Author Showcase: Short Story Collections, Part One


In a post a few days ago I invited readers and authors to tell us about short story collections.  A number of writers took me up on my invitation,  so I thought I would feature them in this and some future blogs.  The invitation still stands.  If you are a reader who knows of a short story collection you would like others to find, or if you are an author with a collection of short stories, please take a moment to identify the work in the comments. Feel free to leave a link to the story or the collection as well, so that other readers can find them and so that I can research them for future posts.

Without further ado, I give you our first two short story collections.  There will be  more to come.

Stage Five by Robert Brumm

Author: Robert Brumm

Short Story Collection: Stage Five

From the product description on Amazon.

Warning. May contain traces of the following:

Talking cats and dogs, a serial killer on dialysis, testicle dissecting robots, prostitutes getting shot in the back, a meth head burned alive, a decapitated head kicked across the room, a puggle tempted to eat fresh vomit, a woman with a hangover wearing a Reggie White t-shirt, a pink litter box, and the extinction of the human race.

A Blog Named Phil – Visit Phil’s blog to read his account of the day his dog and cat started talking to him. Yes, it happened to everybody but read it anyway. Phil’s a lonely guy.

Cooper – Having to kill a gum snapping prostitute, a knuckle cracking beefcake, and a twitchy meth head was just the start of Cooper’s bad day. When he gets teamed up with Vinnie Smalls, a razor wielding pain in the ass wise guy, to collect a debt, the night goes from bad to bizarre to deadly.

Stage Five – After a usual night of binge drinking and television watching, Amy finds herself locked in the basement cell of a serial killer the next morning. Her death seems certain until the killer realizes he may have picked the wrong woman to be his next victim.

We Called Them Sheen – They started out as personal assistants, butlers, nannies, and companions. They ended up being responsible for the extinction of the human race.

She Must be a Daisy – One cat and one man in an apartment. One dies. The other tries to survive.

One or more of the stories in this book contain descriptions of graphic violence and language meant for adults. If you’re easily offended by such things and are quick to write negatives reviews based solely on them, this might not be the book for you.


Alternate Reality Ain't

Author: Ira Nayman

Short Story Collection:  Alternate Reality Ain’t What It Used To Be

Product description from Amazon:

Step into new worlds and read news dispatches from the Alternate Reality News Service, which regularly gets the scoop on The Associated Press, Reuters and the rest of the competition.

In a series of articles written by the wire service’s handpicked reporters, you’ll read satirical reports that give glimpses into the relationship between humanity, technology and Robert Novak’s eyebrows.

Who would have ever thought that an intelligent undershirt could be the key witness in a murder trial? Or that a man could possibly be sued by his lover for not lying about himself online? Or that a computer chip could be implanted into the brains of criminals so that every time they thought about committing a heinous deed, they sang a show tune?
If this is all news to you, then you must not be a subscriber. By changing that, you can read about all the above and more, including:

How journalists can be retrieved from an alternate reality
How you, too, can become an Alternate Reality News Service reporter
The origin of the company
And much more!

Just open the cover and start reading. It’s time to accept that Alternate Reality Ain’t What It Used to Be.

Let me remind you again to leave information about other short story collections in the comments below.  In the meantime, happy reading.

(Stephen Woodfin is an attorney and author.)

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