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October's Short Takes 

Bring out yer dead! Hudson Valley authors and illustrators have brewed up some weird and wondrous books to pack for your next haunted hayride.

The Quiver Trilogy
Jason Gehlert Publishing, 2006 & 2007, $11.95
Small town, big teeth. For those who like their werewolf tales blood-splattered, Gehlert’s troika of Lupine Valley horror novels come in medium rare, rare, and beefsteak tartare. The prolific author has also just released Amazon Shorts gorefest The Woodsman. Author signing at Borders, Newburgh, 10/26 at 6pm.

There But For the Grace of God:
rs of the 20th Century’s Infamous Serial Killers

Fred Rosen
Harper, 2007, $7.99
“They stared into the faces of pure evil...and survived!” Woodstock true-crime maven Rosen leaves the victims on the slab for a change, instead chronicling seven people who survived almost-too-close encounters with Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Richard Speck, and four other notorious serial killers. A surefire goosebump-inducer.
Novels in Three Lines
Félix Fénéon, translation & introduction by Luc Sante
New York Review Books, August 2007, $14
Author, art critic, and anarchist Fénéon penned these lowlife haikus of murder and mayhem for a Paris newspaper in 1906; the equally protean Sante (see review of Kill All Your Darlings) has hardboiled them in English. “At 20, M. Julien blew his brains out in the toilet of a hotel in Fontainebleau. Love pains.” Bet you can’t read just one!

St. Peter’s Wood

C.A. Rodriguez
March House Press/Hudson House, 2006, $14.95
In New Paltz author Rodriguez’s hypnotic tale, a chance encounter between a dog walker and a lost horseman in a snowy wood at twilight beckons the reader into a world in which being dead makes a man neither special nor silent. “There is no path to the house in St. Peter’s Wood. To find must lose your way.”

The Goddess Oracle Deck & Book Set
Amy Sophia Marashinsky, illustrated by Hrana Janto
U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 2006, $27
Ulster County artist Janto has painted 52 diverse faces of the Divine Feminine, from the Greco-Roman familiars to Aztec Coatlicue (Grief), Indian Lakshmi (Abundance), Welsh Blodeuwedd (Betrayal), and their many sisters. Marashinsky’s text offers mythological history, oracular card spreads, and rituals to summon your inner crone.

Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara
James Gurney
Andrews McMeel, October 2007, $29.95
Gurney embarks on his fourth voyage to the fabled lost island where humans and dinosaurs coexist. His splendid illustrations will thrill fantasy fans of all ages (don’t miss the brachiosaurean fire truck!) Author signings at Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, 10/6, at 7:30pm; Borders, Albany, 11/14, at 7pm; Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook, 11/17, at 11am.

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