THE CHOIR OF BEASTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

choir of beasts try 4bSMALLThe Choir of Beasts is an extremely limited edition chapbook of very dark, surreal Ligotti-inspired fiction set in my pseudo-medieval fantasy world of Sultor.  Don’t worry, there are no dwarves or unicorns there.  Just a plague, a shaman, a demented God, and…beasts.

Very, very strange beasts.

*shudder*

Here’s the official synopsis:

“Flesh and pain are partners in the dim-witted dance of existence.
To escape, we must stop the music.
We must silence the Choir of Beasts.”

Per Dynatox Ministries publisher Jordan Krall, only 25 of these babies are getting released into the wild.  The book is about 10,000 words long, and contains three linked stories (“The Choir of Beasts”, “The Temple of the Fly”, and “The Sermon in the Pit”).  “The Choir of Beasts” is the longest of the tales (weighing in at around 7,000 words).  I started writing it the morning I found out a dear friend of mine died after a long battle with cancer.  It is, appropriately, quite dark.  It’s also inspired by imagery that came to me in dreams.  (So, yeah, at times it’s pretty weird). “The Temple of the Fly” (my first and…to date…only stab at writing anything within a country mile of erotica) runs around 2200 words.  It, too, takes place in Sultor, but is set several hundred years after the first story. “The Sermon in the Pit” (a blasphemous, Ligotti-inspired inversion of a rather famous sermon delivered 2,000 years ago)  is a flash fiction piece, set in Sultor around the same time as “The Temple of the Fly”.

I’m thrilled with the cover (a detail from a Bosch painting).  I’m also thrilled with the price.  Only seven bucks (plus shipping).  I don’t wanna sound all “hard sell”, but I think that’s the cheapest I’ve seen a limited edition anything these days.

You can pre-order the chapbook from the Dynatox Ministries web store.  Per Jordan Krall, this one should be available near the end of this month.

UPDATE:  JORDAN KRALL POSTED ON FACEBOOK THIS MORNING THAT A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF READERS ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY ORDERING FROM THE WEB STORE AND THAT FOLKS WHO ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY SHOULD CONTACT HIM AND HE CAN SEND THEM AN INVOICE VIA PAYPAL.  IF YOU NEED JORDAN’S CONTACT INFO, EMAIL ME (NICOLECUSHINGWRITER (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM) AND I CAN PASS IT ON TO YOU.

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Posted on August 2, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Any chance there will be an e-version of this available in the future? It sounds great.

  2. Justin:

    Thanks for stopping by The Abyss. Honestly, I’d need to refer back to the terms of my agreement with Dynatox before I answer that question. I’m pretty sure there’s a period of exclusivity involved in our agreement, before the stories can appear in another form. Can’t remember how long it is.

    After that exclusivity window is over, then the question becomes how to balance:

    A. not diluting the collectible value of the chapbook (I think it’s important to respect/reward the investment made by avid readers who plunked down their cash early on).

    and

    B. making the material available to a larger audience.

    One strategy I’m considering is eventually (after the exclusivity window is over) reprinting one or two of the stories, but not all three. That way people who bought the limited edition chapbook will still have something that other readers don’t.

    I’m not certain if that answer is satisfying…but it’s the best I can give right now. 🙂

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