This week I'm highlighting two novellas which drew my attention initially by their covers. One offered a subtle enticement, while the other grabbed me by the throat.
Let's start with enticement, which leads to Isis by Douglas Clegg. It's a story that involves grief, family, and the occult with a bent towards Egyptian myth. The book, through Vanguard Press, features illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne, whose artwork I've come to appreciate through his work with Lisa Mannetti. It clocks in around 120 pages, and while I doubt I'd have the coin for the limited hardcover, there is a paperback release from 2009. And there's an electronic edition for all you Kindle nuts.
The second book is Regret by Gabrielle Faust. Dark Regions Press published this one and whoever did the cover did a bang up job. I'm a fan of Tremors, so that giant toothy worm bursting from the earth just holds my eyeballs hostage. The story revolves around Marcus Glenfield, who winds up becoming a Demon of Regret--his own demon, for that matter--and runs afoul of some truly vicious Demons in Hell. It sounds delightful in a very macabre way.
Have you ever read any work by Clegg or Faust? What's the verdict?