Bensonia + A New Series by Sturgill

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


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BENSONIA

Darkly Bright Press presents a dedicated space for the study of the lives and works of the prolific Benson family. As we have done for Arthur Machen, we will be making available forgotten and neglected material in the form of stories, essays and biographies. In the coming months, the section will continue to expand with free, downloadable content such as the recently released book, Where No Fear Was by Arthur Christopher Benson.


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Recent work by Joshua Alan Sturgill:

Honesty
Two Hearts, Two Paths, Two Ends

More by Sturgill:


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Fairy Tale Fridays

Awake in the World of Dreams by Joshua Alan Sturgill. The first installment of  Sturgill’s new long-form fairy tale.

Ghost Story Mondays:

Mr. Tilly’s Seance by Edward Frederic Benson. A humorous take on the spiritualist craze of Edwardian England. 

 

Benson on Fear / God is loving and just…

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


“The real basis for all deep-seated fear about life is the fear that one will not be dealt  with either lovingly or just.” – A. C. Benson

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Free Book in PDF Format

Where No Fear Was by Arthur Christopher BensonDarkly Bright Press offers this classic volume on Fear, its effects and its cure by English educator and author A. C. Benson. No stranger to the malady, Benson presents the topic with simplicity and straightforwardness, and does so with a patient voice that exhibits practicality in the face of fear and experience in the struggle with it. In its pages, we meet a man who is perceptive and sympathetic toward his reader as a fellow sufferer and laborer.


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Recent work by Joshua Alan Sturgill:

Seconds
This And Not Another
My Friend Shal

 

Free PDF Book on Fear

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


New Posts

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Free Book in PDF Format

Where No Fear Was by Arthur Christopher BensonDarkly Bright Press offers this classic volume on Fear, its effects and its cure by English educator and author A. C. Benson. No stranger to the malady, Benson presents the topic with simplicity and straightforwardness, and does so with a patient voice that exhibits practicality in the face of fear and experience in the struggle with it. In its pages, we meet a man who is perceptive and sympathetic toward his reader as a fellow sufferer and laborer.


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Recent work by Joshua Alan Sturgill:

Life Untended
Eat Them All
Local Weather

 


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Ghost Story Mondays:

A Strange Goldfield by Guy Boothby. An Australian, Boothby gives us a weird tale set in the wild outback. 

 

 

 

This coming Wednesday, April 15 is the feast day of St. Padarn.

Glorious

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


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MACHEN STUDIES:

A Glorious Old Church – Ever mindful of hidden wonder, Arthur Machen finds it in an old English church.

 


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Recent work by Joshua Alan Sturgill:

The Terror of the Day’s Routine
I Saw the Wonder and Glory

Also, Sturgill offers this week’s Fairy Tale…


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Fairy Tale Fridays

The Woman Who Followed the Wind by Joshua Alan Sturgill, a new and enchanting story.

Ghost Story Mondays:

Sister Maddelena by Ralph Adams Cram. This week’s installment is a tale of absolution beyond the grave.

 

 

 

New Poetry Announced

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


Book Announcement

Later in 2020, Darkly Bright Press will publish Ordinary Time, the first collection of poetry by Phillip Neal Tippin. For an early look at this poet’s work, please read this selection.

Also, this week, we posted several poems from Forged in the Heart (published October 2019) by Claire Brandenburg. The poet has supplied new commentary.


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Recent work by Joshua Alan Sturgill:
The Elixir of Life Continued
Human Life in a Lotus
Regarding Eggs


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Fairy Tale Fridays

Cross Purposes by the great George MacDonald, a writer who has influenced generations of children and adults including Lewis Carroll and C. S. Lewis.

Ghost Story Mondays:

The Upper Berth: F. Marion Crawford grants us a tale of nautical terror that has become a classic of the genre.

 

 

 

Permanence vs Pandemic

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


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Through his favorite themes of Prayer, Literacy and Labor, Joshua Alan Sturgill gives a centered view on the current crisis: Isolation and Permanence During the Pandemic.

Other recent work by Sturgill:
Evelyn Mary’s Dictionary
A Poem While Gardening
Poetry and the Real


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Fairy Tale Fridays

Tylwyth Teg: Tales of the Fair People as curated by J. Ceredig Davis in his classic study on the oral tradition of the region.

Ghost Story Mondays:

The Traveller: R. H Benson crafts a chilling mix of faith, history and assassination in this classic story.

 

 

 

 

Far Off Things

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


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Far Off Things… The second chapter to Arthur Machen’s richly poetic volume of memoirs.


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Fairy Tale Fridays

Sun, Moon and Talia by Giambattista Basile

The Fairy by Charles Perrault

 

 

 

 


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Joshua Alan Sturgill

I Dream a Renovation 
Fratricide 
The CMB 
Stories from the Other World
Eve
Cape Town


 

Happy Release

 

Ghost Story Mondays:

The Man with the Roller by E. G. Swain


William Tyrwitt’s “Copy” 
by Bernard Capes

Sturgill Chapbook Out of Print

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.

Book News

front cover MihaelAs we announced last week, Little Candle Press presents Escape to Mihael, the first book in The Scrufflings Series, written and illustrated by Claire Brandenburg. In this children’s tale, Claire has created a story centered on friendship and sacrifice for Grades 1 – 4 and all fun-loving adults.

For a taste of the story and art, view Chapter One.

precession-webPrecession by Joshua Alan Sturgill is now Out of Print. Some copies may remain available at Eighth Day Books.

 

 

 


New updates for February 22-28, 2020.

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A Contemporary tale by Adam Trionfo: The Old Man and the Lord

 

 

 

 

 


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Joshua Alan Sturgill

Fitted for Gracefulness 
Interpreting Depression 
Minotaur


 

Happy Release

 

Ghost Story Mondays:

A Contemporary tale by Thomas David Andrews: Eloise

 

 

 

 


David_WalesAnd finally, this coming Sunday, March 1st is the Feast Day of St. David of Wales.

New Book from Little Candle Press

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.

New Publication

front cover MihaelLittle Candle Press presents Escape to Mihael, the first book in The Scrufflings Series, written and illustrated by Claire Brandenburg. In this children’s tale, Claire has created a story centered on friendship and sacrifice for Grades 1 – 4 and all fun-loving adults.

For a taste of the story and art, view Chapter One.


New updates for February 14-21, 2020.

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The Crown’s Warranty by Laurence Housman 

Manx Fairy Tales 

 

 

 

 

 


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Joshua Alan Sturgill

The Unknown Project 
Listen 
The Boy Who Tasted the Moon


 

Happy Release

 

Ghost Story Mondays:

Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson

Angels & Hospitality

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


New Updates

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The Ancient Modern by Joshua Alan Sturgill:
Hospitality & Insurance / February 10, 2020
Sermon, a Poem / February 12, 2020

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Machen Studies:
Angels / February 3, 2020
St. Teilo of Llandaff  / February 9, 2020