Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 16, 2020

Book Giveaway: Night Bazaars

We have a treat today. Author/Editor Lenore Hart is giving away two Fantastic Fiction Anthologies filled with short stories of magic, dangerous desires, forbidden wishes, and psychological horrors. Published by Northampton House Press.

Lenore has agreed to send a copy of the two books below to the one lucky winner and a 4-card spread Tarot reading giveaway, which would be done on Zoom by one of the story authors. I think you will find the interview with Lenore very interesting. If you are only interested in the two books and not the Tarot reading, let me know in your comments and I will reward someone else with this gift.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Lenore and all the authors in these books.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!

The Night Bazaar: Eleven Haunting Tales of Forbidden Wishes and Dangerous Desires

The Night Bazaar: Eleven Haunting Tales of Forbidden Wishes and Dangerous Desires

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

“All the stories contribute to a sense of otherworldly dread. Appealing to those who like their fantasy served with a side of psychological horror, this anthology is sure to entertain.” – Publisher’s Weekly

ARE YOU ONE OF THE INVITED?

Various mentions of a Night Bazaar appear throughout history in obscure and controversial works from around the world. A forbidden market which opens at midnight, closes before sunrise, and appears for one week . . . but never in the same venue each night, and never again in the same city.

There’s just one catch: To find it, you must be Invited.

Tonight the Bazaar opens in a parking garage somewhere in Manhattan. A huge subterranean market fair of antique costumes, alchemical treatments, magical dentistry, palmistry, Tarot and tea leaf-reading, and water-, glass-, and crystalgazing, oddities and objets d’art, medical curiosities and strange instruments, erotic favors, time travel, and body alterations. The narrow aisles throng with jongleurs, freaks, charlatans, mountebanks, faeries, prostitutes, and acrobats. The scents of opium, perfume, tobacco, grease paint, incense, plastic explosive, alcohol, and sex permeate the air. But each object or service comes with a gift, a curse, or a haunting.

The Bazaar sells that which cannot be had elsewhere. Everything you’ve read about but thought had passed away, or never existed at all. But these eleven haunting tales will show how wrong you were!

Ah! It seems you’ve already spotted something you desire. But don’t head off that way, not just yet. You have all night . . . but not a moment more.


The Night Bazaar Venice: Thirteen Tales of Forbidden Wishes and Dangerous Desires

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

The Night Bazaar is a secret marketplace of the rare, strange, occult, and dangerous. Its curious vendors specialize in services or objects which simply cannot be had elsewhere, for any price. This forbidden market has operated throughout history at various locales. It cannot be stumbled upon; you must be Invited. But how did it begin? This collection of thirteen eerie, fantastic, and magical works by various authors recounts the origin story of the Bazaar’s first appearance, in St. Mark’s Square, Venice, in the plague year of 1348. Some take place in those medieval days of fear, witchcraft, pandemic, and murder. Other, more contemporary tales center on objects from that first bazaar – inherited, found, purchased, or stolen during the dark centuries since by the unsuspecting, foolish, and greedy (though seldom the completely innocent). Together the linked stories take readers on a fantastical journey into astonishment, dread, and dark delight.

INTERVEIW WITH LENORE HART:

  1. How did you come up with the idea of doing the anthology?

My daughter, an artist and book designer, used to live in Brooklyn. In 2015 they told me there was a weekend midnight market they used to go to in the neighborhood, called The Night Bazaar. I thought, “What a great name for a book!” Though I felt sure someone must have already used it. But I did a comprehensive online search and, to my amazement, no one had ever used it for a book, series, or film. I decided I wanted to create a fantastic-fiction series by that name, with the concept of an exotic bazaar that only appears once in a city, and only for one week, each night in a different location. A magical venue one must be invited to in order to attend. I quickly trademarked the name for our press. And then set to work creating the first The Night Bazaar anthology, which is set in present-day New York City. Now we have two, since the next volume was released in August of this year. Number three is in the works!

  1. How did you think about putting together one of Haunting Tales of Forbidden Wishes and Dangerous Desires?

Well, we needed a subtitle that helped make clear what the anthology was all about. So after a lot of brainstorming among me, the publisher, and the art director, for volume one we came up with “The Night Bazaar: Eleven Haunting Tales of Forbidden Wishes and Dangerous Desires.” Forbidden because many of the anthology stories sort of do a supernatural take on that old Chinese proverb “Be careful what you wish for.” And as for the haunted part, there were a few ghost stories, but primarily I simply wanted readers to be haunted – but in a good way! – after reading the stories!

  1. What was the first thing you did to pull it all together? 

I have three jobs – graduate creative writing professor, fiction editor at a small press, and writer (novels, short stories, and poetry). So in an attempt to make the process not too overwhelming, I issued notices, mostly to writers I already knew – colleagues, former students, friends – inviting them to submit a brief synopsis of a proposed story. The idea was that I would choose between ten and twelve that seemed to best represent the themes and go together, since I wanted the overall effect of each anthology to be sort of like a novel-in-stories, with smooth transitions, no matter where in time we were at any given moment. Then I had to go through and choose, let the writers, know, and then when they turned in their first complete drafts, do the editor thing. It got to be more complicated than I had expected, though, for several reasons. One: having never done a collection or anthology before, I had thought it would be faster and easier than writing a whole novel by  myself. Wrong! I learned that – at least for me – it’s actually far more time-consuming and labor-intensive to edit other people’s work into one coherent book with an overarching theme. To make sure each story did not contradict the basic details of the Night Bazaar itself, or somehow cause confusion about the character of Madam Vera, who acts as our guide to the Bazaar and sometimes appears in a minor role in the stories. Also, for some of the authors it was their first foray into either historical fiction or fantastic fiction, and so I had to give a lot of guidance to make sure their works were realizing some of the expected tropes or some tangible aspect of that overall genre: dark fantasy, magical realism, ghost story, or supernatural/soft horror. Then I had to write an opening and closing for the anthology, plus an introduction for each of the stories. Finally, I had to go over and over the final manuscript to catch any historical, contemporary, or other inconsistencies before it went to press. In a word: Whew!

  1. Did you contact people you knew, or did you put something out on the Internet asking for submissions? 

As I discussed above, both times I primarily worked with writers I knew. A few were recommended to me by friends or colleagues. For the third volume I do plan to open up submissions to a wider group of writers, and will probably announce the call for stories for the third anthology in mid-2021, online – on the Northampton House Press website, Facebook page, and Instagram page, for starters. And then hope not to be overwhelmed! But I would like to see some new voices in the next one, and am especially hoping to see more LGBTQI and writers of color submitting story ideas for consideration.

  1. How many did you get? 

The first time around, about 20 stories, by invitation. The second, about three dozen. I could not acquire all of the story ideas, with a limited number of spots, so the result was that I had to make some difficult choices. This time, I’m hoping to see a wider pool of submissions. I will ask for a brief synopsis and perhaps the first 500 words of the proposed story, so writers don’t have to invest a great deal of time creating a whole story that might not be suitable for the upcoming volume. That way I can also have some input about the content and direction they take early on, so there will be less need for adjusting later on. I hope!

  1. Did you know how many stories you would include in the book?

I had figured on about 10 to 12. The first anthology ended up with eleven, and the second I was excited to see came out to thirteen in total; it’s got a longer page count than the first one. I plan to keep the anthologies at between probably 9 and 13 stories. Some of the stories are quite long, at around 10,000 words, and reviewers seem to like that – that there is room in them for real development of plot and characters. Others come in at fewer words – about 3500 to 5000. It’s nice to have that sort of variety in length in a collection of works.

  1. How long did it take you to decide who to include in the anthology?

It took several months of reading the submissions as they came in. I was fortunate that the invitation method meant I did not have to sift through hundreds of proposals – though of course the down side to limiting the submissions is, you might be missing a great story that would’ve been sent in to a larger open call. I think, too, I subconsciously wanted to get a good handle on exactly what I wanted this anthology to be, before I opened it up to wider submissions, because it isn’t simply a miscellaneous assemblage of unrelated stories. And now I feel like I do understand it well enough to recognize what will be best for us in a proposed story; the ways in which they need to fit together to preserve and enhance the theme of an exotic, secret, traveling bazaar patronized by both humans and other beings, which is not anchored in time or place. Some story writers got this concept immediately, others had to give it more thought. It is easiest when the writer in question is both a reader and an author in one of the related genres, of course. For, if one understands how to envision and construct a type of story well already, then what is generally expected will be clear. Along with what sorts of things to add to that, or how to push the genre boundaries in a well-reasoned and planned way. And when one doesn’t already have that knowledge at hand, well – there can be a steep learning curve, and a lot more work for both writer and editor!

  1. Did people have guidelines on exactly what you wanted?

Yes. I sent out a prospectus which explained in some detail the operating world of the Bazaar, its historical origins, who the character of Madame Vera is in connection with the plot. (Basically, she’s me – the narrator who opens up the anthology, invites the reader into the Night Bazaar, leads them through it by introducing each story in its turn. And is finally, the one who closes the anthology as the bazaar packs up, takes down its booths and tents, and departs. She also leaves some clues for readers as to where in the world (and in time) The Night Bazaar may appear next.) That info sheet also laid out the various deadlines and minimum and maximum word counts, and the other standard information one expects to be given in a call for stories.

  1. Did you have a publisher in mind before you started the first anthology project?

Well, that part was quite easy, since I’m the fiction editor for a small independent publishing house, Northampton House Press, and I developed the idea by working together with others on the staff. We plan to keep doing the anthology for the foreseeable future, though it might happen down the road that if someone – say, a larger press — wanted to acquire the series, we would certainly consider it. For now, though, it is still my baby!

  1. Who did the artwork for the covers?

That part too was pretty much a no-brainer. Our press is a family affair: my husband, novelist David Poyer, established it in early 2011, ostensibly to put some of his older works back in print in new, revised editions. It grew exponentially from there. Today we have 32 authors with around 50 works in print. For decades David and I have published our own novels with larger traditional houses (Macmillan Books, Penguin, Simon and Schuster) but bring put a few older works back in reprints with NHP. We have also done other collections of short works. A few examples are Autobiography of the Lower East Side: a Novel in Stories, a wonderfully evocative collection set in NYC in the 1950s and 1960s, by Rashidah Ismaili, and David’s recent nonfiction collection of published essays, Heroes of Annapolis).

As for the cover art and design, that was done by NHP’s art director, Naia Poyer, who – besides being our daughter – is also a painter, graphic artist, and book designer for Macmillan Audio and other presses as well. An easy choice, since Naia is well-read in fantasy and magical realism, and also writes in those genres, as well. Plus, as I noted earlier, the original idea for the series came to me from their comments about the real-life midnight market that used to reside in Brooklyn. So, calling on Naia’s design talents for our two fantastical covers was a natural choice for this particular work. And we have received rave reviews, especially, for that incredible silhouette mask-over-old-Venice design they created for volume two!

Thanks for the invitation to your site, Kathy, and a chance to acquaint your readers with my work. It is much appreciated!

LENORE’S BIO:

Lenore Hart is a novelist, poet, writing professor, and editor.  She’s presented or been a visiting writer at Elizabethtown College, Flagler College, Florida State University, The Irish Writers Centre, The Norman Mailer Center, George Mason University, New College of Florida, Old Dominion University, The U.S. Naval Academy, Sweet Briar College, and the Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus in Bavaria, Germany. She has received awards, grants, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Florida Fine Arts Council, Old Dominion University, the Connecticut Poetry Society, and the Irish Writer’s Union. Her work has been featured on Voice of America, in Poets and Writers, and on the PBS-TV series “Writer to Writer.” She is fiction faculty in the Maslow Graduate Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University and at the Ossabaw Island Writers Retreat, and fiction editor at Northampton House Press. For more information about her books. Click Here. For current information on forthcoming books or upcoming events, visit and Like her Facebook author site or follow her on Twitter, @Elfair.

Website: www.lenorehart.com

Series editor of: The Night Bazaar Fantastic Fiction anthologies

Fiction editor: Northampton House Press.

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Author of:

Beckyand The Raven’s Bride(St. Martin’s Press)

WaterwomanandOrdinary Springs(Penguin)

The Treasure of Savage Island(Dutton)Devil’s Key(NHP)

Faculty: Wilkes University MFA Creative Writing Program

Lenore, thank you for sharing these books with us and taking the time to answer my interview questions. I can’t wait to read both of them. They look so chillingly good and of course, I know a few of the authors and I know they can write creepy. Good luck with the series.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Wow — what a fabulous story behind the story! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I happen to be half way through Night Bazaar Venice and am ❤ ing it!

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  3. Terrific interview. Thanks for that. The book looks like a terrific anthology. I’ll pass on the giveaway. Buried in books right now.

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