Friday 31 January 2020

Read 2020 - 13 - A Miscellany of Death & Folly

My story The Bone-Cage Blues is the opening tale in this anthology, A Miscellany of Death & Folly, edited by Mark Beech and published by Egaeus Press. I was ecstatic when Dom (my number generator) picked this book to read. It's a beautiful looking book, and as only 300 copies were printed it is a must for collectors. Inside there are stories, essays, poetry and artwork.

Glorious, glorious, glorious.

My favourite of all the tales was Kaaron Warren's Anodyne Solutions, an extraordinary tale about death omens and the girl who must neutralise them. So beautifully written. If she were a crueller woman she'd take them apple blossom, and yew, and mother-die, and parsley; all the plants that might bring them death, just to see their faces.

Other favourites include:

Angela Slatter's The Promise of Saints, featuring a bejewelled ancient saint and a bride with an ending to reveal all. The Hallowed Girl, it's said, was once a bride herself.

A sad wee tale Darkness by Ismael Espinosa set in the Paris catacombs.

The Greatest Folly by Leena Likitalo. Death learns about dying and grief courtesy of his not-so-pale horse. It follows the four horsemen/women over millennia.

I am so proud to be a part of this book - and I don't care if it's a deadly sin.

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