The Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis 3

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On May 5, 1993, in West Memphis, Arkansas, three 8-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.

Several weeks passed and police were stumped—not even a suspect in the case. The public clamored for an arrest. 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...

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Overview

On May 5, 1993, in West Memphis, Arkansas, three 8-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.

Several weeks passed and police were stumped—not even a suspect in the case. The public clamored for an arrest. 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 music and read horror novels. Spurred on by a local “expert,” police decided the murders were part of a satanic ritual, despite the lack of evidence of such at the crime scene. But this mattered little: they had three young misfits—one of whom, Misskelley, had confessed to the murders after a grueling eight hours of police questioning. He recanted it hours later, but by then it was too late.

Surely a jury could not convict these three boys without proof, without a shred of physical evidence. Not in America. But they were convicted. Circumstantial evidence and a clearly coerced confession was enough to send Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin to prison for life, while Damien Echols, considered the “ring leader,” was sentenced to death. He is currently on death row, awaiting lethal injection.

While many artists, actors and musicians have come forward to fight this injustice, this book is the first collection of writings in support of the West Memphis 3. Collected here are case-related fiction and essays by some of the best dark fiction writers working today, as well as eight pages of black-and-white illustrations by -horror-master Clive Barker, a piece by comedian Margaret Cho, and an introduction by filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky creators of the acclaimed West Memphis 3 documentaries Paradise Lost and Paradise Lost 2: Revelations.

This project is a fundraiser for the West Memphis 3 Defense Fund (wm3.org). Contributors have donated their stories, and all proceeds will go toward legal efforts to ensure that this miscarriage of justice is resolved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551521626
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,426,242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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. brettsavory.com 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, Gothic.net, 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.? artandfiction.com 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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Table of Contents

Illustration from Weaveworld 7
... and justice for all 8
Introduction 11
She saw a young man 15
West Memphis Three, 1996 16
California to West Memphis in ten years 17
Night story 1973 23
La Bete 34
Weird tales : the story of a delusion 35
Homecoming 42
Horizon 51
How to spot a serial killer 52
The afterlives of sweetdeath 56
Acetylene 71
All sliding to one side 72
Changeling 77
Mesmer 84
An it harm none, do what ye will 85
Not by its cover 93
Self-portrait 102
In their satanic majesty's service 103
From the books of Alice Redfearn 110
Kanji 118
We find things old 119
Hexenhammer 130
The Gemini 134
Pisspot Bay 135
Action, and the fear of going it alone 147
You have to know this 150
Minds at war 158
The three strangers 159
An open letter to Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Dean Koontz 169
Carnival knowledge 173
Beauty 175
Fucking justice 176
Letter 189
Then one day she saw him again 192
West Memphis Three, 2002 194
Afterword 195
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

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    The Last Pentacle of the Sun

    This is a must have for fans of well written horror stories of injustice. The work within is dedicated to the West Memphis Three(Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Damien Echols). There is an introduction by James Hetfield(of Metallica), Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky (makers of HBO's Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robinhood Hills) and Margeret Cho. Spiced throughout the book are illustrations by none other than Clive Barker. Also included is an open letter to Stephen King, Anne Rice and Dean Koontz by Mara Leveritt(Devil's Knot) about why they have not spoken out about this case in which they a indirectly a part of. The front cover has Jessie Misskelley Jr., and the back cover has all three of the boys accused for this crime. Those who have not heard of this tragic injustice, there is some back story in the book as well. All purchases of this book go toward the Defense fund. Buy your copy NOW! FREE THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE! INNOCENT!

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