The Cabinet of Curiosities
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A Book Birthday Celebration

Dear curious friends and readers,

As you may know, our anthology The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister releases this Tuesday, May 27!

We are positively thrilled to be sharing this collection with you. Not only does this book feature stories from this very site, but it also features shiny new stories, as well as exclusive bonus content and correspondence between we four intrepid Curators–and beautiful illustrations from the genius mind of Alexander Jansson.

Unfortunately, the four of us are currently off on adventures in disparate corners of the world–hunting for cursed artifacts in long-abandoned tombs, unearthing graves of particular interest, hacking through overgrown forests in search of legendary flora, and navigating mazes long hidden from mortal eyes (and for good reason). Alas! We therefore cannot celebrate the release of our book all in one place, as is customary for such events. Such is the life of a Curator, I’m afraid–full of constant and perilous adventures that often require us to spend long weeks out of our beloved Cabinet.

But we do, of course, wish to commemorate this momentous day in some way–and so we shall.

If you, as we do, love all things frightening, mysterious, and bizarre, please join us at the following events, which will take place on Twitter and elsewhere online in the coming days:

Tuesday, May 27 – #ShareScary Twitter Event

Follow @CabinetCurators as well as individual Twitter accounts @Stefan_Bachmann, @kmcatmull, @clairelegrand, @EMentior, and the #ShareScary hashtag! The Curators will be popping in and out of #ShareScary all day, sharing our favorite scary books and films, some of the most frightening things that have happened to us in the line of duty, and what scares us most of all. You are welcome to share your scary as well–your favorite scary books, films, moments, photographs, and your deepest fears! For what better way to face the darkness than by confronting it with friends? We will also be giving away oodles of fun prizes throughout the day!

Tuesday, May 27 – #CabinetParty Twitter Chat

Join @CabinetCurators, @Stefan_Bachmann, @kmcatmull, @clairelegrand, and @EMentior at 3:30pm CST/4:30pm EST for an hour-long Twitter launch party! Follow us and hashtag #CabinetParty for Q&A, discussion, behind-the-scenes trivia, and giveaways!

Tuesday, May 27 – Guest Post at Fiction University

At Fiction University, we talk about the benefits of experimenting with short fiction.

Wednesday, May 28 – Guest Post at The Enchanted Inkpot

At The Enchanted Inkpot, a fantastic blog for writers and readers of fantasy, Curator Catmull interviews Curators Bachmann, Legrand, and Trevayne about life at the Cabinet, how the Cabinet came to be, and how the Curators spin tales from the objects they collect on their travels.

Thursday, May 29 – Guest Post at Cynsations

Be sure to stop by Cynsations, the blog of illustrious author Cynthia Leitich Smith, for a discussion of using prompts in writing and how the Curators draw inspiration from the monthly theme prompts! (There is also a giveaway! We like giveaways.)

Monday, June 1 – Week 1 of the Cabinet of Curiosities podcast!

Join us every Monday in June for a podcast of your Curators reading some of their favorite stories of the past year! Podcast will be available via the iTunes store, as well as on this website. The first podcast will feature Curator Legrand reading her unsettling tale “The Tin Man’s Price.”

We hope you can join us for some–or perhaps all!–of these events! And if you are curious about the book, please do explore this sample, provided by our esteemed publisher, HarperCollins.

Thank you in advance, dear readers, for your excitement and support–and your courage. We realize it can be frightening, visiting the Cabinet–but we promise to take good care of you while you’re here.*


Your Curators

*We do not, however, have much control (any, in some cases) over the curiosities therein, so we must advise you to be always on your guard. You never know when a new room will appear (sometimes right under your feet)–and what it might contain.


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