This announcement crossed my desk today, featuring speculative fiction with an Appalachian flavor:
BARBOURSVILLE, WV - For the first time in the Mountain State, a book
publishing company will be unveiling three brand new book titles
simultaneously, and multiple Appalachian authors will be on hand to help
celebrate their national release. The event will take place at the
Huntington Mall Borders, this Saturday afternoon, Oct 9th, from 4:00 -
Borders bookstore planners have announced the upcoming appearance of 2009
Bram Stoker Award-winning editor and writer Michael Knost, along with "a
representation of the state's best and brightest writers," including Brian
J. Hatcher, Mark Justice, F. Keith Davis, Jason Keene, Ellen Thompson
McCloud, Frank Larnerd, S. Clayton Rhodes, G. Cameron Fuller, Karin Fuller
and Jessie Grayson.
"We have assembled an impressive group of state and nationally-known
writers for one gigantic book release party," said Lill Neace,
spokesperson for the Barboursville bookstore. "Three new books will be
launched here, and 11 authors will be on hand to meet and greet store
Knost will be introducing the much-anticipated fourth installment of the
Legends of the Mountain State series, as well as his new anthology of
ghost tales from the coal mines, entitled, Specters in Coal Dust.
Also, for this event, Brian J. Hatcher, noted Charleston-area magician as
well as a speculative fiction writer and editor, will be performing
illusions, special effects and sleight-of-hand demonstrations, as he
celebrates the launch of his new anthology, Mountain Magic: Spellbinding
Tales of Appalachia.
"I think everyone is really exhilarated over this book release party,
especially because of the number of respected writers joining us," said
Knost. "It's not often that one can meet and greet this many of the
preeminent storytellers of West Virginia and Kentucky at one single
All three new titles — published by West Virginia independent publisher,
Woodland Press — contain a variety of Appalachian-themed stories by
exceptional Appalachian and nationally-known writers. Besides the three
new releases, the participating authors will also personally autograph
copies of other Woodland Press titles, including Legends of the Mountain
State volumes 1-3, Appalachian Winter
Hauntings, Dark Tales of Terror, The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie
Thurman, West Virginia Tough Boys, The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys and
Writers Workshop of Horror.
For additional information about the Sat., Oct. 9th event (4:30 - 6:30
p.m.), or to reserve copies in advance, contact Borders, (304) 736-6233,
120 Mall Road, Barboursville, WV 25504.