A good friend of mine, the award-winning short story guru and now novelist Bob Thurber, has supplied a link to an old Christmas story of his that I would like to share (follow the link after the sample). “A Simple Decoration” It was all Jack that Christmas. On the drive across town I thought of nothing else. Not my ex-wife, whose car I had begged to borrow, or my daughter experiencing her first Christmas without me. My headlights carved tunnels in the slanting snow. I found a clear spot in a tow zone and bumped up onto the curb. I left the engine running, headlights on, not caring if I ever saw that car again. — (continued) at The Thurber Report.
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The anthology book event of the year has finally arrived: Conceived, compiled and edited by Brandon L. Rucker, Local Heroes is a themed anthology of original short fiction published by Static Movement books, featuring stories about the kind of everyday real-life heroes who selflessly interrupt their own lives to positively affect the lives of others. Often they are unsung, and often they are reluctant to embrace the title of “hero”, but that could never diminish the impact of their heroism. This book features the outstanding work of such authors as Robert C. Eccles, Kevin Wallis, Twana Biram, John “JAM” Arthur Miller, Michael C. Pennington, Dorthy Davies and many more. Order it direct from the publisher and get free shipping when your order exceeds $25. Easy to do when you consider there are dozens more anthologies by Static Movement to enjoy. Or order it from Amazon if you prefer. Local Heroes is but only the first anthology by Brandon L. Rucker. More anthologies conceived, compiled and edited by yours truly are coming in 2012. Expect more announcements here starting in early January.
The latest issue of Liquid Imagination went live this week. Here’s what we have in store for you: Speculative Short Stories – Edited by Kevin Wallis: Transience, Transcend by Eric Sasson * Luke by Chris Dean Trespass by A.M. Arruin The Storytellers by Josh Bugosh The Downlink by Ken Goldman Leaving Home by Nicomedes Austin Suárez For a Handful of Crowns by Milo James Fowler All of these tales are narrated by Bob Eccles, except * Flash Fiction/Microfiction – Edited by Brandon Rucker: Breaking Point by Gargi Mehra Appointment with Samarra by Cezarija Abartis Eric’s Battle by Jack Horne Minor Annoyances by Joyce Frohn The Missionary’s Dream Snare by Penny Stirling Dog Days (and Nights) of Summer by John H. Dromey Literary Fiction edited by Sue Babcock & John “JAM” Arthur Miller: A Hard Place to Die by Daniel Davis Luggage by Cezarija Abartis All of these tales are narrated by Bob Eccles Poetry edited by Chrissy Davis: The Rodin Show by John Hayes You Should Beat My Face in Tonight Or Just Sleep Instead by Justin Curfman Adopted by Aliens by KJ Hannah Greenberg mise en scene by Theresa Williams Cherokee by Kevin Heaton Being More Is More by KJ Plus articles and plenty of stunning digital artwork provided by Sue Babcock and Jack S. Rogers. …