Frühlingsstimmen celebrates the abundance of voices from around the world and beyond the grave that spring forth with coloratura brio, whether through drama, humour, or poetic music. Drawn from the legendary pages of Danse Macabre – An Online Literary Magazine, connoisseurs of multi-hued letters will be enchanted by the ample selection of fifty literary entertainments awaiting them in Frühlingsstimmen an e-anthology of the macabrely to remember.
Comedy, like tragedy, is in the eye of the beholder. One person’s pratfall is another’s karma, butterfly effect, or joy. What makes one soul chortle might make another choke on their ham sandwich. Laughter communicates nerves as much as delight. But the notion of Commedia is more objective, and universal, a pronoun that acknowledges both observational guile and stoic acceptance of quite a great deal of human constructs, if not the human condition – or humanity itself. Commedia celebrates all manner of the human pratfall as only an anthology from Danse Macabre can. Though wry storytelling, the wit of poetry, and the wisdom of wags passed, Commedia will delight lovers of letters with its dark hilarity and macabre merriment.
Drawn in part from one of DM’s most beloved issues, Kismet features bespoke translation of acclaimed expat Iranian poet Ali Abdolrezaei, immortal classics of the macabrely from F. Sheridan Le Fanu and Elliott O’Donnell; poetry from Peter Marra (Peep-O-Rama) and Peter Weltner (The One-Winged Body); fiction from UK film critic Martyn Conterio and Robert J. Gregg (Death Commends Not All, Sam and the Fall of the Wall), not to mention more than a few literary surprises of the sort readers worldwide have delighted to in the pages of DM for nearly a decade. Kismet celebrates this shared joy in the unusual and the fantastic.
Goulash (Gulyás in the original Hungarian) is primarily a soup, or stew, comprised of various and sundry ingredients, both hearty and well-spiced. In both Czech and Slovak, guláš means “mishmash”. Here, Goulash celebrates well-spiced letters brimming in colorful tastes, tones, styles, and voices, an international literary stew to satisfy bookish hungers for characters we have never met, images we have not yet dreamt, voices from afar – and within – we may never have otherwise heard. Featuring nearly fifty fictions, poems, and rare macabrely from beyond the grave, Goulash will not only satiate your imaginative appetites but slake your thirst for colour and zest in an increasingly deflavourised cultural landscape.
They say good things come to those who wait. Or almost die in the process, as the case may be. Truly, hunger is the most savory of spices, and anticipation the greatest complement to pleasure. DM ~ Weihnachtsmarkt is your supreme literary buffet of feiertagsgeschichten (holiday stories) et poésie saisonnière (seasonal poetry). Lovers of noir coloratura will groan under the weight of bookish delights from around the globe and beyond the grave, the finest fare on the literary web: prose plum puddings spiced with nutmeg and rum, hearty portions of DM’s Prix de Noël winners topped with poetic sprigs of holly, hidden holiday crackers filled with mystery and caprice, flurries of powdered sugar, perhaps the faintest whiff of classical sulfur and that tang of bitter almond…ach du liebe, what a carve-up! Let no e-book reader in your macabrely circles go without DM ~ Weihnachtsmarkt this holiday season!
“Weihnachtsmarkt is one of those collections you rarely seem to stumble upon. It is a terrific journey deep into the heart of winter. Contemporary writers of poetry and prose huddle beside literary hidden gems of the past, and blend into the stark surroundings seamlessly. Weihnachtsmarkt reaches to the far corners of the globe, and spans over a century. Each poem weaved and tale spun, resonates profoundly and with poignancy. As Ezra Pound writes in the book’s epigraph, “Winter is icummen in, Lhude sing Goddamm.” ~ Benjamin Blake Evemy, author