It’s a slack author who doesn’t immediately tell the entire internet when their book has been released (I did post on Facebook so that counts), but life has been a flurry of projects and I’m still in that place where everyone else’s work takes precedence over mine. So, without further ado, I am very excited to tell you that Fingerbones had made its way into the world. This is a digital release only, and I’ll be making another post about it soon. Click on the cover to be taken to the publisher’s website to read more.
Mike Allen’s The Quiltmaker, which I wrote about in a previous post while it was still on the binding table, was finished in May. I really enjoyed working on this little book; the combination of Mike’s words and the cover artwork by Paula Arwen Owen gave me the base for a traditional sewn binding. Nothing fancy, just paper, board, leather, and thread. Sometimes the structure of a book exists for no other reason than to give the other artists a physical platform for their work. This was one of those times, and I’m very pleased with how it all turned out. There are still copies remaining, so if you’d like to own one of these treasures, click on the image above.
The very long-awaited release of Issue 2 of the print version of Scheherezade’s Bequest is imminent. We are looking at an August release, and I’ll have all the details as soon as the final copy edits are finished. Donna has done a wonderful job of curating a selection of stories and poems in Tales from the Sea, and I am extremely grateful to the authors for their patience with me in getting this issue ready for release.
I’m not sure what readers of this blog think of occult publishing, but on the Hadean Press side of things we have drifted firmly into the territory of folk magic, no surprise I suppose since all of my endeavors eventually lead back to folk something or other. Maria de Padilla: Queen of the Souls, our latest title, brings us into the realm of Iberian and Brazilian folk magic, as the authors track Maria de Padilla, a Spanish queen, from her life in the court, through her appearance in Portuguese folk spells, and finally to her ascension as a pomba gira in the Quimbanda tradition of Brazil.
Here at the little house, things are winding down. Once again I find myself surrounded by boxes; once again I begin a purge of all the detritus that accumulates when we aren’t paying attention. Do I really need thirty dinner plates? How about that top I haven’t worn in four years? This is the part of moving house that I love best — shedding skin. This is how I console myself at leaving a place I love, by thinking about new places and the new adventures they’ll bring.
The WWAH project is still going strong, but at the moment it’s all about reading and research. I don’t have the time to put any of my findings or thoughts into words just yet, but I will make at least one post here or there about it all before the big move. Partners in Wonder is the book I’m currently reading, and I fear I have to agree with James Nicoll’s assessment when he says “a text ranging from useful to dire and often genuinely interesting—as long as you ignore the loud sound of ax-grinding in the background.” I mean, you know there’s trouble when an author proves his entire premise wrong by page three. My ax will grind in the introduction to my own project, so stay tuned.