Cover Reveal | The Experimental Notebook of C.S. Boyack

Craigs cover

This is the cover for Craig Boyack’s new book… isn’t it fab? It just screams “Pick me up and read me!”. I love it. It has an air of mysticism and magic about it, as if Dumbledore and Gandalf may once have opened its ancient covers and learned their magic from its precious dusty parchment.

And magic it is, too. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advance copy, and couldn’t put it down. Mind you, I have been a fan of Craig’s since I read Panama, and each book he has produced since then has got progressively better and better. I particularly enjoyed his last book, Will o’ the Wisp (you can read my review here).

But this one is just a little bit different to all that has gone before, because it contains a collection of his best short stories. How can I describe a Craig Boyack short story? Eclectic, whimsical, unexpected, magical, weird, unique and out of the ordinary. When it comes to his writing, Craig certainly thinks outside of the box.

Chock-full of an entertaining mix of twelve short stories and flash pieces, this book is a gripping read, and great value for money at 99c. Here are my faves;

It begins with Jack o’ Lantern, a Hallowe’en Flash piece with a very surprising ending. This is followed by Something in the Water, a tale with a classic ghost story feel, and which contains a thrilling aerial dog fight, btw. Bombshell Squad features the very luscious robo-girl, Lisa Burton, a character from Craig’s first book; I really loved the detail and sumptuous descriptions in this piece. My next fave was Diplomat, a dragon tale with a fantastic sting in the tail. The Soup Ladle of Destiny is a true fairytale reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm, and can be enjoyed whatever your age. 50 Gallon Drum is another flash piece with a lovely atmosphere and a stunning twist in the last sentence. A Tale of Rebirth is an upcycled version of the classic genie in the lamp story with a genius finish which I just didn’t see coming. Finally, Transference is a wacky tale in which the author makes a cameo appearance. What am I talking about? He’s the star of the show!

So I picked 8 out of 12 as my faves, but I could have listed them all. Go get your copy and decide for yourself. Its available now. You can find Craig on his blog, Entertaining Stories, and on Twitter. You can buy his books on Amazon. com and

49 Comments on “Cover Reveal | The Experimental Notebook of C.S. Boyack

  1. Excellent choice of cover after reading your details of it’s contents.
    Seems to be a diversity of story’s, thanks for the link to the book.

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  2. Craig’s “Notebook” sounds like a fabulous collection of stories. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy and am looking forward to reading the whole….more so now that I’ve seen your review, Ali!

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  3. I thought I was following Craig’s blog but it seems not. Thanks for the post, Ali. I’ve pressed the follow button and look forward to reading his stories. They sound kind of like the ones I like it write.

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  4. OMG Ali, I caught a glimpse of this and thought you had done a Book of Shadows. It reminds me of something from the Magus or Clavicula Salomonis. Something which is right up my alley at this time of the year.
    The cover along is enough to entice me to pick it up, looking forward to reading it πŸ™‚

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    • I dont know anything about those books you mentioned but they sound interesting. Book of Shadows… love that title! I think you will enjoy Craigs stories, they’re a little bit weird and a lot wonderful!

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          • Probably, best to stay clear, there is a good reason why I stopped reading them all the time!
            And their aint nothing wrong with being afraid of stuff in certain situations, sometimes its wise to be like that, remember what happened to the curious cat??? πŸ™‚

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            • Yes, and wasnt it an ‘ali’ cat??? I think I used to be a cat in a previous life. Probably a black cat, as I am particularly drawn to them. My pet cats have mostly been black. Ok you have made me ver curious about those books now…

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            • Sorry bout that, you could read them for research purposes. However a word of warning, don’t get sucked in! This stuff as I said before can be dangerous πŸ‘


            • Same reason as the Necromnicon which I think we spoke about before. Like any good read, you can easily be drawn into the pages, I find when this happens, it plays with your head. Not a good thing if your studying the occult.


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