Stephanie M. Wytovich’s Mourning Jewelry is a haunting poetry collection that revolves around the Victorian tradition of wearing mementos in honor of deceased loved ones. Many of these items included ashes placed into rings or necklaces made out of human hair. However, over time mourning jewelry evolved and became more of a fashion statement, even though most jewelry wearers lived on and continued to struggle with their grief. Wytovich’s poetry explores the sadness and the memories that the jewelry must have inspired for those who wore them day in and day out. Her collection shows readers that mourning and grief isn’t just a temporary state of being but instead is a permanent “sickness.”
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Yana Toboso’s manga Black Butler follows a young earl named Ciel Phantomhive who lives in a manor house right outside of London and is known for being a giant of commerce. There’s only one problem: Earl Phantomhive is a 12–year-old boy who just lazes around his house while others in the corporation slave away to produce both candy and toys. Although Phantomhive has a team of devoted staff members, none can touch his butler, a mysterious man named Sebastian, who is always ready, willing, and able to carry out his master’s wishes. Whether he needs to probe London’s seedy and dark underbelly or save his master from a dinner party gone awry, Sebastian is good at his job—almost too good to be human.
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Raymond Buckland, who has been called the “father of witchcraft” and has long been a revered figure in the Pagan community, has briefly turned away from writing about spirit communications, Wicca, witchcraft, and divination for a walk down the Victorian side. His new novel Cursed in the Act takes the “father of vampires,” a.k.a. Bram Stoker himself, and re-imagines him as a cross between Supernatural’s Sam and Dean Winchester with a bit of Sherlock Holmes thrown in for good measure.
It is 1881-era London, and after a famous actor is poisoned on stage while his understudy’s killed the night after the incident, stage manager Harry Rivers and his boss Bram Stoker must team up to discover who sabotaged the actor and why. Although they discover that Mr. Irving has a long list of enemies, many whom would happily see him dead, the dynamic duo soon discover that the perpetrator has turned to magic to wreak havoc on the play and shut it down. As Irving and Stoker fight to save Mr. Irving from supernatural mischief, they soon become the new target for the nefarious magician.
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In a twist from the usual YA standard publication format, Lisa Borja’s upcoming trilogy The Spirit Writings will be released as eBooks on Amazon starting on March 30. Although the book trailer is not flashy, the simple yet effective style helps to draw viewers in thanks to the ‘old-timey’ photographs and the calm, soothing voice of the narrator.
Set in the 1870s, which is when psychic phenomena really took off, a young psychic named Ava wrestles with her gifts. The small town in which she grew up is not only stifling her psychic abilities but her opportunities as well. Feeling trapped, Ava must determine whether or not she wants to stay in the area of her birth and conform to society or move away so she can put her psychic gifts to good use.
Using only an engaging voice-over script, a few actors and beautifully shot photographs, the trailer for The Spirit Writings shows a glimpse of a promising new book series.
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