Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Write a Short Story Yourself

I'm off hiking for most of the month of June, so it will be a few weeks till I write another review. Have you noticed that some of these stories are from a book called Elements of the Soul? This book is an anthology of short stories which won a contest at Accentuate Writers Services. There are monthly contests based on themes. I will have stories in two upcoming volumes, Elements of Love, and Expressions of Pain. Anyone can enter!

Why not try it? The link to the full rules is at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile... learn more about the book by watching this trailer.

Additionally, there is an Accentuate Forum, where writers support each other, and receive tips on opportunities. Joining is free!

Contest Rules and Themes: Accentuate Author Services
Accentuate Writer's Forum

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Last Caress - Steven Thor Gunnin

Author: Steven Thor Gunnin
Date: 2010
Setting: The present, some U.S. city
Availability: In the anthology Elements of the Soul

Story:A woman named Mary is holed up in an apartment building after some major catastrophe has occurred. She and her neighbor, Frank, are attempting to keep the threat from getting to them. A younger man, Mike, stops by. Although Mary can hardly tolerate Mike, she tries to be civil, since he is also one of the survivors.

Mary's husband, Jack, seems to be missing. But where is he?

I have to confess that I'm really ignorant of this genre, and did not ever realize that this was a tale about zombies. Therefore, I suspect that any comments I might make are meaningless. The story was creepy; in that it was definitely successful. If you are a zombie fan, this is sure to please.

Author info: Steven Thor Gunnin is a graphic designer who writes in his spare time, and is a big fan of George Romero (Night of the Living Dead). Last Caress is Gunnin's first published story.

Language skills 5
Depth of meaning 4