Book Review | “SCARECROW: an #anthology of shorts” [edited by] Rhonda Parrish published by #IndiePub World Weaver Press

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Acquired Book by: Did you ever grow curious about a new publisher who produces science fiction, fantasy, and horror genre selections in both novel length and short stories? Did you ever decide to enquire with the publisher you’ve found to see if they were open to book blogger requests to read and review their selections!? This is the situation I found myself in as I was quite mystified by the offerings of World Weaver Press! Such a delightful discovery on my behalf [in 2015] with a website full of inspiring reads across SFF!

Since I started reviewing with World Weaver Press [one year ago in August, 2015] there has been a changing of the guard behind-the-scenes where there is a new owner & publicity team. I am wicked happy to see the legacy and tradition of WWP has been carried forward by this lovely new team! I am honoured to work with them continuing to showcase World Weaver Press through reviewing their titles and hosting future guest features by their authors! The current four reviews I’m posting on their behalf (i.e. The Falling of the Moon, Scarecrow, Frozen Fairy Tales and Far Orbit: Apogee) were selected before the company changed hands. Moving forward after these reviews, I am hoping my next review will be for “Murder in the Generative Kitchen” of which I thoroughly enjoyed highlighting recently! Although I do hope to continue reading the anthologies Ms Parrish is making as SIRENS released recently, too!

I received a complimentary copy of “Scarecrow” direct from the publisher World Weaver Press in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

Why I am wicked excited to read SCARECROW:

You simply know going into reading one of the anthologies by Ms Parrish that your in for a wickedly delightful reading! In this particular case, I was so deeply attached to the stories in CORVIDAE (coming out of reading FAE), I was wicked enthused to begin reading SCARECROW! It’s the type of anthologist whose instincts to pull together writers & their stories that you cannot help but celebrate because her instincts give you such a palette of choices to read! It’s quite incredible, honestly – because each time I step inside the vortex of the Magical Menageries I feel as if I’ve travelled to so many wondrously illuminated places all within the pages of one singular anthology!

I happen to love reading stories of Cosy Horror in the Autumn months – as this time of the year is anchoured to Halloween! I’ve been a long-time appreciator of Halloween as I love celebrating the holiday with all the festivities that pull together it’s light-hearted core of joy whilst embracing all the quirks that go along with it, too! I haven’t had the chance to see a lot of scarecrows in fields but I grew up loving the Wizard of Oz like most children, and therefore, had a strong impression of a fantastical scarecrow!

I like being introduced to new windows of Speculative Fiction – which is one reason I am attracted to the collective works of World Weaver Press! Each time I pick up their anthologies, I find a new world to alight inside, a new writer to champion and an incredible depth of layered story-telling within the framework of a ‘short story’! It’s wicked good fiction but I appreciate the new realms I’m discovering too, which broker into Cosy Horror!

The past two months notwithstanding, as my migraines returned and I had to take a small hiatus from blogging – what motivates me to read SCARECROW is for that experience of the unknown to once again re-align in my imagination & the hauntingly epic feeling that despite reading a scary story every now or then, I truly love embracing this new branch of literature that gives me so much joy to read!

I love to just *dive!* into a Rhonda Parrish anthology
and see what she’s given me to devour!

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Book Review | “SCARECROW: an #anthology of shorts” [edited by] Rhonda Parrish published by #IndiePub World Weaver PressScarecrow
by (Editor) Rhonda Parrish
Source: Direct from Publisher

Hay-men, mommets, tattie bogles, kakashi, tao-tao—whether formed of straw or other materials, the tradition of scarecrows is pervasive in farming cultures around the world. The scarecrow serves as decoy, proxy, and effigy—human but not human. We create them in our image and ask them to protect our crops and by extension our very survival, but we refrain from giving them the things a creation might crave—souls, brains, free-will, love.

In Scarecrow, fifteen authors of speculative fiction explore what such creatures might do to gain the things they need or, more dangerously, think they want.

Within these pages, ancient enemies join together to destroy a mad mommet, a scarecrow who is a crow protects solar fields and stores long-lost family secrets, a woman falls in love with a scarecrow, and another becomes one. Encounter scarecrows made of straw, imagination, memory, and robotics while being spirited to Oz, mythological Japan, other planets, and a neighbor’s back garden. After experiencing this book, you’ll never look at a hay-man the same.

Featuring all new work by Jane Yolen, Andrew Bud Adams, Laura Blackwood, Amanda Block, Scott Burtness, Virginia Carraway Stark, Amanda C. Davis, Megan Fennell, Kim Goldberg, Katherine Marzinsky, Craig Pay, Sara Puls, Holly Schofield, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Kristina Wojtaszek.

Places to find the book:

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Book Page on World Weaver Press

ISBN: 978-0692430224

Also by this author: FAE, Corvidae

Genres: Anthology Collection of Short Stories and/or Essays, Cosy Horror, Fantasy Fiction, Sci-Fantasy, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller


Published by World Weaver Press

on 4th August 2015

Format: Paperback Edition

Pages: 206

Published By: World Weaver Press (@WorldWeaver_wwp)

Available Formats: Trade Paperback, Ebook

Genre(s): Fantasy | Horror | Speculative | Stories of Scarecrows

Mythology | Steampunk | Magic | Metaphysical

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Collection No.1 in this series is FAE | Info on Editor’s Blog | Info on Pub | my review

Collection No.3 in this series is Scarecrow | Info on Editor’s Blog | Info on Pub

Collection No. 4 in this series is SIRENS | Info on Editor’s Blog | Info on Pub

Collection No. 5 in this series is EQUUS | Read the Announcement on Pub
+ Read the OPEN Submissions note on the Editor’s Blog!

Converse via: #DiverseSFF, #SFF, #scifi, #Fantasy & #anthology

+ #MagicalMenageries (the series tag!)

About (Editor) Rhonda Parrish

Rhonda Parrish

Rhonda Parrish is a master procrastinator and nap connoisseur but despite that she somehow manages a full professional life. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of the forthcoming benefit anthology, Metastasis. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing.

Starting July 1, 2014, Rhonda Parrish will be reading for Corvidae and Scarecrow, two new anthologies in the same series as Fae. Like Fae, each of these new anthologies will focus on a single construct treated in many varied and enthralling ways by new speculative fiction short stories.

The twin anthologies also present a unique opportunity: to create a conversation between the two volumes, between the crows and the straw-men, between the bird tales of Corvidae and the totem tales of Scarecrow. Anthologies to be published in 2015. More information at WorldWeaverPress.com.

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My Review of scarecrow:

 { am electing to highlight the stories within the anthology

which piqued my interest the most out of the fifteen offered inside }

Anthologies enrich my reading curiosities tenfold it’s still true – but the anthologies that World Weaver Press are putting out are amongst the treasured books in my personal library!

I applauded Ms  Parrish for mentioning how she didn’t want this anthology to be overtly dark or distrubing tales of ‘scarecrows’ as per usual in literature or film. I admit, this is one reason I take tentative steps towards reading more Horror, as I am the seeker of the Cosier side of Horror which I know sometimes makes good fodder in Twitter chats, as it’s not exactly something a lot of people express to be in search of directly! However, I am, and this is why I appreciate her anthological series – she has a way of finding light and dark, of rooting out which writers do not entirely build a story out of pop cultural perception of a thematic but internalise themes on such a layered dimension, that you feel uplifted for reading the collections!

I am not sure why society has a penchant for dearly dark and disturbing stories – there seems to be such a plethora of them of  late, it’s nauseating! I’d much prefer the stories I can find in one of Parrish’s anthologies where I know there will be heart, conviction, emotional depth and a story that is unlike any other I have yet to meet inside of a book! I don’t want to have nightmares – I want to have a slight chill of psychological suspense and a slightly darker story that has a murmuring of light threading through it to where the character(s) in question give you a heap to feel pensive about after reading the ending!

Besides – scarecrows make me smile! Just the selfless act of guarding over the crops is something to take stock of when contemplating fortitude and character development! I was quite eager to dig inside this anthology if only to see which stories percolated to the top of being my most loved finds!

| “The Roofnight” by Amanda C. Davis |

Amanda C. Davis has an engineering degree and a fondness for baking, gardening, and low-budget horror films. Her work has appeared in Crossed Genres, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and others. She tweets enthusiastically as @davisac1. Her collection of retold fairy tales with Megan Engelhardt, Wolves and Witches, is available from World Weaver Press.

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Davis took me by surprise, as instead of having a ‘scarecrow’ being a lead character or the lead interest in her short story, she took me down a different path altogether! You start to feel for the census worker who is sent to such a remote locale that even his dear donkey wasn’t strong enough for the trek! He arrives as a humble servant of the Duke – sent on two separate  yet equally important missions to check on the townesfolk who reside at this remote mountain village!

It is here, at Mount Whiterock that all is not as it appears – and where Quentin Meeks finds that the best advice to accept is the one of caution! You are treated to a community of self-generating income to produce what they need as they need it to off-set the high costs of living whilst granting themselves a cosy life full of love, hope and happiness. The way in which Mr Meeks was greeted by Martle was surprising considering what was at stake if outsiders spent too much time in her village but it goes to prove how hospitable you can be even if there is high risk to your community!

My favourite part of the tale is how telling it is that what you first set out to accomplish isn’t quite what you resolve by the short stay you had in a place which defies survival! Mr Meeks learnt a hearty lesson in what is most important in life and the details that are not always important to pass forward to those who seek answers to questions which are not entirely necessary to be heard. The chilling part truly is the role in which the scarecrows play in this short – for theirs is a self-sacrificial act. Something occurs in this village – something untoward horrific if the villagers hadn’t had the foresight to employ their ‘scarecrows’ and prove the best way to outwit a foe!

Such a unique twist on the fable of ‘scarecrows’ to where this story could have gone on for quite a bit longer & I would have smiled even more!

Fun Stuff for Your Blog via pureimaginationblog.com| “Skin Map” by Kim Goldberg |

Kim Goldberg is an award-winning writer and author of six books. She is a winner of the Rannu Fund Poetry Prize for Speculative Literature and other distinctions. Her speculative tales and poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Tesseracts 11, Zahir Tales, On Spec, Urban Green Man, Dark Mountain, Imaginarium, Here Be Monsters, Switched On Gutenberg and elsewhere. Her seventh book, Refugium, about people living with electrosensitivity, will be released in 2015. She lives in Nanaimo, BC.

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This short is truly short – yet I wouldn’t change anything about it! I was so caught up inside the heart of the character, I felt the pain of loss as I read the ending! In her briefness, Goldberg has expertly given us such a convicting story-line of a woman whose life was altered through electromagnetic currents which altered her entire body! The way in which she was altered is plausible when you think about the method but also the results.

More convicting is the act of what this woman wanted to leave behind – an etching of her very soul and the one message she could communicate in her absence yet without the ability to leave behind the reason ‘why’ nor the cause for her ‘sudden exit’ from this world. The woman is an ‘everywoman’ in this narrative, as who hasn’t noticed how portable our technology has become and the cautionary concerns that we all have developed whilst seeing how the tech that is meant to improve our lives could be doing the opposite and causing harm?

This is a pivotal short to get you to think about our 21st Century in a different vein of thought than simply accepting the shift and moving forward without trepidation. Very well-thought out and executed with such a classic ‘ending’ where what was ‘found’ is not quite ‘understood’!

This short has a real-world problem attached to it, and one that I have noticed myself simply by observing how we’ve become too anchoured to portable technology and have deviated away from being ‘plugged-in’; whilst fully embracing being ‘unplugged’ too!
To spin it a different way, I’m a traditional reader of print books & audiobooks due to chronic migraines which are affected by too much time reading digital screens – which technically is relevant to this story as it’s another reason why we should de-tech our lives as much as we can to preserve our health.

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| “A Fist full of Straw” by Kristina Wojtaszek |

Kristina Wojtaszek grew up as a woodland sprite and mermaid, playing around the shores of Lake Michigan. At any given time she could be found with live snakes tangled in her hair and worn out shoes filled with sand. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management as an excuse to spend her days lost in the woods with a book in hand. Now a mother of two little tricksters and their menagerie of small beasts, she continues to conjure bits of fantasy during the rare spell of silence. Her fairy tales, ghost stories, poems and YA fiction have been published by World Weaver Press (Opal, Fae, and Specter Spectacular), Far Off Places and Sucker Literary Magazine.

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I had a feeling I would curl up inside a Scarecrow Love Story, and by jolly, I have! Wojtasz has a way of ebbing out human emotions from both her lead heroine and hero in such a fashion, you nearly forget one of them is made of straw! Such eloquence of timing the romance – from his perspective first and then overlaid by hers; how they each see each other and how through their simple rendezvouses they form a bond and connection. You can feel their emotional strength, where each in turn starts to understand the other; both of them frazzled and undone by the way in which their lives had turnt out.

The hardest part is the nefarious zeal the witch in the story has inside her role – you want her to stop what she’s doing to him but if she had, his freedom would have been unsecured! This is the kind of short I love to read – where your elsewhere for a reprieve and respite – sensing what the characters are going through and feeling properly at a loss to intervene. There is a hunger of peace and solace in the background of the story-line – where two people see in each other what the other is hoping is reflected through their own eyes. This in of itself is what made it such a strong story.

A scarecrow who walks as a man and who understands the emotional keeling of how humanity is the one pursuit worth risking everything to hold.

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Let’s recap my enjoyment of this short’s duological beginning, shall we? I originally posted this capture of joy whilst I reviewed CORVIDAE, eager to read the anchoured sequel within SCARECROW but alas, a year passed between readings!

| “Sanctuary” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh |

Laura VanArendonk Baugh was born at a very early age and never looked back. She overcame childhood deficiencies of having been born without teeth or developed motor skills, and by the time she matured into a recognizable adult she had become a behavior analyst, an internationally-recognized animal trainer, a costumer/cosplayer, a dark chocolate addict, and a Pushcart Prize-nominated author with a following for her folklore-based stories and speculative fiction.

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An injured crow tips off the story to envelope a young rehabitionist whose work with wildlife was shattered by a car accident that destablised an old injury from childhood. It’s the kind of injury affecting the brain and the ability to discern reality from fiction. She’s committed to helping the injured whom are brought to her facility get back to a normal life, whether they can be released or not. Yet, when she finds this female crow in the company of a quiet man whose presence is alarming to her at first and whose dedication wins over her heart lateron; sets her course to reconsider what she is effectively able to do with a crippled budget.

I hadn’t recognised the connection until I was in the thick of this short; this was the interconnecting story between ‘Corvidae & Scarecrow’! I was so caught up inside the suspense of what was happening, that my mind put a pause on what I was sensory aware of without needing the writer to tell me what was evolving into view. This has such a strong center of heart – from the moment the crow enters into care to the hours the crow become rehabbed; you feel the emotional tug of why this particular crow is important to the characters. It’s twofold in scope, whilst giving you a sombering truth of what is most important at time of death.

I am on pins awaiting the conclusion in ‘Scarecrow’ as the set-up inside ‘Corvidae’, truly gave me an ache of emotions, connecting what was truly happening vs what was perceived.

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And, this is what I thought about the sequel in SCARECROW:

(after I re-read SANCTUARY of course!)

I felt the same heart-clutch as I had the first time I had read Sanctuary; dearly ready to know what I would find inside the sequel! It was one of the shorts I was most anxious to read again & then read how it all ends. Not that I wanted it to end but all stories must.

| “Judge & Jury” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh |

Oh! The anguish of realising the court would not accept the crows as testimony towards what evil befell Jun! I, too, have heard of the intelligence of crows – of how they recognise you even if you do not recognise them – as crows live in tight communities who share information. Even by personal observation, I have noticed how their behaviour changes for each person they come across – sometimes they are quick to take flight and other times, they simply stare and caw. Their fascinating truly – but there is merit in how their recognition could be used as cognitive evidence of what occurred when a man died.

Sadly, the scarecrow in this story was unnatural and horrid; due to circumstances but the man of whom became the scarecrow was a victim of a crime. What truly kept with me is how the author kept fusing together the appearances of the haunting and the teamwork of the crows – this felt like a hybrid story of Corvids & Scarecrows, where each in turn had their due and purpose. On a personal note, I was thankful to see Sophie return as I wanted her to find closure.

Yet, this was only the first layer of the story – there were two scarecrows – one of light and one of darkness. The ending is rather horrific and I was thankful the author didn’t get into the gritty bits of description as she could have taken us, as that would have pushed me a bit past what I could read! The beauty of the story is truly love; love for animals and love for humanity. How love can transcend species and how through love all is right in the world. Sometimes actions are judged not by peers but by the witnesses of whom have no voice to speak what they know and take action to repent the wrongs they’ve seen. This is definitely a cautionary tale all the way round!

The behaviour of crows is so beautifully eclipsed inside this short story! You can feel their anxiety and their resolve to fight to redeem their friend (Jun) whilst with each passing hour they growing more restless & transfixed on righting a wrong that only they understand!

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| “The Straw Samurai” by Andrew Bud Adams |

Andrew Bud Adams was raised by spider-men and turtle ninjas and ronin rabbits, who are now helping raise his own children. “The Straw Samurai,” inspired by them and the Japanese folk tale “The Tengu’s Magic Cloak,” is one of his first published retellings. When not wandering between fantasy villages or teaching college writing, he can be found on Twitter.

Read how he created this short story!

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What is fascinating to me – is how some of the stories in SCARECROW are a perfect compliment to CORDIVDAE and in this regard, as soon as I started reading Mr Adam’s short, I knew something was afoot! It spoke to the heart of the corvids but had the soul of the scarecrows – a merger of the two lores rolled into a single short! Therefore, I was not a bit surprised to learn on the author’s blog this was the original intent – a duology of shorts spilt between two anthologies – yet it wasn’t meant to publish that way (due to deadlines) and the ending result is this singular short!

The reason it pulls together so well is because I still remember reading about all the lovelies (corvids) in the previous collection – to where the birds are not merely acting like birds but sometimes they become bird people or whole entities unto their own! The Choughs in this short are similarly fashioned, as they are caught stealing rice and stalks out of a field where the guardian of the fields is more curious about their nature than in reporting the thief’s! This is where the story turns an interesting nod – where the magical and the fantastical co-merge into one!

From my readings of Ms Spann’s Hiro Hattori novels – I can attest to the ambiance of Japan and that of this straw Samurai warrior of being representative of how I would hope this slice of Japanese legends might feel like in literary form. Mr Adams took license from his inspirations, crafting such a delicate story where fable, lore and legends become such a strong fixture inside this short! I loved how all sides are equally represented but it’s the ending where everything fit together so beautifully!

Transformation & renewal of spirit in a unique twist of an ending that you should read twice to understand it from both angles of thought!

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| “Edith and I” by Virginia Carraway Stark |

Virginia Carraway Stark started her writing career with three successful screenplays and went on to write speculative fiction as well as writing plays and for various blogs. She has written for several anthologies and three novels as well. Her novel, Dalton’s Daughter is available now through Amazon and Starklight Press. Detachment’s Daughter and Carnival Fun are coming later this year.

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There is an ease of mannerisms inside this short – where you can tuck inside the life of this scarecrow simply because of how Ms Stark has presented her caretaker! Edith is a gardener who hopes to yield a hearty crop and likewise, puts a lot of care and attention not only into the ground in which she hopes will serve her purposes but into the scarecrow of whose presence she appreciates as she tallies and dills in the soil to help her crops take flight.

The personality of the scarecrow is a humbled one – of knowing it’s purpose and how important it’s presence is in the fields. The admiration it has for Edith is palatable, too. This was the second Scarecrow Romance in the collection – and one that left you with pause at the ending. It was left open to your interpretation if the ending was happy or unfulfilled. Quite fittingly too, as the scope of the romance was cast over the length of the growing season – where time ebbed forward but took a few steps back as well. Where the observations of the scarecrow grew into a bold confidence and an earnest longing that was hoped to be returnt.

Even scarecrows have dreams & feelings stitched inside them – where romance is not lost but found quite unexpectedly in the garden.

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Closing Thoughts & Expectations of the continuing serial delights
of Rhonda Parrish as this anthological series expands:

Each short in turn gave me such an uplift of joy to read, I had the most pleasure of tweeting out a nod & a wink to the authors as I finished writing my thoughts in each of their sections! I wanted to alert them straight-away how much I was enjoying their stories – even ahead of releasing the full review, as it’s become a bit of a tradition of mine to tweet those affirmations of gratitude ahead of sharing all my thoughts when reading Ms Parrish’s anthologies!

I marvelled at the depth and the beautiful world-building happening within each of the shorts – as some were Contemporary and others, were of a world similar to ours but not quite the same. There were moments so awe-inspiring you felt blessed to drink in the words left for you to find and other moments of emotional conviction that nearly overtook your resolve. The beauty at the heart of the collection is the joy of finding how each writer in turn showcased ‘scarecrows’ of their own choosing – how that theme was used in such unique ways and walked the gambit of innovative story-telling to compile the breadth of what I take with me to remember!

This is truly a treat of a anthology to read round Halloween – when the winds & air start to pepper out their colder breaths and crisp whispers of icicles and where the Earth as a whole starts to stir and quiet itself down as the clock winds itself towards Winter. There is an approach of Autumn nestled inside this anthology, too. You can feel it as you read the shorts and breathe it in outside if you wait til Autumn starts to unfurl, too!

Once again, Ms Parrish has captured my imagination & heart of joy for these kinds of Speculative narratives! She knows exactly which stories compliment each other & how to create a collection of stories where everyone has something to tuck inside that will give them hours of joy reading! I am never disappointed by her choices and am so blessed I can finally share my wicked sweet gratitude for SCARECROW! She was quite right in the INTRODUCTION to state these stories are not entirely DARK but have such a lot of LIGHT threading inside them!

I can only imagine (with rapt anticipation!) what I shall find in SiRENS & EQUUS – as one is published and one is still seeking submissions! I haven’t read about SIRENS since 7th grade attempted to introduce me to Greek Myths (a bit of a failure on my teacher’s behalf!) but something in the description leaves me curious! I have been a horse woman since a young girl – who still dreams of re-affirming her equestrian side of life, so it was not a surprise I have a hankering to seek out EQUUS!

IF you haven’t yet had the pleasure of finding *World Weaver Press*, I implore you to read over my past reviews for CORVIDAE + FAE – as I think you will find what I did! Marvelously wicked story-tellers who can create so much depth of character, setting and story out of such a short space of words and pages! Shorts like these are so very addictive and arrive at just the right hour in which to devour!

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REMINDER:

Follow the threads of past #SFFLunch convos by seeking out #SFFLunch!

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Showcases of World Weaver Press Titles:

FAE (see Review)

Disclosing my keen interest in CORVIDAE + Scarecrow (#BookishNotBookish No.6)

CORVIDAE (see Review)

SURPRISE! I awarded World Weaver Press the honour of two of my Jorie Loves A Story Cuppa Book Love Awards as disclosed on my *End of the Year Survey, 2015*.

The previously mentioned Cover Reveal w/ Notes for Murder in the Generative Kitchen

I spotlighted The Meddlers of Moonshine on my review of The Falling of the Moon

UPCOMING SOON: Far Orbit: Apogee (edited by) Bascomb James

+ Frozen Fairy Tales (edited by) Kate Wolford

during Sci Fi November! (#RRSciFiMonth)

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Reader Interactive Question:

What do you personally seek out of stories that bend their own voice around folklore & popular stories of age!? Do you prefer Horror to be Cosy or more horrifically dark? What do you like about anthologies where you can sample a lot of new writers all at once?!

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