Sneak Peek

"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"
- The Wizard of Oz

I don't know about you, but I like to read what goes on behind the scenes in authors' minds when they write. In the back of Stephen King's collections, he often includes blurbs sharing the genesis of how his tales came to be. Maybe I'm just an over-curious reader, but I always enjoy those.

If you'd indulge me, I'd like to share about three of the stories in Unseen Things, launching this Friday:

"From Scheol My Soulfire Burns" at its core is about the struggle between technology and creativity in our lives. Is there room for both? Or will we allow smartphones to turn us into dumb people mutely tapping and clicking while the world passes us by?

"You Kill Me" on the surface is a zombie love story, but it's also a cautionary tale against unhealthy relationships. Every one of us is on this planet for a reason, and that includes giving to others; but when some people take and take from us, it's time to put a few boundaries in place.

"Darker Ever After" explores my fear of the dark. Maybe I should be more specific: my fear of where my mind goes in the dark. I enjoy the still, silent presence of darkness, but I don't like it when I ask myself, What's the scariest thing that could possibly happen right now? Weird, I know.

Some readers aren't fans of flash fiction because it leaves so much unsaid. But that's what I like about it; I enjoy stories that linger in my mind, continuing on, forcing me to reconcile the thoughts and feelings they provoke.

Maybe the seven weird tales in Unseen Things will get you thinking about the way you look at life. There's some horror, there's some humor, and there might even be a little hope.

See for yourself on Friday.