April 25th, 2015

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hand-stitched knotwork bookmark

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: a hand-stitched knotwork bookmark: silk, cotton, and metallic threads on cotton, about 8 inches long and 2 inches wide.


(Sorry for the weird wavy quality around the edges; the only way I could get the colors to show properly was to scan it, thereby unduly flattening the fabric. Click to enlarge.)


red knotwork front full


Starting Bid: $5.


Notes: it’s light, I’ll include shipping anywhere. The edges are not finished; I will finish them in consultation with the winner.


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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custom stitched bookmark

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: a stitched bookmark, made to the pattern and colors of your choice.


For instance: a knotwork bookmark, such as one of these eight patterns; here is a closer picture of the completed one I’ve offered elsewhere in the auction, in different colors;


red knotwork front full


Or one of these ten blackwork bookmarks, example shown below in blue:


blue bookmark alone big


Or maybe a snowflake pattern?



Or another pattern you like, as long as I agree.


Starting Bid: $5.


Notes: it will be light, I will ship anywhere. Completion date approximately a month after we agree on design.


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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ARC of Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Mike Allen. All comments must be made there.

Front cover image
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Item Name & Description: ARC of Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney. Donated by Mike Allen and Mythic Delirium Books.


Publisher’s description:


“C. S. E. Cooney is one of the most moving, daring, and plainly beautiful voices to come out of recent fantasy. She’s a powerhouse with a wink in her eye and a song in each pocket.”
—Catherynne M. Valente, New York Times-bestselling author of the Fairyland novels


“These stories are a pure joy. C. S. E. Cooney’s imagination is wild and varied, her stories bawdy, horrific, comic, and moving-frequently all at the same time. Her characters are wickedly appealing, and her language-O! her language. Lush, playful, poetic, but never obscure or stilted, it makes her magic more magic, her comedy more comic, and her tragic moments almost unbearable.”
—Delia Sherman, author of Young Woman in a Garden: Stories


Bone Swans is a joy of feathery bones & ghoulish clowns. I adored every word. Like an eyas cries for meat, I cry for more. C.S.E. Cooney’s a major talent and these are major talent stories. Who can resist hero rats, pouting swans, feral children, flying carpets and the Flabberghast? So tongue-tied am I with delight I fall back on the usual cliches: gripping, delightful, insightful, rollicking & lyrical—and yet not one cliche is to be found in Bone Swans, only stories of surpassing delicacy and wit, told by a lady of rare talent. Please, ma’am, might I have some more?”

—Ysabeau S. Wilce, Andre Norton Award wining author of Flora’s Dare


A swan princess hunted for her bones, a broken musician and his silver pipe, and a rat named Maurice bring justice to a town under fell enchantment. A gang of courageous kids confronts both a plague-destroyed world and an afterlife infested with clowns but robbed of laughter. In an island city, the murder of a child unites two lovers, but vengeance will part them. Only human sacrifice will save a city trapped in ice and darkness. Gold spun out of straw has a price, but not the one you expect.


World Fantasy Award winner Ellen Kushner has called Cooney’s writing “stunningly delicious! Cruel, beautiful and irresistible.” Bone Swans, the infernally whimsical debut collection from C. S. E. Cooney, gathers five novellas that in the words of Andre Norton Award winner Delia Sherman are “bawdy, horrific, comic, and moving-frequently all at the same time.” Cooney’s mentor, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Gene Wolfe, proclaims in his introduction that her style is so original it can only be described as “pure Cooney,” and he offers readers a challenge: “Try to define that when you’ve finished the stories in this book.”


More praise for Bone Swans


If your familiarity begins and ends with C.S.E. Cooney’s poetry, do yourself a favor and stick around for these novellas. If you aren’t new to her stories, know that you will find her here at the top of her not inconsiderable game. Highly original, mythic in scope, lyrically told, just plain fun.
—Nicole Kornher-Stace, author of Archivist Wasp


“Like one of her characters, C. S. E. Cooney is a master piper, playing songs within songs. Her stories are wild, theatrical, full of music and murder and magic.”
—James Enge, author of Blood of Ambrose


“C. S. E. Cooney uses words like jewels, stringing them together on gold filigree sentences. Then she adds a beaded fringe of colorful characters-the living, the dead, the wronged, the righteous, the villainous, the vengeful, the divine. It’s a treasure chest of a collection, and it’s full of gems.”
—Sharon Shinn, author of the Elemental Blessings series


“These stories are rich, original fantasy with a sharp edge, peopled by vivid, engaging characters inhabiting fantastic worlds. This is a brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable collection.”
—Martha Wells, author of The Books of the Raksura series


“Cooney drafts lyrical prose that sparkles with brilliant imagery and compelling characters. I can’t wait to see what she does next!”
—Howard Andrew Jones, author of The Desert of Souls


Starting Bid: $15


Notes: I’m willing to cover the cost of international shipping myself at no additional charge to the winning bidder.


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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SIgned copy of Unseaming by Mike Allen

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Mike Allen. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: Signed copy of Unseaming by Mike Allen


SIgned copy of Unseaming by Mike Allen
SIgned copy of Unseaming by Mike Allen

A collection of 14 horror stories in trade paperback, signed by author. Introduction by Laird Barron.



“Mike Allen has put together a first class collection of horror and dark fantasy. Unseaming burns bright as hell among its peers.”


—Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All


“Allen’s stories deliver solid shivering terror tinged with melancholy sorrow over the fragility of humankind.”


Publishers Weekly, starred review


“Allen leaves readers with nerves jangling.”


Library Journal, starred review


“An exceptional debut collection … its stories show an imaginative writer with a very original voice working at the top of his game.”

Locus


Everyone in the world awakens covered in blood—and no one knows where the blood came from. A childhood doll arrives to tear its owner’s reality limb from limb. A portal to the spirit realm stretches wide on the Appalachian Trail, and something more than human crawls through on eight legs. Words of comfort change to terrifying sounds as a force from outside time speaks through them. The buttons in the bin will unseam your flesh to bare your nastiest secrets.


Opening with “The Button Bin,” a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and culminating with its sequel, “The Quiltmaker,” which Bram Stoker Award and Shirley Jackson Award winner Laird Barron has hailed as Mike Allen’s masterpiece, this debut collection gathers fourteen horror tales that, in the words of Barron’s introduction, “rival anything committed to paper by the likes of contemporary masters such as Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, or Caitlín Kiernan. This is raw, visceral, and sometimes bloody stuff. Primal stuff.”


More praise for Unseaming:


“Throughout Unseaming, reality is usually in bad shape right from the start—and from there things proceed to go downhill. Such is the general background and trajectory of life in Mike Allen’s fictional world. More could be said, of course, but there’s one thing that I feel especially urged to say: these stories are fun. Not ‘good’ fun, and certainly not ‘good clean’ fun. They are too unnerving for those modifiers, too serious, like laughter in the dark-unnerving, serious laughter that leads you through Mr. Allen’s funhouse. The reality in there is also in bad shape, deliberately so, just for the seriously unnerving fun of it. The prose is poetic, except it’s nonsense poetry, the poetry of deteriorating realities, intermingling realities, realities without Reality. And all the while that unnerving, serious laughter keeps getting louder and louder. Are we having fun yet?”


—Thomas Ligotti, author of The Spectral Link


“Mike Allen’s ability as a poet is evident throughout this fever dream of a book. Brutal, elegant, and shocking, the stories in Unseaming are snapshots of a beautiful Hell.”


—Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters


Starting Bid: $15


Notes: I’ll ship anywhere in the world at no additional charge for the winning bidder.


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).