This is the book I attempted for today's letter. I didn't get enough of a head start and only made it to page 125 of 327. And while I'd love to tell you I'll finish the book, I'm not sure my heart can take it. I've tried several times and this is the farthest I've gotten.
In Mint Condition: 2013
Series: In Mint Condition
Publisher: Ambannon Books
ISBN: (unable to locate)
Release Date: October 2013
format available: Trade Paperback
"In Mint Condition"
It is a phrase that has become very familiar to collectors. Whether you are a collector of fine books, antique watches, baseballs cards, or comic books, you are always looking for something in mint condition. To be in mint condition, that special something must be of the highest quality. The best of the best.
Taking that idea and running with it, Ambannon Books has collected the very best in brand new, never-before-seen short stories, creative non-fiction, and poems, exclusively from the members of the leading Stephen King fansite on the internet, TheDarkTower.org.
Each entry in In Mint Condition: 2013 has an accompanying piece of artwork from some of the biggest names in the business. Join us on a journey through sixteen stories and poems of unspeakable horrors, inspirational bravery, alternate realities, and the dark side of things that seem so familiar, yet are simply waiting to consume you.
Table Of Contents (sent to me in an email)
1. "Mr. Scratch’s Murder Circus" by Jeremy Gooch. Artwork by Erin Wells.
2. "The Receptionist” by Bob Ireland. Artwork by Allen Koszowski.
3. "The Train Graveyard” by Ariel Bosi. Artwork by Heather Armata.
4. "Seagrass Encounter” by David Swearingen. Artwork by Rachel Readman.
5. "Brother” by Ryan Wood. Artwork by Dustin Amato.
6. "A Place on Pine Island” by Matthew Biddle. Artwork by Terry Newsom.
7. "Pumpkin” by Krystle-Dawn M. Willing. Artwork by Erik Wilson.
8. "Excelsior!” by Jean Melkovsky. Artwork by Edward Ziniti.
9. “My First Book” by Jeannine Bulsara. Artwork by Krystle-Dawn M. Willing.
10. “The Rule of Three” by Thomas Cranham. Artwork by Jill Bauman.
11. “You’re the Best” by Tim Martin. Artwork by Sergiy Krykun.
12. “Darkness Rising” by Gabriel Ayala. Artwork by Vincent Chong.
13. “Tabula Rasa” by Hannah O’Connor. Artwork by David Boehmke.
14. “Right to Life” by Mike Ziniti. Artwork by Les Edwards.
15. “On Monday, I ate my cat.” by Jerome Smith. Artwork by Alex McVey.
16. “Marvin’s Retirement” by Ralph Mulleins. Artwork by Glenn Chadbourne.
Artwork, poetry and short stories. This is quite a collection and for me it was real and showed the worse possible "what could go wrong". Well, he does actually live at the end of Seagrass Encounter. Sorry to ruin that for you but I had to skip to the end in order to avoid dreaming about it. On the other hand, The Receptionist is a cold-blooded experiment on the human psyche that I did dream about. They weren't pleasant. Yes, these are some of the stories in the front of the book. There is a very good reason for that.
When I decided that this book was on needs-to-finally-be-reviewed list, I also decided that I'd read a little at a time after finishing the other letters before I. All that did is make me jumpy. You see, it is early in the morning, or late at night, and the backyard is in darkness. The windows span across most of the room I'm in with no coverings and the only light is the reflection of lights from inside the house. There are stray cats and other animals that move across the yard. Slight, not quite seen, movements that startle me. The worse reflection is when I catch a glimpse of me before I realize that no, there isn't someone in the backyard, I've just changed my hairstyle and color!
If you like a little fright with your story, please feel free to find this little gem. Please notice all these delightful authors are part of a Stephen King fansite! Also, 2014 is pictured on the publisher's Facebook page.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information and cover courtesy of the editor and the book itself.
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