A DARKE PHANTASTIQUE: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE UNCANNY AND OTHER MAGICAL THINGS

M & I

It’s always a heady experience entering the Mystery and Imagination Bookstore, inhaling the rich aroma of ideas, breathing in molecules of Bradbury, Poe, and the almost, but not quite, infinite of notions floating in the air heady as pure oxygen. (There have to be some notions unthought, or we’d have nothing to write about.)

The stairs to the reading room wall is inscribed with signatures of writers, colorful as dream but more tangible.

I was at the M & I for the opening reading of Jason V Brock’s . The Book itself is magical, heavy, and weighty in all the right ways. It’s both a work of art, and a book to be savored. It’s also substantial enough to be used as a weapon. Fight a war of words with this baby in your head and you’ll be bound to survive.

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I was (am) privileged to have three of my shorts included in this work along with countless other writers much, much more accomplished and famous.

I was greeted at the door of the M & I by the owner, the exuberant, gracious, Christine Bell, whose infectious smile welcomes you into her realm of magic. The store always fills me with a bittersweet hope that I will see Ray Bradbury’s face peeking from behind a pile of books. It was his favorite bookstore and I’m sure his ghost still spends nights there perusing the shelves and reordering his books.

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Upstairs the reading was packed! Ten of the fifty writers were there, joking and arguing about influences and writing. (I could be wrong about the numbers; I’m a writer not a mathematician damn it!)

Writers attending were: The brilliant and ever cantankerous Dennis Etchison, the world embracing William F. Nolan, Cody Goodfellow (with adorable, show-stealing daughter in tow), Nancy Kilpatrick (who left her raven at home), the amazing Joe Lansdale, magical poet Wendy Rathbone, the feisty, unbelievably prolific, and funny Gini Koch (who brought her nine other pen-name personas with her, no wonder it was standing room only!), sweet, lovely talented Sunni Brock, head honcho Jason V Brock, the legendary George Clayton Johnson (looking, as always, like Gandalf’s literary cousin), beautiful, smiling Kelly Dunn, and more. How’s that for a well-crafted sentence! Hemmingway would be proud.

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All in all a fabulous time was had by all – Thanks Jason for putting together this marvelous collection and To Christine Bell for her magical bookstore.

 

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About E.E. King

E.E. King’s has published many short stories. Ray Bradbury calls E.E. King a writer “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend her highly enough.” HER NEW COLLECTION new Collection of Short Fiction “Another Happy Ending,” comes out in October 2013. There is a book launch and party @ Ray Bradbury’s favorite Bookstore Mystery and Imagination Bookstore October 20th @ 2:00 -3:00pm Her first novel, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, came out 2010, released in Spanish in 2/2012. She is performing bits of "Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.” (in costume) October 30th @ 7:30-8:30 @Echo Park in “Stories Book and Café.” 1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA [213] 413-3733 The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, launched her anthology, Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends, 1/2012. Sponsor, Barnes & Noble. All her books as well as her children’s book The Adventures of Emily Finfeather or The Feathernail and Other Gifts are currently available on audible. E.E. King is the recipient of various international writing, biology and painting grants. Her murals can be seen in Downtown Los Angeles and Spain. Elizabeth Eve King has a background in teaching, painting, theater, comedy and biology. She will be an artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art June -Sept 2015 Ms. King is the recipient of two International Tides painting fellowships, and two international biology Earthwatch grants. She was an advisor for the J. Paul Getty’s and the Science Center’s, Arts &; Science program. She was the Science and Arts coordinator in Bosnia with Global Children’s Organization (a summer camp for war orphans and refugees) in 2000. She was the founding Arts & Sciences Director for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation . She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and planted butterfly gardens in South Central Los Angeles. The butterflies wish she had chosen a different location. Her short stories have been published widely
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