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Many of the literary masters wrote short stories that packed a punch. I’ll never forget Edgar Allen Poe’s Pit and the Pendulum or the Tell-Tale Heart. Yikes!!!
More recently, Stephen King and Ray Bradbury, also turn out short stories that leave an impression long after you reach the end.
There’s a thrill with the pacing of a short story. The reader falls right into the scene and hits the ground running. A good short story keeps the reader turning pages and leaves them with a great pay off at the end.
And short fiction requires a very small time commitment! Perfect for our crazy busy world, right?
I got my start writing short stories. The first short I ever published in an anthology ended up being a finalist for a Bram Stoker award from the Horror Writer’s of America. Immortal Beloved told the story of a vampire who loved Beethoven. Literally. But it never could have worked in a novel length.
There are stories that derive their strength in the minimalist amount of words in a short story. A novel length would weigh them down and dull their beauty. The thrill is the pacing and knowing the end is right around the corner.
I write short stories, knowing they’ll never top a bestseller list. They’re simply a labor of pure love.
And what better reason to write, right? LOL
I’m excited to share, Forgotten Treasures: 25 Short Fiction Tales. My first short story anthology! :-)
Spooky tales told while huddled around a campfire
Memories of "the good old days" shared by grandparents.
Alien invasions by flashlight, under the covers, after bedtime.
Short stories are like Forgotten Treasures you find in a trunk in the attic, just waiting to be discovered.
Inside this book lurks a Christmas loving demon, a pirate ghost who becomes flesh only one night a year, and an ancient Egyptian god who longs to be a god of rock-n-roll. These tales, and many more, are anxious for you to open the cover and dust them off.
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So let’s talk short stories… Do you remember any you’ve read that stuck with you? I’d love to hear…