Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 27th 2014 by Greenwillow Book
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The Cabinet of Curiosities: 40 Tales Brief & Sinister
A collection of forty eerie, mysterious, intriguing, and very short short stories presented by the cabinet’s esteemed curators, otherwise known as acclaimed authors Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire LeGrand, and Emma Trevayne. Perfect for fans of Alvin Schwartz and anyone who relishes a good creepy read-alone or read-aloud story. Features an introduction and commentary by the curators, and illustrations and decorations throughout.
The Cabinet of Curiosities is a collection of entertaining short stories by Stefan Bachmann, Claire Legrand, Emma Trevayne, and Katherine Catmull. The book was introduced to me when I attended Wordstock, a book festival in Portland Or. The creation of the eagerly anticipated book is quite unique and I was lucky enough to attend a panel with the authors and hear how these great tales came to life.
It all started when two, or maybe it was three, of the authors (I cannot remember which two, it was either Stefan and Claire, or Stefan and Emma. I guess I can rule out ever being an investigative reporter) decided they wanted to start a web site where they would each post a brand new short story every month. They decided they would like a fourth author to contribute and without a question they wanted Katherine Catmull to join them as curators.
Luckily for us readers an evil genius along the way decided that these stories would make a great collection to print and the book was born. These stories can all be read for free on the web site at http://enterthecabinet.com/. But I encourage buying the book. I mean look at that cover!
(If I knew where to find a gif of someone really freaking out this is where I would put it)
These stories are intended for a middle grade audience, but do not let that sway you. While at the conference the authors each read one of their stories out loud for us to hear. Let me tell you, they are intriguing, creative, original, and full of awesome.