Thursday, June 20, 2019

"Dress" Lizzie Borden for her Acquittal Anniversary!

Today in History: Lizzie Borden was acquitted on June 20, 1893 of murdering her father and stepmother.

Lizzie Borden is alive and well these days with new movies, books and now some interesting new products!

I really like this idea! I used to love paper dolls, still do, and this is definitely unique.

Borden researcher Shelley Dziedzic of the Lizzie Borden Warps & Wefts blog has published a paper doll book based on Lizzie Borden! See more info on the Hollister Press book page  and sales page. 

The book contains 12 depictions of Lizzie's dresses, derived from descriptions in newspapers of the day as what Lizzie wore in 1892 and 1893 was as much a part of the story as what she did.

Most fitting for today is her "Acquittal Day" dress. (Shown is the Pansy Brooch dress.) 
 (Photos: Lizzie Borden Warps and Wefts, Hollister Press.)

The book includes details of the gowns and where they were worn as well. Of course, this almost seems too pretty and interesting to cut into! Price is $18.92 plus shipping.

You can also get the book at the Lizzie Borden B&B gift shop (the original murder house in Fall River, Mass. , the photo isn't up on the page yet), in addition to other books (like Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.

Happy Cutting!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

June Reading List! #horror #zombie #anthologies #mystery

Yes, I'm late. Been busy working on a new idea! And, hey, summer is here. (Well, kind of. Been so cool, rainy  lately in the Midwest. But nice enough to get outside - and catch ticks! It seems every time I garden or pull weeds, the ticks find me!)

Anyway, there's always new stuff to read! I love anthologies, so here are some new ones I came across, plus some other book and release news . Enjoy!

Anthologies - Horror

Carnival of Strange Things, Creepiest Show on Earth Book 3 - Samie Sands and others - Step right up, folks. Evil is coming... are you brave enough to face the Carnival of Strange Things? Creepy stories by 12 authors. 

Lost Highways: Dark Fictions from the Road - Joe R. Lansdale and others - There are people doing everyday, normal things. Then there are the desperate and lost, the cruel and criminal... and then there are the stranger things... places not on any map, the legends weary travelers whisper about. Stories... or are they? Introduction by Brian Keene.

Anthologies - Mystery

The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery and Suspense Superior Shores Anthology Book 1, Judy Penz Sheluk - Many best laid plans come with no guarantees as these 21 authors show in their stories. 

Anthologies - Alternate Tales
Classics Remixed: An anthology of new spins on classic tales - Steve Rouse and others - A writing friend had the nerve to tackle Moby Dick, a book that's on my most hated list. But... knowing him, I bet he definitely has a better twist on this classic.  This looks like a fun read!

Table of Contents:
  • Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother Tells All by Jill Hand
    The inside story behind one of our favorite fables
  • Sailor’s Saga by Steve Rouse
    Old Man and the Sea meets Moby Dick meet 20,000 Leagues
  • Not a Single Soul by Tom Howard
    A good witch, a wicked witch, but which witch is which?
  • The Maze Under the Clouds by Blake Jessop
    A sci-fi spin on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur
  • The Upper Hand by A.P. Sessler
    In a spin on “The Monkey’s Paw,” be careful what you wish for...
  • Of House and Home by Eric Andrews-Katz
    Were Hansel and Gretel the victims? Not so much.
  • Solomon’s Moon by Kevin M. Folliard
    Not all invisible men are created equal. Some are just bad.
  • A Taste of Wonderland by Gregory L. Norris
    Starvation twists Alice, Wonderland, and all its inhabitants
  • Gluttony by Henry Herz
    What happens below decks, stays below decks in this biblical misadventure.
  • Moby n’ Queegs by William Ade
    This ain’t your daddy’s Moby Dick
  • Follicles, Fables & Follies by Paul K. Metheney
    Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down ... never mind
  • Jane, Designed to Love by Brandon L. Summers
    Jane Eyre or A.I.? Do androids dream of electric love?
  • Ding Dong the Pitch is Deadly by Jonathan Shipley
    There’s no place like home plate
  • Catcher in the Crawlspace by Jay Seate
    Catcher in the Rye or Stalker in the Crawlspace?
  • Curse of Avalon by Anthony Regolino
    That’s no Lady of the Lake...
  • Treasure Moon by Robert Allen Lupton
    Treasure Island with a sci-fi twisted sense of humor
  • Noah from Mars by Lawrence Dagstine
    Science fictions versus one family’s faith
  • Strike the Match by Robert Petyo
    The Three Musketeers go bowling. Seriously.
  • Handsome and Greedy by Katherine Brown
    Hansel and Gretel like you’ve never seen them before
  • Copper County Fair by Cheryl Stevens Clark
    The story of the Minotaur comes to Copper County
  • Mermaid by Karen Janowsky
    The Little Mermaid in modern day prose
  • A Novel Gathering by Neil Childs
    A band of fictional rogues who attempt to rob the poor to feather their own nests

Other Books & Book News:

Apocalyptic - Zombie:

Escape to the Last Bastion, A Last Bastion Prequel Novel, Rhiannon Frater - 

The surviving aircrew is grounded and ordered to maintain their silence about the possible emergence of an old enemy so ruthless its sole purpose is to wipe out humanity. In the past, the fanatical Gaia Cult has used the potent Inferi Plague Virus as a terrorist weapon. The zombie virus kills, brings the dead back to life, and instills in the resurrected Scourge the overwhelming need to bite and spread the contagion. If Machie’s suspicions are correct and the dangerous Gaia Cult has returned, then an apocalyptic outbreak is imminent, and it will be up to her to save her loved ones and find a safe haven in a dead world.


Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete - is on sale - 99 cents for Kindle! Lizzie Borden took an axe... Family dysfunction, murder... and zombies?


Author Jean Rabe's third Piper Blackwell mystery, Dead of Summer, will be coming out in July! I've read this pre-pub and it's a good one! Love the covers, too. Be sure to read all three! 

A new book is coming in the colorful, New Orleans-based Scrapbooking Series by the team of Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran. Following up on  Glitter Bomb,  comes Mumbo Gumbo Murder. (Pre-order, releases Oct. 1). The setting this time is Jazz Fest, with giant puppets, a puppet theater and of course... murder! 


Author Stephen D. Sullivan also has a unique book series and the latest coming out soon is The Tournament of Death 4. If you like fantasy, odd creatures and fighting tournaments, you'll like this one. I got to blurb it, too. Details to come, but check out his website.


(If you like classic monsters, be sure to also read Stephen D. Sullivan's serialized stories, Dr. Cushing and the Chamber of Horrors, see prologue; and his gothic horror series, Frost Harrow