December Book Special: Dealer’s Choice

December signed book special!

One Going Short

+ One Vintage Book

= $25 (plus shipping)!

Choose:

Going Short

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is going-short-front-cover.jpg

+

Dealer’s Choice:

Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities (2018, Big Table Publishing)
Searching for Suzi: a flash novel (2009, Monkey Puzzle Press)
The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories (2014, Pure Slush Press)
The Monster Opera (2013, Bartleby Snopes Press)

(Click for more info on these books)

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is books-all.jpg

= 2 Books for $25!

Gift one to your writer friend.

And keep one for yourself.

ORDER NOW!

While supplies last! Some books are out of print with very limited supplies!

Thank you and happy reading!

Love, Nancy

Review of The Monster Opera on Colorado Drama.com

The Monster Opera

by Bob Bows

Every year at this time, we conjure monsters of all sorts to give ourselves a good fright and an excuse to indulge ourselves in gobs of refined sugar—which often turn out to be the same thing—but rarely does anyone give these ghoulish spirits their proper dramatic due.

Erik Wilkins as Libretto Santiago and Nancy Stohlman as Ursula Leonard
Erik Wilkins as Libretto Santiago
and Nancy Stohlman as Ursula Leonard

So, what better way to exalt our resident monsters than to present them in operatic form, as is so melodramatically accomplished in this delightful mashup, with book by Nancy Stohlman and score by Nick Busheff.

Composer Nick Busheff
Composer Nick Busheff

In search of a scary plot for their next opera, Ursula Leonard (Stohlman), with the assent of her husband Hugo (Toby Smith), agree that she should go to Mexico City, where she discovers the hidden dark secret of Libretto (Erik Wilkins) and Magdelena Santiago (Marta Burton), once renowned opera singers.As the story grows inside of Ursula, so do the repercussions of the Santiagos’ sinister doings, until we arrive at a suitably horrific dilemma.

Marta Burton as Magdelena Santiago and Jonathan Montgomery as The Critic
Marta Burton as Magdelena Santiago
and Jonathan Montgomery as The Critic

Stohlman’s narrative and dialogue deftly dances away from pinpointing the source and nature of the evil running through the story, leaving that to our imaginations. Busheff’s score is a masterwork of haunting tunes and unnerving atmospherics that amplify the unfolding horrors. Wilkins’ and Burton’s operatic riffs are compelling and, in Burton’s case, intentionally hilarious.The Monster Opera will return next Halloween.

Bob Bows

– See more at: http://coloradodrama.com/monster_opera.html#sthash.gT1ZwVyP.dpuf

The Monster Opera this Friday!

 

In The Monster Opera, a writer travels to Mexico City in search of a new story, but the monsters are already waiting for her. The more she writes, the more their whereabouts, as well as their desperation, are revealed. The result is a gothic literary noir, a genre-bending novel-meets-libretto that combines recitative with dialogue, aria with prose, and ultimately asks the question: Who owns a story?

The Monster Opera started as a “flash novel,” a phrase coined by its writer, Nancy Stohlman, then mutated into a postmodern, compressed extravaganza that has grown into a hearty full-length production under the command of Stohlman and composer Nick Busheff. Originally staged as part of the book’s release in 2013, The Monster Opera is back for one night only, with the original cast, at the Mercury Cafe.

“It’s about a writer who steals stories,” explains Stohlman. “She steals the wrong story in search of a new story from these opera singers, and she’s telling their story and they’re trying to get it back. And they’ve been in hiding, and as she’s writing their story, she’s revealing them…. It’s about who owns the story.”

The presentation takes place at 7:30 p.m. October 30 at the Mercury, 2199 California Street. For tickets, $12 to $15, and information, visit nancystohlman.com/monsteropera.