enthusiasm for the project.

A poet, writer and internet radio presenter on in Australia, he is strives to find the balance between the common man and high culture. Log on to the website to get times for his show. It’s really remarkable to hear his rich baritone voice reading poetry, stories, and creative nonfiction. Get in touch with him and he may read some of your work.

His writing explores the themes, metaphors and imagery of the past using contemporary language, and more often than not, that language is of the average person on the street. Would you believe it? He’s a poet without pretense! His poem in the anthology is The Echo of You, and here’s an appetizer:

            i scream in the depths of night
            when I dream
            when I came home late
            no noise.

              no TV
              no freshly brewed coffee.

            the house a mess—
            worse than usual

James is influenced heavily by William Blake, Edgar Allen Poe, Frederick Nietzsche, Plato, Rainer Maria Rilke, Allen Ginsberg and AD Hope. His poem for this anthology was highly commended by the coveted John Shaw Nielson Poetry Prize for the Fellowship of Australian Writers in 2009/10.

There’s still time to pre-order the anthology to read the rest of James’ poem and the other great writing we’ve put in.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Our Authors…Melissa Dollahon Eyler

Melissa grew up in the Chihuahuan desert during the last echo of the old west riding horses and hiking through the desert. After high school, she was American Field Service Exchange Student to Austria. She worked as a fine and performing arts critic at New Mexico State University, and was on the National AAF Advertising Team where she was recognized for writing music and lyrics. She graduated with a bachelor of communications and two of her college advertising campaigns appeared on national TV. After graduation, she and her father went to Ireland and England to study ancient monuments while traveling for fun.

Today, she lives with her husband of 23 years, a young adult son, and a variety of animals. She works behind the scenes for her family monument business, designing some of the stones and doing paperwork. She also cooks and keeps the household functioning while trying to find time to write and draw.  After a twenty-year absence from the writing scene, she won the sonnet competition on Harpers Collins Authonomy web site and is currently working on a collection of spooky poems, short stories and several novels. She is also in the process of illustrating a variety of her own children’s picture books.   

Outside of the amazing accomplishment of staying married for 23 years, Melissa also composed a wonderful poem for the anthology entitled “Window Wraith.”  Here’s a taste:

I rocked and I swayed and I silently prayed
For help to escape the macabre masquerade
Of dark shadowed figures on silent parade
Ghosts out on their witching hour tirade    

Pre-order your anthology today!