Monday, September 19, 2011


The Tellmenow Isitsöornot

Well, for what it's worth, it's ready... As I said in my last blog entry, the Tellmenow Isitsöornot was originally a nonexistent book of tall stories that Edgar Allan Poe invented as a joke in one of his tales.

I find it very revealing that Poe could create a spoof title like that back in the 1840s, whereas the nonexistent books invented by weird writers a century later (Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard) had much grimmer titles such as Necronomicon, Book of Eibon and Unaussprechlichen Kulten... I have often toyed with the notion that in the literature of the imagination, the absurd predates the serious.

My own version of the Tellmenow Isitsöornot features exactly one hundred of my own stories, a selection that is not only tall but broad, featuring a large cast of odd characters in peculiar situations. Many of these stories have never been published before or were published in very obscure small-press magazines with tiny print runs back in the 1990s. Ghosts, werewolves, talking brass heads, captured moons, mechanical men, alchemy, magic and transformation, all these and more rub shoulders in a minor Decameron of devilish delight!

It's available right now for download from Smashwords here for $4.99 (just under 5 cents per story)... And the first 6 and a half stories are available as a free sample, if you'd like to check them out first... Thanks for listening!

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