For Immediate Release:
HAPPY BILBO AND FRODO’S BIRTHDAY! We are happy to announce on this glorious day of Hobbit celebrations and during Tolkien week, a new Tolkien fan anthology. See below for all the details!
Forgotten Leaves: Essays from a Smial
A New Tolkien Fan Anthology
Purpose: Selected essays from Parma Nole: Journal of the Northeast Tolkien Society that are being brushed up and republished alongside new solicited essays. Additionally, this collection will contain previously unpublished lectures, critical (and non-critical) essays, interviews & reviews. Depending upon the amount of accepted contributions this collection may extend beyond one volume.
Many may know that we are the organizers behind The New York/Northeast Tolkien Society (Smial of the Tolkien Society UK) and had to place it on extended hiatus due to our writing commitments.
During the society’s heyday we published a fanzine that had some incredible contributions. We are selecting a few of those articles, since they have not been seen since their publication (the journal is no longer in circulation) and having the authors revisit and expand upon their essay.
One example is from the author Melissa Gibson, who wrote “He Who Would Be First Must Be Last: Tolkien’s Heroism in Lord of the Rings,” which this essay was her first published article in a 2003 issue of the Journal of the New York Tolkien Society.
We are also seeking well written new articles to cover several topics, please read the following if you wish to contribute to this volume.
Proposed Sections: Critical Papers, Fan Essays, Film Topics, Fandom, Interviews & Reviews
We are seeking critical papers that further Tolkien & The Inklings research and study. Please query us with your topic and abstract.
Non-Critical Essays: Not a scholar? No worries. If you would like to write about your love of Tolkien send us your topic of choice and a paragraph about the essay.
Are you a member of, or created a Tolkien centered community? Tell us all about it
Why Tolkien? Write about your love of Tolkien and why his work is important to you.
Cosplay: Do you cosplay a particular character, or characters? Why? How did you go about it? Why is it important to you to portray a Tolkien oriented character?
Has Tolkien inspired your own artwork, illustrations, pottery, or artistic endeavor. Write about your work, if you are an illustrator we will consider publishing images of your work.
Music, are you a minstrel of Middle-earth and create songs and music that are centered in Tolkien’s world, tell us all about it
Independent Filmmaker? Were you involved in an independent Tolkien oriented film? For example, look for Born Of Hope online. We are accepting papers about your past or future Tolkien centered film project
Gaming: Do you play Lord of the Rings Online? Table Top or Role Playing Games? Write about your passion for these games and why you love them
The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings Films by Peter Jackson.
Are you a long time fan of Tolkien’s work or did you come to Tolkien’s world via the films? What are your thoughts on the films? Book to film comparisons are welcome. We realize the third Hobbit film opens in December 2014 and are open to an overall critique of the three films after you have seen the third film. Please query us with your topic
Interviews: We are seeking interviews with authors, scholars, actors, filmmakers that have had a part in the field of Tolkien. If you would like to interview someone, and have experience in this, then send us a query. We are willing to help with questions and focus if need be.
Reviews: Have you reviewed (or wish to review) a book, film, or product that was created that is Tolkien based? Let us know.
How to Contribute:
Send your query with the subject heading “FORGOTTEN LEAVES.” to
In the body of your email describe to us the topic and detailed proposal.
We are very active on email so we will either accept or deny your proposal almost immediately.
Upon acceptance, the author is expected to complete their project by Tolkien’s birthday January 3rd 2015.
A March 2015 publication is expected.
Accepted authors will receive one contributor copy of FORGOTTEN LEAVES, and a percentage off (TBD) purchase of additional copies through Myth Ink Books.
The Editors of Forgotten Leaves: Essays from a Smial Anthony Burdge & Jessica Burke have contributed to numerous Tolkien publications,and lectures, including but not limited to Translating Tolkien, Tolkien and Modernity, The JRR Tolkien Encyclopedia, & The Mirror Crack’d: Fear and Horror in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Major Works. They have lectured on Tolkien and the Inklings at MythCon, Holy Family University, StonyBrook University, St. Luke in the Fields and have organized Tolkien centered events since 2002. They are the 4th recipient of the “Beyond Bree,” 2005 Award In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Study of JRR Tolkien.
Greetings once again Cultists!
If you are a book reviewer, publicist, book blogger, and so forth we are seeking early press reviews of our forthcoming urban horror collection, “Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York.”
On July 3rd we announced the Table of Contents and a few illustrations of our forthcoming urban horror anthology, “Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York.”
We now have available a .pdf Advanced Readers Copy of “Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York.”
This ARC contains only the 20 stories that will be published in this collection and no illustrations.
If you are interested in reviewing this collection please query us at MythInkBooks AT gmail DOT com or comment below with your information and we will contact you.
On July 3rd we announced the Table of Contents and select images of our forthcoming urban horror anthology, “Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York.” An update on that collection will follow this one.
In the coming weeks we will be announcing a Kickstarter campaign that will feature a revised, newly illustrated edition of our Lovecraftian short story anthology, “The Friendly Horror and Other Weird Tales.” This new edition is corrected and will feature new illustrations and cover from our In House Illustrator Luke Spooner of Carrion House. As you may know from prior posts Luke has illustrated the cover of our audiobook, “The Friendly Horror,” and will have 20 illustrations featured in “Dark Tales from Elder Regions.”
A limited hardcover edition of “The Friendly Horror and Other Weird Tales,” with color illustrations and cover will only be available in in the Kickstarter campaign as a featured reward level. After the Kickstarter only a trade paperback will be sold publicly.
“The Friendly Horror and Other Weird Tales,” is a collection of 10 Lovecraft inspired horror short stories of which our title story, “The Friendly Horror,” is a contemporary follow up to Lovecraft’s “The Shadows Over Innsmouth.”
“This charming book is a …delightful celebration of that delicious state of being called ‘Lovecraftian.’ …this duo can write, with excellent effect….”
—W. H. Pugmire, Author of The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal
If you would like to purchase a signed 1st edition copy of “The Friendly Horror and Other Weird Tales” for $15 plus s/h directly from us please email Mythinkbooks AT Gmail DOT com
Good Morning Cultists!
By now I am sure you have been wondering about our forthcoming horror anthology, which was on hiatus for a short while alongside all things Myth Ink Books.
Our last post of March 12th detailed the title change from Boroughs of the Dead 2 to Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York. If you were not aware Myth Ink Books is currently run, editing, website, social media by two people. Unfortunately we both were afflicted with health issues for a few months, which caused us to place work on this anthology on hiatus. These health issues are being managed and we are finalizing the manuscript as our In House Illustrator Luke Spooner is creating images for all of the stories we are publishing in Dark Tales from Elder Regions.
In the months we were away Luke has kept our spirits high with the illustrations for the 2nd edition of The Friendly Horror and Other Weird Tales, plus the art for Dark Tales from Elder Regions. The work Luke is providing will take you right into the stories and transport you to the realms of horror our authors have provided in their tales. If you have not already please visit his website Carrion House
With this said I can now provide you with a look inside at Dark Tales from Elder Regions with the Table of Contents and select illustrations.
In parentheses you will see the area of NYC the story takes place. This is just a broad application as you will find upon reading that some of these stories are not restricted to the one borough. Unfortunately we did not receive any stories that took place in or around the Bronx.
1) (Brooklyn) “Roebling’s Monster” by Leanna Renee Hieber
2) (Brooklyn) “The Hand of Bone” by Wilum H. Pugmire
3) (Manhattan) “Beautiful Dreams” by DJ Tyrer
4) (Manhattan) “The Professor’s NY Adventure” by Gordon Linzer
5) (Manhattan) “Now Departing” by John Peel
6) (Manhattan) “Leaking” by David Neilsen
7) (Manhattan) “The Sixth Borough” by Gregory Norris
8) (Manhattan) “Retro Viral” by Andrea Janes
9) (Brooklyn) “Broken Glass” by Jordan Mapes
10) (Manhattan) “Wallflowers” by Lilah Wild
11) (Manhattan) “The None Percent” by Warren Frey
12) (Queens) “The Vintner of Little Neck” by Chris Tuthill
13) (Manhattan) “The Last Train to New Haven” by Kevin Wetmore
14) (Staten Island) “E-Ville” by Frank Collia
15) (Staten Island) “Rosebank NNL” by Daniel Russo
16) (Staten Island) “Hell of a Day” by James Aquilone
17) (Staten Island) “The Mad Monk” of St Augustines by Colleen Wanglund
18) (Staten Island) “Remembering Peter” by Christopher Mancuso
19) (Staten Island) “Ghosting” by Jessica Burke
20) (Staten Island) “The Lonely Boat” by Anthony Burdge
We have 20 stories that draw on local legends (Wanglund) , folklore, the paranormal (Christopher Mancuso, Jessica Burke) and a story inspired by H.P. Lovecraft (Pugmire), and The King In Yellow (D.J. Tyrer and Anthony Burdge). In the coming weeks we will be announcing the publication date, a crowd sourcing campaign, book signings and more about our brilliant contributors.
We are in the line editing process for our new horror anthology that was tentatively titled “Boroughs of the Dead Vol. 2″
There will be over two dozen stories covering areas all over New York City in this anthology.
We have retitled the volume to reflect the horror within. “Boroughs of the Dead Vol. 2″ has been renamed: “Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York“
Our in house Illustrator Luke Spooner will be reading these tales very soon and will be illustrating selected stories and the cover. Visit his website and see his brilliantly haunting work over at Carrion House. Additionally, to be announced very soon, we will be releasing a 2nd Edition of The Friendly Horror and Other Weird Tales,” which has internal and cover illustrations by Luke.
Dark Tales From Elder Regions: New York will be the first in an annual anthology by Myth Ink Books. Each year we will focus on a particular region and solicit writers to offer their tales of horror. We drew inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft regarding the application of Elder Regions in the title:
…on Sunday I made up for this undue domesticity by taking an all-day jaunt to elder regions. Whoopee! The past for me! I embarked on the Staten Island ferry, and was soon in the land of quaint villages that might have been five hundred miles from any metropolis. –from a letter from HP Lovecraft to his Aunt date 9/1924
Lovecraft was referring to Staten Island and his trip to the “forgotten borough,” of NYC where my wife and I currently reside. From this we simply borrowed the term “Elder Regions,” and applied it to the broader aspect of New York of which the tales in our anthology are focused.
Within the next few weeks we will publish an official press release of the entire Table of Contents and features from “Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York.”
For the moment here are a few of the authors who have contributed to our collection.
Lovecraftian Author Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire is a full-time underground author of Cthulhu Mythos fiction. Pugmire has written a macabre story based in the same Dutch Reformed Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY that inspired Lovecraft himself to write “The Hound,” which is entitled “The Hand of Bone.” Click here to visit his website and read more of his work
Legendary author John Peel has written for numerous genres, Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy and many others. Peel is the author of Doctor Who books and comic strips. Notably, he wrote the first original Doctor Who novel, Timewyrm: Genesys, to launch the Virgin New Adventures line. In the early 1990s he was commissioned by Target Books to write novelisations of several key Terry Nation Dalek stories of the 1960s after the rights were finally worked out. For our volume Mr. Peel has written a tale set in Manhattan entitled: “Now Departing.” Click here to read more of his work and visit his website
Actress, playwright and author, Leanna Renee Hieber is the award-winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels for adults and teens. Her Strangely Beautiful saga, beginning with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, hit Barnes & Noble and Borders Bestseller lists and garnered numerous regional genre awards. Ms. Hieber has written “Roebling’s Monster,” a tale set in Brooklyn, for the collection. Click here to read more of her work and visit her website
Gregory Norris is a full time writer with some 4,000 stories, articles, books. with work regularly published in fiction anthologies and national magazines. Mr. Norris worked as a screenwriter on two episodes of Paramount’s STAR TREK: VOYAGER, and was a columnist and staff writer at Sci Fi, the official magazine of the Sci Fi Channel. Norris is the author to the guide of all-things-Sunnydale, THE Q GUIDE TO BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, his latest book, SHRUNKEN HEADS: Twenty Tiny Tales of Mystery and Terror, was released last September. Mr. Norris has contributed a tale called, “The Sixth Borough,” which illustrates a characters search for a mysterious borough of NYC.
Colleen Wanglund is a writer, book and movie reviewer for multiple websites, such as Monster Librarian and The Horror Fiction Review plus she is an obsessed Asian horror film fan. Wanglund’s murderous tale takes place on Staten Island and is entitled, “The Mad Monk of St. Augustine’s.”
This is just a small preview of the over two dozen authors we have accepted for “Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York.”
Stay tuned for the full Table of Contents featuring all of our prolific authors.
FOR ONE WEEK ONLY
From February 13th (TODAY) To February 20th 2014 we are running a giving away a signed copy of our book The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who over on Goodreads.com NOW! CLICK BELOW TO ENTER TO WIN
The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who is a volume of essays examining the abundant mythological elements underpinning the 50-year-run of the popular BBC television series Doctor Who. Contributors include a well known Doctor Who novelist, an organizer of one of the largest Doctor Who communities, plus several university scholars and Editors from Myth Ink Books. Explore the universe of The Doctor as seen through the eyes of myth and legend.
“A collection of excellent essays that is engaging for the serious fan and will deepen the interest of the new viewer. Every generation has a method of storytelling to pass its collected wisdom to the next. This book helps us connect the themes of a modern television legend to the timeless myths of the past.”
Co-host Doctor Who An Occasional Podcast
“In a television show fandom that hoards its myths and canon tight to its chest, The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who is a welcome inhalation of air; examining many of the very ‘set in stone’ beliefs that we hold true, while examining the etheric connections between a television series and some of the greatest mythological traditions of all time. A solid read.”
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It is our pleasure to introduce to you all a project from Mars Homeworld whom you all may know by now is the Reader/Producer of our audiobook of The Friendly Horror. Out of the Aeons: Music From A New Dark Age, a new music project inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft featuring composers Reber Clark, Mars Homeworld, Troy Sterling Nies & Will Severin. This epic horror-themed music project was recently released as a digital download. It’s a truly unique project, traversing a wide variety of musical styles, with each track inspired by a different Lovecraft story and it also features narration by Doug Jones (Abe Sapien from Hellboy, Pan from Pan’s Labyrinth, etc.)
Capturing the invocations of the Old Ones is no easy task; it is not for the faint of heart, nor weak of spirit. Individually, composers Reber Clark (HPLHS), Mars Homeworld (Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown), Troy Sterling Nies (HPLHS) & Will Severin (The Thing on the Doorstep) have risen to the challenge time and again to provide that most elusive of music; Lovecraftian soundtracks. Together, they join forces to commit the music of the spheres to a new recording. Each track based on a different H.P. Lovecraft tale and traversing musical styles from orchestral to ambient to rock, with narration by genre favorite Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer). This project is a must-have for H.P. Lovecraft fans and collectors everywhere.
DOCTOR WHO: AMBASSADORS OF GEEKDOM
In order to accommodate members in the Doctor Who community who wish to submit proposals and essays to our forthcoming book: Doctor Who The Ambassadors of Geekdom we have extended the deadline.
We have had a great response to our announcement of our new book series and the premiere volume dedicated to Doctor Who.
If you are interested in contributing the deadline has been extended to APRIL 30th 2014 to get your proposals to us.
Click this link for all the details: