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These ten stories of the macabre by V. V. Swigferd Gloume, the "Bard from Beyond" (1889-1913), were written pseudonymously and are his first published works. We are proud to present these tales of a master of Edwardian horror for the very first time to his readership. They run the gamut of style and content, from somber and disquieting pieces to the gore and grotesquerie ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Derby Books
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William Rosencrans’ second book is about as different from his first, the novel The Epiphanist, as it’s possible to get. But there is continuity in the title’s epiphanistic theme. Freaksome Tales is what the subtitle says it is – or, at least, is in its first part. And not only are there the ten stories, but a biographical foreword (very valuable to someone who, like me, has never heard of Gloume), notes for each story, a photo section (which shows Gloume to have had an often startling ...more
I would describe William Rosencrans's FREAKSOME TALES as a sometimes hysterical, often brilliant mash-up of Edgar Allen Poe and Roald Dahl (if you've read Dahl's short-story collection, KISS KISS, you'll know just what I'm talking about). Rosencrans is writing here in the persona of an early twentieth-century writer of weird fiction, V. V. Swigferd Gloume, whose medical problems in childhood contributed to the macabre nature of his later work. Gloume is, of course, a product of Rosencrans's ...more
I found Rosencrans' central premise for his collection refreshingly hilarious ("V. V. Swigferd Gloume (1889-1913), the "Bard from Beyond," wrote some of the English language's most infelicitous horror stories. These ten tales, written under pseudonyms and previously unknown to fans, were his first published work") the writer need engage in no novelty to attract attention. These stories are the real thing in terms of the sinister and terrifying, employing a narrative of Parnassian morbidity which ...more
William Rosencrans has worked as a bartender, an apple picker, a stonemason, a wood carver, a copy editor, and a host of other things. He was a church-going child and ne'er-do-well teen in New Orleans, a wonderful place in which ne'er to do well. And he's always been a writer.More about William Rosencrans...