Kindle Crack Returns! Gwendolyn Kiste, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Shirley Jackson, and More

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By popular demand, SMM’s Kindle Crack segment is back! We apologize for the unexpected hiatus, but new work schedules, editing obligations, and a fierce period of catching up on fiction writing put us more than a little behind. But now the wait is over, and your long-standing thirst for excellent kindle deals for nuts of weird literature is about to get momentarily quenched. So open up, dear readers, and receive the blessed communion of excellent books for prices that are easy on the writerly bank account!

Everyone’s been talking about Gwendolyn Kiste, and for good reason! The Rust Maidens, after all, recently landed an exceedingly impressive duo of Bram Stoker and This Is Horror awards; how many books can brag such a thing? Even better, you can pick up this legendary novel on Kindle for less than the price of a hamburger. You truly can’t expect a better deal than this.

Speaking of celebrated female writers of weird fiction, Caitlin R. Kiernan’s The Dinosaur Tourist also sport’s a kindle price tag of under five bucks. I’m halfway through this collection myself, and it’s every bit as magnificent as people say it is. If you want your weird fiction a little on the heady side, this book is made for you. Stylish, articulate, and utterly intoxicating.

If you enjoy the books we post here, you should already be familiar with Vastarien, particularly since you undoubtedly already subscribe to the journal via Patreon. If you don’t, go do that right now! Grimscribe Press’ recent This Is Horror award is absolutely deserved, since Vastarien quickly developed a reputation for quality work very early in its developmental stages. If you’re (somehow) unfamiliar or unconvinced, Vol. 1, Issue 2 is going for a steal on Kindle right now. This is an excellent chance to what the hype is all about for yourself.

Several collections of Shirley Jackson’s work are also on sale right now, and I can tell you from personal experience that this won’t last. Quick, pick up Dark Tales while you can, then go to the rest of her works on Kindle and pretty soon you’ll have a comprehensive catalogue from one of the most celebrated writers to grace the world of dark fiction. In fact, consider this purchase essential!

Sure, I’m departing from the “theme” a bit on this one, but my primary interest is providing you with excellent books at unbelievable prices. Rimbaud is one of the most exciting and important poets of the late nineteenth century, and it would be a travesty to pass up this incredible deal on Vol. 1 of Wyatt Mason’s Modern Library edition of Rimbaud Complete. I absolutely adore this book…

…almost as much as I adore the Arden Shakespeare series. These are the cream of the crop when it comes to Shakespeare critical editions, and a slew of them are on sale right now for Kindle. Of course, Hamlet has to appear here, since it’s just about as “weird fiction” as Shakespeare gets (although I’d love to argue that Shakespeare has a lot more in common with weird fiction than we’d think, but I’ll save that lengthy tangent for another time and place). For the quality of work, this is an absolute steal.

-Justin A. Burnett

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