Excitement that comes during the work week gets sublimated. Work, you see, is like a huge ship chugging ahead at about 30 knots. It takes some time to stop, or even change direction. So on Thursday, while I was still at my desk, Nightmares with the Bible arrived. Since all work—even salaried—is measured by the clock by HR, I couldn’t take off time to enjoy the birth. I opened the box, cursorily flipped through a copy, and got back to the task for which I’m paid. After work it’s time for supper and I can’t stay awake much beyond seven or eight, which meant I neglected my baby. Friday was another work day, and although I wanted to do all the things marketers tell you to do, I had other duties.
So now it’s Saturday and I can officially say Nightmares have been released. I have a discount code flyer, about which nobody has yet emailed me, but the offer still stands. You can get a discounted (but still expensive) copy by following the instructions below. Feel free to share with your rich friends. Better yet, have your library order a copy. I’m hoping for a paperback on this one, but that’ll be a couple years and I know paperbacks seldom outsell hardcovers, even expensive ones. Raising a child can be a costly venture, no? Adding another book meant that my display copies had to move out of their cubby-hole onto a bookshelf. Hopefully, if things go well, there will be more siblings. Perhaps better priced.
A Reassessment of Asherah was published by a European academic press and put at the incredibly high price of $78 back in 1993. Gorgias Press reissued it, with additional material, but made it even more expensive. I can’t even afford to buy a copy. Weathering the Psalms was only $22, but wasn’t a gripping topic for many. Cascade Books, at least, know how to price things. Holy Horror, at the shockingly high $45 for a paperback (McFarland), languished. It missed its Halloween release and no reviews have appeared. “Nightmares” might well capture my sense of the price for my second missed Halloween release. There are other books in the works. If any of them get completed I’ll be seeking an agent to try to bring the prices down. Until then, Nightmares will be the final word. It’s out there now, for those brave enough to engage with it.