Great title. Too bad the content is going to be so mediocre!
Anyone who has ever read this blog (and I’m not claiming anyone ever has) will probably know that I’ve been writing a book about speculative poetry. Long story short: It’s finished! It took 2 years and 3.5 drafts but it’s finally done.
What’s more, until I have it for sale on Amazon, I’m going to give a PDF copy of the book to anyone who wants one. As long as we’re under lock down (I live in New York), why not have something educational to spend some time with?
Title: Telling Strange Stories, A Guide to Understanding and Writing Great Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Poetry
What’s it about? This book is a primer on speculative poetry, seen through the lens of popular entertainment (movies, TV shows, comic books, video games .. well not the games so much. I don’t play enough of them anymore). It’s an introductory “textbook” suitable for middle school/high school students and fans of speculative content.
I put the word “textbook” in quotes because the writing style is very informal and a huge amount of the content is pure opinion. Informed opinion but still just opinion. This is the book I wish I had had when I was a kid, suffering through the same endlessly dull poetry unit in school that they gave every year.
How to get a copy: Just ask. Go up to the top of the page. Click “contact” and use one of the ways listed there. Or send an email to me at irvingthemagnificent @ yahoo(.com). I’d appreciate a sentence or two of introduction and why you want it (extra points if you’re homeschooling your kids and want to add it to the curriculum. The points have no value so I can award them freely!).
How long will these free copies be available? Hard to say. Probably a few weeks. When I put it up for official sale on Amazon, I’ll (mostly) stop giving them away for free. But until then, we all need something to help us get through these weird and difficult times.
So why not ask for a copy now?