Here is the contents page from a forthcoming anthology, the second book in the Northlore series (Nordland Publishing), in which I have two stories featuring.
Mara, My Love On the forest fringe shadows grow long. Barred wooden shutters deny the call. Our fingers clasped together, locked, an indurate mutuality of flesh, of bone. Her silent lips refuse to name the hour, now rising in those conquered eyes. She kisses my hand, and strokes my cheek, disrobes and reveals her shapely form. And still, unbidden, the coils of lust stir as she walks out into the cold without one last glance, or feeling flinch. Yet I do not follow with shawl in hand, to drape across those shoulders bare. But bolt the door, slammed hard behind, with a fistful of iron and eyes tightly closed. Thoughts of my love, that tender soul, framed by a sudden, monstrous howl. ©AJM This poem was included in the The Northlore Series Volume One:Folklore, a collection of work inspired by Scandinavian folklore. Maras were a female race of werewolves.
My long-awaited copy of The Northlore Series Volume 1: Folklore arrived today. Just as I was fearing it would be delayed by the Bank Holiday Monday, it was actually delivered today on a Sunday. Who’s ever heard of that before?
In my impatience it seems to have taken forever, but the anthology is now available on Amazon. I have a story included in it called And The Snow Came Down, in addition to a poem entitled Mara, My Love. The book is an eclectic mix of poetry and prose, with some good illustrations too. The book itself looks and feels great-the cool cover design was inspired by Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, for you music aficionados in the know.
It is available on Kindle also, but books like this explain why I am such a bibliophile.
I’m quite proud to have my work included in this collection, both my poem and my very first published fiction. For anybody who would like a copy, I include the Amazon link below.
Happy Reading! Don’t feed the animals!