Guest Post: Michael West



I love short stories.  When I was a kid, I remember falling in love with Ray Bradbury’s “Sound of Thunder” and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”  I remember staying up all night reading Stephen King’s first short story collection, “Night Shift.”  Staying up first to read it, and then, when I had finished, because there was just no way in Hell I was going to be able to sleep.  And Clive Barker’s Books of Blood remain some of the best, most original horror tales ever written.

I think short stories are a good way for readers to be introduced to a writer’s work.  They’re the literary equivalent of a peep show: they give you little glimpses of a writer’s style and let you decide if you want to pay to see more.  And, even if you don’t like everything on display in a collection, you can usually find something to suit…

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