This week on the blog, we’re taking a look at some of the stories in the Awesome Allshorts Anthology being released on TOMORROW, Saturday the 8th of November. TOMORROW, the first 50 readers to purchase a copy of Awesome Allshorts will be able to choose a novel written by one of the authors with a story in the anthology and receive it free of charge. Be here early.
‘The Lamplighters’ – Bill Kirton
The 100th anniversary of the Great War inspired (or provoked) lots of reflections. The irony of it being ‘the war to end all wars’ is cruel and depressing since we still resort to killing others to perpetuate our own versions of truth, reality, normality. My usual impulse when writing is to try to be funny, even with serious subjects. In this case, with its focus on the waste and loss of love and a whole generation, that wasn’t possible.
I’m known mostly as a crime writer, so I’ve contributed my share of corpses to the world. But, for me, the crime genre is mainly about people, their motives, their inner impulses, whether they’re aware of them or not. Whydunit is as important as whodunit. I also write non-fiction and you’ll find details on my Amazon page http://www.amazon.com/Bill-Kirton
‘The Cost of Hope’ – Amy Spahn
Most of the time, Amy writes about spaceships, sword fights, or superpowers. Her anthology story, “The Cost of Hope,” departs from that trend, but like her other stories, it focuses on a character’s experiences and the way they cope with their reality.
Amy writes about people who are alone, literally and figuratively. Some don’t play nicely with others. Some are isolated by circumstance. Some fall outside the social norm. And some are just weird. These people react to their isolation in unique ways, and Amy enjoys letting their lives play out for an audience.
You can see her blog and other work at www.AmySpahn.com.
‘I, Zombie’ – Charles Ray
I usually write mysteries and westerns, so ‘I, Zombie’ is a real departure for me. I got the idea for this story after reading an interview with Stan Lee in a magazine in my doctor’s office. In the interview, Lee said he hated zombie movies and stories because the zombies are always hideous flesh eaters. His view was that if someone was given a new crack at life, they would logically want to make up for the things they missed the first time around – they’d be real mellow. So, I decided to write about a zombie who 1) doesn’t know if he’s dead or not, and 2) who is looking to be normal. The main character is a dusty, shambling knight in rusty armor who meets a woman who, though blind, can ‘see’ past his exterior.
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