Heath N' Wanda
The Rockford Blog Digital Ninjas Media, Inc. Heath D. Alberts - Represent.US

Heath D. Alberts is the author of four novels, as well as three novellas, a marketing and business strategy guide geared toward cottage & small business owners, has co-authored an addiction recovery memoir, was a contributor to - and editor of - 'Rockford Writes', and was a contributor to the 'Secret Rockford' book project. He is a regular contributor to, and administrator of, The Rockford Blog (author of the 'Remembrances of Pauline Avenue' & 'Rockford's Own' series'), as well as the co-founder of Digital Ninjas Media, Inc. A native of Rockford, Illinois, he is an active member of the Represent.US movement, and also an avid collector of rare & first-edition books. He now resides in Rockton, Illinois with his wife, Wanda, and his malicious cat.

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Terminal Beginning
Terminal Beginning

From the solitary confines of a forgotten Arctic outpost arrives the world's final hope for its own salvation. What follows is an unlikely string of events that brings together a diverse group of players in the culmination of what may very well be the last days of the world as we know it. With the impending apocalypse upon humanity as a whole, it is up to the efforts of one unknowing woman to save us all from what is potentially to come and, moreover, ourselves. Beings that have long lain dormant and shrouded in secrecy have now awakened and are walking the Earth once more; many are duplicitous, a handful are neutral, and only one is bent on helping her. The world may have been offered its final opportunity for salvation, but in the end the ultimate question is: Do we truly deserve it? Further examining philosophical questions raised by the likes of Nancy Kress (Beggars In Spain), William Gibson (Neuromancer), and Bruce Sterling (Holy Fire), Terminal Beginning is sure to keep you actively guessing until the very end.

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Guerrila Business
Guerrilla Business (Out of Print)
Guerilla Business 2.0
Guerrilla Business 2.0 (Updated, revised, and expanded for 2015)

A point-by-point 'user's guide' for cottage & small business owners who want to expand their business & management acumen, customer base, advertising reach, and understanding of consumer & employee psychology. Written by an individual who has decades of proven experience in the small business world and who has seen - and experienced - most of the scenarios presented within, it is tailored to assist your business by offering proven 'big business' techniques on a small business scale. It will also shed light upon potential caveats and pitfalls suffered by many small business owners. Written in a unique - often humorous - compartmentalized style, this work offers something for everyone. It may be read one item or section at a time, or may be easily absorbed all in one sitting. Many of the methods, ideas, and techniques outlined are timeless. As such, not only does this book offer advice for the budding business owner, it is also a book whose usefulness grows in tandem with your business, with regard to insight and relevance.

Last Rights
Last Rights

In a near-future where debt is generationally inheritable, one's physical body is considered a viable commodity to be sold to the highest bidder: a sale where nothing is forbidden. The middle class is gone, and once myriad and prominent social programs are a laughable anachronism, long since abolished in their entirety.

The rich are no longer satisfied with merely possessing wealth for a lifetime - they desire more, and to be permitted the ability to do more with it, without having to answer to anyone but themselves. The problem? Laws and social taboos, which have stood the test of societal time, prevent them from obtaining what they ultimately desire: immortality and Godhood.

The Shinjimori Yakuza, Japan's well-connected and heavily-entrepreneurial crime syndicate recognize the inherent value in exploiting the downtrodden masses, to fulfill the needs of these wealthy few; fulfillment to heretofore unseen levels. Laws are manipulated, schemes are developed, plans are well-laid, and the Arcology system of entertainment & medical complexes are summarily established in a world well-manipulated into accepting them - regardless of how hedonistic or abhorrent the activities within their confines may become.

It is with all of this in mind that we follow in the footsteps of the lives of an unlikely group of allied individuals, their lives having become strangely intertwined, as each struggles against a world drastically changed by the few, at the ultimate expense of the many; a world whose fundamental underpinnings are rocked to the foundations, as a core group of seventy-five of the wealthiest individuals play the final card in a game that only they have the means to play: mass-extermination and genocide in the interests of total world domination.

In the end, it up to our protagonists, aided by an Arcology-created, rogue, sentient AI, to curtail this rout of humanity. The question is: are they already too late?

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Photographic Memory
Photographic Memory

At the turn of the 20th century, one of history’s first serial killers traveled across America. His name was Otis Johnson. a roving photographer, he was an opportunistic murderer who made it a point never to kill the same way twice. The random nature of the deaths, his sporadic movements from place to place, and his unremarkable appearance, all worked to his advantage As he hid in plain sight.

More than a century later, retired police detective Roy Archibald has spent forty years of his life attempting to piece together a case against Johnson. It’s a case that has plagued his mind, ever since he unwittingly stumbled upon the first piece of evidence - Through A strange vision. It was to be A vision that set him upon a path to seek justice for those who never received it.

With the assistance of an unlikely group of friends, and a mysterious girl, Archibald finds himself closer than ever to solving the case in his lifetime. And in doing so, he will literally rewrite history.

That is, if he can live that long…

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The Battery Man
The Battery Man

Imagine waking to a world you no longer know. A world devastated by an unknown force. Imagine further that no signs of life exist. Time does not exist. Frames of reference are all but obliterated. This, is the reality of the Battery Man. Join him on his journey of re-discovery, and follow his first-hand assessment of what it truly means to be human.


How far would you go? "It all began with a walk to clear my head…," our protagonist confides. A simple walk in the desert evolves into a journey through the ancient unknown, the likes of which many of us could never conceive. A journey which will test the physical and mental mettle of our protagonist beyond normal human imagining. An innocuous anomaly proves to be far, far more than what it seems, as we are carried along with our unnamed escort, through his eyes and thoughts, deeper and deeper into the bizarre unknown.

Not On The List
Not On the List

When the Nubian god of incense is found dead in a downtown Madison parking garage, Death is a bit miffed.

The reason?

He wasn’t the terminating party. And he’s not about to permit others to horn in on his racket after having cornered the market since time immemorial.

Enter Ed & Phil. They’re Death’s retainers, and renowned private eyes amongst the Unseen. They’re handed the seemingly impossible task of identifying and tracking down the killer. Along the way, they exhibit few qualms about enlisting the help of anyone - or anything - that will assist in accomplishing their task, no matter how insane, elusive, (or even angry with them, personally), those parties might be.

Meanwhile, Jules Sallie - a down on his luck corporate lackey - finds himself in the rare position of being a former human being that has been dropped square into the Unseen world. It is a world which he finds equal parts frightening and intriguing. It isn’t long before he unwittingly comprehends his vital role in the Unseen world.

Follow along on a world-wide murder investigation as an ever changing menagerie of gods, beings. monsters, concepts, and mythological characters join in the hunt for an unusually crafty killer.

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A Twist of Fate
A Twist of Fate

A collection of short stories, interspersed with the odd poem (and a pair of non-fiction works at the tail end for good measure), 'A Twist of Fate' is an offering of storytelling hors d'oeuvres to meet many tastes and to satisfy myriad appetites.

From the simple to the complex, the tragic to the triumphant, the philosophical to the existential, this work provides a glimpse inside the range and depth of ideas, emotions, and inspirations experienced by authors the world over.

The Meaning of Light
The Meaning of Light

What if - for just the briefest of moments - you saw something that you could not explain? If you had to rationalize it, how would your sense of self - and your place in the world - affect your answer? Presented as a series of fictional vignettes, 'The Meaning of Light' offers a number of unique responses from individuals the world over, from all walks of life, as they attempt to assign meaning to an unknowingly shared experience. It does so in a manner which coaxes the reader into an ever-changing series of perspectives and thought processes, in an effort to lay bare the value in considering all things from differing points of view.

Rockford Writes
Rockford Writes

Rockford Writes’ is a collection of short stories (both fictional and historical), as well as poetry, prose, drawings, and photography all done by Rockford natives, or current or former residents. It showcases much of the artistic talent, passion, pride, and dreaming that are still present in Rockford, Illinois to this day. If you enjoy the work, let the contributors know and share it with others.

Rockford is a city in flux. With that being said, one may choose to bemoan the issues and uncertainty it faces on the road to its next incarnation. Conversely, one may choose to be a catalyst for change and a new beginning. I’d like to believe that I, and the contributors herein, fall squarely into that second category. Won’t you join us?

Secret Rockford
Secret Rockford (Contributor & Publisher)

What do you really know about Rockford, Illinois? Secret Rockford pulls back the curtain to reveal the hidden side of life in the Forest City. Join us as we go behind the headlines to explore the interesting people, places, and events that make our city unique. On these pages you will find the unconventional, gritty, and sometimes shocking truth. This anthology contains many snapshots of life in Rockford: A history of Mattison Machine Works. The battle over a mural in Roosevelt Middle School. The story of a simple basketball game with a shoeless youth. The truth about local connections to organized crime. Infamous murders. The day Santa Claus fell from the sky. All are merely a peek behind the curtain, but each contains meaningful truths about our Rockford experience. Men and women from all walks of life have come together to share their stories in this anthology. They are journalists, teachers, writers, photographers, entrepreneurs, or just average citizens who are being published for the first time. All have a deep and abiding interest in their community. Contributors include Jeff Havens, Brandon Reid, Kathi Kresol, Jim Phelps, Kevin Rilott, Dan Creviston, Ted Biondo, D.B. Lane, Ernie Fuhr, Heath Alberts, Nicole Lindsay, Stanley Campbell, Karen Mahieu Lyddon, Scott Farrell, Jami Beck, and Michael Kleen. This is our story. This is Secret Rockford.

Dave's Not Here
Dave's Not Here (Co-Author & Editor)

Author Dave Block is a survivor. It was almost not so. He struggled with depression, drugs, and alcoholism. Instead of acknowledging these problems, he ‘self-medicated’ with alcohol, drugs, self-harm, and sex. For years he attempted to live a ‘normal’ life. As his addictions and depression spiraled out of control, however, he hit bottom and settled upon suicide. His hand was stayed in the last moments, and his life was forever changed. Dave chose to fight for his life, confronting his problems head on. Through the support of friends and family, tools acquired through Alcoholics Anonymous, and the impact of the music of Blue October, he terminated his vices, searched his soul, and began to rebuild a life that had no longer been his own. This book takes the reader, in a brutally honest and open manner, from life, to low, to catharsis. Dave hopes that through his experiences, strength, honesty, and hope that you, too, will be strong enough - feel empowered enough - to face your own demons and addictions, so that you may also regain control of your own life.

Pendulums (Editor)

Everything you wanted to know to get you started using a pendulum, including how to make one for yourself or - if you prefer - find one at your local store that speaks to you.

Find the answers to those burning questions, find lost items, and even locate the water main to the house.

Using a pendulum can be fun and enlightening. It can also help you on your path to self-discovery. I know it has helped me and for that I want to share it with you.

Madama Lenormand and Her Cards
Madame Lenormand and Her Cards (Editor)

Madame Lenormand and her cards are well known in Europe - now they are sweeping across the United States. But just who is she? What are these cards of hers, and why are they so popular? What do they do? And how do they do it? This bit of study strives to help you find the answers.

The Road to Nowhere (Editor, Cover Design & Layout)

'The Road to Nowhere' is a collection of poems from 1995 until 2010. For many years, Zethen has enjoyed writing poetry as an outlet of expression and now he is willing to share them with you! Zethen’s unique style of classic writing will leave you with a sense of appreciation for loving relationships and self-discovery. May the road to life take you from nowhere to somewhere. Just remember, buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Return To Flight (Editor, Cover Design & Layout)

'Return to Flight' is a collection of poems from 2011. This year was unlike any other, and it all involved friendships. A few words to describe this year have been excitement, disappointment, and self-discovery. Putting this year behind, Zethen achieved self-repair and started to soar again. May life treat you well and always strive to fly high.

Digital Ninjas Media
'Historic Revival'
& 'Historic War Series'

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Army Life of an Illinois Soldier
Army Life of An Illinois Soldier

Charles Wright Wills - Canton, Illinois

'Army Life of an Illinois Soldier, Including a Day by Day Record of Sherman’s March to the Sea' is a collection of both the letters and diary of the late Charles W. Wills, Union Private and Sergeant 8th Illinois Infantry; Lieutenant and Battalion Adjutant 7th Illinois Cavalry; Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel 103rd Illinois Infantry. Painstakingly and lovingly compiled and published by his sister, Mary E. Kellogg, it gives readers in the modern day a startlingly detailed glimpse into what it meant be a Union soldier. From the outset, we follow the rise, trials, travels, and tribulations of Mr. Wills as he treks across half of the North American continent. What is most startling is twofold: first that he remained alive throughout the whole affair, and second that he crafted such detailed and educated letters.

The History of Company A, 2nd Illinois Cavalry
The History of Company A, 2nd Illinois Cavalry

Samuel H. Fletcher - Ties To Northern Illinois/Rochelle/Boone County

Samuel & D.H. Fletcher take up the mantle of historians in the aftermath of a horrific war. In doing so they lovingly and reverently serve as a hub of connectivity and remembrance for their former comrades, both living and deceased. This edition (now sans photographs) serves as a comprehensive history of the notable individuals, movements, battles, and actions of the 2nd Illinois Cavalry, including a company roster, conveniently broken up by individual rank.

The Red Neck Ties - History of the 15th New York Volunteer Cavalry
The Red Neck Ties - History of the 15th New York Volunteer Cavalry

Chauncey S. Norton - New York State

An efficient recounting of the high points of the movements, personnel, service, and sacrifice of the 15th New York Volunteer Cavalry (known as 'The Red Neck Ties'), with the additional inclusion of some anecdotes, poetry, muster rolls, and complete lists of those who were stricken with illness, or paid the ultimate price for their beliefs.

History of the 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
History of the 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

William J. Wray - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

William J. Wray, who served within the unit, takes up the mantle of Chief Historian in the aftermath of war. In doing so he exhaustively and succinctly gives outsiders far more than a deep glimpse into how the war effected his comrades and - more importantly - what his comrades came to mean to one another. This edition (now sans photographs) served as a comprehensive history of the notable individuals, movements, battles, and actions of the 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers ('Birney's Zouaves'), including company rosters and detailed segments on each man, conveniently broken up by individual company.

A Brief History of the 69th Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers
A Brief History of the 69th Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers

Anthony W. McDermott - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A succinct history of the individuals, movements, battles, and actions of the 69th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers.

Also included is a sincere and reverent tribute to the regiment's fallen men, which culminated in the dedication of a permanent memorial in their collective honor.

History of the 85th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
History of the 85th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Henry J. Aten - Illinois

A comprehensive history of the movements, battles, and actions of the 85th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Infantry, including company rosters and 'where are they now?' segments on each man, conveniently broken up by individual company.

New History of the 99th Indiana Infantry
New History of the 99th Indiana Infantry

Daniel R. Lucas - Author & Publisher Ties To Rockford, Illinois

Daniel R. Lucas, who served as Chaplain within the unit, takes up the mantle of historian in the aftermath of war. In doing so he lovingly and reverently serves as a hub of connectivity and remembrance for his former comrades, both living and deceased.

This edition (now sans photographs) served as a revised version of the comprehensive history of the notable individuals, movements, battles, and actions of the 99th Indiana Infantry, including company rosters and 'where are they now?' segments on each man, conveniently broken up by individual company.

A Brief History of the 100th Regiment - Pennsylvania Infantry Veteran Volunteers - Roundheads
A Brief History of the 100th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry Veteran Volunteers

Honorable Samuel Penniman Bates - Mendon, Massachusetts

Noted Historian Bates presents an efficient recounting of the high points of the service and sacrifice of the 100th Regiment, with the additional inclusion of some profiles, anecdotes, and heartfelt poetry as a crowning addition that serves to humanize the individuals who risked and sacrificed everything, while remembering somberly those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Cannoneer - Recollections of Service in the Army of the Potomac
The Cannoneer: Recollections of Service in the Army of the Potomac

Augustus Buell - New York City, New York

Augustus Buell takes up the mantle of historian in an effort to preserve for future generations an understanding of what life was like in an artillery battery during the Civil War. This edition (now sans photographs) serves as a fairly comprehensive history of the notable movements, battles, and actions of a number of individuals who proudly served with the New York Volunteers.

What makes this work uncharacteristic from similar ones of the period - and topic - is the fact that Mr. Buell was embroiled in a great deal of scandal regarding the accuracy of many of the tales within (as well as those included in his later, non-fiction works.) Accusations included libel, plagiarism, embellishment, and outright fabrication.

Even so, this work offers a realistic glimpse into the unique life and times of an artillery soldier and - whether completely true or not - still serves as an interesting read.

Nurse and Spy in the Union Army - Comprising the Adventures and Experiences of a Woman in Hospitals, Camps, and Battlefields
Nurse and Spy in the Union Army

S. Emma E. Edmonds - Canada | Flint, Michigan

From an early age, Sarah Edmonds longed for high adventure. During the Civil War, she permitted her wanderlust and daring to come to the fore, and leveraged it to assist the Union Army in their fight against the Confederacy. Dressing as a man (Franklin Flint Thompson), Edmonds was admitted into the 2nd Michigan Infantry, where she nobly served her country as a field nurse.

Edmonds took her feats of daring, cunning, and skill further - on a number of occasions - when she imposed herself into enemy positions and territories. She did so in various roles, disguises, and personas, in an effort to learn all she could about the Confederacy's impending actions.

Written from a singularly unique perspective, this book almost seems a work of fiction, rather than a genuine accounting of the wartime life and exploits of a truly amazing and heroic woman.

Leaves from the Diary of an Army Surgeon - Incidents of Field Camp, and Hospital Life
Leaves from the Diary of an Army Surgeon

Thomas T. Ellis, M.D. - Western, New York

Offering a unique perspective on the horrors of the Civil War, Ellis permits us a striking glimpse into the lives of the men who attempted to undo the damage, suffering, and pain inflicted upon their brothers in arms. In doing so, we are permitted a viewpoint that is vastly different from other works which center around this horrible conflict. Further, the narrative is presented in an easy to follow chronology, which allows the reader the opportunity to seek a specific battle or event.

Leaves from a Trooper's Diary - Companions in Arms in The Anderson Cavalry
Leaves from a Trooper's Diary

John A. B. Williams - Pennsylvania

Featuring a selection of remembrances from the writings and memory of John Williams, who served in what became known as 'The Anderson Cavalry'.

Finalizing the work is a closing letter, which is an account of the mutiny in the Anderson Cavalry, written by George S. Fobes, which frames some of the author's actions - as well as the actions of his peers - in a differing light.

The Soldier Boy's Diary Book - Memorandums of the Alphabetical First Lessons of Military Tactics
The Soldier Boy's Diary Book

Adam S. Johnson

A succinct and particular chronological accounting of Adam Johnson's time in military service from September 14, 1861, to October 2, 1864.

While at times the work seems a bit mundane, when taken as a whole it provides a stark glimpse into the particulars of day to day life both in service and, in Johnson's case, military prison as well.

The Dismissal of Major Granville O. Haller of the Regular Army of the United States, by order of the Secretary of War in Special Orders No. 331 of July 25th, 1863. Also, a brief memoir of his Military Services and a few observations.
The Dismissal of Major Granville O. Haller

Granville O. Haller - York, Pennsylvania | Seattle, Washington

When Major Granville O. Haller learned that he had been dismissed from the Army for conduct unbecoming, he didn't take it lying down. Instead, he rose to the challenge of defending his honor - something that speaks a great deal to the man's character and devotion to the country he so loved.

Appended to this work, which includes his testimony and the testimony of others, are his personal notes, thoughts, and recollections of his time in service.

Memorial of Pickering Dodge Allen by His Father
Memorial of Pickering Dodge Allen

J. Fisk Allen - Salem, Massachusetts | Louisiana

A heartfelt collection of letters, anecdotes, and stories - finalized with a sermon - celebrating the life of Pickering Dodge Allen, a brave young man who passed away well before his time. Even so, he burned brightly during his brief period upon this Earth, touching the lives of many individuals who came to know him. This work serves as an enduring reminder of his deeds, actions, and noble spirit.

The Memoir of Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy
The Memoir of Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy

Rev. Elijah Parish Lovejoy - Albion, Maine | Ties to Alton, Illinois

Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy was a well-known, and well-respected Presbyterian minister, as well as a journalist and outspoken abolitionist. He was responsible for the publication of numerous pro-abolition articles, letters, news, and other printed materials. Lovejoy was so passionate and committed to championing the freedom of his fellow man that he made the ultimate sacrifice for his beliefs, when a pro-slavery mob murdered him during an attack on his warehouse in 1837. He was immediately considered a martyr of the Abolitionist movement - and rightly so - and is still remembered as a brilliant man who understood that the abhorrent practice of slavery was fundamentally wrong.

The Fighting Quakers - A True Story of the War for Our Union
The Fighting Quakers

Augustine Joseph Hickey Duganne - Boston, Massachusetts | New York City, New York

A collection of letters and remembrances regarding the military service of Quaker brothers Edward and John Ketcham. Also included is a short memorial, as well as the burial speech given for the brothers by Reverend O. B. Frothingham.

While often straying toward the realm of anti-war propaganda, this work still offers a unique twist on the more common insights of soldiers who served in the American Civil War.

K Company - 71st Regiment New York Volunteers - A Record of Its Experience and Service During the Spanish-American War, and a Memorial to Its Dead
K Company - 71st Regiment New York Volunteers

Arthur C. Anderson - New York City, New York

Often as solemn as it is quirky, this reflection provides a succinct overview of the movements, thoughts, and lives of a singular group of men who participated in the Spanish-American War.

The somber - and at times, playful - nature of the work brings a strikingly humanizing effect to the reader, across the years and miles.

To this end, this record is somewhat unique. Some of the nuances of storytelling held within are sure to bring both smiles and tears to all who delve completely into the work.

Right Forward, Fours Right, March! - A Little Story of Company I, 3rd Wisconsin Volunteers
Right Forward, Fours Right, March!

Emanuel Rossiter - Ties to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin & Eau Claire, Wisconsin

A comprehensive memoir of Company I, 3rd Wisconsin Volunteers, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps, and their role in service in the Spanish-American War, as compiled and written by one of their very own. Sometimes humorous, often sad, properly reverent in places, and never dull, this is one of the more interesting glimpses behind the history of this conflict that we've come across.

The New Jersey Volunteers - Loyalists In The Revolutionary War
The New Jersey Volunteers: Loyalists in the Revolutionary War

William S. Stryker - New Jersey

Adjutant-General of the New Jersey Loyalist Volunteers William S. Stryker presents a comprehensive roll of those individuals in the New Jersey Volunteers who proudly served in the war that ultimately founded our country. Among the rolls are a scattering of stories and anecdotes, which offer a glimpse into the lives of the men who were prepared to sacrifice everything for their beliefs, and in order to form a new and free nation.

Homicide, North and South
Homicide, North and South

Horace V. Redfield - Cincinnatti, Ohio

In this work, Redfield covers all states (and regions) in a quest to quantify, compare, and contrast the methods, motives, and means of homicide. In the process, he draws deep divisions within each segment of evidence and enumeration, citing race, culture, affluence, situation, and circumstance to further quantify his initial results in a way that seems groundbreaking, given that the work was originally presented for publication in 1880.

Pioneer History of the Champlain Valley - Being a Full Account of the Settlement of the Town of Willsborough
Pioneer History of the Champlain Valley

William Gilliland & Winslow C. Watson - New York | Vermont

Presents a thorough account of the settlement of the town of Willsborough by William Gilliland, through his insightful journal (and other papers), as well as a detailed memoir. In addition, historical illustrative notes are provided herein by Winslow C. Watson.

Fasting For the Cure of Disease
Fasting For the Cure of Disease

Linda Burfield Hazzard - Carver County, Minnesota | Washington State

Fasting For The Cure of Disease’ was originally published as a distributable work to assist those individuals who were seeking out new ways to heal themselves of whatever malady (perceived or otherwise) they were afflicted with. What it became in the end, sadly, was something quite the opposite in nature. The work garnered both national and international attention, and led to the starvation - and murder - of individuals in the care of Dr. Hazzard at her Wilderness Heights facility in Olalla, Washington. Following the scandal that ensued, Dr. Hazzard continued to be a staunch proponent of her beliefs. In fact she was so convinced of their merits that she ultimately perished in 1938 while conducting a fasting regimen upon herself. This book is a faithful reproduction of the text of Dr. Hazzard’s original work.

The Great Book Collectors
The Great Book Collectors

Charles Isaac Elton - Southampton, England

'The Great Book Collectors' is a comprehensive history of unique and important libraries through the ages, and the fanatical collectors who developed them. It offers a glimpse into the provenance of important works - both individual and cumulative - and the passing of the torch from collector to collector as the inevitable passage of time claims the passionate bibliophiles each in turn. For fervent collectors of books, it serves as a touchstone to a past that we may otherwise never be able to experience, nor understand, with such clarity and precision.

Lincoln's Defense of Duff Armstrong - The Story of the Trial and the Celebrated Almanac
Lincoln's Defense of Duff Armstrong

James Norman Gridley - Illinois

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln was called upon to represent Duff Armstrong, a man who stood accused of murder. The case pivoted on a prosecutorial witness who alleged that he had witnessed the pre-murder argument that occurred between the deceased and Mr. Armstrong - beneath a bright wash of moonlight. Suspecting differently, Lincoln employed a Farmer’s Almanac in an effort to discredit the testimony. By winning in this unorthodox manner, the trial became the stuff of legend - a trial remembered still to this day.

The Occult World - As Written by the President of the Simla Eclectic Theosophical Society
The Occult World

Alfred Percy Sinnet - London, England

Perhaps C. W. Leadbeater summarized this work better than anyone: "In 1881, Mr. Sinnett startled the literary circles of London by the publication of The Occult World. Here was a book by a man whose position vouched for him — a book short, definite, and to the point.

"True, it told an astounding story — a story to the ordinary man of the world all but incredible, though strangely attractive; but it told it in the most straightforward and transparently truthful manner, so that to many of us - in spite of its overwhelming novelty - it carried conviction upon its very face. It is no exaggeration to say that thousands of souls were stirred into instant and delighted recognition of a knowledge which had been theirs long ago in other bodies and under other skies."

Hope Trueblood
Hope Trueblood

Pearl Lenore Curran (Patience Worth) - Mound City, Illinois

'Hope Trueblood' is a Victorian-esque drama that one could easily see being transformed into a high-drama film in the spirit of the BBC or 'Masterpiece Theater'.

What makes the work compelling is that it is one of a number that were purportedly written by Patience Worth - through Pearl Curran - via psychic channeling. Patience claimed to have been born in 1649, and while never specifically mentioned, is was supposed that she was from Dorsetshire, England.

Pearl (Pollard) Curran was born in Mound City, Illinois and was, by most accounts, a fairly ordinary woman with a limited education. Still, something changed within her in 1912 when she began channeling a spirit identifying itself as 'Patience Worth'. These sessions went from the humble beginnings of intimate Ouija board use with a friend, to marathon sessions of verbal channeling with a small audience. While many theories as to what, exactly, happened have been brought to the fore, none seem to satisfy anyone to any significant degree.

In the end, we leave it up to you to decide. We encourage you to learn more about this odd series of events and - then - to judge for yourself.

A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder

James DeMille - St. John, New Brunswick, Canada

Four friends happen upon a strange copper cylinder which holds a bizarre and wonderful manuscript. As they make their way through it, we are returned from the narrative at points as they offer their thoughts and ideas about what is written within. The tale within the cylinder was, we come to know, written by one Adam More: a British Sailor who, on his return voyage home from Tasmania, finds himself shipwrecked. Passing through a volcanic tunnel, More discovers a lost society of death worshipers, whose antithetical values lie in direct contrast with those of the civilized western world.

Part love story, part parable, part satire, and part fantasy, this often overlooked title serves as a solid foundation upon which far more well-known books in this same vein, in the following years and decades, were built.

Gadsby - A Story of Over 50,000 Words Without Using the Letter E
Gadsby: A Story of Over 50,000 Words Without Using the Letter 'E'

Ernest Vincent Wright - 'Parts Unknown' & California

Written from the perspective of a self-deprecating narrator, 'Gadsby' is - at its core - a tale of a town in a state of concerted rebirth. In an effort to reverse the plight of the place that he calls home, the protagonist organizes the town's youth. In doing so, we watch as the small piece of suburbia becomes a shining beacon of what towns can - and perhaps should - be. Once established, we are led through a series of years, ever bearing witness to the idealism of the organized youth, and the results of their labors.

While not a particularly compelling story, the reverence for this work of narrative art is not diminished. What makes this book notable is the ridiculously difficult challenge in crafting that it presents, and the time, effort, and passion it must have taken to give rise to such a thing. It is an overt, Quixotic flaunting against the word ‘impossible’.

Tales of Terror - The Mysteries of Magic
Tales of Terror - The Mysteries of Magic

Henry St. Clair

'Tales of Terror' represents an eerie glimpse into centuries long past. Through a two-volume collection of short stories, we gain some insight into what the horror and thriller genres were like in the mid-1800's - at times with lasting effect, even into the modern day. The stories are all unique, and many still hit their mark of being both entertaining and spine-tingling. Others feel a bit anachronistic at times but, on the whole, the works within these pages are sure to please even the most seasoned reader of supernatural fare.

Tamerlane & Other Poems
Tamerlane & Other Poems

Edgar Allan Poe - Boston, Massachusetts

Tamerlane & Other Poems’ represents Poe’s first foray into the literary world. From my point of view, it’s clear that he was hesitant about how his work would be received, and was further hesitant about being the individual associated with having produced it. This is something that, as a writer, I understand completely. Were I a writer of Poe’s caliber, however, I would most assuredly worry a great deal less. This volume is a faithful reproduction of the original text of the seminal work, first published in a run of fifty volumes in 1897, of which only twelve are known to have survived to the modern day. I have chosen to exclude any and all of his future works so that the original compilation may be absorbed as a singular whole, with nothing more to cloud perceptions about the author’s original desires to be heard and enjoyed

Poems on Golf - For the Intellectual Golfer
Poems on Golf

The Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society - Edinburgh, Scotland

In 1867, a group of gentlemen, all members of the Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society, felt compelled to put together and publish this work in reverent tribute to the sport that they held so dear.

The work runs the gamut from silly to sincere; from poetic to prophetic; from simplistic to cathartic.

And the highest praise that I may offer this book is this: I am not, nor have I ever been, a golfer. With that being said, I still - inexplicably - enjoyed this work, learned a great deal that I did not know, and managed to cement a connection across time with the men who sent it off into the world, 'Far & True', as they were so fond of saying.

Cab & Caboose
Cab & Caboose

Kirk Munroe - Prairie Du Chein, Wisconsin

Cab & Caboose’ is a journey through the young life of one Rodman Ray Blake, railroad dreamer. Written in a style akin to ‘Huckleberry Finn’, it follows Rodman’s meteoric rise through the ranks of railroad men. It is a tale full of adventures, derring-do, heroism, and passion for the railroad's mystique that must have evoked a genuine thrill in the hearts and minds of the young men and women who first read its pages more than a century ago. The numerous re-printings it experienced, over a great many years, seems only to prove this out.

While a bit dated in some respects, it still offers young readers a glimpse of what life was like at the turn of the last century. Further, it also serves to prove that - no matter what era we live in – the problems faced through adolescence never seem to fundamentally change. In this, then, it offers an enduring connection to the modern day.

The Sock Stories Omnibus
The Sock Stories Omnibus

Sarah L. Barrow - Charleston, South Carolina

Within these pages are all six of Sarah L. Barrow's 'Sock' Stories books, with minimal editing, presented as a snapshot of popular mid-nineteenth century children’s literature.

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