TRIDAC PUBLISHING

Tridac Publishing offers several works of C. S. Friedman’s short fiction, as well as a historical resources of interest to writers, historians, artists, and costume designers.  All books are available from Amazon.com; additional venues will be noted in book descriptions.

If you would like to contact Tridac publishing, you can do so here.

VISIONS OF THE FUTURE

Short fiction by Science Fiction and Fantasy writer C. S. Friedman

THE DREAMING KIND

Come experience the deliciously disturbing worlds of C. S. Friedman’s imagination, in her first short story collection.

A bank clerk struggles to deal with malware inside his head…
A woman is required by law to let her dying mother take over her body…
A writer meets the man of her dreams (or perhaps her nightmares)…
A time traveler seeks scalped tickets to the Sermon on the Mount…
A telepath must abandon her humanity to negotiate with alien predators…
A visiting extraterrestrial chooses a down-and-out junkie for its first human contact…

From humorous to dark, witty to lyrical, this collection of eight short stories (plus a few extra treats) showcases the versatile talent of one of the genre’s most creative writers.  Available in ebook and paperback from Amazon, and ebook and hardcover from Barnes and Noble.

DOMINION

Three centuries ago, the sorcerer Gerald Tarrant abandoned his humanity to join the ranks of the undead, sustaining himself on the blood of the living.

Now he heads north in search of a legend. For it is said there is a Forest where the fae has become so powerful that it devours all who enter it, and he means to test his power.

This prequel novella to C. S. Friedman’s bestselling Coldfire trilogy (Black Sun Rising, When True Night Falls, Crown of Shadows) offer fans of the series a tale of Tarrant’s secret history, while new readers will enjoy a chilling introduction to one of High Fantasy’s most fascinating—and deadly—worlds.

Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

RESOURCES

History, fashion, culture, and curiosities, from late 19th century and early 20th century source materials. Whether you are a historian looking for research materials or a worldbuilder looking for ideas, there’s something here for you.

THE BLOOD SACRIFICE COMPLEX: Cannibalism, Human Sacrifice and Circumcision from a Global Perspective

Cannibalism and human sacrifice are practices abhorrent to modern civilization. Yet they were remarkably common, taking place on all continents save Antarctica. Did they spread from a single point of origin, or arise spontaneously in different locations?  Is there a causal relationship between the two practices?  When and how did religion factor into their evolution? These questions and more are explored by E. M. Loeb, along with a survey of circumcision—also a global practice—that may shed light on its original purpose.

Meticulously researched, historically compelling, Loeb’s 1923 paper is reproduced here in its entirety, including the maps so often omitted from reprints and a new foreword by C. S. Friedman. Whether you are a historian seeking to understand ancient practices or a novelist in search of details for worldbuilding, The Blood Sacrifice Complex is sure to provide a treasure-trove of facts and observations for inspiration.

Available in paperback from Amazon.

ETIQUETTE AND THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS (1883)

It was the Age of Etiquette, and if you wanted to climb the social ladder of nineteenth century society, you needed to know all the rules. Follow the social codes without error, and you might be judged well-bred. Fail, and you might not be invited to the next dinner party.

One of the most exhaustive lists of etiquette instructions was published in Collier’s Cyclopedia of Social and Commercial Information. With separate rules for men and women, it expressed (and enforced) nineteenth century gender roles, as well as laying out the qualifications for becoming a proper “lady” or “gentleman.” It also assigned symbolic meaning to each bloom in a bouquet, allowing a man to communicate his sentiments and intentions simply by handing flowers to a lady. Woe betide the suitor who included the wrong varieties in such an offering!

Collier’s etiquette guide and floral dictionary are reproduced here in their original illustrated format, lavishly embellished with Victorian motifs. It’s a beautiful memento of times past, and the perfect gift for any history enthusiast.

Available in paperback from Amazon.

ELEGANT LADIES: HIGH SOCIETY FASHION IN PHOTOGRAPHS (1903-1900)

Between 1903 and 1909, the Burr-McIntosh Monthly Magazine featured stunning photographs of female celebrities. Socialites, opera singers, leading actresses–these were the movie stars of their day, women who had the means and motivation to keep up with changing fashions. Their portraits are an invaluable resource for costume historians, as well as re-creationists, historical writers, and artists.

The photographs in this book showcase a wide variety of garments, including evening gowns, day dresses, sportswear, riding habits, and furs, often with fine details of lacework, beading, and embroidery. The subjects are a veritable social register of the time, with family names such as Kennedy, Vanderbilt, and Roosevelt, and legendary stage names such as Lily Langty, Ethel Barrymore, and Anna Held. Whether you are interested in the fashions of a more elegant age, or seeking information on the women who influenced them, Elegant Ladies offers a wealth of primary source material that is sure to please.

Available in paperback from Amazon.

COMING SOON

PALACES OF SIN

An fascinating eye-witness account of the moral depravity of American High Society in 1906, written as a warning to innocent souls who are at risk of being corrupted by it.  This book offers fascinating details about the social habits of the rich and powerful at the turn of the century, with case histories of people who were seduced by a lifestyle that ultimately destroyed them.

VICTORIAN PARLOR GAMES

Instructions for social passtimes and entertainments from 1883, from the same beautifully illustrated source as the Etiquette book.

FASHIONS IN THE DELINEATOR

Fashion illustrations and articles from Butterick’s ground-breaking fashion magazine, organized by decade from the 1870s to the 1920s.  A costume designer’s dream!