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CAIRN IS HEADING TO SEATTLE!!

CAIRN IS GOING ON THE ROAD! 

We are so excited to announce that this year (in fact, on Thursday!) Cairn Press’ Joshua Cochran and Jody Thompson, together with our authors Jay Shearer and Seamus Scanlon, will be heading to Seattle for the Association of Writers and Writing Program’s 2014 conference!! If you are in the Seattle area and are going to attend, check us out at table N26! Stop by, say hello, check out our projects, authors and the awesome stuff we have planned for the conference!

If you aren’t going, then you are the worst.

Just kidding! Not everyone can go, so we are going to be gearing up for four days of literary-debauchery and live-posting the results as we go. Look for photo uploads, cool statuses about meeting equally cool authors and more photos! 

For more information about the AWP-Conference, check out the link here and thank you for supporting Cairn Press!

1 month ago - 3

15 Gorgeous Photos Of The Old Cincinnati Library

WOW. This series of photos by Buzzfeed features the Old Cincinnati Library in Ohio circa 1874-1955 and it gave me chills. I can only wonder what it would be like to walk into a library this size! Check it out here and let’s dream together.

2 months ago - 4

Product Reviews: As Close as You'll Ever Be: Amazon.com

"An intense, dangerous, ride." David Bright (Gemini Magazine)

"An extraordinary collection. Frighteningly real and memorably haunting." Thomas O’Callaghan (Bone Thief)

"Disquieting genius takes you ‘as close as you’ll ever be’ to the terrible beauty of the Irish experience." Michael Collins (The Keepers of Truth)

"A masterpiece. I was mesmerized, horrified, amazed." Peter A. Quinn (Poor Banished Children of Eve)

"A lyrical and moving series of interwoven and intimate short stories that show how an ordinary - if slightly odd- Galway boy can grow up to become a criminal and killer. Powerful, often funny and beautifully written." Paul D Brazill 

The reviews say it all, other authors think so too and now, we even have one by Paul D. Brazill! If you haven’t gotten a copy of ‘As Close As You’ll Ever Be,’ by Seamus Scanlon, what are you waiting for?! It’s available on Amazon (Both American version and UK), Barnes & Noble and various local (UK) libraries/bookstores!

2 months ago - 1

16 More Little Books For Long Journeys

Long on time but don’t want to spend forever reading just one book? Then check out Buzzfeed’s and Housing Works Bookstore Café’s list what to read when you’re going on a long journey. Make no mistake though; these things are small, but they packed a hell of a punch! Happy Monday!

2 months ago - 1


When a really good book keeps you up until the twinkling of dawn, sometimes you have to take an afternoon nap. I don’t know about you, but this is DEFINITELY my experience. Happy Weekend everyone! 
When a really good book keeps you up until the twinkling of dawn, sometimes you have to take an afternoon nap. I don’t know about you, but this is DEFINITELY my experience. Happy Weekend everyone! 

Turning the Pages™, the British Library

A little over a year ago, the British Library announced that it was going to be putting millions of images onto Flickr to save the images from eroding books. The illustrations were taken from a collection of books that were out-of-copyright and they spent the better part of two years (2006-2008) scanning as part of a Microsoft Live Search Books project. Now, the British Library has another collection titled “Turning the Pages.” In it, you’ll find images of the handwritten works of Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll and even the scores of Mozart, complete with music and audio! It is an incredible mixture of using the new to save the old so check it out here!

2 months ago - 3

Cairn Press... is calling for submissions for their "Rejection" anthology!

We’re creating an anthology and we’re looking for submissions either in fiction, nonfiction or poetry! If we like it, we’ll put it in the book; heck, we might even pay you for it!

If your work has ever been rejected, we want to hear about it! As authors, we all know too well the feeling of anger and disappointment when we’ve spent so much time on our craft only to have it passed over for something else. But we don’t want stories of self-pity; heck no! It’s not inspiring if you’ve been rejected, then you pick up this anthology only to read woe-is-me stories! So tell us how you picked yourself back up after getting knocked down and make it a little bit sassy, pithy and ultimately, something worth cheering for! 

Check the link below for additional information, submission guidelines and dates. Please adhere very closely to the given rules. We are looking until March 31, 2014 so hurry and send in those stories! 

(and the irony doesn’t escape us that we might have to send out rejection letters for this anthology. ‪#‎SorryNotSorry‬ )

3 months ago - 3

The Couple Who Asked The Internet To Name Their Daughter May Be Regretting It About Now

He rests his pen, the monster he created still fresh in his mind. It is an obnoxiously large creature, with the wings of a dragon, the body of a human, and the head of an octopus with several long and scaly tentacles enclosing its mouth. Adding to its frightening appearance, the monster also has gargantuan strength and a malevolence unmatched by even the angriest of gods. And although it is trapped in an underwater city, it is biding its time, waiting for the day when it will be awaken and told to rise.

And that day is … April 2nd, 2014? A baby girl is born and she blinks open her eyes. The monstrous spirit within her is annoyed. “I had the body of a legendary being in the making! Why am I this soft doughy creature with no wings?!” The baby looks at her surroundings: a sterilized hospital room with two humans in it, one male and one female. She is held by the male while the female sleeps. The baby frowns, and knits her eyebrows, staring back up at the male holding her.

"Welcome to the world," the strange human man coos at her. Already, the baby-talk is annoying the baby. "A few months ago, I held a stupid contest to pick your name. I decided to let the internet name you and here we are! Yes, here we are!"

"Welcome to the world, Cthulhu All-Spark McLaughlin." 

H.P. Lovecraft fans, rejoice! Stephen McLaughlin, with the permission of his wife, has decided to let the internet name his coming daughter. Of course, there are conditions in that the name will be ultimately chosen by the parents and there are some good people on the internet who’ve given normal names, like Amelia. But, per the norm for the internet, one of the names riding high is “Cthulhu,” a monstrous creation from Lovercraft’s short stories! Check out the short article here and then go towww.namemydaughter.com to vote or submit a name of your liking!

3 months ago
Did you know that “As Close As You’ll Ever Be” written by Seamus Scanlon, is available in Spanish? Well it is and coming March 2014, it has a new cover! It looks really damn awesome and it just verifies that we do great work that needs to be read around the world. If you haven’t gotten a copy already, what are you waiting for?! “I only read in Spanish” is now no longer an excuse! ‘As Close As You’ll Ever Be’ is available to purchase via Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Quick note about the photo: I took the original image and added some of what people have been saying about Scanlon and his book for publication flair. The cover by itself without the words is still pretty damn awesome.

Did you know that “As Close As You’ll Ever Be” written by Seamus Scanlon, is available in Spanish? Well it is and coming March 2014, it has a new cover! It looks really damn awesome and it just verifies that we do great work that needs to be read around the world. 

If you haven’t gotten a copy already, what are you waiting for?! “I only read in Spanish” is now no longer an excuse! ‘As Close As You’ll Ever Be’ is available to purchase via Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

Quick note about the photo: I took the original image and added some of what people have been saying about Scanlon and his book for publication flair. The cover by itself without the words is still pretty damn awesome.

The Write Stuff: Matt Pine on Quirk, and Sudden, Fluorescent Costumed Strangeness

Our very own Matt Pine scored an interview with The Write Stuff! ‘The Write Stuff’ is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where the authors give exclusive readings from their work. It’s a really cool and short blurb into the insights of our author so check it out!

Happy Friday! Keep it locked here for exciting news coming up soon as well as contests to be run shortly! 2014 has barely started so let us make this year the best year for Cairn Press and the written word! 

3 months ago