I had a great time writing Flashlight Stories. My earlier mental roadblocks while attempting to write full-length novels seemed nonexistent while I was working on this horror anthology.
Flashlight Stories is a collection of horror stories. There’s a story about a witch, one about a vampire, one about a shadow demon, and more. Like many other authors who write anthologies, I wanted to explore different ideas. The freedom to write quick, snappy stories to completion was a breath of fresh air for me.
The only negative experience I had was after publishing the book. I downloaded a copy to my Kindle, and began reading. I was happy to see my work published on an electronic reading device. I had the same happy feeling after publishing Disclosure and The Journal of the Missing Day. I was so satisfied with my new book that I kept reading, even though I had been reading it nonstop before publishing. That’s when I started finding some errors.
Maybe the topic of flaws is taboo to write about if it’s about your own book, but I don’t think it’s that big of a deal; people make mistakes, and learn. It’s all part of the process. Besides, this blog is about my personal experiences with writing. Just to be clear, the problems were fixed shortly after the first release. At least, I have read the entire book (again) on my Kindle, found (and fixed) problems that were overlooked while I was editing the book on my computer, and uploaded the new file to Amazon.
My overall experience is extremely positive. I love my book, and I’ve read it a couple of times for my own entertainment (something I didn’t think would be possible with my own stories). I love the cover, I love the content, and I love the reactions. Writing this anthology has me excited to work on the next one.
But first, here’s what’s inside of Flashlight Stories:
The Calm (Before the Storm): A flash fiction introduction
The House at the End of the Street: A young boy works up the courage to enter the witch's house, located at the end of the street
Twelve Feet Under: A boy's father will go to extreme lengths (and depths) for his son's love
Being the Reaper: A man must take on the task of being the Grim Reaper to pay for the sins he committed during life
Afraid of Clowns: A clown with a silly name terrifies a young boy
The Last Vampire: Old legends come alive when the last vampire is trapped by hunters
What's Buried in the Barn: A deal with the Devil, and an unholy secret
Your Friends are Coming: A man's past comes back for revenge
Buried Alive: It's worse than you might think
It Man: A story about a shadow demon who lives off fear
The Storm: Flash fiction closer that continues from the opener
If you want a taste of Flashlight Stories, just go to Amazon or Smashwords and download the free sample. You’ll get the first two stories for free. The first story is extremely short, because it’s a flash fiction opener, but the second story is longer, and one of my favorite stories in the book. I urge all of my friends to read the freebies, at least. Thanks for being a fan, and I hope to hear from all of you very soon.
Flashlight Stories is still only 99 cents, but not for long. After Halloween, the price will be set to $1.99. Grab the story now, and let me what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org