Malice in Memphis and Dark Oak Press are gearing up to release Malice in Memphis: Elmwood: Stories to Die For. We hope to release any day now. All of our anthologies carry a theme. Our first, Bluff City Mysteries, is set at historical locations around Memphis. The second, Ghost Stories, we expanded our scope into Tri-State area. The theme of our latest anthology is based around historical Elmwood Cemetery here in Memphis, Tennessee. Here is our Editor's disclaimer regarding this anthology:
Elmwood Cemetery is a kind of roadmap to the history and culture of Memphis that is literally set in stone. Established in 1852, it is the oldest cemetery in Memphis and has from its inception, buried all sorts and conditions of people, from the first local African-America millionaire, to victims of the worst yellow fever epidemic the city endured in 1878 in which over 7,000 people died.
Each person buried there has a story.
Elmwood interred soldiers from both confederate and union armies, and from succeeding wars as well. There are great-grandmothers and babies one day old—sometimes buried beside the mothers who died bearing them.
Unlike many modern cemeteries, Elmwood values the unusual memorials that mark the graves of those who are buried here. Bronze statues, marble cenotaphs, mausoleums, and simple and ornate tombstones share space under the great trees.
The members of the Malice in Memphis mystery writers group unanimously chose Elmwood as the site for our third anthology of short stories. As with our previous anthologies, Bluff City Mysteries and Ghost Stories, our authors took a theme that seemed restrictive and went off in all directions.
Some of the stories are contemporary, some historical. Some are crime-driven, some are ghost stories. Some are heart-breaking, some are funny. Remember the stories are fictional, but the location is not.
We hope you enjoy them.
Look for our next anthology coming in the spring of 2018.
You'll find me, Wes Yahola, and Robert Krog at Two Rivers Book Store in the Cooper-Young area of Midtown Memphis on September 23 from 4 to 6. If you miss us there, you will find us and Pat Sawtelle at the Germantown Library on Saturday, September 30 from 2 to 4. Come see us!