Cover Reveal for Gematria² – Breaking Convention

Announcing the cover reveal for my latest short story, Gematria²!

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The writing approach in this short can be summed up as breaking the conventional mold of formula writing. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve created a new style for other authors to emulate, because I’m doing the emulating.

I’ve always been enamored with the styles and conventions of South American authors, namely Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luís Borges. If you read anything from these short story masters you will immediately notice differences from the North American writers you may be used to. For one thing, these authors don’t describe or sometimes even name characters. They play with time, space, human consciousness, synchronicity, metaphysics, philosophy, and magical realism, to name a few themes.

The best way that I can describe the style is non-formulaic literature. With Gematria², I tried that approach as best as I could.  When I presented it to a critique group, some scoffed, although they couldn’t exactly say what was bothering them. Others embraced it as pure literature and eagerly volunteered to beta read future drafts.

Gematria² will be released on Smashwords as a FREE download on February 15th, 2014 on all e-reader formats. If you prefer getting your e-books from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, it will be listed there as well about one to two weeks later.  As a bonus, the release also contains extended excerpts from my other short stories.  Hope you enjoy!

The Twilight Zone of Reviews

I just got my third short story listed on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in keeping with my New Year’s writing goals. I remember listing the first one and worrying about reviews. Well, the first six are in and they’re all either 4 or 5 star ratings. Phew, what a relief!

What struck me about them was how two of the reviewers made similar observations that there was a hint of Rod Serling in my work. Probably quite true, I was raised on watching reruns of The Twilight Zone when I was young. I could watch it with my friends, sisters, or “square” parents. It just didn’t matter with that show, and still doesn’t. I just DVR’d a bunch of them during the New Year’s marathon and lately I’ve been curling up with my wife to watch them after dinner.

My third short story, A Purveyor of Odd Things, is up and I wonder what reviews will say about this one. I’m especially interested because of the preamble to this story. When I first presented it to my critique group, one of them said “That sounds like something Rod Serling would say to introduce a Twilight Zone episode.”

Let’s see what happens!

A Purveyor of Odd Things Published!

Announcing the release of my newest short story, A Purveyor of Odd Things, on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!  It’s a fun read for anyone who’s into detective stories, the supernatural, Hitchcock or the Twilight Zone.

The description: Meet Detective Renner Branson, a man so enslaved to his work that he’s forgotten how to live. In his newest baffling case, he will discover secrets – not just about the world, but about himself.  The terrors lurking within may shatter his grip on reality.  Or they may show him just how beautiful reality can be.

Excerpt:

Branson squeezed his eyes shut. His sense of real and unreal, of possible and impossible, was shredded by these apparitions. He wanted so badly to run, run anywhere, to the car, to the gate, anything to get away from this insanity. But he wouldn’t – couldn’t – leave Hannah. Through his panic he became aware of her clammy hand clutching his, and though he tugged on it, she seemed unable to move. Paralyzed by that cold stare. Fight or flight…or freeze.

It’s up for only $0.99, come check it out!

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Stasis Published!

Announcing the release of my new short story, Stasis, on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!  It’s a great read for anyone into Libertarianism or who’s uneasy about the route that Big Government has been taking lately.

The description:  Kurt Williams has spent the last twenty years as a Libertarian refugee from a collapsing society. On his return to civilization, what he finds is nothing short of devastating. In an America where big government has run amok and nearly everything is outlawed, will his defiance and courage be enough to restore sanity?

Stasis won an Honorable Mention in the 2013 San Antonio Writer’s Guild contest for Best Short Story.  It’s up for only $0.99, come check it out!

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