Jessica Amanda Salmonson — whose The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter — is Guest of Honour at Diversicon 24, which takes place on 29-31 July at the Best Western Hotel, St Paul, Minnesota — in other words, very soon!
The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter is a hugely enjoyable collection of stories. My favourite type of supernatural fiction is the ghost story. Sinister presences, strange noises, spooky events, bad omens and a sense of foreboding do more for me than blood and gore . . . The collection reminded me of the work of Arthur Conan Doyle and M.R James. ‘The Hounds of the Hearth’opens the collection with a bang. This is an excellent story . . . The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter is a must for fans of ghost stories.
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The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter from Jessica Amanda Salmonson. Fourteen stories — or epistles, rather — detailing Penelope’s quest to understand the nature of ghosts. Full of the rich history and landscape of Salmonson’s northwest USA, these quiet tales will appeal to the fan of the traditional ghost story.
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Coming very soon from The Alchemy Press: The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter from Jessica Amanda Salmonson. Fourteen stories — or epistles, rather — detailing Penelope’s quest to understand the nature of ghosts. Full of the rich history and landscape of Salmonson’s northwest USA, these quiet tales will appeal to the fan of the traditional ghost story.
Theo squatted down. He heard his knees crack. The fire itself was strangely quiet. He stared into the blaze, mesmerized by the weird beauty of the hounds. Then the fire flared again. It seemed the hounds had leapt across the hearth! Theo started to stand, shouting but they bore him down. Their snarling was the sound of an inferno. They fastened to his neck and right arm. The flashlight went rolling. He choked out one more shout, then burning fangs tore out his vocal cords.
Jessica Amanda Salmonson is a recipient of the World Fantasy Award, ReaderCon Certificate, and Lambda Literary Award. Her previous books include What Did Miss Darrington See?: Feminist Supernatural Stories of the 19th and 20th Century from the Feminist Press at CUNY; two volumes of Tales by Moonlight from Tor Books; The Encyclopedia of Amazons from Paragon House, and Anchor Doubleday; Anthony Shriek, set in the streets of Seattle, from Dell Abyss Books, and the Centipede Press; Amazons! and Amazons II from DAW Books; The Swordswoman from Tor Books and the Science Fiction Book Club; The Tomoe Gozen Saga in three volumes from Ace Books, and Open Road Media; The Death Sonnets from Rainfall Books; and Pets Given in Evidence of Old English Witchcraft and Other Bewitched Beings from the Sidecar Preservation Society.
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The darkness in these stories is subtle, a hulking, half-seen shape moving about in the shadows just to the left or right of the very edge of our perception. This is what makes them so good and memorable. Some of the tales will be in my head for a long time. I just can’t quite shake the things I’ve read in these pages. Many of the tales made me shiver.
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As I don’t plan stories in advance, and seldom know the ending in anything more than hazy ideas, I tend to inhabit the skins of main protags and watch the story unfold through them. For me writing is more fun if I am surprised by what comes next.
This is a clever assortment of spooky, mysterious, folk, supernatural, historic and ultra-modern urban stories. There are stories for many tastes, and my favourite has to be the one that includes a letter in it (to find out which one it is, one would have to read them all!). This short story is… well, short, but it feels so personal; and it is surprising how the author managed to tell something so touching within such a limited number (only nine) of pages. It could be easily adapted for the screen. At the end of the book the writer recollects how each of the stories evolved, giving an intimate angle to this delightful collection. Highly recommended!
The reviewer Nelli Rees‘s novel Ghost Love is also available via Amazon.
Everything collected here balances the strangeness of the circumstances as they play out with the human context, allowing you to view the unfamiliar alongside characters you relate to. In this we have an echo of Edgar Allan Poe’s work in a sense … the view of ‘subtleties’ from the position of a character we connect with…
If you’re looking for a collection that shows how to work with real mythology in short stories in a variety of different lengths, this would be one to read.
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Subtle is a good adjective to describe the tales in Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties, a collection of short British ghost stories by Jan Edwards. Haunting, romantic, timeless, sad, and eerie: these are all adjectives that come to mind when I read this. These are ghost stories you can sink your teeth into!
Each story has real substance. The author provides hints but doesn’t lead you to the answers. The detailed realism accentuates the supernatural. As an American, I enjoyed reading British vernacular, although I struggled with some dialogue, especially in “The Eve Watch.” (However, reading with a pirate accent in mind helped!)