I love great short stories. They are quick, stimulating, and they always leave you wanting more—as long as they are written well. I participate in a lot of flash fiction contests, which are challenges designed at creating meaningful fiction tales within only a hundred or two hundred words. Definitely not easy, yet it’s great fun to challenge myself as a writer in that way.
One of my favorite authors, Jeffery Deaver, released a few compilations of short stories: Twisted and More Twisted, and I have to say they were two of my favorite books. I’d just pick one up, read a short story or two, and walk away instantly satisfied. And just as the names suggest, Deaver loves to turn the tables on his readers by including crazy and unforeseen twists, and he does not disappoint in either of these collections.
And likewise as I’d mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago, Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man is a collection of his short stories. Bradbury’s stories were written for Sci-Fi enthusiasts, and while he still had some shocking twists to his tales, the more notable aspect of his writing is how he details futuristic and often dystopian worlds with chillingly realistic details.
In tribute to these two great authors, I’ve released one of my own short stories, “Class One Act.” I’ll probably have a few more in the near future. If you are reading this and you’d like to check it out FOR FREE (rather than paying for a copy on Smashwords.com), let me know and I’ll send you a coupon.
And don’t hesitate to let me know if you think it stinks! Because really, I can only get better when I know where and how I’ve erred!
Click here to check out "Class One Act!"