Story release day!
My story, “Excerpt Regarding the Departed from the Diagnostic and Necromantic Manual, 5th Edition“ is out today in the Winter 2015 issue of The Sockdolager.
This is my second time appearing in Sockdolager‘s virtual pages, and my first with an original story.
Hooray, original stories!
“Excerpt” is similar in concept to my other piece that’s appeared there, “Selections from the Aarne-Thompson Index for After the End of Things”. Both stories are told in the style of academic reference manuals, and they’re even formatted the same way, with series of numbers representing a section of the manual, and descriptive text below it. Also, both have grim and possibly inappropriate snips of humour amidst their generally depressing subject matter.
Hooray, grim and possibly inappropriate snips of humour!
While “Selections” told more of a story about story-telling, though, “Excerpt” has more of a traditional narrative buried between its lines.
So go give it a read! I’d love to hear whether you all enjoy it.
As an added bonus, I’m sharing a table of contents with excellent stories from writer friends Charlotte Ashley (“The Will of Parliament,” a tale of politics and the fair folk) and David Steffen (“Tamers of the Green,” which details the challenges of inter-species communications). You can see the full table of contents here: Sockdolager, Winter 2015 (Issue #4)