This post is going to be very self-serving but I think I should be allowed to talk about books I am actually in, on my own page. So here it goes. DRUM ROLL…if you will….
The Spirit of Poe…IS FINALLY COMING OUT!
The Spirit of Poe Anthology will officially be released on July 27, 2012!
Thanks to all the contributors and the hard work that went into this project! Independent Anthologies often do take a long time to come out. Especially when they are filled with the beautiful and the best bizarre, and the macabre writing from all over the world, in honour of the most widely sold poet and short-story Author of the last two hundred years. This collection not only features the most remarkable and unique modern writing it also features the best works of the master himself, Edgar Allen Poe. But what is it all about? Why is this collection so important?
The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore has lost its funding from the city. Join us as we work to get funds together.
You can also pre-order the anthology—heck, preorder five or ten! You can also donate below.
Every cent from the anthology above printing costs and author payments (most are donating their payments) will go to the Poe house.
“Money woes could shutter Edgar Allen Poe, House.”
I can hear you asking why is Edgar Allen Poe, so important, well here is what the experts say…
Edgar Allan Poe is a very important poet, as well as an author to short stories. He was revolutionary in his style of writing and use of symbolism and metaphors. He was also a pioneer of detective fiction and science fiction, but his tales of horror sometimes contain an element of parody (as shown in the Penguin volume “The Other Poe” edited by the late Harold Beaver) as the craze for Gothic fiction had already diminished when Poe started writing. His philosophico-scientific writings such as “Eureka” are also worth exploring. To appreciate the musicality of Poe’s poetry, listen to The Raven as recited by Christopher Walken at YouTube.
“Poe is one of the most widely read American writers of the 19th century,” said Richard Oram, co-curator of the exhibition and associate director and the Hobby Foundation Librarian at the Ransom Center. “His appeal is unique and seemingly indestructible, extending from young readers who enjoy being terrified by the gloomy, macabre tales of mystery and imagination, such as ‘The Tell-Tale Heart,’ to literary critics who appreciate his pioneering analysis in ‘The Philosophy of Composition’ of how poetry creates its effect on the reader.”
Poe’s dark tales and poems are rooted in his difficult life. The child of stage actors, Poe was orphaned at an early age. He briefly attended the University of Virginia and West Point before achieving his first successes as a poet and writer of short stories.
“For the rest of his life, Poe made his living as a writer and editor but was constantly in debt and plagued by personal tragedy and literary scandal. His wanderings took him from one city on the East Coast to another, until he died in Baltimore at the age of 40.
From Out That Shadow:
The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe
Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Texas.
Although critics have different views on Poe’s writing style, Harold Bloom summed it up best when he said, Poe has an uncanny talent for exposing our common nightmares and hysteria lurking beneath our carefully structured lives.
I remember it all too well, hunched over my computer late night scouring the Internet for writing competitions and anthologies when I came upon this…
“Our first Anthology, the Spirit of Poe,”
The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore has lost its $80,000 per year funding from the City of Baltimore. Literary Landmark Press is publishing an anthology called The Spirit of Poe, all proceeds of which will go to the museum. That’s everything. All proceeds. Every cent above the costs of printing and paying the contributors.
We are seeking short horror fiction up to 10,000 words. For this anthology, we’re looking for horror along the lines of Fall of the House of Usher or The Telltale Heart, psychological and mysterious. Both of those short stories will be in the anthology.
Contributors will receive payment of 5 cents per word for original, new fiction. Reprints will be considered and will receive compensation of 2 cents per word. Contributors will also receive one copy of the printed anthology and one electronic copy. (Contributors are free to donate their earnings to the cause!)
If you look down the list you might see something interesting…that’s right my name! I remember I was trying to talk to the Editor JW Rosser, over Facebook so I could find out more about the anthology, for myself to enter it, and also to talk about it on my radio show on www.phoenixfm.org He happened to listen into the live stream and PRESTO! He heard me reciting one of my most widely loved Poems, ECHO OF YOU; he asked who wrote that…I said it was my own creation—he asked me to submit it, I did and violla! My first official American publication…
The Spirit of Poe Anthology will feature stories and poems from (in no particular order):
John Charles Mannone
Kathleen Michele Wright
Curtis James McConnell
Curtis James McConnell
Zain Richard Bennett
Wakefield G. Mahon III
Karen Rigley and Ann House
James WF Roberts
Michael G. McGlasson
For further information on my contribution to the Spirit of Poe Anthology or to pre-order your copy today and donate to Baltimore House please go here: http://literarylandmarkpress.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/our-contributorsjames-wf-roberts.html