Ahead of the book launch, let these excerpts from Strange Stories Vol 1 weird you out!
Novelette-Heaven on Earth by Joseph Schwartz
"As he drove home, his cell phone vibrated in his hand. He refused to read the text out of spite, still riding the high of self-righteousness from his recent decision. He planned to call a real estate agent in the morning. Karen could bitch, and she would, but it wouldn’t matter. In the end, Daniel would get what he wanted. As long as the bills were paid, the kids were fed, and Karen didn’t have to take it up the ass, a new house with ten acres and a couple of four-by-fours to go mudding with the kids seemed like no big deal.
Karen was still asleep on the couch, with the TV on and relentlessly selling foot insoles guaranteed to change your life.
He quickly looked in on each of the boys, pleased to see them asleep. The master bedroom was quiet as he undressed. Setting his phone on his nightstand, he tossed his dirty clothes in the basket.
Lying in his briefs, the bed all to himself, Daniel picked up his phone. In the preview, there was a smiley face from an unknown number; he presumed the message was from Delilah.
He touched his pointer finger against the glass.
Delilah had sent him a picture, a selfie of her red nail-polished fingertips spreading apart her labia."
Flash-Death of a Controversial Word Wizard by James Lee
“‘He was only 158 and in apparently robust health,’” noted Steve Widdershins, Coroner-Adept for the West-Central Shires of Penn’s Woods. ‘And we must consider the ominous timing: Samhain is of course a holiday traditionally marked by death, taking inventory of one’s life and ridding oneself of what is no longer desired. Finally, I would remind everyone that there are very many differing Schools of Sorcery extant, many of which feature Magicks of such obscure and arcane subtlety that only a true Specialist-Adept in that particular School would be able to recognize and identify them. Me, I’m just a humble civil servant—capable, I dare say, but hardly such a Specialist."
Short Story-The Disagreeable Dinner by Mark Daponte
“Honey!Your butt just vibrated when that guy talked! Unless...were you using huh, my vibrator in the privacy of our home and you had an, uh,a sexual misadventure?”
“Of course not!!Just w-w-ho are you in me?” a frightened Will asked.
“A ghost on crack. Perdone. I should say a ghost in your crack.”
“What are you doing inside my husband?” Susan asked.
“My name ess Juan Jimenez. In my mortal life, I cooked for Consuelo.”
“Is that the same Consuelo who owns ‘Consuelo’s Restaurante?’” Will asked.
“Where we had that Mexican food two days ago!” Susan added.
“Si. Two years ago, I was Consuelo’s secret lover. Well, I was secret until Consuelo’s husband caught us canoodling and ‘cocaine-ing’ in his kitchen. Consuelo’s Gringo husband suffocated my pretty face in a pot of refried beans at 12AM--midnight. On the anniversary of my murder, my soul rises from the bottom of a pot of refried beans and settles in—a Gringo!”
Type Title AUTHOR Country
Book Chapter|Evil Lurks|Charlotte Brown|Texas
Creative Nonfiction|Radium Girls|Janine Mercer|Wisconsin
Essay|Satanism: New Objectivism|Faustus Blackbook|Utah
Essay|Better to Reign, to Reign Over Ourselves: Satanism in the 21st Century|Charles Bernard|Utah
Essay|Satan's Brilliant Heart of Darkness|Kristen Barger|New Mexico
Poetry|Baron Henderson|Crooked Rites|Utah
Poetry|The Devil Said|Bruce McRae
Poetry|The Masses|Matthew Skaggs|USA
Poetry|Shadow Man|Leadie Jo Flowers|Russia
Poetry|Auditorium Shores|PW Covington|New Mexico
Poetry|Writer's Meet-Up Group|Michal Mahgerefteh|Virginia
Poetry|In Defense of Mrs. Lot|Barrett Wolf|New York
Poetry|Satan Calls You|Mark Andrew Heatcote|England
Poetry|"Title Pending"|Anthony Carias
Poetry|A Macabre Dream|Sravani Singampalli|India
Poetry|An Eerie Coldness Enters|James Piatt|California
Poetry|How Do I Un-see|Robin Conventry|Delaware
Poetry|Dust|Shandora Hendrix|New York City
Poetry|The Man in Black|C.M Lannign|Arkansas
Poetry|A Dark Eternity and Live Autopsy|Meredith Moody|Florida
Poetry|A Family Affair|Richard Schiffman|New York
Poetry|Dignity Inverted|Thursday Simpson|Illinois
Poetry|The Banished Bite Back|Elspeth Wilson|Ireland
Poetry|D.O.A-Dawn of Agriculture|Mark Blickley|New York
Short Story|The Samhain Show|Edward Ahern|Connecticut
Short Story|The Guff|Richard Decof|Florida
Short Story|Those Barques|R. Keith|Canada
Forty-Two Books would like to thank all those who came to the official book launch for Peaks of Madness: A Collection of Utah Horror on Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Printed Garden of Sandy, UT, USA. From customers of The Printed Garden bookstore, to the authors' friends and families, we had 40 people attend. The readings went very well, with a great selection of works to tantalize and entice the customers to shop. Two-thirds of the stock sold out, with multiple copies going at a time to individuals. A round of signings were done to finish up. The leftovers went to the Print Garden to sell as signed copies, adding collector's value and distinction to our work!
If you're in Salt Lake City tomorrow, but sure to come by and pick up a copy of Peaks of Madness: A Collection of Utah Horror. The book launch, 7pm at The Printed Garden ( 9445 S Union Square a, Sandy, UT 84070), will include 4 author readings, signings, and a Q&A. Refreshments provided by the bookshop. RSVP on Facebook!
Thanks for all the submissions, authors around the world! We received about 200 entries, and we'll do our best to pump through these in a more quick fashion as we put together Strange Stories. Expect to hear back by Late August on the status.
Thank you to all the Satanists out there for submitting. We'll read through and let you know. We got a good group of about 30 entries, so we're excited!
Forty-Two Books attended the combined convention for Westercon72/NASFiC/1632 Minicon/Spikecon at the Davis Convention Center in Layton Utah July 4-7, 2019.
We had a table, selling copies of Peaks of Madness: A Collection of Utah Horror and Enheduanna: A Pagan Literary Journal from another press the editor owns. The $1 typewritten poetry was a big hit, selling like hotcakes! Editor Daniel composed them on the spot. Perhaps we should have charged $2.
Daniel met some new friends, author Joseph Kaukola of Threshold and The Sword, and artist Emmanuel Valtierra who recently published the alternate history Codex Valtierra about if the Maya People had won against the Spanish invasion.
Some of the attending authors were Jim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files, David Weber, author of the Honor Harrington Series, Star Trek prop master Dragon Dronet, and the Trimbles as Masters of Ceremony who are known to have saved Star Trek.
If you have an earlier version of Peaks of Madness before July 1, we dropped off the last half of the sentence in Lovecraft's Typewriter which is as follows "'deal with...special cases,' he said with a wink."
We'd like to thank all of you who submitted and participated in this first original Forty-Two Books anthology. It was a lot of work, but worth it to read and select the final stories. If you have not received an acceptance or rejection email about your submission (some bounced back), please get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org as all emails have been sent concerning submission statuses.