FED FROM  THE  BLADE: Tale and Poems from the Mountains

Fed From the Blade
By: Edited By Cat Pleska and Michael Knost
Softcover, 124 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9852640-5-5

Nominated for the prestigious Appalachian Writers Association Appalachian Book of the Year Awards.

Woodland Press is proud to announce the anthology, Fed From the Blade: Tales and Poems from the Mountains, edited by Cat Pleska and Michael Knost. The submissions for this volume came from twenty-eight exceptional Mountain State writers and poets.

The result is a delightful compilation of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. It truly represents the variety and diversity of our state’s writers. Despite the different genres being showcased in this collection, the editors have shaped a cohesive, flowing book. The writings in this anthology possess the emotional response that resonates from our mountain attitude — so appropriate to the fabulous, toad-squashed, two-handled, frying-pan shaped state that is West Virginia.

Most of us appreciate good family stories, so enjoy the narratives of loss and reconnection, struggle and triumph. No matter the tale, we find ourselves reflected in these characters, all who were fed from the blade.

Mountain State contributors Include:

Sherrell Wigal
G. Cameron Fuller
Kathleen Furbee
Karin Fuller
Llewellyn McKernan
Wilma Stanley Acree
Frank Larnerd
Joshua S. Robinson
Edwina Pendarvis
Diane Tarantini
Mary Lucille DeBerry
Barbara Smith
Belinda Anderson
Ginger Hamilton Caudill
Frances Lucretia Van Scoy
Jason Roth
Christine Roth
Marion R. Kee
Mathilde Hall
Beverly Bisbee
Patricia Hopper Patteson
Susan Sheppard
Lynne Schwartz-Barker
Laura Treacy Bentley
Rob Merritt
Susanna Holstein
John N. Mugaas
Ethan Fischer


Senior Editor Cat Pleska teaches writing at West Virginia State University, where she is also the director of the WVSU Writing Center. Cat is an essayist for West Virginia Public radio, with over 40 essays aired to date. She also is a regular writer for Wonderful, West Virginia Magazine, and has several articles in state and regional journals. She is a sixth generation West Virginian and lives in Scott Depot with her husband, Dan. Her daughter, Katie, lives in nearby Saint Albans.

Senior co-editor Michael Knost is a 2009 Bram Stoker Award-winning editor and author. He is a nationally known writer and editor in the horror and thriller genre, and a noted columnist. His columns appear in Fangoria Magazine and Shroud magazine. He is the editor of Writers Workshop of Horror (winner of the 2009 Bram Stoker Award for Non-Fiction); Legends of the Mountain State (volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4); Dark Tales of Terror; Specters in Coal Dust; and The Mothman Files.