Our third novella deal is a very exciting one. We are so pleased to announce that we’ve signed Eden Royce’s novella Hollow Tongue! This is one creepy story that we think readers are going to love.

Novella line editor R.J. Joseph says, “The thing that initially struck me about Royce’s story was how effortlessly her voice sang through her masterful use of language and atmospheric Southern Gothic storytelling to lull me into thinking the story couldn’t possibly be scary. Make no mistake, this is part of her magic, because Hollow Tongue is absolutely horrifying.”

About Hollow Tongue

After a major accident leaves her in a dire financial situation, Maxine Forrest returns to live in her childhood home. The empty husk holds only the memories of her father’s abuse and her mother’s reticence to leave him: her parents are nowhere to be found. The cocoon of her past remains unchanged, yet wrapped in the ghostly remnants of her mother’s whispered insistence that things could change. Escaping the sins of her parents should be easy enough for Max, but those sins are intrinsic to her genetic make-up, so escape is impossible—succumbing, and metamorphosis, are inevitable.


The Selected Papers from the Consortium for the Study of Anomalous Phenomena (CSAP) is a line of novellas curated by editor/academic R.J. Joseph. She serves both as editor for the line and also imaginary “Crypt-Keeper,” introducing each tale as a found document and part of the fictional journal produced by the CSAP society. The first book in the series, Bleak Houses, will be released on August 3rd and contains two novellas from Kate Maruyama. We have also announced Errant Roots from Sonora Taylor and 12 Hours from L. Marie Wood.

About the Author

Eden Royce is a Shirley Jackson Award finalist and her short stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, and PseudoPod. She has written articles for Writer’s Digest, The Horn Book Magazine, and We Need Diverse Books.

Her debut novel Root Magic is a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, an Andre Norton Nebula Award Finalist, an Ignyte Award winner, and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award winner for outstanding children’s literature.

Who Lost, I Found, her latest short story collection for adult readers, will be published later this year. Find her online at http://edenroyce.com/