This is just a quick (disturbing) reminder that if you want to get an exclusive (fast) read, you can download Clown Apocalypse and Other Calamities for free when you join my newsletter here.
October has arrived and that means it’s Halloween month! To celebrate, for the entire month my horror short story collection: A Visit From the Soul-Eater: A Trove of Horror Stories, Flash and Short is available for free download at Noisetrade, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble.
The first horror story collection from T.C. Harrison, features 31 flash fiction and short story pieces featuring various creatures of the night inspired by traditional horror tales, West African and Choctaw myths and creatures, the lyrics of Courtney Love and Dead Man’s Bones, and the author’s own imagination.
"Like many major museums all over the world—including the National Gallery, the Rijksmuseum, The British Library, and over 200 others—the [Smithsonian's] Freer/Sackler [Galleries] has made its collection, all of it, available to view online. You can also download much of it. [...]
As Freer/Sackler director Julian Raby describes the initiative, “We strive to promote the love and study of Asian art, and the best way we can do so is to free our unmatched resources for inspiration, appreciation, academic study, and artistic creation.” There are, writes the galleries’ website, Bento, “thousands of works now ready for you to download, modify, and share for noncommercial purposes.” More than 40,000, to be fairly precise.
You can browse the collection to your heart’s content by “object type,” topic, name, place, date, or “on view.” Or you can conduct targeted searches for specific items. In addition to centuries of art from all over the far and near East, the collection includes a good deal of 19th century American art."
Direct link for the Freer & Sackler collection - http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/default.cfm (hint: always "clear search", before browsing e.g. by name)
Did you know the Metropolitan Museum of Art has *many* of their publications free for download on their website? As high quality pdf's? Not just their catalogues, but a glorious treasure trove of art non-fiction of all kinds, from archeological "The art medicine in ancient Egypt" to "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy" and everything you can imagine in between.
Some of these books retail for over $100 each, if you can even find a print copy, and a lot of them are out of print.
The link also has related posts that might be of interest, including another few hundred freely available books from the Getty Museum, and the Guggenheim.
Art fans you'd best thank me now, cos you'll be too busy reading and looking at the pretty pictures for the next... forever :)
ETA: Sorry *sob*, it's not quite ALL of them (they're still working on it, slowly but surely digitising their backlist). But apparently they add new ones fairly regularly, and there's still a HUGE number of lovely things to download.
Margery of Quether (1891) and A Book of Ghosts (1904) by Sabine Baring-Gould, same author of the non-fiction 1865 A Book of Werewolves.
See more illustrations from A Book of Ghosts at the link, plus the links to downloads.
This image from the first edition of A Book of Ghosts 1904 by Sabine Baring-Gould, illustration by D. Murray Smith.