Free Fiction Friday

I guess this may be the strangest entry of Free Fiction Friday to date because neither of the offerings are fiction (in fact, one has nothing to do with reading at all).  I think the pairing of suggestions complement each other in such an obvious and profound way that I couldn’t help but share them with you.  On one hand we have a man (or a God or Satan, depends on who you ask) who seems to be in the “Autumn” of his life as he grapples with his own mortality in a very real and genuine way.  Conversely, we have a 16 year old who is just discovering love and angst and is turning that into some amazing music.  Together these two pieces can be strung together to illustrate the sheer beauty of possibilities that life has to offer.  I don’t want to get too dramatic, so I’ll stop now and present to you this week’s installment of Free Fiction Friday.

First off we have a piece by Brian Keene.  This is a throwback to an old blog that Brian used to keep called Hail Saten.  Hail Saten was an amazing place to read about the inner working of the industry and Brian masterfully scoured his foes and celebrated his comrades.  It was written with a take-no-prisoners attitude that few could ever hope to pull off.  Today, Brian is posting a piece that is very similar in style to the Hail Saten stuff.  It is very personal but even non-Keene fans will appreciate the heart and soul found in every word.  Take a moment to check it out.

Read Brian Keene’s “The Apathy of Autumn” here

Now for something a little more unorthodox – I stumbled upon a musician who goes by the name of Zoo Kid.  Zoo Kid is a 17 year old from London who is making some of the most interesting music I’ve heard in a long time.  He combines some the lo-fi sounds, blips and glitches commonly associated with New Wave to create one of the most unique sounds I’ve heard in a while.  Now, I’m sure you’re asking why I would even bring this up in a literature review site, right? Well, Zoo Kid’s lyrics and music lend themselves very well to reading.  In fact, the last two books that I’ve read have had Zoo Kid as their soundtrack.  I encourage all of you to take a listen and hear for yourself.

It still blows my mind that this EP was released when he was only 16!

Check out zookid.bandcamp.com for more.

Free Fiction Friday

Well, its Friday which means that your friends here at Dreadful Tales have another edition of Free Fiction Friday.  Enjoy!

I know we’ve mentioned it a few times but, WE LOVE JEFF STRAND!!!!!!!!!!  Jeff currently has a free story on his site called, The Drop. The Drop illustrates exactly what Jeff’s “Gleefully Macabre” is all about.

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If you are a regular reader of this site, you know that I absolutely love Bizarro which means I am a regular over at BizarroCentral.com.  (Almost) Every Friday they have a free piece of flash fiction from a different author.  The authors range from heavy hitters like Andersen Prunty and Cameron Pierce to extremely talented up-and-comers.  If you’ve ever been curious about this amazing sub-genre, this would serve as a great introduction.

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Scott Nicholson has a free story up on Amazon and Smashwords.  The story is called The Vampire Shortstop.  This is what Scott has to say: “It was an international Writers of the Future award winner in 1999. You don’t have to like baseball or vampires–it’s about a misfit kid looking to belong. I hope you enjoy it!”

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Contest Update & A Free Story From Jeff Strand

Last Wednesday we brought you a contest and offered up a free book.  The winner of that contest was none other than the illustrious Gef Fox.  Gef, we’ll be in touch to get your info!

Today we also have very big news for all of our lovely Dreadful Tales readers- Jeff Strand’s short story, Specimen 313, is currently a free digital pre-order over at Amazon.  The story will be part of The Monster’s Corner Anthology which features some very heavy hitters. Here is a brief synopsis of the story:

SPECIMEN 313 is the story of a meat-eating plant named Max, surviving in the greenhouse with his mad doctor keeper when he gets a new female neighbor.

We, at Dreadful Tales, strongly encourage everyone to put their order in for Specimen 313 and pick up a copy of The Monster’s Corner.