In anticipation of the Millstadt Library’s first Authors’ Faire, here are a couple of reviews and recommendations on titles that you might find here (to borrow on your card or to purchase in-person from the authors on Jan 15th). We’re having special extended hours on Saturday, January 15th, from 10am to 4 pm to accommodate our many authors.
Find the works of Elizabeth Donald in your Illinois Heartland Library System!
Nocturne - the first two stories of three under one cover:
Summary: Welcome to Memphis after dark at Nocturnal Urges, the most popular club in the Memphis nightlife! Part legal bordello, part feeding ground for the city’s vampires, Nocturnal Urges offers pleasure and pain in one sweet kiss. It’s the ultimate addiction, both drug and sex at once. For the vampires, it’s the only way to survive in a world where the creatures of the night are a dark underclass, ignored until the humans need another fix. The physical setting for three of Donald’s stories, this club encounters mysteries, sex, crime, and devotion as only the undead can express.
Gush Sesh: Nocturne is the pairing of two stories: Nocturnal Urges and A More Perfect Union. Following them is Abaddon, my favorite AND most detested story of the series (it made me cry so hard). All three are published together in Nocturne Infernum if you can find a copy. Unique, modern, intelligent, and feisty, Donald’s stories are more than entertainment – they are political statements about civil and sexual rights, independence, privilege, agency, and STILL MADE ME BAWL at the sad romance of it all.
Nocturne Infernum - all three stories under one cover: https://search.illinoisheartland.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=256.1033.0.0.3&pos=4&cn=3861448
Update! The Illinois Heartland Library System now owns a copy of Nocturne Infernum, all three stories under the same cover! This was accomplished through the kindness of our dear author, Elizabeth Donald, who read the above review and responded by insisting we have access to her most recently published version of the works. Her donation is housed at the Smithton Public Library District.
Abbadon - the third story of three https://search.illinoisheartland.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=256.1033.0.0.3&pos=3&cn=636814
The Cold Ones - a novelette https://search.illinoisheartland.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=256.1033.0.0.3&pos=4&cn=637586
Setting Suns - a collection of tales and terrors https://search.illinoisheartland.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=256.1033.0.0.3&pos=2&cn=564464