Anthologies Abound

PJ Sharon, here. Another Tuesday has come upon us—much too quickly in my opinion. If you haven’t noticed how time is flying by, you have either been in prison, or have been living in a cave. Not to poke fun, but it really does seem like our days are short a few hours. The energy is all but frantic around me, and everyone is hustling to keep pace. With recreational time at a premium, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of short stories, and writers are jumping on board to meet the needs of readers to have a quick story fix.

This is good news for writers. It not only offers us a chance to perhaps try something new, short stories are a great way to keep readers interested and entertained in the long months between full-length releases. Although I’ve never been one to write short stories, when the opportunity arose to collaborate with other authors, I happily accepted the challenge.

Since D.D. Scott began her “All for Indies” Anthologies last year, I’ve noticed lots of Indie-published authors following suit…and readers are loving it. What better way to get a taste of a new author’s style or to have several quick reads available in one, very affordable book. Here are a few treats you might like for Halloween.

I’m excited to be a part of this project with some very excellent storytellers. My short story prequel to WANING MOON is among these spooky shorts just in time for All Hallows Eve. SOUL REDEMPTION gives readers a peek inside the mind of Lily Carmichael’s thirteen-year-old brother Zephron, who has to deal not only with teenage hormones, but a dark power that threatens to take him over–a very creepy prospect indeed. This 15,000 word short story leaves you asking, “What would I do?” Read the first chapter on WATTPAD.

In honoring D.D. Scott’s “Great books at great prices” motto, this anthology is available for .99 cents at Amazon, and Smashwords.

If that isn’t enough to set off your fright meter, here are some more fabulously written short stories for your speed-reading pleasure.

Many of my friends from the WG2E Street team contributed to this one and I have to say, they did an amazing job scaring the heck out of me as I read by Kindle light all alone in my big old farmhouse in the woods while my husband was traveling. I know…crazy, right? But don’t we all love a bit of suspense and ghoulishness this time of year?

Tales from the Mist is available on Amazon for $4.99, a bargain for these ten creepy stories by ten fabulous authors! Check out the book’s Amazon page for details on contributing authors and their stories.

How about you? Have you read any good anthologies recently? Do you like short stories?
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17 thoughts on “Anthologies Abound”

  1. Hi PJ,
    The anthologies are plentiful this time of year! I think it’s a great thing. Busy people want to enjoy great stories, but may not have the time to devote to longer novels. A good short story, or better yet, several short stories in one book, are perfect.
    I just bought the Spooky Shorts anthology, and am eager to dig in.

  2. Hey, Greg. Thanks for stopping by. I’m almost done with the Tales from the Mist Anthology and loved your King of Rats story. So creative, entertaining and well written. I’ll never look at mice or rats the same way again, LOL. Giles was an excellent villain! Thanks for the case of the creeps, bro:-) Hope you enjoy the Spooky Shorts.

  3. Was I reading a black belt in action in your story? Was that you? Short stories, long stories, I make the long stories short b/c of a lack of time. Your short one was excellent. Good luck with them.

    1. Thanks, Gail. I do love to write a good fight scene, LOL. Although I tend to think in full-length novels (60-80K), it was fun just giving this snapshot of Zephron and really getting into his head about his conflict. He’s not “on the page” a whole lot in Waning Moon since the story is told from Lily’s first person POV, so telling the story from Zeph’s POV gives the reader a much better understanding of his plight and why things happen the way they do in the first book of the trilogy. You don’t have to read the short story to “get it’, but it makes it a whole lot more interesting, I think. And it gave me a chance to show Lily’s ability to heal herself and also that she has some fighting skills. It isn’t until a few chapters into Waning Moon that you get to see this again.

  4. Hi! I have a 20,000 word novella that’s waiting in the wings for it’s turn in the editing process. It was hard for me to write it because I had to get all the story elements into the shortened space! I have a new found respect for short story writers! Thanks for the interesting post!

    1. Excellent, J! It is a challenge to fit all the structural elements into a short story. It’s also difficult I think, to do justice to deep characterization. What I found helpful in the process was that there wasn’t much time for backstory or set-up. Writing short stories requires that you jump right into the action of the story, make the GMC clear right up front, and that you use every writing device you can to make the story and characters jump off the page. It’s an exercise in word economy and stylistic finesse IMO:-)

  5. Thanks bunches for the superfab shout-out, PJ! I’m over the moon to be partnering with you in our Spooky Shorts Edition! And what a fun way to connect with readers…Anthologies/Short Story Collections rock!!! :-)

    1. You’re very welcome D.D. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your All for Indies Anthologies. I thought that writing something spooky would be a stretch for me, but once I got into Zeph’s twisted little head, I had a blast! Not sure what that says about me that I enjoyed being inside the mind of a murderous teenage boy, but I have to say it was great fun:-)

  6. Just got my copy of Spooky Shorts and can’t wait to read it. I love the horror genre. I have a hard time writing short. I usually just write and then I have to go back and cut a bunch. out and tighten it all up. But hopefully that makes it a better story to read. Thank you so much for mentioning TALES FROM THE MIST, PJ!

    1. My pleasure, Rhonda. I loved your story, THE CONSUMING. The characters were well drawn and the story had me on the edge of my seat…cowering under my covers is more like it. I made the mistake of reading it around midnight while I was home all alone in my dead silent old farmhouse miles from anywhere. My Samurai sword found a place next to my bed that night. Great job!

  7. Both these anthologies look great! Can’t wait to read them. I love, love, love short stories, especially the scary ones like those of Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King. I think horror/scary/paranormal subjects lend themselves really well to the short story form.

    1. I agree, Suze. I grew up on Poe’s short stories. They were intensely creepy and couldn’t be written any other way. And Stephen King is the master of creepy shorts. Thanks for chiming in.

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