Guest Author Lisa Kessler
Hi everyone –
Thanks to Sarah for allowing me to visit her blog today…
I wanted to talk about short fiction today. I fell in love with short stories in English class back in school. Remember the horror you felt the first time you read “The Lottery”? Wow that shocked me! LOL And I vividly remember reading “The Most Dangerous Game” and being completely fascinated once I realized how dangerous that game actually was!
Many of the literary masters wrote short stories that packed a punch. I’ll never forget Edgar Allen Poe’s Pit and the Pendulum or the Tell-Tale Heart. Yikes!!!
More recently, Stephen King and Ray Bradbury, also turn out short stories that leave an impression long after you reach the end.
There’s a thrill with the pacing of a short story. The reader falls right into the scene and hits the ground running. A good short story keeps the reader turning pages and leaves them with a great pay off at the end.
And short fiction requires a very small time commitment! Perfect for our crazy busy world, right?
I got my start writing short stories. The first short I ever published in an anthology ended up being a finalist for a Bram Stoker award from the Horror Writer’s of America. Immortal Beloved told the story of a vampire who loved Beethoven. Literally. But it never could have worked in a novel length.
There are stories that derive their strength in the minimalist amount of words in a short story. A novel length would weigh them down and dull their beauty. The thrill is the pacing and knowing the end is right around the corner.
I write short stories, knowing they’ll never top a bestseller list. They’re simply a labor of pure love.
And what better reason to write, right? LOL
I’m excited to share, Forgotten Treasures: 25 Short Fiction Tales. My first short story anthology! 🙂
Spooky tales told while huddled around a campfire
Memories of “the good old days” shared by grandparents.
Alien invasions by flashlight, under the covers, after bedtime.
Short stories are like Forgotten Treasures you find in a trunk in the attic, just waiting to be discovered.
Inside this book lurks a Christmas loving demon, a pirate ghost who becomes flesh only one night a year, and an ancient Egyptian god who longs to be a god of rock-n-roll. These tales, and many more, are anxious for you to open the cover and dust them off.
Thanks for celebrating this labor of love with me!
So let’s talk short stories… Do you remember any you’ve read that stuck with you? I’d love to hear…