Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Offering review Desk Copies for Writing Instuctors


If you are involved in a creative writing program, I’m offering complimentary desk copies of books that might be of interest.

I’m involved in two series of books that are being published and made for students in mind (along with libraries) that discuss horror or dark fantasy in broad, low-level terms, as accompaniment to fiction works, i.e. adding value to classrooms/ students of creative writing (high school or college).



The first is my PRIMER series, EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION. Each volume explores modern masters of literary dark short fiction through a selection of short stories, each with commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD, and beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich, along with author essay, author interview, and more.

The scholarly portion is nothing too in-depth or ivory tower, but meant for the average reader to develop a deeper understanding of writing, both in terms of creativity and in meaning.

The volumes so far include:

#1: Steve Rasnic Tem (July, 2017)
#2: Kaaron Warren (May, 2018)
#3: Nisi Shawl (December, 2018)
#4: Jeffrey Ford (September, 2019)
#5: Han Song (Scheduled later for: 2020), which will be original translations of his Chinese work
#6: Ramsey Campbell (
Scheduled later for: 2020), England’s most prestigious horror author

These books are (or will be) available in Hardback, Paperback, and E-book.

And more about the series is listed on my website here: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/primers.html



The second series is the Haunted Library of Horror Classics through SourceBooks. Leslie S. Klinger and myself co-edit this series, rereleasing classic horror literature books from over the past 250 years.

Each volume includes the original text, as well as classroom discussion questions, light text annotations, a suggested further reading list, and more.

This series has just started, but here are the first 12 volumes planned for 2020-2022:
  1. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (January, 2020) with introduction by Nancy Holder
  2. The Beetle by Richard Marsh (April, 2020) with introduction by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  3. Vathek by William Beckford (July, 2020) with introduction by Joe R. Lansdale
  4. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson (October, 2020) with introduction by Ramsey Campbell
  5. The Parasite and Other Tales of Terror by Arthur Conan Doyle (2021) with introduction by Daniel Stashower
  6. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers (2021) with introduction by Nic Pizzolatto
  7. Of One Blood: or, The Hidden Self by Pauline Hopkins (2021) with introduction by Nisi Shawl
  8. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M.R. James (2021) with introduction by <TBA>
  9. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (2022) with introduction by <TBA>
  10. The Mummy! by Jane Webb (2022) with introduction by <TBA>
  11. Fantasmagoriana (2022) with introduction by <TBA>
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (2022) with introduction by <TBA>

These books are (or will be) available in Paperback and E-book.

And more about the series is listed on my website here: http://ericjguignard.com/haunted_library.html


Additionally, I’ve published two other anthologies that are meant to broaden horror fiction in different ways. Both of these following books are available in Hardback, Paperback, and E-book.

The first is A WORLD OF HORROR, which promotes diversity in reading horror fiction from authors in different nations.

Released: September, 2018

A World of Horror is an anthology of all new dark and speculative fiction stories written by authors from around the world.

“This breath of fresh air for horror readers shows the limitless possibilities of the genre.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A fresh collection of horror authors exploring monsters and myths from their homelands.”
Library Journal

Publisher’s Link: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/world_of_horror.html

The second anthology book is THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR, which is an interaction of horror fiction with the five human senses, along with psychological analysis of what this means, as well as how it ties into creative writing, and more!

Released: July, 2018

The Five Senses of Horror is an anthology of horror and dark fantasy stories, along with psychological and literary commentary, that explores the relationship and inspiration between fiction and the five senses. (The fiction stories are reprints, but the non-fiction is all original to this anthology).

Publisher’s Page: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/five_senses.html


If you’d be interested in receiving desk copies of any of these books that have come out, or if you’d like to be slated to receive a copy of future releases, please email me at: eric.guignard@gmail.com

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