In 2000 Twilight Tales published an anthology called TALES FROM THE RED LION. The theme was pretty simple, all of the stories had to take place in a Red Lion Pub. It was a wonderful book and contained my second ever published story, “Fool’s Eve.” Unfortunately, the book went out of print several years ago.
Twilight Tales has just published a reprint of this terrific book, with me as co-editor! The first edition was edited with skill and panache by Andrea Dubnick. I’ve taken the foundation Andrea laid down and built a more Chicago-centric edition. See, in the previous edition there were stories that took place in Red Lions “Across Time and Space.” This time around all of the stories incorporate everyone’s favorite Chicagoland British Pub located at 2446 N. Lincoln Avenue. (This meant a couple of the stories had to be cut, among them “Fool’s Eve.”) Also this time all of the authors are from the Chicagoland area.
The line up is incredible!
Returning authors include:
Jim Doherty – Western Writer’s of America Spur Award winner, Crime Writer’s Association Debut Dagger nominee
Jerry Gilio – 2 time Phandemonium “Dark and Stormy Planet” Contest winner
Tina L. Jens - 3 time Stoker Award nominee, International Horror Guild Award nominee
Lawrence Santoro – 2 time Stoker Award nominee
And wonderful returning interior artwork by Bill Cavalier
As for authors new to the book:
J. A. Konrath - Lovey Award winner, Derringer Award winner, Anthony Award nominee, Maccavity Award nominee
Martin Mundt – 2 time World Horror Convention Flash Fiction Contest winner
Jody Lynn Nye – Author of over80 short stories and over 30 books, some co-authored with people like Anne McCaffrey and Robert Asprin
And one who’s both returning and new:
Richard Chwedyk - Nebula Award winner, Hugo Award nominee, Sturgeon Award nominee, Rhysling Award nominee. (Richard has a poem returning in the anthology and he also has a brand new story)
We even have a new introduction by co-owner of the Red Lion, Colin Cordwell!
But wait, there’s more!
I’m not going to mince words on this part. The cover for the original edition of TALES FROM THE RED LION was horrible and awful and hideous. This time around we have new artwork by none other than world renowned artist Gahan Wilson! Gahan’s work has appeared in numerous places including “Playboy” and “The New Yorker.” This is quite a coup for Twilight Tales and, of course, this book.
Anyway the book is out now and it’s really something special. Whether you want to learn about a tiny corner of Chicago, whether you love reading about barflies and watering holes or whether you just want to read some great stories, this book is for you!
Go to Twilight Tales to order TALES FROM THE RED LION.