The Trembling Living Wire

The anthology Psycho-Mania!—containing my short story “The Trembling Living Wire”—launched at the 2013 World Fantasy Convention in Brighton with, or so I’m told, 23 contributors in attendance signing copies.

My tale was inspired by one of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe poems, knowledge of which is not at all necessary to appreciate the story. (Though those who already know of the one ‘who despisest an unimpassioned song’ may pick up on certain background elements earlier than those who’ve never read the poem.) Poe’s ‘Israfel’ got me to thinking of the places we go in the service to our arts. Some of those places are darker than others, yielding darker results. I hope never to go as far as in this story.