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Wapshott Press 2020 Annual Fundrasier is now in Progress!

Hello everyone, it’s that time of year again. Time for the Wapshott Press Annual Fundraiser!

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Here’s our line up for 2021:

Poetrylandia, Issue 5
Three Soul Makers: Poems That Bring Us Together
Poetry by Mary Kennedy Eastham, Eileen Malone, and Kathleen McClung
Mary Kennedy Eastham: Darkly beautiful, erotic, lyrical and haunting. The poet’s words nag at us the way only a great seduction can…like liquid pearls falling from the sky above/as soft and easy as a fortune teller’s dreams/We are beautiful alone with ourselves/they seem to say/evening snowflakes floating beneath a faint moon/like fingertips about to touch/a new piano/each sound, each song/a miracle.
Eileen Malone: A mental health activist, Eileen wrote these poems inspired by her experiences with her adult son diagnosed with schizophrenia at nineteen. She speaks for those who cannot or dare not: the families and loved ones of those with serious mental illnesses. You are not alone, they call out, we feel your pain, your love and loss, we listen, care, make loving human connections. We know tragedy and still we endure. Together, we sing our pain.
Kathleen McClung: This collection carries readers across time, geography, and interior space. Poems move from the Cuban missile crisis to the Covid-19 crisis, from hospitals and cemeteries to spring sidewalks of Barcelona and San Francisco, from the zestful curiosity of childhood to the wry wisdom of age. McClung harnesses a variety of poetic forms—sonnets, centos, villanelles, sestinas, and others—to embrace both the pain and beauty of living fully in an ever-changing world.

Poetrylandia, Issue 6
(R)e.volution
Changming Yuan: This collection is mainly about human evolution or revolution in the e. age: while its thematic interest lies in the way modern advances in science and technology have been affecting the way we live, think and develop as humans, it is intended to be a poetic call for more in-depth reflections on the dynamic interaction between man and science in general, as well as on the role of the computer in human evolution in particular.

Storylandia, Issue 36, Winter 2021
Short Stories by
Gordon J. Stirling: “The School’s on Fire!” A boy makes a mistake and runs away when he learns something about himself his folks never told him. A man in town finds him and helps him prepare for the challenges that lay ahead.”
Bob Ritchie: “The Ear is the way to the Soul” A challenge, being a teen. Just when you think you have a handle on life, you discover this awful (for a teen boy) thing called “virginity.” We explore, learn. We find God (or not), love (or not), and the way to our souls? For Relsin, it is via his ears.
John O’Kane: “Alchemy” Alchemy. This is a story about fleeting relationships in a beach community, stressed through cellphone communication, where everyday situations of meeting people and the possibility of achieving euphoric experiences, a boy overcoming being bullied, a device that might seem harmless—perhaps even beneficial—but fosters its own type of tyranny, a boy who makes a mistake and runs away when he learns something about himself his folks never told him, and a seeker learns the ear is the way to the soul.
Evan Howell: “Red Wings” At school Lionel is getting bullied and at home he can barely tolerate Randy, his mother’s annoying boyfriend. Randy further disappoints Lionel when he gives him a pair of Red Wing work boots as a birthday present. However, the unexpected events that arise from this gift change Lionel’s life in ways he couldn’t have imagined.
Jhon Sánchez: “The DiDramifi” In this USA, everyone owns the DeDramafi, which is a device that might seem harmless, perhaps even beneficial, but fosters its own type of tyranny.

Storylandia, Issue 37, Spring 2021
The Key, novella
In downtown LA, many worlds collide without interacting. There are the stock brokers and bankers cloistered within their shiny high-rises. There is the almost invisible working class that keeps them clean and fed. There are the totally lost: the homeless, the mad, the addicted. And there are those self-chosen to try and keep it all together: the teachers, the priests, the parole officers, and social workers, but who often see merely the forest, and not the trees. Only a 5-year old girl walks unafraid among all of them. And a broken ex-con and a hardworking doughnut-maker find their lives changed by this orphan who loves them both.

Storylandia, Issue 38, Summer 2021

A VENICE QUINTET
Five Stories by John O’Kane

Storylandia, Issue 39, Autumn 2021
Short Stories by
Scott Pedersen: These days we fret that intrusive technology is invading our privacy. But is this something new? Not according to “Philly Is Listening!” During radio’s golden era, a waggish program host brings live eavesdropping to home listeners, with eye-popping results.
Jerry Cunningham: “The Dancing Chameleon” tells the tale of two children in Virginia who are adopted at the turn of the twentieth century by a cranky wealthy widow. The troubles of one of the children, a girl named Alma, are described including her difficulty with a pair of red shoes, which come alive after she lies to her mother. That scene owes its origin to “The Red Shoes,” a story by Hans Christian Anderson. The other child, a boy named Hoofer, is musically influenced by a local pastor. Hoofer, as a teen, runs away to Chicago, where the story follows him in his career as a dancer in the 1920’s through the 1940’s.
Kevin Stadt: “Keep away from People” is the story of a father and son struggling to survive in a world where being near others brings monstrous horrors. The father is forced to make an unthinkable decision—stay with his son and put the boy’s life at risk, or leave him and give the child some chance of surviving.
Larry Handy: According to Japanese legend, folding 1000 paper cranes grants a wish. In “Mrs. Meriweather”—one of 9 connected stories on origami—the title character wishes for freedom from her wheelchair and nursing home environment, embarking on a journey of folding. The Missouri Review wrote in a rejection letter, “Mrs. Meriweather” is a “touching and empowering portrayal of the power of will and memory, set in a place where those things are at risk of fading.”

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As always, the Wapshott Press supports individual writers and poets by providing an outlet to share their thoughts and stories with the world. The impact of its work cannot be understated especially during these difficult times. As a mode of self-expression and sense-making, creative writing has the power to change lives and inspire hope for both the author and the audience – and Wapshott Press is the catalyst to those experiences.

Aside from publishing work that would otherwise not be seen, Wapshott Press helps legitimize new and emerging artists by creating a point of entry into the field. Although relatively small, Waphott Press has built a reputation for excellence and has consistently published authentic top-quality work for over a decade.

Our writers are not shy about telling us how they feel about publishing in Wapshott Press journals: LindaAnn LoSchiavo of Poetrylandia 2 told us: “…meaningful momentum is what happens when Wapshott Press breathes a manuscript into being. … their indie imprint empower writers, helping them to create, publish, learn, teach, experiment, and thrive.”

Another poet, Connie Post, writes of her experience with Poetrylandia 4: “Having my poems published in Poetrylandia “Trio” (Poetrylandia 4) has had such a positive impact on me as a writer and poet. … I am able to show a strong cross section of my work which helps potential readers get a better sense of my poetry and that kind of exposure is always positive.”

Short story writer, Arthur Davis, who had a single author collection in Storylandia, Issue 17: “Storylandia is a uniquely supportive literary journal offering readers ‘out of the box’ tales, and deserves to be supported so it can feature a new generation of authors.”

Ronni Kern, author of the novella “The Key” in upcoming Storylandia, Issue 37, publishing in Spring 2021, writes: “When one is facing a really bad cancer diagnosis, the notion that – if all else fails — something of one’s self will be left behind suddenly becomes shockingly important. Ginger Mayerson accepted my story just before I learned I had an especially aggressive Stage 3, Grade 3 breast cancer. The news – not to mention the surgeries, chemo and radiation — flattened me; but this little bright light continues to glimmer at the end of a very dark tunnel: next spring, The Key will appear in print, whether or not I am around to see it. That means a lot.”

And Pushcart Prize winner, David Meischen, tells us “Storylandia is a gift to the world of short fiction, of short stories that push at the limits of short fiction, of novella writers searching for an audience. As a fiction writer, I am exponentially happy with Issue 34 of Storylandia. It isn’t just a journal with one of my stories. It is an issue entirely devoted to my stories—my very own short fiction collection, thanks to the Wapshott Press and their unique approach.”

We are also planning a series of book clubs on recent Wapshott Press titles, with special guest appearances by the authors themselves. You can sign up for book club notifications here: www.eepurl.com/g5rwKT PDF provided free of charge if don’t already have a copy of the book.

Again this year, we’re offering a complete set of everything we publish at Wapshott Press in 2021 for each $100 donation. You can request these titles for yourself or for someone else, or you can get all 2020 books (however it is, I’ll be in touch to find out how you’d like to receive your books). Thank you to all our 2019 $100 or more donors, the second tranche of your books are on the way.

Oh also, the Wapshott Press is an Amazon Smile charity, and they do send us a little money now and then. So we hope you’ll remember us when you shop at www.Smile.Amazon.com and choose Wapshott Press from the charity list. We will be very grateful.

Thank you for your support of the Wapshott Press, and our journals Storylandia and Poetrylandia.

Ginger Mayerson
Founder and Editor

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“Odd Goings-on at Ferndell Farm and other Stories” Storylandia 35 is now on sale

Where to buy: Amazon; Kindle; ePub and other formats available upon request.

Odd Goings-on at Ferndell Farm and Other Stories

by Kathryn L. Ramage


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Finding the late Mrs. Taggart’s missing jewels had made Freddie Babington famous. People with problems began to come to him, hoping to engage his services as a private detective. Freddie expected his new career to involve thrilling cases such as restoring diamond necklaces to Duchesses and secret plans to government ministers, perhaps rescuing a kidnapped heiress or two. Most of his cases were more mundane–but every once in a while, a client with a truly strange and interesting problem came to his door.

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Excerpt:

The Family Jewels

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It was a beautiful, crisp, and colorful autumn afternoon. Frederick Babington, who was visiting his aunt in the Suffolk village of Abbotshill, decided to take a walk. Though the injuries he’d received during the Great War had taken a long time to heal, he was beginning to feel truly well again. His leg no longer pained him and he’d discarded his cane.
Billy Watkins, Freddie’s manservant who had saved his life during the war and looked after him diligently since, insisted that he take a coat in case the evening grew chilly and not tire himself by going too far. Freddie promised to be back in time for dinner and grabbed his tweed coat down from the rack by the front door on his way out.
He had a delightful time wandering the country lanes around Abbotshill, climbing the green hills and kicking up piles of golden and russet leaves that had fallen under the trees. At dusk, he headed back toward his aunt’s house by way of the Rose and Crown pub; a pint of the local beer seemed just the thing to complete his outing.
The taproom was crowded, but the girl at the bar smiled when she saw him. “We’ve been hearing some talk about you tonight, Mr. Freddie,” she told him as she filled a mug from the tap. Freddie didn’t understand this remark, until she lifted her chin to indicate a table in the corner behind him. “Bill’s been here near an hour, telling everybody what a fine detective you are. Our constable was interested in particular.”
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Déjà vu all over again: Wapshott Press Book Club — Storylandia 32

Wapshott Press Book Club! Because… Never Surrender! Never Give Up! Even when your internet goes out 3 hours before the book club (sigh). So, Storylandia 32; second attempt.

First book: Drunk on Time, by JF Malone, Storylandia, Issue 32, Winter 2020
“Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?”
Science! Romance! Gambling! More Science!
Click here for more information: https://www.wapshottpress.org/about-the-wapshott-press/fiction-journals/storylandia-issn-1947-5349/issue-32/

Sign-up for the first book club: click here: http://eepurl.com/g5qU-r

Sign-up closes at midnight on Friday, August 28, 2020.

Access to Drunk on Time book club page and password emailed by midnight Sunday, August 30. 2020.

Online book club meeting end of June to be determined by participants.

Yay!

Ginger

2nd Wapshott Press Book Club: Storylandia 33

2nd Wapshott Press Book Club! Click here for details. Thanks.

Praise for LindaAnn LoSchiavo’s “A Route Obscure and Lonely”

Praise for LindaAnn LoSchiavo’s A Route Obscure and Lonely aka Poetrylandia, Issue 2:

“I loved how this collection of poetry was focused on a wide range of emotions. Readers will be swept up in the throes of love just as easily as they will be drawn into the shadows. And fans of Edgar Allan Poe will see hints of his inspiration peppered throughout the poems. Including a poem all to his own where LoSchiavo explores the women Poe wrote about.”
Behind the Pages

“The collection showcases LoSchiavo’s versatility as a poet as her supernatural entities go from anguished to bizarre to subdued in an instant.”
The Prairies Book Review

“This author speaks to me with her knowledge of the right elements of culture and I could see it reaching most almost dedicated to poetry Americans.”
Toreado Magazine

“For the title of her second poetry collection LindaAnn LoSchiavo borrows a line from a poem by Edgar Allen Poe. It’s an apt choice, because A Route Obscure and Lonely feels very much like it could have been penned by a modern descendant of this master of the gothic and macabre.”
Neon Books


A Route Obscure and Lonely

First Wapshott Press Book Club!

Wapshott Press Book Club! Because… why not.

First book: Drunk on Time, by JF Malone, Storylandia, Issue 32, Winter 2020
“Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?”
Science! Romance! Gambling! More Science!
Click here for more information: https://www.wapshottpress.org/about-the-wapshott-press/fiction-journals/storylandia-issn-1947-5349/issue-32/

Sign-up for the first book club: click here: http://eepurl.com/g5qU-r

Sign-up closes at midnight on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Access to Drunk on Time book club page and password emailed by midnight Sunday, June 7. 2020.

Online book club meeting end of June to be determined by participants.

Yay!

Ginger

“Drunk on Time” Storylandia 32: Now on Sale!

Where to buy: Amazon and Kindle. The Wapshott Press is an Amazon Smile charity. Please remember us when you’re shopping there. Thank you.


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Drunk on Time

Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?

J. H. Malone has had three careers: High energy particle research in Boston and Los Alamos, social work in San Francisco, and tech writing for startups in Silicon Valley. Over the past years Malone has placed science fiction, crime, romance, and other stories, as well as movie reviews, in two dozen Internet and print publications.

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A year goes by awfully fast, doesn’t it?

2018 Wapshott Press Fundraiser!

Donations can be made at www.WapshottPress.net. The PayPal Giving fund charges us no fees on your donation. And between Giving Tuesday (11/27/2018) and New Year’s Eve, the Giving Fund will add 1% to every donation. That might not seem like much, but the Wapshott Press gets three dimes out of every quarter, so we make it go far. Perks: All donations receive a pdf of the book of your choice; Donations over $100 receive the pdf and a print copy of the book of your choice (can be different books); Over $200 the pdf and 2 copies; Over $300 the pdf and 3 copies; Over $350 the pdf and a full subscription to everything below; Over $500 your own custom half dozen of anything we’ve ever published.

Wapshott Press 2018 Fundraiser for Storylandia and Poetrylandia fiction and poetry collections. Please be generous; we need you. Thank you.

But first, an enormous thank you to our supporters, the Friends of the Wapshott Press:

Steve Kasten and Nancy Garcia of Steve Kasten Properties, Muna Deraine, Rachel Livingston of Furies Publishing, KM Warner, Kathryn L. Ramage, Jim and Rebecca Wright, Jennifer Bentson of Jennifer Bentson Arts, Debbie Jones and Steve Acker, Ann Siemens, Suzanne Siegel, Richard Whittaker of Works+Conversations magazine, Carol Colin and Ted Waltz, and several supporters who wish to remain anonymous.

What we did in this year with your generous donations from last year:


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Donations can be made at www.WapshottPress.net

What we plan to do in 2019 with your generous donations from this year:

Storylandia, Issue 28, Winter 2019
Make me Disappear, by Jennifer Wilson
Mabel Banner, age fifteen, is a girl on the run. Escaping a dark and tumultuous life in the foster care system in Oklahoma, she runs to Key West, where she becomes first mate on board the sailboat Stella Luna, with the amiable Jake Ennis as captain. In Florida she forges a new life with a new name and tries to forget the circumstances that brought her there. But can Mabel keep her past a secret from Jake? Will the authorities looking for her eventually catch up? And mostly, will she ever have a chance at a normal life? Mabel finds that no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the ghosts that haunt her dreams and the feeling that, eventually, everything she has fought so hard to gain will slip out from between her fingers like the sugar white sand of a Gulf Coast beach. (excerpt below)

Jennifer Wilson lives in Texas with her husband and ten of her thirteen children. When she is not negotiating peace treaties between the warring factions residing beneath her roof, she enjoys writing and playing the banjo. Occasionally she hides in the closet and drinks whiskey while contemplating the meaning of the universe. She has published four books of poetry and two novels, blogs at crazyreal.net.

Donations can be made at www.WapshottPress.net

Storylandia, Issue 29, Spring 2018
Crime Spree and Other Stories, by Thomas Larsen
From journeyman printer to small-time crook, pothead senior to retired nun, Tom Larsen has captured a wide range of life experiences in theses self-contained stories. This collection is an homage to the random fortunes of the baby boom. Whether set in the inner city, suburbia or the northwest coast, Larsen’s colorful cast confirms he knows of what he speaks. (excerpt below)

Tom Larsen lives in the Pennsport section of South Philadelphia, home to Mummers, Flyers and that screw you slant that made the city great. He and his wife lived in Pennsport for a decade in the 90’s then moved away, then moved back again. Where the heart is, yo. For a writer auditioning characters, the 19148 zip is a casting gold mine.

Donations can be made at www.WapshottPress.net

Poetrylandia, Issue 1 (our first volume of poetry!)
Required Silence, by Dawn Cunningham
Women go through a particular silence which has been a requirement in society for generations. This required silence is a cause of struggles in a woman’s survival. The silence is hard to overcome—if a woman ever overcomes it. Ridding the silence is a continuous fight even after a woman finds a way to overcome. (excerpt below)

Dawn Cunningham grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories of the family, which led Ms. Cunningham to write her stories, mostly in poetry. At a young age, she fell in love with Edgar Allen Poe’s stories and poems. Then in her college years, she came to love surrealism—especially Max Ernst and Salvador Dali. She shares her love of literature and arts with her four children, thirteen grandchildren (and, soon, another grandchild), and with her partner, Christopher.

Donations can be made at www.WapshottPress.net

Storylandia, Issue 30, Summer 2019
Letters to S, by George Gad Economou
A love story that challenges beliefs, lifestyles, and desires.
He searches for a replacement to his greatest love (whom he lost way too soon to reasons better left untold); she seeks for a safe harbor to shelter her from her tumultuous relationship that rapidly reaches its end. Passion and lust are born the moment they lay eyes on each other; however, their story quickly turns into a tale of brutal irony and of obstacles that cannot be overcome. (excerpt below)

George Gad Economou, born in 1990 in Athens, Greece, has a Master’s in Philosophy of Science from Aarhus University and is currently residing in Athens, working as a freelance writer. His stories have appeared in various online outlets, such as Spillwords and Jumbelbook.

Storylandia, Issue 31, Autumn 2019
The Beasthood, by Dawn Cunningham
Deloris Jaguer is assigned to investigate The Beasthood which many women declare exists. In her search—through various evidence presented—to find the truth, she discovers more about herself and the literal meaning of The Beasthood. (excerpt below)

See Poetrylandia 1 for Dawn’s bio.

2018 Wapshott Press Fundraiser! Donations can be made at www.WapshottPress.net. The PayPal Giving fund charges us no fees on your donation. And between Giving Tuesday (11/27/2018) and New Year’s Eve, the Giving Fund will add 1% to every donation. That might not seem like much, but the Wapshott Press gets three dimes out of every quarter, so we make it go far. Perks: All donations receive a pdf of the book of your choice; Donations over $100 receive the pdf and a print copy of the book of your choice (can be different books); Over $200 the pdf and 2 copies; Over $300 the pdf and 3 copies; Over $350 the pdf and a full subscription to everything below; Over $500 your own custom half dozen of anything we’ve ever published.

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Oh, and a podcast

In honor of the Wapshott Press annual fundraiser that officially starts on Giving Tuesday, November 27 this year because PayPal Giving Fund will add 1% to every donation, I’ve started a podcast. Here’s the webpage www.WapshottPress.org/2018-fundraiser for the perks, future plans, and the whole lovely story. Also, I’ve started a podcast because I’m told that’s the thing one still does these days. The podcast if called An Editor’s Work is Never Done (ooh, I have 2 followers already!) to help promote all things Wapshott Press, including this fundrasier. I haven’t officially launched it at Wapshott Press, but you, lucky Hackenblog readers, can hear my maiden voyage here at SoundCloud. Well, I guess I can embed the player

Storylandia 26 “Marchers’ Season” is now on Sale!

Where to buy: Amazon (eligible for free shipping) and Kindle.


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Marchers’ Season

“As a child in Arkansas in the 1950s, Gray Alsobrook watched his father drive away and abandon his family. So when Gray Alsobrook came home from the Vietnam War as a young man and started his own family with his wife, Doreen, he determined to put down tightly-holding roots in the first town where he got a decent job, even if it was a town with a racially troubled past like Meadowview, Alabama. Almost two decades later, their youngest child, Joe, enters the home-stretch of his senior year of high school. When the town erupts into protest and anger after the school board fires the town’s first African-Amercian schools superintendent and Joe is right in the middle of it all, Gray’s dedication to putting down roots and building a stable life is put to the test.”

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Help the Wapshott Press publish books that should be published! The Wapshott Press, publisher of Storylandia, is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Tax deductible donations can be made here: Wapshott Press Donations and thank you so much for your support! (PS. Paypal takes zero commissions from your donation to the Wapshott Press.)

Bad Medicine: The Picture in the House

By Kathryn L Ramage

The 12th plate from Regnum Congo

“The book fell open, almost of its own accord and as if from frequent consultation at this place, to the repellent twelfth plate shewing a butcher’s shop amongst the Anzique cannibals. My sense of restlessness returned, though I did not exhibit it. The especially bizarre thing was that the artist had made his Africans look like white men—the limbs and quarters hanging about the walls of the shop were ghastly, while the butcher with his axe was hideously incongruous.”

From HP Lovecraft’s The Picture in the House

This third and final segment of the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre audio drama has been stretched to fit into the “Bad Medicine” category. There is no doctor in the original story, and the physician added to this version seems more helpful than prone to horrific experimentation. But it is a spirited adaptation of an early Lovecraft story that’s never been one of my favorites.

A hapless bicyclist is forced to take shelter in what he takes to be an abandoned house during a violent rainstorm. But the house isn’t empty; its inhabitant is a loathsome old man who has become obsessed by an illustration of cannibals in Filippo Pigafetta’s Regnum Congo (which is …read more

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Bad Medicine: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

By Kathryn L Ramage

Hypnotism booklet cover

The second episode in this Dark Adventure Radio Theatre anthology is based on Edgar Allan Poe’s story, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, in which a doctor uses Mesmeric control over a dying subject to keep him in a sustained trance state–for months after death.

The episode is also kind of a DART rerun. A downloadable MP3 version of this audio drama was made available last fall, and I reviewed it then.

I’m not going to cover the unchanged parts of this episode again, but I’m going to note the differences.

As in the earlier version, the story has been transplanted to the 1930s, but the framing story with the radio interviewer is gone. Instead, Dr. Michael Quinlan (still Sean Branney) is facing an emergency hearing of the New York State Medical Board to review “purported breaches in ethical conduct” related to the experiment with the late M. Valdemar. The Board will decide whether or not to revoke Quinlan’s license based on its findings.

Dr. Quinlan has come prepared to account for himself; he offers the notes of the medical student Lionel (Jacob Andrew Lyle), who first accompanied him to attend Valdemar’s death-bed, as evidence. This leads into the first …read more

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Bad Medicine: Cool Air

By Kathryn L Ramage

Sonia's notes

This special anthology episode of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre features three separate stories of “horrific healing” and medical science gone mad, two from H.P. Lovecraft and one from Edgar Allan Poe. I’m going to take them one by one.

The first is Cool Air, a Lovecraft story set in New York City during the 1920s. It’s about a Spanish doctor with an odd medical condition that requires him to keep his room very cold. You can read it online at http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/ca.aspx

The principal change in this audio adaptation is the sex of the first-person narrator. In Lovecraft’s story, he is unnamed and refers to himself as a “well-bred man”; here, she is a writer of pulp fiction named Sonia (after Lovecraft’s own wife, with whom he lived in Brooklyn for a couple of years in the 1920s).

When we meet Sonia Rudd (Sarah van der Pol), she and her husband Edwin (Andrew Leman) have fallen on hard times. She is nursing her feverish and desperately ill son; dialog indicates that the couple has already lost at least one other child and it doesn’t look like there’s much hope for this little boy. Sonia insists on keeping the room stiflingly warm. The …read more

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Dark Shadows: The Rage Beneath

By Kathryn L Ramage

The Rage Beneath

This audio drama begins with Maggie Evans speaking, “I remember when it all started. Quentin Collins… came home, and brought the darkness with him.”

Her voice is interspersed with those of other characters–Quentin’s, Angelique’s–but the focus of the story’s introduction remains with Maggie as she summarizes the events of previous audio-plays in the Legend Reborn series, alluding to the “The Lost,” “Charlotte Howells,” and “the Professor and his army” (which settles my question of when the Christmas Presence occurs).

“But the day I’ll always remember,” Maggie concludes, “is the day the Collins family perished.”

She isn’t referring to the Collinses who disappeared mysteriously before this series began, but to those two who are still around: Quentin and Barnabas.

The story proper begins one evening in Collinsport just as it’s beginning to rain, with Quentin meeting up with Susan Griffin (who was one of the Lost souls in House of Despair, but she’s all better now). He offers to walk to the Blue Whale with her, even though he knows her husband Ed, the bartender, despises him; he doesn’t care.

While they are walking, the pair hears what sounds like masculine laughter and gruff voices singing the words of an old sea-chantey, …read more

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The Testimony of Randolph Carter

By Kathryn L Ramage

Carter and Warren on the Gainesville pike

“I will not deny, though my memory is uncertain and indistinct, that this witness of yours may have seen us together as he says, on the Gainesville pike, walking toward Big Cypress Swamp, at half past eleven on that awful night. That we bore electric lanterns, spades, and a curious coil of wire with attached instruments, I will even affirm; for these things all played a part in the single hideous scene which remains burned into my shaken recollection. But of what followed, and of the reason I was found alone and dazed on the edge of the swamp next morning, I must insist that I know nothing save what I have told you over and over again.”

From The Statement of Randolph Carter

This is one of H. P. Lovecraft’s early macabre works, written in 1919. It’s a simple, very short story about two men who visit an abandoned cemetery to open up a crypt in the middle of the night. One goes down inside the crypt for reasons he has not made entirely clear to his companion, who remains above ground. The two continue to communicate via telephone equipment they’ve brought with them, and the man on the surface hears …read more

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Storylandia 24, “Chassy” Now on Sale!

By Ginger Mayerson

Where to buy: Amazon (eligible for free shipping) and Kindle.

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Chassy

“‘My Lord, they’re too close!’ A lady stood by herself at the stern of the SS Normandie looking at the ocean liner’s wake. The breeze coming off the Hudson River ruffled her long dark skirt and carried her anxious admonition across the promenade deck. A strand of blonde hair escaped her scarlet beret and waved against her cheek.

“Bridge Appleton, twelve years old, looked up from his book and stared at the lady’s silhouette, framed by the receding New York skyline as the Normandie made its way down the river toward Rockaway Point.”

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Film Review: The Shuttered Room

By Kathryn L Ramage

The Shuttered Room

August Derleth is a somewhat ambiguous figure in the personal history of HP Lovecraft and his work. On the one hand, Derleth is the reason most people today are at all familiar with Lovecraft. If it weren’t for his Arkham House press keeping Lovecraft’s stories in print, they might otherwise have been lost to pulp horror obscurity. On the other hand, Derleth not only kept Lovecraft’s finished work alive, but contributed posthumous “collaborations” to what he called the Cthulhu Mythos, built on notes or fragments of story ideas Lovecraft left behind… and Derleth wasn’t the writer that Lovecraft was.

He’s not actually a bad writer–he could do some nicely creepy things with the lonely woods and lakes of Wisconsin–but he also had the nerdish need to categorize and rank his monsters. Even in his best stories, someone will pull out a checklist to try and identify the particular Elder God that’s causing all the trouble so it can be dealt with correctly. If nothing else, Derleth’s scope of vision is more narrowly focused than Lovecraft’s and his cosmic horrors aren’t indescribable beings barely comprehensible to the humans who encounter them, but tend to be a tad more localized.

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Blu-ray Review: The Mummy

By Kathryn L Ramage

Boris Karloff as The Mummy

Ancient Egypt has been on my mind for some time. It was the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre audioplay of Imprisoned with the Pharaohs that I reviewed last spring that made me think about going someday. Curse of the Pharaoh followed, as well as two different versions of Death on the Nile, and various Mummy movies from Hammer and Universal. Eventually, I worked my way back to original film–Universal’s The Mummy from 1932, starring Boris Karloff.

This movie was filmed in California with stock footage of the Valley of the Kings and back-screen projections of contemporary Cairo, but very few movies from the early sound era ever filmed on location. Its sets and settings are steeped with imagery and lore from ancient Egypt, though a lot of it is historically confused or fiction created specifically for this story–but one also expects a certain amount of mystical fabrication from a movie about a mummy that’s come back to life. What’s most interesting to me, however, is how little of this movie’s manufactured lore and story template are reused in the numerous sequels and remakes over the 85 years since it was made.

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Dark Shadows: The Christmas Presence

By Kathryn L Ramage

Christmas Presence

“Quentin Collins cordially invites you to spend Christmas in his company. On behalf of all those present here at Collinwood… I bid you welcome.”

It’s not the listeners of this audioplay Quentin extends this invitation to in his opening monologue–although, of course, we can feel free to drop in at Collinwood for the holidays too. The people he’s reaching out to, through means both commonplace and esoteric, are “those loyal to the Collins family” in Collinsport as well as “the missing members of our family” in hopes that they might be “reunited in the coming days.”

Quentin’s feeling sentimental as he plans an old-fashioned Christmas celebration, and the other inhabitants of Collinwood try to get into the holiday spirit to go along with him. Maggie Evans has come to cook the dinner and tries to get Barnabas (now voiced by Andrew Collins) to kiss her under the mistletoe. But even though he’s in a new body, Barnabas is still a vampire, and vampires don’t kiss; they just give hickeys. Angelique decorates a Christmas tree, and amuses herself with taunting Willie Loomis about how the townsfolk will come to blame him for the disappearance of their children.

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CD Review: Rats in the Walls

By Kathryn L Ramage

Exham Priory: 1261 -1923

“Our host spun quite a ghost story. M.R. James couldn’t do better.”

The Rats in the Walls is my favorite HP Lovecraft story. It’s a wonderful, deeply disturbing tale of a wealthy American named Delapore who restores his ancestral home in England. The sound of spectral rats (which only he and his pet cats can hear) lead him to an ancient stone altar in the sub-cellar of the old priory and a tunnel hidden beneath it; there, he discovers not only the secret that led his ancestor to flee Exham Priory in the early 1600s, but remnants of unspeakable horrors perpetrated by a cult that went on for millennia on that same site, a cult in which his family were only the most recent members.

What I like most about this story isn’t the trappings of old-fashioned gothic horror implicit in the ruins of the priory, nor the eons-old cannibal cult–though both certainly have their charms. It’s that it plays upon the same theme as the Nigel Kneale stories I most enjoy, Quatermass and the Pit, and The Stone Tape: the history of the Bad Place goes back and back through centuries to the earliest days of humanity… and perhaps …read more

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Audio Review: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

By Kathryn L Ramage

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s Dark Adventure Radio Theatre does a story by Edgar Allan Poe for a change. This audio drama is not on CD, but offered as a free downloadable MP3 file along with the “cover” art and a PDF of the liner notes.

From these liner notes, I learned that when this story was published in 1845, it was viewed as a real medical case:

“… perhaps because it has the word “Facts” in its title — it was taken as a piece of non-fiction. Many people believed “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” was a true account of the disturbing power of mesmerism. Poe enjoyed the confusion for a while, but eventually confessed in various letters that it was pure fiction.”*

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar is a story in which mesmerism is used to “stave off” death and “the boundaries of science and medicine journey to an unthinkable extreme.”

You can read Poe’s original story online at https://poestories.com/read/facts.

The audio play starts with a broadcast baseball game between the NY Yankees and Detroit Tigers being called on account of rain in the middle of the third inning, leaving an unprepared local radio station …read more

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