For those who might appreciate an early and objective opinion on The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom (I certainly did),here’s a link to a review in Publishers Weekly.
Other impressions have begun to appear hither and yon, most notably on Goodreads, for which I am equally grateful.
Ordinarily, for the sake of my creative process, I avoid paying undue attention to reviews, but bringing this particular book back from the underworld was such a strange and troublous task that I’m delighted to find it resonating with at least an honest few.
In a life crammed to bursting with things that must be done, choosing which books are worthy of your time is a matter of no small importance. So whether my sharing of these early reviews leads you to or from The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom, I will have done a good deed for the day, and will sleep all the better tonight.
“There’s this book,” he said, “called A Season in Carcosa. It just got here. By ‘here’ I mean this place that most folks call the world. Where it came from, I couldn’t tell you. Some say from the shores of Lake Hali, others from the cloudy depths of dim and forgotten Demhe. Anyway, this book, it’s got a bunch of writin’ in it—stories and a poem or two—that’ll change the shape of your soul. If you believe in that kind of thing. Souls and change, I mean. And even if you don’t, it don’t really matter, ’cause it’ll do what it does just the same. ‘Cause that’s the way it is, this book. If you know what I mean. And even if you don’t. If you know what I mean. Ad in-effin’-finitum.”
In addition to “Salvation in Yellow,” my Southern Gothic meditation on madness, the Bible, and “divine” intervention, this long-awaited anthology, edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr., boasts the following table of contents:
“My Voice is Dead” by Joel Lane
“Beyond the Banks of the River Seine” by Simon Strantzas
“Movie Night at Phil’s” by Don Webb
“MS Found in a Chicago Hotel Room” by Daniel Mills
“It sees me when I’m not looking” by Gary McMahon
“Finale, Act Two” by Ann K. Schwader
“Yellow Bird Strings” by Cate Gardner
“The Theatre & Its Double” by Edward Morris
“The Hymn of the Hyades” by Richard Gavin
“Slick Black Bones and Soft Black Stars” by Gemma Files
“Not Enough Hope” by Joseph S. Pulver Sr.
“Whose Hearts are Pure Gold” by Kristin Prevallet
“April Dawn” by Richard A. Lupoff
“King Wolf” by Anna Tambour
“The White-Face at Dawn” by Michael Kelly
“Wishing Well” by Cody Goodfellow
“Sweetums” by John Langan
“The King is Yellow” by Pearce Hansen
“DT” by Laird Barron
“Salvation in Yellow” by Robin Spriggs
“The Beat Hotel” by Allyson Bird
And for those who like a little extra teasing, here’s the book trailer by Brendan Petersen, with music by Lena Griffin.