More Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia
Edited by Michael Knost , Foreword by Governor Joe Manchin, III
After putting together this anthology's predecessor, Legends of the Mountain State: Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia, editor Michael Knost realized he had barely scratched the surface with Mountain State folklore. The first time around, thirteen extraordinary authors had contributed horrifying tales that left everyone goosebumped and scared of the dark. After seeing great success with the project, Woodland Press, publishers of the first edition, asked Knost to put together a second edition-one that focused on thirteen additional ghost stories and mountain legends. The new project, which is arguably scarier than its predecessor, embodies the same tone and texture of its forerunner-with 13 nationally known authors and storytellers. According to Knost, this new volume, Legends of the Mountain State 2, offers fresh meat to those who devoured the stories in the first volume.
Chapters and Authors Include:
-- Dancing in Time to the Beating Heart of the World
By Mark Justice
-- The Adventure of the Greenbrier Ghost
By Jonathan Maberry
-- The Grim Beast of Iaeger
By Bob Freeman
-- The Cold Gallery
By Lucy A. Snyder
-- The Anniversary
By Nate Kenyon
-- Cain Twists
By Steven L. Shrewsbury
-- Occurrence at Flatwoods
By Michael Laimo
-- A House is Not a Home
By Maurice Broaddus
-- Dark Wisdom
By Gary A. Braunbeck
-- An Angel in the Balcony
By Brian J. Hatcher
By Mary SanGiovanni
-- The Man in Ragged Blue
By Rob Darnell
-- For Just One Night
By Nate Southard
"Hardboiled, Southern Gothic. I loved it. It's lean and mean and it doesn't care if you like it, which is what makes me like it all the better. Written with a razor on the back of a dead bloated redneck cracker down by the river side, the mountains in view, this is one excellent read." - Joe R. Lansdale, nationally known author
"As a collection, the thirteen stories in Legends of the Mountain State 2: More Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia work cohesively to paint a multi-layered portrait of a working-class region overflowing with superstition and ghostly lore. As in the first volume, editor Michael Knost does a commendable job balancing the terror and tenderness." - Vince A. Liaguno, Dark Scribe Magazine
April 17, 2010
Logan County horror writer's success is scary
By Bill Lynch
Staff writer, Charleston Gazette
The nomination for a Bram Stoker Award was a surprise.
"It wasn't anything I really thought about," Collins said.
But the book was well received inside the genre, among horror writers, editors and people within the publishing industry. When the Horror Writers Association sought out recommendations for the Bram Stoker Awards, "Writer's Workshop Of Horror" made the short list of 10, then became one of the four officially nominated for the nonfiction award.
"I was on cloud nine when it became nominated," Davis said. "For my wife, it was better than heaven."
Collins says he would have been happy just to make the top 10 or even the final four. Peers inside the genre made the recommendations, nominations and final voting. In that way, winning a Bram Stoker Award is a lot like winning an Academy Award.
It also doesn't hurt that his book beat out a collection of Stephen King's nonfiction writings. Of course, King has won nine Bram Stoker Awards over the course of his career, but Collins is proud to be mentioned in the same sort of company.
Winning was incredible, but getting to England to accept the award in person was something else. Collins makes a modest income with his writing, but it's not enough for him to quit his day job at Auxi Health, a durable medical equipment company, and barricade himself in a cabin up in the hills with a typewriter. He needed help to cover the costs.
"I'm very fortunate to have a few sponsors who made the trip to England possible," Knost said. "Aracoma Drug, Hatfield-McCoy Convention & Visitors Bureau, Giovanni's of West Logan, Chapmanville Lions Club, and the town of Chapmanville."
Logan County really rallied around Collins, Davis says, and not without reason.
"To my knowledge, Michael is the first West Virginian to ever receive a Bram Stoker Award," Davis said. "He's certainly the first to ever win anything like this from Logan."
With an award under his belt, Collins says he's going back to work. He has two more horror anthologies he's working on, as well as a novel about the Mothman.
For more information about Michael Collins, visit his Web site, www.michaelknost.com. For more information about Woodland Press, visit www.woodlandpress.com.