Okay, 26 stories. But anthologies, you’ve got to love them. Where else do you get a perfect marriage of theme and diversity? Unique voices held together by a common what-if? The editors of Chicken Soup for the Soul understood the power of the anthology. One of my fellow Reds* has a story in this one. We’re like the yin-yang, she and I (not to be confused with the ying-yang…whew, could have been an embarrassing grammar faux pas). I want to edit a horror anthology titled Chicken Bones in Your Throat. What do you think? Do I have any contributors?
Each story in The Half That You See involves untrustworthy perspective. I found myself looking for that aspect as I read. And it made it even more fun. Reading anthologies is a great way to get a feel for theme. I never thought of that until I typed it, just now.
I’m proud to offer you my contribution, a short story titled “Turn a Blind Eye.” I love the snarky narrator. And I hate him. I hope you find yourself doing both, as well. By the way, this story was inspired by a friend who had an eye injury. I asked him what happened. He told me. It sounded unbelievable. That is the only “true” part of my story, assuming he wasn’t pulling my leg. As time passes, I wonder. He’s a pull-your-leg type of guy.
You can pre-order your copy here. I’m almost finished reading my contributor’s copy, and I can tell you without reservation: these stories are the bomb.
The Half That You See will be released on March 15, 2021.
*The Little Red Writing Hoods. My writer’s group.