The Quiltmaker by Mike Allen

The Quiltmaker by Mike Allen

A handbound, limited and numbered edition of 18 from Papaveria Press: The Quiltmaker, a short story by Mike Allen.

A quiet neighborhood seething with hidden sins.

A troubled son returned, consumed by an evil beyond human ken.

That will seek what his neighbors keep concealed, not just behind their doors, but inside their skins.

A force that will peel them open, and stitch them all together again.

This book is case bound with a black leather spine, printed paper cover, and black endbands. The endleaves are black and gold embossed paper in a quilted pattern, which carries over to the front and back to frame the print of Paula Arwen Owen’s illustration for the story. The book measures approximately 11cm (4.5 inches) wide by 14cm (5.5 inches) high.

The Quiltmaker

“The Quiltmaker” was first published in Mike Allen’s short story collection, Unseaming (Antimatter Press, 2014), a Shirley Jackson Award finalist, and is the sequel to his Nebula-nominated short story, “The Button Bin”.

“Allen’s stories deliver solid shivering terror tinged with melancholy sorrow over the fragility of humankind.” –Publishers Weekly

“A very original voice working at the top of his game.”–Locus

“Allen leaves readers with nerves jangling.”–Library Journal

“One of the most original practitioners of the body horror subgenre since Clive Barker’s Books of Blood.” –Rue Morgue

About the author:

On weekdays, Mike Allen writes the arts column for the daily newspaper in Roanoke, Va. Most of the rest of his time he devotes to writing, editing, and publishing. His first novel, a dark fantasy called The Black Fire Concerto, appeared in 2013, and he’s written a sequel, The Ghoulmaker’s Aria, that’s in the revision stage.

He raised more than $10,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to revive his anthology series dedicated to boundary-blurring work, Clockwork Phoenix. That Kickstarter funded Clockwork Phoenix 4, released in 2013 to much critical acclaim. He also edits and publishes Mythic Delirium, which began in 1998 as a poetry journal; a second Kickstarter campaign in 2013 rebooted it as a digital publication for poetry and fiction. 2014 saw the release the release of his sixth poetry collection, Hungry Constellations; his eighth anthology, Mythic Delirium, assembled from the pages of his magazine; and his first collection of short fiction, Unseaming, from which “The Quiltmaker” is drawn.

He receives a ton of help with all these projects from his wife, artist and horticulturalist Anita Allen. Their pets, Loki (canine) and Persephone and Pandora (feline) provide distractions. You can follow Mike’s exploits as a writer at descentintolight.com, as an editor at mythicdelirium.com, and all at once on Twitter at @mythicdelirium.

About the cover artist:

Paula Arwen Owen (formerly Paula Friedlander) is a native of Brooklyn, NY, now living upstate. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, with years of experience in Freelance Illustration, Graphic and Textile Design.

Her unique illustration style is created with hand cut paper silhouettes, collage, ink, and digital art. She is fascinated with the opposition of darkness and light, and the contrast of simple silhouettes against rich colors and textures. She is inspired by her surroundings, from the urban world to the natural beauty of the countryside. The subjects of her work range from serene fantasy and nature to dark, gothic themes, often inspired by stories, dreams, myths and legends.

Visit her website, Arwen Designs, or her Etsy shop for more examples of her work.

Innocence of Place by Paula Arwen Owen
Innocence of Place by Paula Arwen Owen. Illustration for Strange Horizons Magazine.

Speaking in Pearls by Jane Yolen

Speaking in Pearls by Jane Yolen

Speaking in Pearls: Poems from the Faerie Realm is a numbered edition limited to 50 copies. The text has been printed on cream, archival paper. The cover is a plush, painted velvet. Blue endpapers and white endbands finish off the book, which measures 145mm high by 100mm wide. This title is out of print.

Jane Yolen, known as the Hans Christian Andersen of America, has delighted readers of all ages since her first book, Pirates in Petticoats, was published in 1963. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and picture books — Jane Yolen writes it all. Jane and I go way back in that way only authors and readers can: her Sister Light, Sister Dark informed and strengthened one of my longest-lasting friendships, and since then I have spent many a fine hour curled up in a chair or leaning against a tree, immersed in the words and worlds of this beloved author. It was therefore a terrific pleasure and privilege to have been offered the opportunity to create this handbound book of her faerie poems.

Speaking in Pearls by Jane Yolen

In these fifty-six pages are nineteen pieces spanning fifty-two years of Jane’s poetry. The full table of contents follows…

Retelling Tales: A List
Telling Tales Redux
Objectifying Faerie
Dish Ran Away
The Elephant’s Bride
The Gospel of the Rope
Fat Is Not A Fairy Tale
A Promise to Eurydice: A Sonnet
The Spindle’s Tale: A Prose Poem
The Making of a Unicorn
Caliban’s Song
Three Questions
Annual Children’s Illustration Show Michelson’s Gallery 2010
Louisa’s Angels
When Eldest Sister Grew Her Wings: A Prose Poem
Old Merlin Dancing On the Sands of Time
Once Upon
Death Visits the Bad Fairies’ Ball
Listening to the Storyteller: Faerie Con 2010

The Glastonbury Tarot Deluxe Edition

The Glastonbury Tarot

This edition of The Glastonbury Tarot by author and artist Lisa Tenzin-Dolma was limited to a strict 50 copies. It came with a square of silk, a handmade booklet which has been numbered and signed by the artist/author, and is enclosed in a hand carved wooden box. No more of this edition of the deck will ever be produced.

First released by Gothic Image Publishers in Europe and by Weiser in the US and Canada in 1999, the cards and book have long been out of print — until now. With original art and text by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma, the deck focuses on the history and mythology of Glastonbury. Lisa’s striking images are ripe with colour and emotive resonance, and the deck has been well-loved by many throughout the years, with copies now selling for hundreds of pounds online. For the deluxe edition, the cards have been given a new look, both front and back, and Lisa has written a new guide to using the cards.

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