Once Upon a Hallowed Eve

Image by Robert Presutti
Image by Robert Presutti

WOW. It's crazy that the third anthology for Once Upon Anthologies is already in the works. But it is, and we have news 🙂

Once Upon a Hallowed Eve, set to release on 10.27.20, is on its way to creation. We’re THRILLED to announce that multi-talented author and artist Kris Waldherr will lead the charge. She’ll contribute a short story for this volume which centers around the ghosts, spirits, and phantoms that drift into our world during the liminal time of Samhain.

Kris’s gothic novel The Lost History of Dreams received a Kirkus-starred review and was praised by Booklist as “an unexpected delight.” It was also an Amazon, Kobo, and BN.com bestseller. Waldherr’s fiction has won fellowships from the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and a works-in-progress reading grant from Poets & Writers. Her other books include Bad Princess, The Book of Goddesses, and Doomed Queens, which The New Yorker called “utterly satisfying.” She is also the creator of The Goddess Tarot, which has over a quarter of a million copies in print. She lives and works in Brooklyn in a house populated by ghosts. Follow Kris online at KrisWaldherr.com and on Twitter and Instagram @KrisWaldherr.

“Waldherr writes that ‘love stories are ghost stories in disguise.’ This one, happily, succeeds as both.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review.

When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is found dead in his bath one morning in 1850, arrangements are left to his estranged cousin, historian turned postmortem photographer Robert Highstead. De Bonne’s will instructs that he should be buried in a stained glass chapel set on the Shropshire moors, built to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. It has since been locked to all outsiders—especially the rabid, cultlike fans of de Bonne’s final book, The Lost History of Dreams. Ada’s grief-stricken niece, Isabelle, refuses to open the chapel unless Robert agrees to her strange bargain: Before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record the real story behind her aunt’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights—a story that is both love story and ghost story.

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You can buy The Lost History of Dreams here, or visit Kris's Amazon page here to see her other books and tarot deck.