Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Need is Simply Critical--WJ Rosser

I was dismayed to read that the media is already talking about closing the museum.

Access to history and our literary heritage is going to be gone.  Thankfully, the building is protected by landmark laws, but who wants to drive by?  This is the house in which Poe started and ended his career.  He wrote MS. Found in a Bottle here.(The picture above is an illustration from an early edition by Wommel.)  That story was so influential that many critics credit it with influencing the entire class of tragic sea voyage stories such as Moby Dick.

Help us save it!

Quick updates:

We'll have t-shirts soon, donated by a wonderful businessman local to me.  In addition, we'll have e-readers to give away soon, too.

I'm happy to say we have so far accepted stories from Aaron Patterson, Bill Butler, Zain Richard Bennett and more.  Beautiful poetry has been supplied as well.  This is shaping up to be a fabulous anthology.  I'm so honored to be able to participate in this project.

You can participate, too.  Can you take just a moment to pre-order an anthology?  Can you donate?

The Poe House needs you, and you can help.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Matching Contribution!

We've been fortunate enough to have a local businessman (local to WJ Rosser in Orange County, CA, that is) who has volunteered to buy one Spirit of Poe Anthology to ship to the Baltimore Poe House for every Anthology presold by Midnight PST today.  That means your anthology purchase gets triple power.

Money from the sale of your book will go to the Poe House--something like $9-10
Money from the matching sale will go to the Poe House--something like $9-10
The Poe House will make a profit on the matched book--something like $9-10.

When was the last time you spent $14.99 for something and ended up giving more than twice that to charity?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Support for the Poe Anthology

A great many submissions have poured in, and we're thankful.  We're also thankful for the pre-orders of the anthology.  (If you haven't pre-ordered it yet, take care of that now.  Remember, every cent above the absolute minimum necessary expenses will go to the museum.)

We also appreciate the many bloggers who are helping.  You'll soon see guest posts by WJ Rosser on a great many blogs, and I hope you'll choose to follow a number of them.  Thanks to Jen and Marty at Fictitious Musings, who will be one of the first with a post I drafted about the importance of saving the Baltimore Poe House and Museum.

I want to thank some other folks as well.  Picasso Games, Etc.  has made it possible for us to give away e-readers.  We're still working out the details, but look for an announcement this week with specifics.  This I can tell you--if you pre-order the anthology, you'll have a chance to win an e-reader pre-loaded with Poe's works.  At this point, it looks like we'll have at least five to give away.

I've also been in touch with a silkscreen printer who's helping us get some tee shirts together.  Look for a post on that once we get the design done.  And, yes, we'll be throwing five or ten of those into the pre-order and you might win something mix as well.

So...thanks, and keep the support coming.  Pre-order an anthology or two and send in your submissions.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

We’re Proud to Have Dr. Barbara Cantalupo Involved

Dr. Barbara Cantalupo has kindly agreed to write the introduction for the upcoming anthology, The Spirit of Poe, and has refused compensation.  We’re humbled and grateful.

Dr. Cantalupo is a rare and wonderful academic.  She is a founding editor of the Edgar Allan Poe Review, and one of the foremost Poe scholars in the world today.  At the risk of sounding flippant, I (this is WJ Rosser writing) have to tell you that her CV can be summed up as “Dr. Cantalupo knows a whole heck of a lot more about Poe than I do.”  Of course, she would never suggest such a thing—she’s far too gracious.  

Nonetheless, she has scores of essays, articles, interviews, and books on the subject.  In addition, she’s chaired conferences, presented at conferences, and lectured all over on Poe and his works.  We’re excited to have this noteworthy and committed individual on board.

When we first decided on the anthology, it was just a thought, almost an afterthought.  We just wanted to do what little we could to help.  The wonderful outpouring of support from the literary community is overwhelming and encouraging.  Thanks, Dr. Cantalupo, for helping us to do what we can to preserve this important part of literary history, the Baltimore Poe House and Museum.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What's Poetry without Poe?

In an ultimate “duh” moment typical of a day in the life of WJ Rosser, we completely forgot about poetry for this anthology.

Is there a person in the western world who wasn’t required to memorize at least some part of “The Raven” during the long days of education?  Karen and WJ have decided no anthology that truly cares about the spirit of Poe could neglect to include some poetry.

Send no more than five dark poems.  We will favor poems similar to Poe’s and attention to strong imagery and structure is important to us!  That said, regale us with your lyrical brilliance!  We will pay $25 per poem, will accept no more than two per author, and of course, the option to donate back your pay to help the cause is available.

Send your poems to

Monday, September 5, 2011

Our First Anthology, The Spirit of Poe

The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore has lost its $80,000 per year funding from the City of Baltimore.  Literary Landmark Press is publishing an anthology called The Spirit of Poe, all proceeds of which will go to the museum.  That's everything.  All proceeds.  Every cent above the costs of printing and paying the contributors.

We are seeking short horror fiction up to 10,000 words.  For this anthology, we're looking for horror along the lines of Fall of the House of Usher or The Telltale Heart, psychological and mysterious.  Both of those short stories will be in the anthology.

Contributors will receive payment of 5 cents per word for original, new fiction.  Reprints will be considered and will receive compensation of 2 cents per word.  Contributors will also receive one copy of the printed anthology and one electronic copy.  (Contributors are free to donate their earnings to the cause!)

Send submissions in word or rtf format to  Submissions will be accepted until October 1st. The anthology is scheduled for publication on or about Halloween, 2011.