Map for a Forgotten Valley

As promised in earlier posts, my series of lyrical essayistic vignettes, Map for a Forgotten Valley, are now available to be read online at The New Haven Review.

I’m interested to see what readers might make of these dispatches on place, environment, history and local culture.  It’s a very different type of writing I’ve done in these pieces, and I found different muscles engaged while writing them than I usually use for fiction.  It was a good experience, and I’d like to write more of them, to continue writing in this series occasionally.  There is one other vignette in the series soon to be published in Muse, a Cleveland magazine.  I’ll post info on that one when it becomes available too.

The New Haven Review can be found by clicking here.

But you can click right to the pdf file of my pieces by clicking this link too.

Happy Holidays.

Holiday

Last minute shoppers, looking for a good book to give at the holidays?  Take a chance on M. Rickert’s new short story collection, Holiday.  Mary Rickert’s stories are absolutely full of wonder and frightening circumstances, sometimes creepy and other times sad or joyful.  She’s one of the best short story writers out there, period, in the category of fantasy and out.  I can never get enough of them.  Highly recommended.  For a limited time the publisher, Golden Gryphon Press, is selling all of their books at a 50% discount, so please take advantage of the sale!

From the publisher:

HOLIDAY by M. Rickert

Ghosts and mythic beings populate this holiday-themed collection of eleven tales to read by candlelight. “Holiday,” where a story of all holidays for a dead girl and the man who sees her, is followed by New Year’s Day and “Memoir of a Deer Woman,” a woman’s transformation into a deer leaves her husband desperate for her words. Valentine’s Day is celebrated with “Journey into the Kingdom,” winner of the World Fantasy Award, where a young girl falls in love with a ghost. A May Day wedding in “The Machine” is a tale of innocence lost and terrible revenge, a story not for the faint of heart. Mother’s Day brings us a future where women who have had abortions are punished in “Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment: One Daughter’s Personal Account.” Father’s Day is marked by asking what is lost forever when a stolen boy returns, in “Don’t Ask.” In a story for Independence Day, a nine-year-old girl’s first act of independence is also an act of revenge, in “Traitor.” Not all anniversaries are happy occasions and in “Was She Wicked? Was She Good?” one family copes with the damage that remains after being victims of a home invasion. A surreal Halloween story, “You Have Never Been Here,” asks if the body is the mask we all wear. A Veteran’s Day story, “War is Beautiful,” features a soldier in the Vietnam War who befriends a local girl-or is she a ghost? The collection ends with a Halloween to Christmas tale, “The Christmas Witch,” where a lonely, little girl struggles to survive in a town of children that collect bones. Holidays are days of honor.

These eleven tales, eerie, mysterious, and creepy, honor the human experience of death and redemption. They might keep you up at night, but why not extend the celebration?

As an added bonus, each story has two illustrations by Thomas Canty.

To order single copies, order them at our website
(www.goldengryphon.com), or send $24.95 (no shipping charge) to:
Golden Gryphon Press
3002 E. Perkins Road
Urbana, IL 61802-7730
(217)840-0672
We also accept MC/VISA.
Send name of cardholder, card number, and expiration date.

You can also purchase the book at sites like Amazon and Powell’s.