“Do yourself a favor and BUY THIS BOOK. It has been a very long time since I’ve read something as interesting, beautiful, and thought-provoking as 21 Grams by M. Regan. When I first picked up this short (but dense) novella, I expected to read it in a few days and move on. What actually happened was that I devoured it in one sitting and then proceeded to re-read it to try to capture any little scraps I may have missed the first time. I am an avid reader, and it is very seldom that I find a book that can still surprise me, but this book does. M. Regan uses language like a paintbrush to create a beautiful, distressing, tragic, hopeful masterpiece. If you enjoy classic literature/horror like Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, then this is the book for you. If you enjoy thinking deeply about metaphysical and philosophical ideas, this is the book for you. If you just want to read something that is unique and unpredictable, this is the book for you. You will not regret reading this book.”
“A crow lands just outside my open window as my finger hovers over the 5th star above – I can’t help but feel it is M. Regan watching where my finger will land. Yes, it is that haunting. They are that haunting. I have no doubt these characters will return to me at unexpected moments, even if my mind would prefer to will them away… Yep. It’s that creepy.”
“I will be the first to admit that I’m no fan of dark fiction in general, but there is just something about the way M. Regan meticulously and beautifully stitches words together that would pique the curiosity of anyone even vaguely interested in great storytelling. “21 Grams” absorbed me completely. As I read, my heart raced, my pulse quickened, and my thoughts ran to places I’d never been before and have not left since. If I had only 21 grams of my soul left to give, you can bet I would spend it all waxing poetic about how much I enjoyed this novella. If anything, I hope the Operator would appreciate it.”
“This is an excellent longer narrative and is worth a read by many interested in horror, gender, philosophy and meditations on the life lived and the death received.”
“M. Regan weaves together three stories that are imbued with thoughtful prose and some really beautiful language and description. The three tales have overlapping details which helps to unify the work. It is obvious that she has done a lot of background research and there was a lengthy gestation period while writing the narrative. The main character (and their Godwin machine) is described with detail but still vaguely enough that you, as the reader, have space to bring your own conceptions and engage with the writer in the creative act. The book feels longer/fuller/denser than the page count would suggest, which is something that I, as a reader, enjoy.”
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In the bowels of an unassuming, ever-moving funerary parlor, a mortician known as the Operator hides a fearsome machine called the Godwin, rumored to have the ability to resurrect the dead. It runs, like a soul does, on logos: on words. And in exchange for those words—for a client’s life story—the corpse of their choosing might yet walk again. Careful, though. Words bear weight, so one must choose them wisely. Author M. Regan delivers a harrowing and beautiful glimpse into a world filled with desire, darkness, love, and loss.
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About Author M. Regan
M. Regan has been writing in various capacities for over a decade, with credits ranging from localization work to scholarly reviews, advice columns to short stories. Particularly fascinated by those fears and maladies personified by monsters, they enjoy composing dark fiction and studying supernatural creatures. Find them on Facebook and Twitter @MReganFiction.
Timber Ghost Press
Timber Ghost Press is a small press located in Utah, founded by C.R. Langille in 2021. He is a retired, disabled veteran with a deep love for weird and creepy tales.
The name, Timber Ghost, is another term for elk. C.R. Langille spends a lot of time out in the wilderness searching for these elusive and majestic creatures. Now, he will also spend a lot of time searching for elusive and majestic manuscripts to publish in the electronic wilderness.
Mission Statement: Publish quality weird and creepy novels, novellas, and anthologies while taking care of our authors.
Vision Statement: Become the premier indie publisher of weird and creepy novels, novellas, and anthologies and be a respected name in the horror community.