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In part, I have Joe Hill to thank for getting me back into writing short stories. I had written a few pieces of flash–after taking a decade-long hiatus from creative writing–when I picked up Hill’s short story collection, 20th Century Ghosts.
On the whole, it’s a great, cohesive collection that runs the gamut from literary to horror–all brilliantly crafted. (There were only a few stories that weren’t my cup of tea, and even those were well-written.)
I hate knowing anything about a story before I read it–I even save Introductions and Forwards until I’ve read the story or book–so I won’t give any synopses here, but I will list my favorites:
“20th Century Ghost”
“Dead-Wood” (a dream-like flash)
“Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead”
“Voluntary Committal” (a novella and my personal favorite in this collection)
One common thread is that he writes all his characters–even the most peculiar ones–with sympathy, dignity and heart.
Whether you prefer your reading on the literary side or you’re an avid reader of speculative fiction, I recommend that you pick up a copy. It’s available in hardcover, paperback, Kindle, and audio editions at Amazon.com.
I found out a few days ago that my flash fiction piece, “All You Need is Words” will be published in issue 90 of Short, Fast and Deadly. Issue 90 is a themed issue:”Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Words Club.” Short, Fast and Deadly publishes very short flash fiction, up to 420 characters in length. Since that’s so very short, I won’t be posting a snippet of my story here. You’ll have to go to their site to read it once the issue is published. Luckily for you, it’s free and won’t take long to read. In fact, this blog post is longer than the story.
This blog will be my public place to discuss the writing aspects of my life. I can’t promise that I will blog often, as I’d rather be writing stories than writing about writing. However, I’ll announce when one of my stories will be published, and if I ever feel the need to rant about writing, entertain you with typos or puns involving typos, or simply procrastinate the actual act of writing fiction, I may come here for a spell.
I may also sometimes write a bit about what I’m reading. All writers should be readers first and foremost, in my opinion.
What do I write? I write stories. I don’t concern myself much with genre or lack thereof. I sometimes write straight “literary” stories, but more often I lean towards the fantastical, the unusual.
I won’t post my work in full, but I may post snippets of stories that have been published (or are about to be) before I send you on your way to read more.