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RIGHTING WRITING – NOW AVAILABLE

RIGHTING WRITING is now available wherever books are sold. A book not only designed for those who want / need to write, or for already emerging writers, but for all writers. Also features a very short piece by Jack Ketchum called “On Reading.”

Writing is a disease without a cure. Once infected, the virus is in the host for good, until death. Something first sparked a need to create, so what was it? What does it take to survive publishing and continuously improve one’s craft?

The Beginning: A straight-to-the-point narrative pushes past impostor syndrome, examining the writer life in detail while defining / dissecting fundamentals required to finish a first draft manuscript: character, dialogue, voice, plot, conflict, theme, and setting.

The Middle: The journey continues with a look into manuscript revisions, with advice on breaking bad habits and developing healthy skills to improving intrigue, prose, pace, tense, point of view, show vs. tell, imagery, framework, and structure.

The End: After mastering the art of self-editing, writers will be ready for manuscript presentation, with an understanding of book layout, as well as knowledge of the publishing industry in general, such as with solicitation, rejection, acceptance, promotion, and performance as a professional writer.

A book for those who want need to write.

Pre-order below:

AmazoneBook | trade paperback

Barnes & Nobletrade paperback

Books-A-Million (BAM!)trade paperback

PRISMS – PRE-ORDER

PRISMS, an anthology of dark science fiction and fantasy co-edited by Darren Speegle and Michael Bailey, is now available to pre-order. This anthology was previously published in limited hardcover by PS Publishing in March 2021, but will be made available in a wider release by Written Backwards on March 21st, 2023. Features cover artwork by Ben Baldwin.

Prisms are instruments, mirrors, metaphors, gateways humankind must pass through in order to achieve, to overcome, to realize, to become. Contained herein are nineteen transformative tales from some of speculative fiction’s most brilliant minds. So open your eyes and let the light pass through . . .

Table of Contents:

“We Come in Threes” – B.E. Scully
“Encore for an Empty Sky” – Lynda E. Rucker
“The Girl with Black Fingers” – Roberta Lannes
“The Shimmering Wall” – Brian Evenson
“In This, There Is No Sting” – Kristi DeMeester
“The Birth of Venus” – Ian Watson
“Fifty Super-Sad Mad Dog Sui-Homicidal Self-Sibs, All in a Leaky Tin Can Head” – Paul Di Filippo
“Rivergrace” – E. Catherine Tobler
“Saudade” – Richard Thomas
“There Is Nothing Lost” – Erinn L. Kemper
“This Height and Fiery Speed” – A.C. Wise
“The Motel Business” – Michael Marshall Smith
“Everything Beautiful Is Also a Lie” – Damien Angelica Walters
“The Gearbox” – Paul Meloy
“District to Cervix: The Time Before We Were Born” – Tlotlo Tsamaase
“Here Today and Gone Tomorrow” – Chaz Brenchley
“The Secrets of My Prison House” – J. Lincoln Fenn
“A Luta Continua” – Nadia Bulkin
“I Shall but Love Thee Better” – Scott Edelman

Pre-order below:

AmazoneBook | trade paperbackhardcover (from PS Publishing)

Barnes & Nobletrade paperback

Books-A-Million (BAM!): trade paperback (coming soon)

RIGHTING WRITING – PRE-ORDER

RIGHTING WRITING is not out until January 17th, but already a #1 New Release. A book not only designed for those who want / need to write, or for already emerging writers, but for all writers. Now available for pre-order wherever books are sold.

Writing is a disease without a cure. Once infected, the virus is in the host for good, until death. Something first sparked a need to create, so what was it? What does it take to survive publishing and continuously improve one’s craft?

The Beginning: A straight-to-the-point narrative pushes past impostor syndrome, examining the writer life in detail while defining / dissecting fundamentals required to finish a first draft manuscript: character, dialogue, voice, plot, conflict, theme, and setting.

The Middle: The journey continues with a look into manuscript revisions, with advice on breaking bad habits and developing healthy skills to improving intrigue, prose, pace, tense, point of view, show vs. tell, imagery, framework, and structure.

The End: After mastering the art of self-editing, writers will be ready for manuscript presentation, with an understanding of book layout, as well as knowledge of the publishing industry in general, such as with solicitation, rejection, acceptance, promotion, and performance as a professional writer.

A book for those who want need to write.

Pre-order below:

Amazon: eBook | trade paperback

Barnes & Noble: trade paperback

Books-A-Million (BAM!): trade paperback

AGATHA’S BARN

Arriving in early 2023 by Written Backwards: Agatha’s Barn, the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novella by Michael Bailey. The original, a tie-in to Josh Malerman’s serial novel Carpenter’s Farm, was originally released as a 5-part series during the start of the pandemic. You can still read (perhaps indefinitely) both for free online as originally intended, but the novella is on the way in physical formats.


More information will be made available soon, but the cover features new artwork by Glenn Chadbourne, and the interior will include all original black and white illustrations created for the story, a few of which are featured below.

CHIRAL MAD 5 – NOW AVAILABLE!

CHIRAL MAD 5, the fifth and final volume in the Chiral Mad series, edited by Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Michael Bailey, and illustrated by Seth Brown. Contains speculative fiction and poetry (25 of each) from the likes of Stephen King, Josh Malerman, Victor LaValle, Linda D. Addison, Zoje Stage, Christina Sng, Haley Piper, John Langan, Tlotlo Tsamaase, and so many more. See the book cover above for a full list.

Purchase directly from the publisher (US only, shipping included) . . .

CHIRAL MAD 5: Hardcover

ISBN: 979-8986748801 424 pages, 6 x 9″

$34.95

CHIRAL MAD 5: Paperback

ISBN: 979-8986748818 424 pages, 6 x 9″

$19.95

Other purchasing options . . .

Amazon: eBook | trade paperback | hardcover. Also available in the UK, Canada, AustraliaGermany, France, Italy, Spain, India, Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands, Japan, and a part of Kindle Unlimited where available.

Barnes & Noble: trade paperback | hardcover

Books-A-Million (BAM!): trade paperback | hardcover

CHIRAL MAD 5 – PRE-ORDER!

CHIRAL MAD 5, the end of the Chiral Mad series of anthologies, is now available for pre-order, to be released in hardcover, paperback, and eBook on September 27th, 2022.

Order directly from the publisher on the Written Backwards Anthology page, or from anywhere books are sold, such as the following . . .

AmazoneBook | trade paperback | hardcover. Also available in the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, India, Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands, Japan, and a part of Kindle Unlimited where available.

Barnes & Nobletrade paperback | hardcover

Books-A-Million (BAM!)trade paperback | hardcover

Editor: Michael Bailey

IllustratorSeth Brown 

Fiction:

  • “Strawberry Spring” by Stephen King
  • “There Are No Basements in the Bible” by Josh Malerman
  • “Three Nights of Shadows” by John Langan
  • “Recognition” by Victor LaValle
  • “Observer Dependent Universe” by Christa Wojciechowski
  • “A Plague of Loving Grace” by Cody Goodfellow
  • “The Kitowaj” by Roberta Lannes
  • “Swan Song” by Elin Olausson
  • “The Unburdening of Lavender” by Gene O’Neill
  • “We Are Vignettes” by Tlotlo Tsamaase
  • “Lifetimes” by Koji A. Dae
  • “Falling Down the Wayle” by Kehkashan Khalid
  • “Seeds” by J. Federle
  • “What Is Lost in the Smoke” by Laura Blackwell
  • “Impressions of a Vizard-Mask, Surrounding the Great Troubles of 1907” by Emily B. Cataneo
  • “Persistence” by Jonathan Lees
  • “Feeling Like a Big Kid at the End of the Beginning” by Paul Michael Anderson
  • “Tears That Never Stain” by Jessica May Lin
  • “The Drunken Tree” by Tonya Liburd
  • “The Queen of Talley’s Corner” by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • “Sable’s Bestiary for Those Who Remain” by Hailey Piper
  • “Redstarts in the Last Summer” by Vajra Chandrasekera
  • “Ancestries” by Sheree Renée Thomas
  • “Elevator” by Michael Paul Gonzalez
  • “I’m Not Sam” by Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee (novella, paperback / hardback only)

Poetry:

  • “With the Black Ribbon” by Erik T. Johnson
  • “My People” by Lulu L. Wong / “My People” by Langston Hughes
  • “Deicide” by Henna Johansdotter
  • “Sing My Carnage in a Hayfield” by Sara Tantlinger
  • “Faith” / “At the Downtown University” by Lucy A. Snyder
  • “Backspace Is a Language In Our Dreams” / “Every Day Can’t Be April” by Nnadi Samuel
  • “Chasing the Serpent” by Marge Simon
  • “Dark Neighborhood” by Cindy O’Quinn
  • “Corpuscular” / “Absence” / “Chalk” by Shane Douglas Keene
  • “The Infinite Lives of the Little Match Girl” by Christina Sng
  • “Seasonal Meat” / “Parable of the Blue Man” (flash prose) by Jamal Hodge
  • “Asphyxia” / “Black Robes, Red Hats, and White Oblivion” (flash prose) by Maxwell I. Gold
  • “Magmatic” by LH Moore
  • “Yesterday at 1:53 p.m.” by B.E. Scully
  • “Spectacular Degeneration” / “The Tableau” by Zoje Stage
  • “Colorblind” by Wrath James White
  • “Seven Symptoms of the End/Beginning/End/Beginning…” by Linda D. Addison

CHIRAL MAD 5 – FINAL TABLE OF CONTENTS

It’s time to announce the final Table of Contents for CHIRAL MAD 5, to be released in late spring / early summer by Written Backwards. The anthology will feature writers and poets from around the world. More information can be found here.

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Editor: Michael Bailey

Illustrator: Seth Brown 

Fiction:

  • “Strawberry Spring” by Stephen King
  • “There Are No Basements in the Bible” by Josh Malerman
  • “Three Nights of Shadows” by John Langan
  • “Recognition” by Victor LaValle
  • “Observer Dependent Universe” by Christa Wojciechowski
  • “A Plague of Loving Grace” by Cody Goodfellow
  • “The Kitowaj” by Roberta Lannes
  • “Swan Song” by Elin Olausson
  • “The Unburdening of Lavender” by Gene O’Neill
  • “We Are Vignettes” by Tlotlo Tsamaase
  • “Lifetimes” by Koji A. Dae
  • “Falling Down the Wayle” by Kehkashan Khalid
  • “Seeds” by J. Federle
  • “What Is Lost in the Smoke” by Laura Blackwell
  • “Impressions of a Vizard-Mask, Surrounding the Great Troubles of 1907” by Emily B. Cataneo
  • “Persistence” by Jonathan Lees
  • “Feeling Like a Big Kid at the End of the Beginning” by Paul Michael Anderson
  • “Tears That Never Stain” by Jessica May Lin
  • “The Drunken Tree” by Tonya Liburd
  • “The Queen of Talley’s Corner” by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • “Sable’s Bestiary for Those Who Remain” by Hailey Piper
  • “Redstarts in the Last Summer” by Vajra Chandrasekera
  • “Ancestries” by Sheree Renée Thomas
  • “Elevator” by Michael Paul Gonzalez
  • “I’m Not Sam” by Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee (novella, paperback / hardback only)

Poetry:

  • “With the Black Ribbon” by Erik T. Johnson
  • “My People” by Lulu L. Wong / “My People” by Langston Hughes
  • “Deicide” by Henna Johansdotter
  • “Sing My Carnage in a Hayfield” by Sara Tantlinger
  • “Faith” / “At the Downtown University” by Lucy A. Snyder
  • “Backspace Is a Language In Our Dreams” / “Every Day Can’t Be April” by Nnadi Samuel
  • “Chasing the Serpent” by Marge Simon
  • “Dark Neighborhood” by Cindy O’Quinn
  • “Corpuscular” / “Absence” / “Chalk” by Shane Douglas Keene
  • “The Infinite Lives of the Little Match Girl” by Christina Sng
  • “Seasonal Meat” / “Parable of the Blue Man” (flash prose) by Jamal Hodge
  • “Asphyxia” / “Black Robes, Red Hats, and White Oblivion” (flash prose) by Maxwell I. Gold
  • “Magmatic” by LH Moore
  • “Yesterday at 1:53 p.m.” by B.E. Scully
  • “Spectacular Degeneration” / “The Tableau” by Zoje Stage
  • “Colorblind” by Wrath James White
  • “Seven Symptoms of the End/Beginning/End/Beginning…” by Linda D. Addison

Amazon: eBook | trade paperback | hardcover. Also available in the UK, Canada, AustraliaGermany, France, Italy, Spain, India, Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands, Japan, and a part of Kindle Unlimited where available.

Barnes & Noble: trade paperback | hardcover

Books-A-Million (BAM!): Coming soon!

PSYCHOTROPIC DRAGON

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Surprise book launch! 15 years in the making, Psychotropic Dragon is finally going to print.

Available September 28th in hardcover, trade paperback, and eBook.

Part short novel, part novella, part novelette, with a few short stories and fables in between, Psychotropic Dragon is a mind-bending composite narrative about Julie Stipes and her experience with the street drug Drakein-5. The psychotropic eye drops blur reality, sending her through a horrific journey of self-discovery and recovery. Each act in this ensemble is further brought to life with illustrations by Daniele Serra, Glenn Chadbourne, L.A. Spooner & Ty Scheuerman.

Amazon: eBook | trade paperback | hardcover. Also available in the UK, Canada, AustraliaGermany, FranceItaly, Spain, India, Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands, Japan, and a part of Kindle Unlimited where available.

Barnes & Nobletrade paperback | hardcover

Books-A-Million (BAM!): trade paperback | hardcover.

The book is dedicated to John Skipp for helping first spark this monster to life, and to Josh Malerman for the inspiration to finish it.

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Some praise:

“Like the drug he’s invented, Michael Bailey’s Psychotropic Dragon is addictive, scary, and at times, mind-blowing. But it’s the human element that keeps you turning the pages, the wounds to the psyche which we recognize immediately. The human element … and a fierce narrative style.” – Jack Ketchum (miss you, my friend, and sorry this took too long)“

After the publication of Palindrome Hannah, I did not think it possible that Michael Bailey could ever top that mind-bender of a novel. I was wrong. Psychotropic Dragon, from its perception-altering structure to its gut-wrenching and deeply moving and frightening narrative, makes recent cross-genres look like they were written by a three-year-old. Did I say ‘cross genre’? My bad. This phantasmagorical show-stopper of a book defies categorization. It is, in the truest sense of the word, unique, something all too rare in publishing today. Beautifully written, stunningly illustrated, and guaranteed to blow your mind (not to mention scare the bejeezus out of you). A staggering achievement.” – Gary A. Braunbeck

If you try to hold on too tightly to the narrative, you might get hurt. My advice is to let it sweep you up. And to read it twice, or more. Psychotropic Dragon is a modern classic you will want to return to again and again.” – Chris Larsen

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PRISMS

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Prisms (co-edited by Darren Speegle and yours truly) is now available by PS Publishing. Available in trade hardcover or limited signed / numbered hardback (only 100, signed by all).

Instruments, mirrors, metaphors, gateways humankind must pass through in order to achieve, to overcome, to realize, to become. Contained herein are nineteen transformative tales from some of speculative fiction’s most brilliant minds. So open your eyes and let the light pass through . . .

Table of Contents:

“We Come In Threes” – B.E. Scully
“Encore for an Empty Sky” – Lynda E. Rucker
“The Girl with Black Fingers” – Roberta Lannes
“The Shimmering Wall” – Brian Evenson
“In This, There Is No Sting” – Kristi DeMeester
“The Birth of Venus” – Ian Watson
“Fifty Super-Sad Mad Dog Sui-Homicidal Self-Sibs, All in a Leaky Tin Can Head” – Paul Di Filippo
“Rivergrace” – E. Catherine Tobler
“Saudade” – Richard Thomas
“There Is Nothing Lost” – Erinn L. Kemper
“This Height and Fiery Speed” – A.C. Wise
“The Motel Business” – Michael Marshall Smith
“Everything Beautiful Is Also a Lie” – Damien Angelica Walters
“The Gearbox” – Paul Meloy
“District to Cervix: The Time Before We Were Born” – Tlotlo Tsamaase
“Here Today and Gone Tomorrow” – Chaz Brenchley
“The Secrets of My Prison House – J Lincoln Fenn
“A Luta Continua – Nadia Bulkin
“I Shall But Love Thee Better” – Scott Edelman

Cover art by Ben Baldwin

CHIRAL MAD 5

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The campaign for Chiral Mad 5 is now live, its primary focus to raise awareness and money for underrepresented demographics around the literary world. All profit from the book will go Black Lives Matter, indefinitely. Donate what you can and get some amazing books. Let’s listen. Let’s react. You can find it here (or click any image).

Also, for the next 60 days, all Written Backwards titles purchased as add-ons through the campaign will go to the cause. Let’s change things.

Previous Written Backwards anthologies have always included emerging talent alongside known names in the industry, spanning short fiction, long fiction, graphic adaptations, poetry, and artwork, and ranging from dark science-fiction and fantasy to horror; all things speculative.

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The End Is the Beginning / The Beginning Is the End

That’s the theme for the fifth and perhaps final volume in the Chiral Mad series by Written Backwards. This anthology will be edited by Michael Bailey, recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award, Bram Stoker Award, and a Shirley Jackson Award nominee. Is this the beginning of the end for Written Backwards, or will this be the end to a new beginning? You get to help decide. And while we’re at it, we are going to raise some serious funds for Black Lives Matter, and represent the underrepresented in the literary world. It’s time to listen.

For this latest chiral dance, the focus is diversity. Past anthologies have slowly improved over the years in this area, with effort always made to find new voices in the literary world, but that has not been enough. We need to hit the world harder. We need to better represent the underrepresented. We need to listen to those voices screaming out. For this fifth act in the series, we are reaching out to places like Botswana, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Africa, Japan; basically, as far out as we can reach, all over the world, with an emphasis on highlighting underrepresented demographics.

And this time around Written Backwards is asking for your help, both monetarily and to shine light upon new and emerging writers and artists who need to be heard at this important time, those who are otherwise not-so-relatively-known but should be. To do that, we are going back to the roots of what originally launched this small press off the ground: charity. Click here to see the campaign. (or keep reading).

The first Chiral Mad focused on bringing awareness to Down syndrome and raised over $6,000 for various charities, with all work donated, and with all proceeds going to organizations such as the Down Syndrome Information Alliance (DSIA). Chiral Mad 2 paid professional rates to contributors, and profit then went to charity, but didn’t raise nearly as much for the greater good. And both Chiral Mad 3 and Chiral Mad 4: An Anthology of Collaborations were not designed to support charity. This time around, Chiral Mad 5 will pay professional rates to contributors of underrepresented demographics, with all proceeds (everything but the cost to initially create the book) going to Black Lives Matter, indefinitely.

If you have a problem with that, there’s an X at the top right of your screen you can click, or simply throw your phone across the room if that’s what you’re using to read this.

Here’s what we are hoping to accomplish with this not-for-profit project:

  • Support and bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Raise as much money as humanly possible for that cause
  • Create an incredibly diverse anthology of fiction, poetry, and artwork
  • Bring underrepresented talent to the limelight
  • Pay professional rates to that talent
  • Not make money off this anthology whatsoever (other than for the charity)
  • Promote change inside and out of the literary world

The goal is to keep overall cost minimal. More well-known writers invited to the anthology (there are some big names already attached) will be asked to forego payment to keep cost down. Contributors of underrepresented demographics, however, will be offered professional payment (6 cents per word for fiction, a dollar per line for poetry), but may donate their work in lieu of payment if they so choose.

Also, all Written Backwards titles purchased as add-ons during this campaign (60 days) will benefit this campaign to help raise money for the cause, with no profit made by the editor or publisher whosoever.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out the campaign and support however you can, even if that’s simply sharing it.

Chiral Mad 5 will be available in deluxe signed / numbered hardcover, trade hardcover, trade paperback, and eBook. More information is available in the campaign.

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