“John Barleycorn Must Die”

A song half-heard. The murmur of a voice singing in the dark. There it is again…a few words set to an old melody filled with mystery, heartbreak and horror.

OUT OF TUNE gathers a collection of original dark fantasy tales inspired by folk ballads. Here you’ll find stories of strange creatures and stranger humans, treachery and love, murder and monsters.

Front_Cover_Image_Out_of_Tune-200x300 Publisher: JournalStone
Release Date: November 17, 2014
ISBN-10: 1940161711
ISBN-13 978-1940161716
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OUT OF TUNE brings together some of today’s most talented writers and sets them loose in that swirling darkness at the edge of town. NY Times bestselling author and editor Jonathan Maberry unleashes his own brand of dark forces with a line-up of bestsellers and award winners:

Christopher Golden – Wendy, Darling
David Liss – Sweet William’s Ghost
Del Howison – Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair
Gary Braunbeck – John Wayne’s Dream
Gregory Frost – Bedlam
Jack Ketchum – Awake
Jeff Strand – John Henry, the Steel Drivin’ Man
Keith R.A. DeCandido – Fish Out of Water
Kelley Armstrong – Making Music
Lisa Morton – Tam Lane
Marsheila Rockwell & Jeffrey J. Mariotte – John Barleycorn Must Die
Nancy Holder – In Arkhan Town Where I Was Bound
Seanan McGuire – Driving Jenny Home
Simon R. Green – Hollow is the Heart

With commentary on each source ballad by folklorist Nancy Keim-Comley.


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