Saturday, March 12, 2016

New England: Weird

When thinking of the weirdest parts of the United States, one does not necessarily think of New England. However, its extensive history is no stranger to oddness.

New England is said to be the birthplace of the hamburger, sideburns were named after a former governor, PEZ was invented there, and the first public library was established in New Hampshire. Also, let us not forget, nearly everything is void or prohibited in the tiny state of Rhode Island. Now, adding to the oddness of the North Eastern United States, we present you with New England: Weird.

This book has been on a strange journey, in fact, it nearly didn’t happen at all. For over a year, the pages that follow have been passed back and forth from one editor to another, swapping hands with publishers along the way, before finally landing where it stands now. What you are about to read is not necessarily horror, bizarro, whimsical writings, or anything in between. What you are about to read is simply a collection of odd tales, each set in New England, written by some of the most talented writers I know, each presenting you with an amazing variety that makes up the whole of New England: Weird

Featuring Tales by Catfish McDaris, Cameron Shifflet, Garvan Giltinan, David S. Pointer, Charie D. Lamarr, David Anderson, Anna Haney, Brian Barr, Thomas Olivieri, Donald Armfield, Essel Pratt, Roma Gray

Monday, March 7, 2016

FTB Presents: ODDisms

ODDisms is an attempt to find meaning in an undefined word. The stories are of strange beliefs and practices which take the characters into oddball situations. Everyone has their quirks, what happens when the quirks become your philosophy or belief systems? Let’s find out. Some of the ODDisms include Escapeism, Thirdism, Uberism, Chimerism, Refitism, Gethinism, Ambi-Americanism, Hackism, and Tuneism. These are just a few of the –isms that attempt to define ODDism. The international cast of authors includes Matthew Hall, Anne Wilson, Catherine A MacKenzie, Matthew Harrison, Glen Damien Campbell, Mary Steer, Paul Rhodes, Diane Arrelle, Essel Pratt, Edward Ahern, Lance Hyden, Charly Douglas, Sarah Doebereiner, Tracey Chapman, J.J. Steinfeld, DJ Tyrer, Karen Robiscoe, by Veronica Smith, Matt McGee, Samuel Kim, Matthew Aufiero, Mary Steer, David Perlmutter, Ed Cooke, and Katherine Park.