Saturday, October 23, 2021

"Digging" in Evergreen: Grim Tales and Verses from the Gloomy Northwest

Good news! Sharma Shields and Maya Jewell Zeller have edited a new anthology of regional work entitled Evergreen: Grim Tales & Verses from the Gloomy Northwest. The collection comes from 56 contributors and moves through the beautiful and curious space created by artist Keeley Honeywell. 

Among the pages you'll stumble across my story Digging, which first appeared in Lake Effect literary journal and then in my first collection of stories, The Floating Order (Two Ravens Press, 2009). 

"In the surreal ‘Digging’ a young brother and sister try to come to terms with their homicidal mother and search for ways out of their imminent dispatch" (John Kenny in his larger review of the collection)

The stories in Erin Pringle's The Floating Order focus on images and ideas frequently linked in Western literature--fairy tales and reality, madness and imagination, death and children. Stories such as "All I Have Left" and "Digging," with the repetition of the title phrase in the former and, in both, systematic, but vivid and mythic plots, echo the way confessional poets Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath dealt with what then seemed disparate connections between the madness inherent in fairy tales and childhood experience. (Rene LeBlanc, in her review of The Floating Order entitled "Veneration of madness" from Texas Books in Review, 2009)

Order Evergreen for you and your friend who appreciates interesting gifts, visit Scablands Books 

P.S. Should you go looking for The Floating Order, you'll need to find it in used bookstores or from used online sellers, as the publisher went out of business several years ago. So, it's especially nice to have a story rescued from its bound grave and asked to breathe again.