Local author releases book of 'Darkly Fantastic' tales

  • Cover art "Cat Sidhe" © 2019 by Amelia Royce Leonards

    Cover art "Cat Sidhe" © 2019 by Amelia Royce Leonards Courtesy of Jay Sturner

Submitted by Jay Sturner
Updated 10/18/2019 9:49 PM

Sentient bog bodies, living marionettes, deranged tramp clowns, fairies turned human, tooth fairies gone bad, shadowy figures on stilts, and many other strange and beautiful denizens haunt this imaginative debut collection by local author Jay Sturner.

Having initially graced the pages of genre magazines, the stories and poems within this book reflect Sturner's love of old fantasy and horror tales, especially those of the pulp era.


Ranging from the fantastical to the horrific, with elements of whimsy and humor, this collection is sure to entertain both the genre and casual reader alike.

Jay Sturner is a writer, poet, and naturalist from Downers Grove.

He is the author of several books of poetry and a collection of short stories. He has been nominated twice for the Rhysling Award, and in 2019 one of his poems was featured on a segment of NPR's "All Things Considered." In addition to writing, Jay leads monthly bird walks at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

The book is available at Amazon.com or through the author's website at www.jasonsturner.blogspot.com.

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