Friday, 14 September 2012
Published: From Stage Door Shadows
Twenty-six authors trade Tiny Dancer's California-blessed lyrics for the shadowed recesses of stages large and small in From Stage Door Shadows, a speculative fiction homage to the darkness just beyond the limelight of the entertainment industry.
The stories re-introduce the woman Bernie Taupin wrote about and Elton John sang about: blue jean baby, LA lady, the band's seamstress, the music man's wife, and the girl dancing in the sand, along with a stellar cast of musicians, singers, thespians, fans, managers, dancers, DJs, magicians, talent show contestants, stars, and has-beens.
Frome Vaudeville to opera, piano bar to street corner, hotel suite and beauty pageant, From Stage Door Shadows is a backstage pass to where dreams of fame, fortune, and fulfillment live and die in a heartbeat.
From Stage Door Shadows is the fourth Literary Mix Tapes and the final LMT anthology for 2012. It follows in the footsteps of Nothing But Flowers: tales of post-apocalyptic love, Eighty Nine, and Deck The Halls: festive tales of fear and cheer.
From Stage Door Shadows is based on Bernie Taupin's lyrical tribute to California in the 1970s, "Tiny Dancer". The song appears on Elton John's fourth studio album, Madman Across The Water and although not a hit at the time of release, it went platinum in August 2011.
The paperback and eBook will be released simultaneously on the 29th September 2012. The paperback will be launched at Smith's Alternate Bookstore in Canberra (Australia) on 29th September as part of Conflux 8, and will be accompanied by an online celebration.
Pre-orders open Monday 3rd September 2012. Books may be ordered via the eMergent Publishing Bookstore for the reduced price of $12.99 (RRP $19.99).
Table of Contents:
Rites of Spring by Graham Storrs
Torch Song by Andrew J. McKiernan
Fear Is The Sin by Alan Baxter
Candentia by Clive Martin
Luminaire by Joanne Anderton
House of the Cantomancer by Jennifer Muirhead
White Poppy Serenade by S. G. Larner
Time Signature by Melanie Saward
Tiny Dancer by Emma Kerry
Sing to Me by Laura Meyer
Discovering the Gift by Len Lambert
Indigo by Jodi Cleghorn
The Last Illusion by Rus Van Westervelt
Dancing in the Sand by Rebecca L. Dobbie
A Perfect Evening by Sam Adamson
My Moment by Theresa Milstein
Music Box by Laura Eno
Open Audition by Devin Watson
A Living Doll by Monica Marier
The Last of the Undead Beats by Daniel Wynne
The Gods Are Just by Janette Dalgliesh
The Music Man by Lisamarie Lamb
The Colour of Blood by Cath Barton
Velvet by J. M. Donellan
The Twilight Dream by Tom Dullemond
Muted by Jessica Bell
eMergent Publishing is a cutting edge Anglo-Australian small press founded by authors Paul Anderson and Jodi Cleghorn in 2009. eMergent produces conceptual fiction anthologies which push the boundaries of form and structure.