It’s October 15th.
This means LADYBOX IS HERE!
Ladybox is a chapbook box set of seven amazing chapbooks by seven amazing ladies!
You can purchase Ladybox here.
Swing by the Allegories of the Tarot Facebook page and enter the release-day giveaway of a custom Tarot box–complete with Tarot deck!
Who hasn’t been fascinated by the mysterious Tarot, writer and reader alike? For centuries, fortune-telling by the Tarot has caught many an imagination, but nothing like what will be presented here.
22 cards… each an individual splinter of the human psyche.
22 writers… honing each splinter into a story of triumph and decay, arrogance and humility.
Stories of the brightest lights and the darkest corners of the weirdest minds.
22 cross-genre worlds.
22 portals into the Universal.
Only one way to get there.
Come with us. Cross the portals. The Universal awaits.
Once upon a time, there was an editor with a fascination for the Tarot. She was struck one day by a crazy idea. “Hey,” she said. “What if twenty-two writers each wrote a story about the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot and were fashioned into an anthology?”
The idea would not leave her alone.
And thus, the Allegories of the Tarot was born.
Crowdfunded by a campaign on Indiegogo with the help and support of an amazing group of writers, twenty-two stories were crafted around the mysteries of the Tarot. The group includes a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Pulp Ark nominee, a former Bigfoot researcher, a journalist, an award-winning YA author, and a Rhysling Award winner. Professional writers, new talent, and a range of genres boggling the mind: Horror, Speculative Fiction, Bizarro Fiction, Erotica, Mystery, Humor, Paranormal, Epic Fantasy, Literary, Romance, and Historical Fantasy.
What has emerged is an outstanding collection of fiction, unique and mysterious. Stories that will make you cry, make you laugh, and make you think. Stories that make you feel the touch of the Universe.
Dare to step through the portal to shadowy realms and emotional journeys.
“Allegories of the Tarot Anthology is a magical book. Magic that will keep you turning the pages. There are muses, demons, psychics, evil,and more! I shivered, I laughed and I even cried. Magic, I tell you. Magic.” -Julie Affleck
“Reviewing an anthology is slightly more difficult than discussing a book or comic because the tone varies from author to author. However, Allegories somehow flowed together as a well-matched whole. The project ended up feeling like several beads strung together to form a beautiful necklace that were more amazing for being paired together.” -Jodi Scaife
“All twenty-two stories in this volume are, in a word, superb. I found myself scouring the Internet as I read it; every story made me want to go find more work by its author. The ultimate compliment I can give Allegories is to say that when I finished it, I thought how I envy those who haven’t read it yet.” -Lisa Millraney
Garrett Cook tagged me for the Next Big Thing meme. This is a fun meme for writers and readers—writers get to talk about their current projects and readers not only get a taste of what’s to come from favorite writers, they get introduced to new awesome writers.
So, without further ado, my Next Big Thing…
What is the working title of your book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Dark fantastical horrific bizarro. Heart hole bunny fuck.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
None of them! We’re casting unknowns! We can’t you thinking, “Oh, that’s Brad Pitt on the screen. Nothing’s going to happen to Brad Pitt.” No, this book is brutal! And you have to believe it going in.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
How about a logline instead?
The Shining meets Watership Down with sprinkles of Donnie Darko and Ginsberg’s “Howl.”
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’ll be starting with traditional publishing channels.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
One month. It needs a major rewrite!
What other books within this genre would you compare your book to?
Satan Burger, Sea of Patchwork Cats, Angeldust Apocalypse, Starfish Girl.
Who or what inspired this book?
The books listed in the logline and lots of creepy bunny pictures on the Internet. Also: my brain.
What else about this book might pique a reader’s interest?
Bunnies! Evile bunnies!
Who did you tag and why?
Justin Grimbol because he has an outrageous imagination and sense of fun.
Constance Ann Fitzgerald because she is a fine writer and I want to see what else she’s got in store for us.
Ross Lockhart’s first book, Chick Bassist, just came out and it’s amazing. Whatever else he’s got up his sleeve is going to rock.
As I was saying, today is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Which is, you know, awesome. Except that Helen the giant placenta feels left out.
Post your best Talk Like a Placenta phrase here to win a free e-copy of Placenta of Love!
It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!
You know what this means, right? It means it’s an excellent day to order Placenta of Love and brush up on your pirate lingo with the help of Captain Carl the Robo-Pirate!
As an extra bonus, if you order Placenta of Love (either print or e-copy) between now and my birthday (September 25th) and send me a copy of your receipt, I’ll send you a special short story, not yet available to the public.
Email your receipt to spikemarlowe at gmail dot com.
I just got home from Burning Man to word that lots of copies of Placenta of Love were bought last month.
I’m thrilled so many of you wonderful beautiful people purchased copies of Placenta of Love so low income ladies could get Well Woman exams provided by Planned Parenthood.
Thank you, to every one of you who purchased a copy of Placenta of Love, spread the word or donated to Planned Parenthood.
Of course, the journey doesn’t end here. Politicians are still fighting for and against women’s reproductive rights. Bad stuff is still happening in the world. But if we fight for what’s important to us, are creative and use art to spread the word, we can make the world a better place.
Thank you for helping me make this small piece happen.