Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors is now available as an audiobook on Audible. This collection of is narrated by Mark Rossman.
You can play an audio sample here.
The anthology showcases scary stories from famous past Nutmeggers Mark Twain, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John G. C. Brainard. Contemporary Connecticut authors include Stacey Longo, Melissa Crandall, G. Elmer Munson, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Dan Foley, John Valeri, and Ryanne Strong.
The collection was edited by Longo, who pursued the project “to celebrate our state’s rich literary heritage, and to pay homage to New England’s ghostly history.” Each story comfortably fits in the genre of dark fiction. “Readers may be surprised to find that Twain, Stowe, and Perkins, for example, had ghost stories among their past published tales,” said Longo. The collection will be released on September 1 “just in time for the change in season.”
A trailer for the book can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/GkaGyqts8oE.
The paperback edition of Tricks and Treats can be obtained here. The e-book can be purchased here.
Books & Boos Press is pleased to reveal the cover of our upcoming release, Triplicity: The Terror Project, Volume 1.The book is a collection of three novellas: “Brando and Bad Choices” by Stacey Longo, “Steel” by Tony Tremblay, and “The Christmas Spirit” by Rob Smales. It is the first installment of a three-book series.
The cover was designed by A.L. Cortez, and sets the theme for the series. “We wanted to convey that you can pick a card—any card—and get a hell of a story,” stated Jason Harris, Marketing Director. “The cover encapsulates that perfectly.”
Triplicity is already receiving advance praise. Author Melissa Crandall (Weathercock, Darling Wendy and Other Stories) said of the collection: “The ingredients in these three tales form a rich stew with a bit of something for everyone: an unexpectedly spirited Christmas, a taste of post-apocalyptic treachery, and a view of hell that’ll make you careful what you wish for. Eat hearty!”
Jeanette Andromeda at horromade.com called it “. . . a collection of three very distinct stories that, despite their differences, create a creepy yet heartfelt collection of horror and suspense that is entirely worth reading. 5 out of 5 blood spattered stars.” (You can read her full review HERE.)
Triplicity: The Terror Project, Volume 1 will be out just in time for the holiday season.
In the last few weeks, the authors in Tricks and Tricks have been at libraries, bookstores, conventions, and even a brewing company.
On Saturday, Dan Foley, Stacey Longo, G. Elmer Munson, and John Valeri will be reading from their stories in Tricks and Treats at the Bookclub Bookstore and More in Broad Brook, CT. The event starts at 11 a.m.
Pictures from these past events will be forthcoming in a future blog post.
Author Dan Foley is celebrating his new book’s release with a launch party at the Bookclub Bookstore & More. He will be reading and signing copies of his new book, Abandoned, at the event, which starts at 5 p.m.
Foley’s latest book tells the tale of a Connecticut man with abandonment issues. The book is set in the fictional town of Mettabasset, the Connecticut landscape serves as the backdrop for the novel.
Foley has lived in Manchester for over 30 years. The main character in Abandoned, James Sutton, “needed to be in a location where his job would take him to several states in a matter of hours,” Foley says. “The town of Mettabasset appears in many of my works … I’ve lived all over the country, and chose Connecticut as my home. My books always pay homage to Connecticut in one way or another.”
Abandoned is not for the squeamish. The main character is, at heart, a psychopath, on a mission to make sure nobody—and nothing—is ever abandoned again. He begins to amass a collection of items that James feels were neglected by people … all of which require formaldehyde to preserve.
Abandoned is available in trade paperback and ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and select retail outlets.
The Bookclub Bookstore & More is located at 100 Main St. in Broad Brook, CT.
The event starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Books & Boos Press will be releasing a Halloween-themed anthology comprised of all Connecticut authors this fall.
Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors features a mix of both classic and contemporary authors from the Constitution State. The lineup includes famous residents such as Mark Twain, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, John G. C. Brainard, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, as well as modern-day authors Melissa Crandall, G. Elmer Munson, Ryanne Strong, Stacey Longo, John Valeri, Dan Foley, and Kristi Petersen Schoonover. Some, though not all, of the stories are set in Connecticut.
Tricks and Treats will be released in September.
Authors Stacey Longo, Rob Smales, and Vlad V. will be reading from and signing their stories in the collection, Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear at Pandemonium Books and Games this Thursday.
The event starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. The bookstore is located at 4 Pleasant Street in Cambridge, MA 02139.
Books & Boos Press is pleased to present the cover for Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear. Artist Melinda Phillips created the cover, which plays off of the eye theme from the original Insanity Tales anthology cover. Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear will debut in early October.
The collection features eleven stories from six of New England’s finest storytellers. David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Rob Smales, and Ursula Wong each have two short stories in the book; Vlad V. contributed a novella. Multiple Bram Stoker winner Joe McKinney (Crooked House, Plague of the Undead) wrote the foreword.
The book is a themed anthology: each author based their stories on different senses, going beyond the traditional (sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste) to elements such as a sense of doom, of powerlessness to control the future, and a sense of false hope.
The anthology is the second installment from Books & Boos Press. Insanity Tales debuted in October 2014.
To learn more about the authors involved, visit http://www.thestoryside.com.
By Jason Harris
Books & Boos Press was at the Open Air Market at the Wadsworth Mansion on August 30th with three authors: Stacey Longo, G. Elmer Munson, and Rob Watts.
From left to right: authors Stacey Longo, Rob Watts, and G. Elmer Munson.
This was my 4th year being involved with this event. This involvement has always been with bringing authors and books to the Open Air Market. The market has always been successful and always has a lot of people coming out to it. This year was the busiest I have ever seen it. The attendance for this year’s event blows the other year’s attendance out of the water.
Click here for a Patch article with a nice slideshow of pictures.
Authors Stacey Longo and Rob Watts.