Do you like reading short story anthologies by various writers? Can I persuade you into trying the latest offering from a group of collaborative writers? If I can’t persuade you can I at least tempt you?
I never was very good at pitching but here goes…
What exactly is good and evil, and what lies in-between? Fourteen writers have done their very best to try and answer that question. The end result is a depiction of the very best and worst of humanity, all bundled into a highly readable anthology.
Did I mention the word anthology? Here it is:
There’s something in those hallowed pages for everyone. Here are a few highlights:
Hard Rain: The mother of all storms breaks when a man has to get to hospital for the birth of his first child. Nothing is going to stop him irrespective of anything else happening around him…
Spirals: A gritty crime drama that explores the criminal underworld and the choices and consequences that villains have to face amongst their own kind.
Living The Life of Riley: A harrowing and moving drama which depicts the fragmented relationship between a father and son.
The stories encompass many genres from straight drama, to fantasy, to crime, and there’s even a western tale thrown into the mix.
My contribution is Acid House. A semi-comedic drama about a late middle aged couple, in total hate with each other, who unexpectedly have to deal with their only son’s relationship problems.
Thank you in advance to anyone who does decide to purchase a copy.
Here's the official press release for the Saints & Sinners anthology featuring Acid House, and a host of other stories by talented writers such as J W Nelson, Gary Clifton, J T Harrell, and Max Watt to name but a few. Here it is...
The 13 Project’s new short story anthology ‘Saints and Sinners’ is coming soon!
Following the acclaim of ’13 The Anthology’, The 13 Project are now set to release the second
instalment in their series of short story anthologies, Saints and Sinners, this time featuring
fourteen stories from fourteen unique minds. As literary as it is fun, this fiery collection of diverse
narratives delivers the very best and truly worst of humanity ‐ in prose!
Edited by Nick Keller and Francesca Mansfield, the collection features stories by renowned and
underground writers alike; who deliver a versatile spectrum of tales zeroing in on the mindsets and
private lives of cops, limo drivers, pirates, criminals, and much more – enough variety to tingle the
collective psyche of book‐rats across the globe.
Is there such a thing as an absolute sinner or a perfect saint? Is it possible to be either purely evil or driven only by the forces of good, or does everyone have a little of both in them? In this, the second anthology from The 13 Project, fourteen writers unite for the saint and sinner in each of us, creating a diverse collection of characters each grappling with their own inner demons: the lovelorn pirate who ventures into hell to rescue his beloved, the homesick assassin whose moral dilemma is close to her heart, a lawyer tangled in the occult and many more unique characters, floundering in adventures that will make your moral compass waver. Think you know right from wrong? Read on...
Praise for “13,” by the same collective:
“…weaves itself beautifully through genres and styles... the writing is of a consistently high
standard ... it became a joy to note with some surprise how that one spark of inspiration had
embedded itself in the process.”
Steve Nash, Soundsphere Magazine
Unfortunately, I don't think the anthology is going to hit the shops in time for Christmas. However, everybody needs a New Year read so keep your eyes peeled...
Hello! I’ve been away for far too long. Three months is a long time. What happened? Well, I’d love to tell you I’ve been negotiating a book deal, meeting with film producers regarding a few spec scripts, engaging with theatre companies who are about to stage a few of my plays, and taking on an Assistant Editor’s role at a new literary fiction magazine alongside two other very talented individuals.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you any of that because it’s pure made up fantasy. Hmmm, ok, most of it is fantasy, but not all of it. One of those statements is true. More in just a few paragraphs.
So where have I really been?
December is dead easy to cover off. I decided to take some time out and chill. I needed to recharge my batteries and that’s exactly what I did. Lots of Xmas merriment and New Year cheer.
January & February are not so easy to explain. I lost my mojo. My muse left me for some other writer. I struggled to write and when I did the results weren’t great. I can’t refer to this as writer’s block. I’ve made my views clear on that here. There wasn’t one particular reason for this malaise. There were several factors all contributing to a perfect storm. I guess these things happen. It’s called Life! Thankfully I managed to figure out what my issues were, and slowly but surely my muse returned.
So, I’m back. I’ve given the website a new theme. I was tired of the old one. This one’s a bit more vibrant. I’ll be introducing a couple of new pages over the next few weeks. I could tell you about them now but I won’t.
In terms of my writing I delivered the first version of Acid House to the Saints & Sinner’s Editors. The reaction was mixed. One wasn’t too keen, and one made comparisons to Tennessee Williams. Obviously – I mean it goes without saying – the comparison to TW was of course the most astute and reliable interpretation of my work. Yeah – even I’m laughing as I type. I’ve recently delivered the next version which has been sent to all of the Saints & Sinner’s contributors. So far it’s looking good. I’ve had four reviews. Two of which were good, and two of which were glowing.
Acid House had some challenges. At the centre of the story is a troubled marital relationship, so I was stepping into territory that has been covered countless times before. The difficulty was adding something different to the mix, introducing my own spin, and making it relevant to 2014. I hope I’ve achieved that, but only time will tell. More updates to come when the final version is delivered.
My next writing project is Dancers. I hope to have that finished in a month’s time. I’ll do a blog entry on Dancers because it’s had an interesting development tied into Acid House.
And last but not least I have to talk about Firewords. I’m only going to be brief because it needs its own blog entry. Firewords is a new literary journal publishing the best new fiction / poetry from new and exciting writers. For about a month now I’ve been reading stories and marking them as Accepted / Rejected / Needs Re-write / 2nd Opinion needed / Etc.
It’s been a complete eye opener to be on the other side of the fence. I’ll be doing several articles regarding Firewords. The first couple will be about the magazine, and the associated Kickstarter campaign linked to Firewords. Articles after this will focus on a lot of the common mistakes author’s make when submitting to Firewords.
That’s it. More blog entries will be arriving soon. Told you I was back!
Its been far too long since my last post. I can sum up the reason why with just three words: Busy, busy, busy. Ok, so it’s one word repeated three times, but it’s the best excuse I have.
Anyway, onto what’s been happening…
Do you remember Project 13? I hope you do, it’s the project that saw the publication of The Thirteenth Camera. The talented editors behind the project want to do it all again. This time the anthology they have in mind will have a theme of ‘Saints & Sinners’. I’ve written a very early draft of my particular entry which is entitled Acid House.
I couldn’t turn the opportunity down. Did I find the original project frustrating? At times, Yes! But only because I was forced to work in a different manner. The creative collaboration between the editors and the writers was excellent, and I learned a great deal during the experience.
Speaking of that original project sales of “13 The Anthology” are trickling in. We had an excellent review from Soundsphere Magazine which you can find here: http://www.soundspheremag.com/reviews/book/book-review-13-the-anthology/
I am immensely proud of the specific reference the review made regarding The Thirteenth Camera:
The collection closes with another tale that would sit easily alongside books of the ‘New Weird’ ilk with a shot in the arm of arresting surprise not unlike Ian McEwan’s ‘Solid Geometry’.
We could use some more reviews so if anyone reading this would like to offer an independent review on Amazon, or via their own blog, let me know. A free copy for review purposes can be arranged. (Note: This is not a plea for gushing five star reviews. It’s a request for honest feedback be it praiseworthy, constructively negative, or some fence sitting middle ground.)
Unrelated to any project is a new piece of flash fiction entitled The Ending. It’s a little bit experimental with a non-standard narrative, but I’ve got an eye on a couple of magazines that might be interested. Feedback from trusted sources is currently good on this one.
The My Stories section of the Musings has been updated to include The Ending and Acid House, and gives a little bit more information about those stories.
The Useful Links section of the blog has been updated with details of:
The Screenwriting Goldmine http://www.screenwritinggoldmine.com/
Gareth L Powell http://www.garethlpowell.com/
More information on both those site is contained in the Useful Links section.
The Favourite Quotes section has had an abundance of new quotes added. I’ve re-structured this page too. I’ve now listed the quotes alphabetically based on author surnames. For various reasons I didn’t want to do this, but it’s the simplest way of checking which quotes I’ve already got listed and which I haven’t. The criteria for listing quotes remains the same. Any quote has to resonate with me in some way. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I agree with the sentiment behind any listed quote, it may mean that the quote makes my blood boil. I hope you find them interesting, inspiring, provocative, but most of all engaging.
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