Artist Melissa Duckworth is working on a presentation of my short story "Candle Garden" as an altered book.

A few years ago, I met an artist, Melissa Duckworth, in an online writing community. She fell in love with my story “Candle Garden,” and wanted to make it into book art, which she considers her specialty.

It took her a long time to find the perfect book to use as a setting for the piece, but she did find one – “NASA’s publication on the “Symposium on Thermal Radiation of Solids” just seemed like the perfect book to alter for your story! That’s why I’ve been so paranoid, I wouldn’t be able to get another copy I’m sure! (and it has the Boeing Library insignia on the inside, too boot!)” – she wrote recently.

She also solicited poetry, which I think will still be included, to compliment the story.

Recently, Melissa posted photos of her work as her piece begins its journey from book to art. Here is the beginning, as of December, 2010. For more information on Melissa Duckworth and her artwork, please visit

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, served as a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, has judged both writing and grant competitions and co-hosts the Dark Discussions Podcast. Her work Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks; her novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. More info:

Posted on February 7, 2011, in News, Short Stories and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. That is so cool! I can’t wait to see Candle Garden!

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