posted this review on Amazon, but I thought that it wouldn’t hurt posting it
here too with the hope it might reach a few more people. I really loved this
book! I had acquired it earlier, when I only had Kindle for PC, but it was the
first book I read now on my not-even-a-week-old Kindle Paperwhite. Too bad
Kindle doesn’t show the colours. I love the cover art, by the very talented
Lana Gramlich. In colour or in black and white, this photo gives me an eerie
feeling that’s perfect for the stories.
this aptly titled collection, Charles Gramlich has gathered fifteen very short
stories. In them, there are ghosts, aliens, planets, spaceships, or just human
beings whose bizarre behaviour or circumstances warrant them a place in this
anthology of the weird.
of the fifteen stories, some are lyrical, some are humorous, some are tinged
with sadness, most are disturbing, one was downright scary, and all of them
have a delightful twist in the end. As a bonus, in the end we get a bit of
history about the author’s early literary influences and a bit of history about
each piece – this is a part I enjoyed just as much as reading the stories
Flash fiction is not easy to write, but Mr. Gramlich is a master storyteller and I very highly recommend this collection.
bit more than six years ago, I was reading an article about some famous blogs
that had turned into book deals and thought Hmmm...
of them was Girl with a One-Track Mind, the other one Wife in the North. There were others too. I didn’t think I could find something constantly interesting
to write about, in my life or in the place where I live, nor have the stamina
to do it daily, but the idea of writing a bit of my soul and let it float away
on a tiny paper (or rather, electronic) boat on the river of the World Wide
Web, felt kind of exciting. Scary, but exciting.
exactly six years ago today, I took the plunge. (Or maybe the first shaky
link from Wife in the North had taken me to the Inner Minx, the blog of Minx,
aka Kate Bousfield, author of “Coven of One.” Minx was just blogging
about some lions (not just any lions, but lions of Lyon)
up for adoption at Seamus Kearney’s site. Go take a look, they’re still there
and they are beautiful!
is an Irishman from New Zealand
living and working as a journalist in France. Also a short-story writer,
novelist, musician, blogger…)
could “adopt” a lion, name him, write a short poem or text about him, and
become a member of the group of writers called The Shameless Lions WritingCircle, initiated by Seamus. Got it? Seamus – Shameless :-)
the time, Seamus believed –I’m sure that he still does- that powerful writing
can be found in many places on the internet. The Circle and the award “A Roar
for Powerful Words” were developed by him to put forth that belief and to
encourage writers to roar. I completely agree with this.
chose my lion, which you can see on the right side bar of my blog (yes, go
lower, much lower), wrote my poem, actually I wrote two because the first one
was too long (also on the side bar, below Alexander’s photo) and Seamus very gracefully
accepted me into the Shameless Lions
is how I met a bunch of great people. Some have since retired from blogging,
some have become successfully published authors, a few are still going on.
guess I’m one of those still going on…
Shameless Lions Writing Circle was the first leap for me. The second was The Clarity of Night. In fact, it was Minx again who suggested to me I should check
it out. I’m
so glad I did.
Jason Evans’s blog, the beauty of his writings, and the high
quality contests that he held on his blog have all meant tremendously to me. The
blogosphere is certainly poorer without them. I surely miss them. But although
Jason’s isn’t an active blog anymore, the goodies are still all there, just a few clicks away.
is, in a way, mind-boggling to see how paths open one from another, taking you
to wonderful places where you can meet wonderful, incredibly talented,
like-minded people, and how unbelievably enriching this experience, this
communion can be. Not to mention the exceptional quality of the poetry, prose,
photography, etc. –art in one word- that these people are posting on their