Have you filled up on spooky stories yet in time for Halloween? If not, I created, edited (and contributed) to Spooky Tales Volume 1. The neat thing is that all five of us (including Mr. Ron!) wrote a story using the SAME 5 words: Tooth, Rust, Cope, Whippersnapper and Ghost. Get it on Kindle for only $1.99 at this link.
As an editor, it's a fascinating process to read different stories--all required to use the same five words--and watch how each author decides to use those words. It would be easy--lazy, really--to just toss in the mandatory words as one would throw parsley on top of spaghetti as a decorative afterthought.
Not these writers.
From Craig Conley taking amusing liberties with the word whippersnapper in his tale "The Toothsayer" to Jennifer Wheeler's stomach-turning placement of tooth in "A Bird Named Murder", each of these authors offer considered and surprising uses for the five required words.
They read like meat, not like garnish. Something you can sink your tooth into, so to speak.
Speaking of meat, wait until you read about the delicious "meatcakes" in Ron Boyer's "The Discovery"...
Well, I'm getting ahead of myself! As you can see, I'm very excited to present these five short stories to you--five entertaining reads that will leave you feeling off-kilter and, hopefully, spooked enough to want more from these talented writers.
Table of Contents:
"Aggressive Life Partner" by Janet Boyer
"The Toothsayer" by Craig Conley
"A Bird Named Murder" by Jennifer Wheeler
"The Discovery" by Ron Boyer
"Fear" by Michelle Bowser
Cover art by the incredibly talented Craig Conley.