Rebecca Lloyd channels Roald Dahl’s wit and flair for the unexpected in this collection that will appeal to the quirky side of the literary reader.
This collection of sixteen strange stories, in which Death is never far away but tenderness is also very present, includes a light sprinkling of ghostly, menacing tales and stories of the fantastical. But it is, for the most part, made up of stories that while distinctly peculiar, are not outside the range of human experience, and so could be regarded as realistic – although perhaps ‘realistic’ makes them feel too safe. They more inhabit that fragile space between fantasy and reality where the landscape is in constant flux and things may not be what they seem to be.
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Characters apparently talking at cross purposes, along with scenes where we can only guess at the context, are common traits in Lloyd’s fiction, devices she uses to wrong foot the reader before the gleeful reveal. Both are at work in ‘The Careless Hour’, where we expect the worst from Michael’s conversation with his female visitor, as overheard by neighbour Whitey, but the truth is even more strange, with the revelation at the end of this delightful story bringing a wry smile to this curmudgeonly reviewer’s face.
Finally we have The Reunion’, another tale of an unusual family, told from the viewpoint of the daughter who bears witness to her argumentative parents leaving the confines of draughty Shuttered House and setting up home on a canal boat, only things don’t really work out for them, the story shot through with compelling atmosphere, vivid dialogue and memorable characters, ending the collection on a veritable tour de force. Lloyd is a new writer to me, but one I am delighted to have made the acquaintance of, and in publishing this collection Tartarus provide yet further proof that the strange tale is in a robust state of health.
Peter Tennant 20th May 2014 Black Static
Rebecca Lloyd lives in the city of Bristol in the South West of England. She has two daughters and three grandsons. Apart from fiction writing, she works as a writing tutor and editor. She won the Bristol Short Story Prize in 2008 for a single story – The River, and in 2010 was a semi-finalist in both the Hudson Prize for a short story collection and the Dundee International Book Prize for a novel. In 2014, she was shortlisted in the first annual Paul Bowles Award in Short Fiction.
“Every story ends in death if one waits long enough.” So quotes Death as he introduces twenty-eight twisted tales for your literary enjoyment. Written by award-winning author, J. J. White, these stories weave their way through the odd, the eccentric, the suspenseful, the vengeful, the evil, and even the hopeful, with the hapless characters hurtling toward their surprising and inevitable demise, much to the approval of our macabre narrator. All of these tales have been previously published in both national and international publications with many winning awards in distinguished competitions put on by Writer’s Digest, the California Writers Club, the Oregon Writers Colony, the Arizona Mystery Writers and the Florida Writers Association, to name a few. So sit back and enjoy, for as The Grim Reaper promises, each story has a happy ending. Someone dies.
Author Bio: J.J. White has penned seven novels and over two hundred short stories. He has had articles and stories published in several anthologies and magazines including, Wordsmith, The Homestead Review, The Seven Hills Review, Bacopa Review, Akashic Press and The Grey Sparrow Journal. His story, The Nine Hole League, is set to be published soon in the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Volume 14. He has won awards and honors from the Alabama Writers Conclave, Writers-Editors International, Maryland Writers Association, The Royal Palm Literary Awards, Professional Writers of Prescott, and Writer’s Digest. He was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his short piece, Tour Bus. He enjoys writing, surfing, golf and tennis. He lives in Merritt Island, Florida with his understanding wife, editor, and typist, Pamela.
Author website – www.jjwhite.webs.com
Author Blog —- www.jjdwhite.blogspot.com
adults’ by Emily Benet
award-winning author Emily Benet which have been either shortlisted, highly
commended or performed at a literary event. It offers a variety of genres, mixing
comedy and drama. There are characters in love, in denial, insane, in character
and one who just can’t make his mind up. The stories are short enough to be slipped into
a busy day, long enough to offer escape. Dip in wherever you choose and enjoy a
different experience with every tale.The collection includes:
at the Diamond Jubilee
Camouflage – When
paranoia threatens a good thing
Natural Selection – Hopeless neighbours provoke the wrath of a man struggling with his
Conchita & the Mating Pigeons – Conchita spies on a suspicious man during a
Just a Scratch – A young girl is left to work out her mother’s whispered phone
Lemon Drizzle Cake – Three flatmates compete for the girl
The Leopard Man – Transformation comes to a woman’s group
Harry – Harry
faces a tough decision on New Year’s Eve.
They’re Shooting a Horror Film in Our Living
Room – It’s only acting, isn’t it?
The Repossession – An old man is in need of a superhero when his home is threatened.
commissioned and published by Salt Publishing after they spotted her weekly
blog about working in her Mum’s chaotic chandelier shop. Her blog later won the CompletelyNovel Author
Blog Awards 2010 (published author category). Her short stories have been
published in anthologies and performed at literary events. Short Stories for
busy adults is her first short story collection. Emily lives in London,
England, with her very patient husband.
A Comedy Existential Urban Thriller. With Pigs.
Bevan Croft spends his life like any student but at his friend’s birthday party, after taking some drugs of dubious origin, he is confronted by a long dead, ancient Vietnamese Warlord who tells him, having taken a magical potion laced in the drug, it is up to Bevan to save the world.
Bevan must now sober up and confront the ultimate hangover including the personification of Wind, A murderous Shadow, Emily – the love of his life who has no interest in him, a giant frog, his History lecturer and the Asian Mafia, not to mention the drove of Pigs following his every move and all this while still struggling to decide if it is all real anyway. And that’s just for starters…
Warning: Suspense, drug references, some foul language, and lots of gruesome but true parking stories.Romance, a midget, a giant, and a dead body. These are but a few of the things I encountered during my journey from a good kid to a life-hating parking enforcement officer.This fast-paced memoir of ticket-writing and citation-issuing begs the question: Is a job really just a job?
I learned the answer to that question when I became a parking enforcement officer.
The answer, in case you wondered, is that it’s not just a job. What you choose to do for work changes you at a deep level. For instance, if you are the jerk writing people tickets, then you are going to become a jerk. That’s just the law of cause and effect. What you do is who you are.
I used to be considered a great kid. People commented on my easy smile and boyish good looks; moms hoped an ambitious, honest young man like myself would notice their homely daughters. I made friends easily, was a trusted confidant, and always saw the good in others. My prospects were bright and I lived with my head high and one foot in the future.
My name is Ben Friedrich. This is my story: the story of how parking enforcement stole my soul.
Somewhere along the way his life took a wrong turn. He accepted a job offer and started a new life. As a parking cop. Over the following several years he became bitter and jaded from his dealings with fellow parking officers and members of the public. The pay was good, but the job was slowly destroying Ben’s soul.
He remembered how things used to be. The easy smiles, the sunshine. He wanted out. His libertarian sentiments were growing stronger, slowly he became a limited government, pro individual freedom parking cop living a lie.
Ben left that life behind. He now lives out in the country, recovering. Slowly salvaging what remains and trying to become the great guy that a great girl somewhere could love.
“Small Portions” is a story that comes in… small portions. In precisely 111 little parts – AND a recipe. To explore the many facets of modern life, the author has chosen the literary form of vignettes, those short impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a trenchant impression about a character, idea, setting, object.
Dieter Moitzi tells his own story in poignant scenes that vary from a snapshot of his christening in the early 70s to his father’s death in a skiing accident at the beginning of the 2000s. It’s small things he talks about, those many small things that compose a life – his life. He recalls the painful process of coming out of the closet, relates in funny detail the first encounters and love stories of his happy-go-lucky twenties, delves with analytical distance into aspects and turning points of two long-time relationships. He takes you by the hand and guides you through the streets of Paris, the city he lives in. He writes about food and the internet and his travel experiences in Greece, Morocco, Vienna, Tunisia, London…
In just so many carefully chosen words, sometimes poetic, sometimes blunt, but always with a good deal of wry and self-deprecating humour, the author succeeds in creating little universes with each story. Each one stands alone, yet when you link them together, another story takes shape. The story of a life, the sketch of a person, the mirror of a time. Our time.
You can purchase the book on amazon.com – and on your local amazon-online-store (e.g. amazon.co.uk, amazon.fr, amazon.de…) The Book Launch Promotional price is only for only $0.99 (price exluding tax) until the end of the year.
The book is also available in a French version (“Petites portions” – http://www.amazon.fr/Petites-portions-ebook/dp/B00A08G48O/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1351933352&sr=8-6) and a German version (“Kleine Portionen” – http://www.amazon.de/Kleine-Portionen-ebook/dp/B009ZTSLJY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351933449&sr=8-2) for €0.99 (price excluding tax).
Born in 1972 in Austria, Dieter Moitzi moved to Paris, France, in the early 1990s. He is working as a graphic designer and writing in his spare time, mainly in English.
He loves to share his passion for words, which is the reason why he has launched a literature blog in 2010. Ever since, he has published a collection of poems (“and somewhere under”) as well as a collection of short stories (“Miss Otis regrets”), both available on amazon. Moreover, his poetry has been published in the “Vine Leaves Literary Journal” in 2012. He is currently working on two novels that he hopes to publish in 2013.
Fiddling Feline, the Flea and the frog et al. by Alberta Ross
new collection of Tales offers a handful of Once Upon a Time stories. Twisted,
slightly shuffled to one side and wrapped in a modern day perspectives.
demanded for an ignored crime.
found in all fairy tales and myths.
cosy as you begin, but watch out. As a
summer breeze these redefined fairy tales can turn in an instant to a tempest.
first part of my adult life travelling the world, the middle years studying and
now have settled down to write. From the first part I have endless photographs,
memories and friends. From the second I have a BSc Hons, an MA and friends. Now
in this part everything comes together.Over the years my interests have expanded, as has my book and music collection.
A short list would include reading (almost anything) science, opera, folk,
gardening, philosophy, crazy patchwork, freeform crochet, ethics, social
history, cooking (and eating of course) gardening, anthropology, climate change
and sustainability.My parents gave me, apart from a love of reading and music, an interest and
curiosity in everything which, in itself, has become a total inability to be
bored and for this I am always grateful.
for background to the writing of Alberta’s
for whatever takes her fancy
for all things writing
Death gets a roommate…
An electronic Pope faces a difficult theological question…
A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain…
James Hutchings lives in Melbourne, Australia. He fights crime as Poetic Justice, but his day job is acting. You might know him by his stage-name ‘Brad Pitt.’ He specializes in short fantasy fiction.
His work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, fiction365 and Enchanted Conversation among other markets. His ebook collection The New Death and others is now available from Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble. He blogs regularly at Teleleli.
Ebenbach’s collection explores the theme of parenthood from multiple
angles: an eager-to-connect divorced father takes his kids to a Jewish-themed
baseball game; a lesbian couple tries to decide whether their toddler son needs a man in his life; one
young couple debates the idea of parenthood while another struggles with infertility; a reserved father
uses an all-you-can-eat buffet to comfort his heartbroken son. But the backbone of the collection is
Judith, who we follow through her challenging first weeks of motherhood, culminating in an intense and
redemptive baby-naming ceremony.
Fiction, 204 pages
Washington Writers’ Publishing House
WANT TO GET YOUR OWN COPY? You can order Into the Wilderness through your local bookstore, or get one online, at IndieBound (which sells you the book through your local independent bookstore), Powells, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Better World Books.
Praise for Into the Wilderness:
“The arrival of a child throws the various characters in Into the Wilderness into confusion.
With delicacy and generosity, David Ebenbach follows as they try to find their uncertain ways,
discovering that, whatever their ages, some reach parenthood before they’re ready to tackle
–Stewart O’Nan, award-winning author of Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at
the Lobster, and Emily Alone
“For the very real people in David Ebenbach’s vivid and emotional stories, becoming a parent—
as Judith, the single mother in four of the stories, says—is going ‘into the wilderness.’ A trip
into the unknown, the primitive, the real. One single moment, the birth of a child, changes
everything. It is the oldest human story and, in Ebenbach’s sure hands, the truest and most
–Jesse Lee Kercheval, author of Building Fiction, The Museum of Happiness, and The Dogeater
“There’s a Yiddish proverb that says, ‘Small children disturb your sleep, big children, your
life.’ Whether writing about accidental mothers or gay fathers, dewy-eyed newborns or huffy
teenagers, unwitting grandparents or noncommittal thirty-somethings, David Ebenbach takes us
deep into the heart of the messy confusion and terror and unfathomable love that make up that
shaky state we call parenthood. These stories are fearless, honest and true. They are also a joy to
–Joan Leegant, author of Wherever You Go
David Ebenbach was born and raised in the great city of
Philadelphia, home of America’s first library, first art museum, first
public school, and first zoo, along with his very first stories and
poems – though those early efforts went on to become
(deservedly) less famous than, for example, the zoo.
Since then David has lived in Ohio, Wisconsin, Philadelphia
again, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Ohio again, picking up
some education (formal and otherwise) and more than a few
stories along the way. He has a PhD in Psychology from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in Writing from
the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
In addition to his short-story collection Into the Wilderness (October 2012, Washington Writers’
Publishing House), David is the author of another book of short stories entitled Between
Camelots (October 2005, University of Pittsburgh Press), and a non-fiction guide to creativity
called The Artist’s Torah (forthcoming, Cascade Books). His poetry has appeared in the Beloit
Poetry Journal, Subtropics, and the Hayden’s Ferry Review, among other places.
He has been awarded the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the
Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center; and an Individual Excellence
Award from the Ohio Arts Council.
David currently teaches at Georgetown University and very happily lives in Washington, D.C.
with his wife and son, both of whom are a marvel and an inspiration.
David Ebenbach @DavidEbenbach