Help Title My Next Anthology!


icon-grimoakWill you be publishing anything else?

That was one of the first questions I was asked when I published The Dark Thorn and Unfettered in 2013.

At the time, I didn’t know if I would publish anything else through Grim Oak Press. I had a lot to deal with at the time. The two books were released to end my medical debt accrued from cancer treatment and I had to finish that part of my life before moving forward. I also had to learn new skill sets to edit, design, market, and print the books. I focused wholly on them because they would free me from financial ruin. The future of my small press would have to wait.

When editor Roger Bellini approached me with an anthology titled Neverland’s Shadow and I saw the line-up, I knew instantly that I wanted to publish it. It was a quality anthology worthy of Grim Oak Press. It was also an anthology with a great theme:

Stories told from the point of view of the villain!

And here is the line-up:

  • Terry Brooks (introduction)
  • Ann Aguirre
  • Piers Anthony
  • R. Scott Bakker
  • Jim Butcher
  • Glen Cook
  • Tang Fei (Chinese tranlsated work)
  • Mark Lawrence
  • Tanith Lee
  • Ken Liu
  • Scott Lynch
  • John Marco
  • Tim Marquitz
  • Peter Orullian
  • Kat Richardson
  • Anthony Ryan
  • Shawn Speakman
  • Michael J. Sullivan
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky

I never felt that the title Neverland’s Shadow was quite right though. It doesn’t speak as strongly as I would like to the villainy within. Additionally, in an indirect way, it implies stories based on the tale of Peter Pan. That couldn’t be farther away from the actual content of the stories.

I talked to my agent and Roger. And we spoke to most of the contributors. All agreed that a new title might serve the book better.

But what title?

I have always worked better in a collaborative setting. As Terry Brooks’ long-time webmaster, I’ve included his fans in major decisions that affect their online experience. And I’ve never regretted it. Usually readers have better ideas than I can conjure. And if not, those ideas inspire new ones.

That is why Roger and I are asking for your help. We want you to submit your best titles for our anthology!

Enter your title suggestion(s) below in the Comments section. You may enter as many times as you like. When the contest closes on August 31st, Roger and I will pour over all of the recommendations, both from the comments field below as well as the Grim Oak Press contact page. We will decide on a title.

And, by doing so, select the winner of a limited Signed & Numbered edition of the anthology!

If we choose a title that has been submitted multiple times by different people, then the winner will be drawn randomly from those entries. Pretty simple, right?

You have until August 31st to enter. HERE are the official legal rules. The winning title and winner will be announced on September 3rd when pre-ordering for the hardcover begins!

Now get titling!

  • David Salchow


    Live Evil

    Darkness Revealed

    Bad Intentions

    … I’m no good at this. 🙂 Good luck finding a title!! Dave

  • joseph fodor

    The Shadows Within

  • joseph fodor

    What Evil Lurks

  • Mark Buff

    Grim Tales
    Grim Tidings
    Heaven is for Heroes: Tales from the Villain’s Perspective
    Annals of Evil
    Darkness Before the Light
    Darkness Falls
    Sinister Intentions
    Do Unto Others
    Wicked Ways

  • Troy Parenteau

    Tales Sinister
    Just another Day …
    If Evil Could Speak ..
    Maestra Minds …

    This list of suggestions would be SO much better if I could see any content …

  • Tim Mak

    Every Demon Has Its Day

  • elsa cambier

    under the veil
    hand over to the shadow
    the time of twilight….
    <3 Xxx

  • Jessica Spencer

    Evil begets evil

    Splinter of evil

    The dark splinter

    The darkness of the mind

    The tortured psyche

    The twisted psyche

    Blackguards treasury

    Nefarious tales

    Black new world

    Sounds like a very interesting anthology 🙂

  • Kyle Throop

    Villain’s Cry
    Buffet a la Evil
    Anthem of Evil
    Journeys in Villainy
    Abyss of the Mind
    Vile Tomorrows
    Evil’s Broken Mirror
    Casket of Darkness

  • Randy Rhodes

    Inside the Evil Mind

    Summa Theologica of Evil

    The Foundations of Dark Creatures

    When Darkness was King

    Evolution of Evil/Dark Thoughts

  • Matthew Macomber

    Nascent Evil

    Darkness Dreams of Light

    Seeds of The Night

    Winter’s Harvest

  • Unveiled

  • Leanne Gilham

    Dark hearts

    Shadow Tales

  • Valerie B.

    Evil’s Tortured Journeys
    Evil Essences

  • Giovanni Pisciottano

    Bad Tales

  • Tenalyn Fontaine

    And the Great Will Fall
    The Misunderstood
    Time in the Shadows

  • elsa cambier

    Open with care
    Villainy within!
    Nightmares Ages
    Dark though (revealed)

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