Category Archives: Saturday Spotlight

Saturday Spotlight: “Tinsel” by John Boden, from Shock Totem: Holiday Tales of the Macabre and Twisted 2011

If you haven’t heard of the magazine, Shock Totem, go check it out. I’m on the fourth story in their latest edition, and every one has been worthy of my silly little series. The first story, by Mercedes Yardley, “Heartless,” will be a spotlight in the near future, but we need her to get feeling […]

Saturday Spotlight: “Plastic” by J.L. Bryan

J.L. Bryan’s short story, “Plastic” is the first story in the newly released anthology The Gate 2: 13 Tales of Isolation and Despair. “Plastic” started the book off with a great post-apocalyptic story. The Cough has wiped out most of humanity, and our protagonist wanders into an abandoned mall for shelter and supplies. The ensuing […]

Saturday Spotlight: Indie Rocker, Keith Vance and his album “Go Forward”

I’m doing a double Saturday Spotlight today, posting the other “‘Wool’ and ‘The Plagiarist’ by Hugh Howley” on the New Authors Fellowship blog to help fill in for one of our bloggers. My spotlight on Keith today is a little different than normal, as it is spotlighting music instead of fiction. Keith is an old […]

Book Review: SUMMER OF NIGHT by Dan Simmons

I first learned of Dan Simmons from his story “This Year’s Class Picture,” in the Living Dead anthology, and loved it so much I wrote a Saturday Spotlight about him and this story. One of the benefits of this blog series has been learning new writers to follow, and notice when I’m perusing spines at […]

Saturday Spotlight: “Home Delivery” by Stephen King

Okay, okay, I know, you’ve heard of this guy before. He’s not perfect, though, and I’ve heard people say different periods of his writing were better than others. In fact, I think he says so himself in his book, On Writing. Anyway, this is one of his many superb stories, and it’s found in The […]

Saturday Spotlight: “Courage through Fear” by Ruby Standing Deer

Another five-star story from Evolved Publishing’s anthology Evolution: Volume One is “Courage through Fear” by Ruby Standing Deer. This story caught me off guard with my immediate fear and concern for the main character. This 21 year old girl grifting cross-country with alcoholic husband finds out too late the cost of their freedom. Emotional attachment […]

Saturday Spotlight: Chair by Martin Mundt

I picked up a habit of listening to short stories on my morning commute, but the risk in that is investing my time on a story without a payoff. I thought for this week, I’d share one story with definite payoff. “Chair,” by Martin Mundt is the first episode on a great new podcast called […]

Saturday Spotlight: Jeffrey B. Burton’s “A Building This Size”

The inspiration for this week’s Saturday Spotlight comes from my favorite story so far in the Evolved Publishing anthology, Evolution: Volume One, Jeff Burton’s “A Building This Size.” Jeff’s story is a mystery built on clever dialogue that emphasizes the power and motive behind what isn’t said. A coworker who just lost his wife to […]

Saturday Spotlight: Ed Kurtz, “Pearls.”

This Saturday Spotlight is cast on Ed Kurtz for his short story, “Pearls,” which is published in Dark Moon Digest: Issue 5. (Thanks to Rob Smales for sending me a copy as part of the Coffin Hop blog tour.) What stuck out immediately from this gross little tale is that Ed has come up with […]