The Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three

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M. W. Anderson, Brett Alexander Savory
Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004 - Fiction - 202 pages
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On May 5, 1993, in West Memphis, Arkansas, three eight-year-old boys were brutally murdered. They were found bound ankle to wrist with their own shoelaces, severely beaten, and dumped in a nearby stream.

A month later, detectives finally made three arrests: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr-teenagers who just didn't fit in: they wore black, listened to heavy metal, and read horror novels. Despite the lack of evidence, the three young misfits were convicted. Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr are in prison for life, while Damien Echols, considered the "ringleader," is on death row, awaiting lethal injection.

The Last Pentacle of the Sun is the first collection of writings in support of the these boys known as the West Memphis Three. Collected in the book are dark fiction by some of the world's best, case-related essays by observers and participants, including lyrics by Metallica, and illustrations by Clive Barker.

The Last Pentacle of the Sun is a fundraiser for the Damien Echols Defense Fund. All material has been donated, and all proceeds will go towards legal efforts to ensure that this miscarriage of justice is reconciled.

Contributors include
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, directors of the film Paradise Lost I & II (about the WM3)
Metallica frontman James Hetfield
journalist Mara Leveritt
WM3 activists Grove Pashley and Burk Sauls authors Caitlin R. Kiernan, James Morrow, Mike Oliveri, Peter Straub, and Poppy Z. Brite
comedian and activist Margaret Cho
and legendary horror writer Clive Barker

Illustrations by Clive Barker and photographs by Grove Pashley

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About the author (2004)

Brett Alexander Savory is a Bram Stoker Award-winning editor. His day job is also as an editor, at Harcourt Canada in Toronto. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Chiaroscuro/ChiZine, has had nearly 40 stories published in numerous print and online publications since 1998, and has written two novels, In and Down and The Distance Travelled, both of which are currently with his agent. In the works are a third novel, The Falcon's Necktie, and a dark comic book series with artist Homeros Gilani. M. W. Anderson, artist/writer/editor, has had short fiction and poetry published online and in small press venues, such as Bloody Muse, The Dream People, The Earwig Flesh Factory, The Harrow, Chiaroscuro's Chizine,, and Lone Wolf Publications? ?Extremes? anthology series. Later this year the Lone Wolf double-CD anthology Carnival/Circus will include his cover art, illustrations, photography, and his short story ?Grand Mal Circus.' Michael Nava is best-known for his gay mystery novels featuring Henry Rios, five of which have won Lambda Literary Awards, including Goldenboy and Howtown). He lives in San Francisco.

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