The idea behind the 6-Pack concept was to give you a chance to spend a nifty half-hour or so exploring small slices of Horror. Maybe “nifty” isn’t the word. (Maybe “nifty” isn’t used anymore…) Horror stories let us look safely into the gruesome and terrible while keeping our hands and clothes clean. They give us the shivers that tremble away in minutes, rather than the palsy that real-life can inflict upon us for days on end. Consider horror stories as “Life, through a TV screen, with airbags.” And whatever beverage you might be having now.
Stories taken from two larger collections, Thirty Stories and Thirty More Stories, both by Gil C. Schmidt. The 6-Pack series brings you Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction, Adventure, Humor, Horror, Romance and Thoughtful flash fiction: something for everybody! Great for reading when you’re pressed for time, or when time will drag (like at the doctor’s office.) Best enjoyed with a steaming cup of your favorite beverage, preferably one in a mug.
When I wasn’t tearing around the neighborhood crashing into things (trees can be tricky) or acting like each baseball game (or any game, for that matter) was a “winner take all” epic, I was reading. Plenty of short stories, particularly those in “Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine” and “Boy’s Life.” Also comic books, tons and tons of comic books, along with science fiction by the truckloads. And anything else I could find, from “Newsweek” and “Reader’s Digest” to “Highlights” and the encyclopedia.
Like most avid readers, I wanted to read more than the story in front of me: I wanted to read MY story, the way I would write it. Started in the 7th grade and received praise, which was nice, but I knew I needed to do better.
Kept writing, pages and pages that were stored in boxes, page that were taken out every few months and after re-reading to see if I’d made progress, stored again, out of sight. Started submitting and got rejected, but sold three stories on my first day of acceptance into professionalism and that kept me on track.
Now I write daily, though most of it is not fiction. Still, it is writing, and when I get the chance–or more precisely, when I make the chance–to write fiction, I revert to the boy on the couch, lost in a story. I think that most writers truly love that feeling, of being “in” the story, lost but intrigued by what comes next.
I’m currently working on a new fantasy series, the second book of The Phenomenologists and a dystopian serial novel. Hopefully most of that will see the light of day (or the backlight of a Kindle reader) in 2013.