Someone wrote to me, “Sure, you write awesomely funny blog posts, Mr. Hurley, but what are you publishing lately?” So here’s a rundown on what is coming up between now and the Holidays 2013.
Stoop Shoe, short story. If the shoe doesn’t fit—wear it. A young woman fresh from Indiana connects on a Brooklyn stoop when she is brash enough to pick up a solitary shoe she finds there. This should be appearing in the print anthology Another Left Shoe from Blue Dragon Publishing this summer, but appears to have been delayed.
Dead Planet Scrolls, science fiction space opera, short story will appear in the eBook anthology Theme-Thology: Invasion in September. Ekahau, the first Mayan on Mars, and landing engineer for VANAG Mining, finds something in a cave that might threaten the landing, disrupt the mining of chlorominium, and confirm that history sometimes takes a long time to repeat itself. This was my first foray into SF, and I enjoyed it. I have half a dozen ideas for related short stories. I might combine those with this one in a Dead Planet book in 2014.
Shortstack, book collection of humor short stories will be published at Amazon as an eBook and small paperback September 2013. Lead story is the old favorite Hanzel and Gretyl a Boomer Fairy Tale. New stories include: The Grumpy Old Men’s Club; Thanksgiving in Eden, Adam’s Memoir; Serving God’s People; Coming to New York; The Strange Case of the Very Absorbing Story; and others. This will be self-published so all editing and publishing errors are on me.
Poe’s Black Cats, horror short story will appear in the print anthology Dark Muses, Spoken Silences from Firbolg Publishing October 1, 2013. Redemption—some minds are too twisted for it, but Preston, the man who hung Poe for burying an axe in his wife’s head, craves it as he lies dying and writing about the secrets he buried in his cellar many years ago. Dark, disturbing, adult themes may be offensive to some. Based on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Black Cat.
Waiting on Alma, literary fiction short story will be published in Avalon Literary Review October 31, 2013. I’m happy with this publication and proud of the fiction story based on a real incident. The angels work while Alma’s eighty-six year old widower teaches her physician a lesson about love and patience.
Sunburn, Icarus and Daedelus in Space, humor mashup short story will appear in the print anthology Open Doors: Muses & Myths November 1, 2013 from Wayman Publishing. Plato would not recognize this mangled Greek myth when Icarus pilots the Labyrinth, the Minotaur and Aphrodite to the sun, stalked by evil Theseus.
Looking forward to 2014. Waiting on Alma will become the lead story for a fiction collection that will include Fifty Fifty, currently available on Amazon as a single short story; Stoop Shoe; Along Robinson Creek; Johnny Don’t March; Compost; Professor Myshnakov’s Nightmare; and others.
It's a lot of work, but it keeps me out of the bars. Thanks for reading. See you again?