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Friday, October 19


I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for Two and Twenty Dark Tales, a charity anthology from Month9Books that re-imagines classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes in a delightfully creeptastic way. I’ve previously reviewed the book and you can check out my thoughts on it here. I’m pleased to present for your reading pleasure an interview with Georgia McBride, author and publisher for Month9!


1. Where did the idea of a compilation of dark version of Mother Goose tales come from, and how did you find the awesome collection of authors on this book?

I have always thought of Mother Goose rhymes in particular as being dark, and not necessarily comforting. As for the authors, I simply sent an email asking writerly friends I’ve made if they wanted to participate. I was pretty surprised by the response.

2. The stories in this book were creepy in a variety of ways. I think it’s perfect for the Halloween season. Which story in the anthology did you personally find the most scary or disturbing? Why?

It might sound self-serving, but I’ve read many reviews that say Little Miss Muffet, my story, was rather disturbing. Some have called it downright gross. That’s probably because my poem, Humpty Dumpty wasn’t featured in the galley version of the book. It is equally disturbing and extremely sad. Thinking about it chokes me up.

3. If there was a theme song for Two and Twenty Dark Tales what would it be?

Them Bones by Alice in Chains.

4. Month9Books has stated that there will be a charity anthology like Two and Twenty Dark Tales every year. How did you reach this decision, and can you explain the publication’s commitment to charity anthologies? Do you have an idea of what you’re going to do next?

Yes! Next year’s anthology is called Very Superstitious: Myths, Legends, and Stories of Superstition. Proceeds from sales of the first 5,000 copies will be donated to SPCA International. We will continue to publish a charity title annually. We believe we can make a difference, one word at a time.

5. Where do the proceeds for Two and Twenty Dark Tales go to? Can you tell us about this charity?

YALITCHAT.ORG, an organization close to my heart, that fosters the advancement of young adult literature around the world.

6. You currently wear many hats—author and publisher being two of those. How do you balance your various responsibilities, and which do you like the most? Why?

Balance is hard, but necessary. As a writer, I am responsible to myself, my agent, and in some ways, my family. As a publisher, my responsibility extends to Month9Books authors, their agents, their families, our staff, our distributor, our partners. It is a heavy weight, but I carry it gladly and with pride. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

7. What forthcoming release from Month9Books are you most excited for?

Is it wrong to say my own? Praefatio releases May 2013.

8. This is a free and open question. Tell us something original, unique, interesting. Whatever you want to share.

Hmmmm. I have size 10 feet. My fave super hero is Batman. I have a huge crush on Jared Leto. When I was in high school, I wanted to change my name to Stephanie. Don’t know if any of the above makes me original, unique, or interesting. 

Thank you to Georgia and Month9 for that awesome interview! Be sure to order your copy of Two and Twenty Dark Tales today


Before you go, enter to win an ebook of Marcelo in The Real World by Francisco X. Stork using the Rafflecopter here.  

And be sure to check out the other tour stops for more interviews, guest posts and prizes!

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Tuesday, August 28

Two and Twenty Dark Tales

Two and Twenty Dark Tales- Edited by Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink

Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes

I was raised on nursery rhymes so when I saw that there was an anthology of stories based on Mother Goose I practically lost my mind. Not only does Two and Twenty Dark Tales have a great premise, there are so many amazing contributing writers who’s work I already love—-Gretchen McNeil, Lisa Mantchev, Karen Mahoney to name a few. The anthology is full of creepy unsettling stories, dark imaginings and disturbing endings. You will never look at nursery rhymes the same way again after reading this, nor should you want to. There’s something particularly Grimm (pun intended) about this collection; it’s closer to what original fairy tales and nursery rhymes were intended to do—-to warn and ward the dark things in the world. It is an anthology I cannot wait to have on my shelves!

Overall: A+

Two and Twenty Dark Tales is due out from Month9Books on October 16th. Pre-order your copy here.

e-galley provided gratis via Netgalley

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Sunday, July 11

Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod, one night sailed off in a wooden shoe;
Sailed off on a river of crystal light into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going and what do you wish?” the old moon asked the three.
“We’ve come to fish for the herring fish that live in this beautiful sea.
Nets of silver and gold have we,” said Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song as they rocked in the wooden shoe.
And the wind that sped them all night long ruffled the waves of dew.
Now the little stars are the herring fish that live in that beautiful sea;
“Cast your nets wherever you wish never afraid are we!”
So cried the stars to the fishermen three - Winkin’, and Blinkin’, and Nod.

So all night long their nets they threw to the stars in the twinkling foam.
‘Til down from the skies came the wooden shoe bringing the fisherman home.
‘Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed as if it could not be.
Some folks say ‘twas a dream they dreamed of sailing that misty sea.
But I shall name you the fisherman three - Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod.

Now Winkin’ and Blinkin’ are two little eyes and Nod is a little head.
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies is a wee one’s trundle bed.
So close your eyes while mother sings of the wonderful sights that be.
And you shall see those beautiful things as you sail on the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three - Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod.

— "Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod"

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