Forthcoming Books

Books currently in production (all publication dates are subject to change):

by Henry W. Shoemaker, compiled and edited by T. M. Gray and Charles G. Waugh

            When you look at the body of Henry W. Shoemaker’s work, it is very impressive. Indeed, the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (Apr., 1914) referred to his folktales as “. . . works of pure genius. . . .” At least 8 of his folktale collections have been reprinted recently. And his best stories are quite enjoyable. That is why we have assembled the cream of his supernatural ones for your entertainment. We hope you enjoy reading these 25 stories as much as we enjoy bringing them to you. December 2020.

How the Music continued after 1862. A Compendium of Civil War Brass Bands from NEW ENGLAND, Volume Three: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine Volunteers, by John F. Bieniarz, Senior Editor Steve Stearns, with Rebecca L. Caldwell, Rebecca L. Doucette, & Cap Harper

 

            Civil War! Rebellion! The Union was torn apart. This was a time for men to do their duty, and “Save the Union!” was heard all over the north. In May 1861, the Federal government authorized every volunteer infantry regiment to field a 24-piece brass band, and thousands of town bandsmen enlisted. In early 1862, the government determined the cost for these bands to be prohibitive. Congress passed Public Law 165, the War Department issued General Order 091, and all volunteer regimental bands mustered out of service between August and September 1862. Music was no more. Well, “steady boys!” The music did not stop, not by a long shot.

            John F. Bieniarz, a modern-day Civil War brass bandsman, has done extensive research to prove the existence of hundreds of regimental brass bands after August 1862. Starting with Massachusetts, the author presents his case regiment by regiment, proving the existence of approximately 50 brass bands, when the state only authorized 23. How was this possible? Because privates from the ranks were … detailed to the regimental band.

            John F. Bieniarz retired in 1995 as Captain of Police after 20-years’ service with the Laconia, N.H., Police Department. In 1999, John formed the 12th New Hampshire Regiment Serenade Band, a Civil War re-enactment brass band, and in 2002, he and his wife Rebecca became charter members of the Federal City Brass Band, Baltimore, Md. After moving to Washington, D.C., in 2004, John started full-time research at the National Archives and the Library of Congress, conducting an “investigation” into the existence of volunteer regimental brass bands, before and after 1862. His work on Massachusetts, presented in Volume One, with Volume Two comprising of brass bands of units in the states of New Hampshire and Vermont, and Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine in this, Volume Three. John and Rebecca currently reside in Utah. December 2020 or January 2021.

edited by M. Grant Kellermeyer, T. M. Gray, and Charles G. Waugh

 

            Since the dawn of civilization there has been a need to look outside of ourselves: to have something human-but-not-human there to mock us, tempt us, and define us by our weaknesses, desires, and foolishness. Satan has played this role adroitly whether he has been the lustful Pan, the gloomy Hades, the playful Puck, the ambitious Lucifer, the tempting Mephistopheles, the deceitful leprechaun, the monstrous Beast, or the lawyerly adversary of Job. The 26 stories included in this anthology look at several cultures’ interpretations of the King of Hell — some are humorous, some horrific, some philosophical, and some fantastical — but all ponder the relationship of humanity to its darker side. Take a peek, make yourself easy, and don’t sign away your soul without a crackerjack lawyer.  December 2020 or January, 2021.

edited by T. M. Gray, Jeffrey A. Linscott, and Charles G. Waugh.

Afterward by Jon A. Schlenker

 

            This anthology called Egyptian Bizarre was created because there are many good, and relatively unknown, Egyptian stories out there. Our focus is a little broader than most of the anthologies regarding strange stories regarding Egypt and Egyptians. Ten of our selections, for example, feature bizarre events having nothing at all to do with mummies. Much in our anthology is fresh. More than 2/3rds of our 21 selections do not appear in any other anthologies (9) or appear in only 1 previously published anthology (6). Finally, we wanted to assemble an Egyptian anthology that would satisfy our tastes. If you’ve read any of our other work, you know, much time and effort goes into our books. They aren’t just thrown together. Besides calling upon our memories, we do much book and serial research on the web looking for well written, easy to read stories, offering novel ideas and, collectively, a good amount of thematic variation. And in the end, we’re very pleased with how this book turned out. We hope you’ll be too. January, 2021.

 

edited by Jeffrey A. Linscott, Charles G. Waugh, and Kathy Sweet Waugh

 

            Bug Awful is a collection of speculative stories about some horrible things different bugs might do.

 

            Our 16 stories were written by 15 different authors. Each comes from a different source. And collectively they cover 64 years of publishing — from 1897 to 1961. Though two previous anthologies have investigated this theme, 14 of our stories have appeared in neither of them. All of our selections are, we believe, well done. They are, however, mostly obscure, and likely to be unfamiliar to you. It is something I strive for, and am usually able to do, thanks to an ability to remember thousands of stories I have read in books and magazines over the last 72 years.

Other Upcoming Waugh Books