Open House at IEBR

It may or may not have escaped your notice that this week was NATIONAL SHORT STORY week. (Leaving aside questions about which or whose ‘nation’) I’ve decided to THROW OPEN the doors of the IEBR review and throw down the gauntlet. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to use the comments section to give a short review of a short story or short story collection (complete with link)

Now, we are not talking about a standard CRITICAL review here. It’s more like a ‘pitch’ in fact and it can be sent in by the writer him/her self or by a reader.

What we’re looking for is something like this:

Girls and Boys Come out to Play.  Debut short story writer Kirsty Eccles shows that when Charity begins at home there can be dire consequences. An unhappy little tale which would make Pudsey weep!   Available FREE at McStorytellers. 

So that’s it folks. Sell us your short story in the comments section and lets see how many short stories we can find before the end of the week.

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20 thoughts on “Open House at IEBR

  1. Here goes! A Quiet Afternoon in the Museum of Torture is a trio of short stories about several different kinds of love. In the title story, Ros and Davy, holidaying in Tuscany with their new baby, confront the disturbing emotional realities of parenthood. In The Butterfly Bowl, Debbie inherits a precious object, falls in love and is faced with an impossible choice. Breathe is a quirky celebration of an unsung Yorkshire life, and an exploration of the power of memory. Most readers seem to have a favourite. Which is yours? Not free, but very cheap! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Quiet-Afternoon-Museum-Torture-ebook/dp/B005EMUK68 or http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Afternoon-Museum-Torture-ebook/dp/B005EMUK68 if you’re reading this in the US. This week, there’s also a very short story on my blog: http://wordarts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/eliza-marshalls-tale-for-national-short.html

  2. by the end of the WEEK! it’s Friday, for gods sake

    On 16 November 2012 10:03, indie e-book review

  3. THE BATHONIANS by Richard Paul Skinner

    A novel-in-stories. Kate is at the heart of a group of friends in Bath, England, and abroad during the last few decades. Their intertwined lives result in picaresque episodes of love, passion, unexpected alliances, betrayal, trauma and death. Yet from the chaos emerge strange patterns and epiphanies.

    Available from lulu.com; Kindle; Amazon.

  4. One of my absolutely favourite short stories is a long short story, so I hope that counts. It’s called RAINBOW, it’s written by John McGroarty, an extremely inventive Scottish writer, and it’s published on Amazon by McStorytellers. Probably best described as “The Incredibles” come to the south side of Glasgow, it’s the story of a bunch of Glaswegian misfits who set out to free Scotland from the darkness. It’s pure dead brilliant, so it is! Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rainbow-ebook/dp/B0081HI88A

  5. still the best short story collection on the market. Living Room Stories by Andy Harrod – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Living-Room-Stories-ebook/dp/B008HSMGGI – 77p. The concept is very simple – a series of photographic and literary vignettes each inspired by songs on Olafur Arnalds’ album Living Room Songs. What sets Andy’s work apart from numerous other attempts at this kind of musical ekphrasis is his ability to layer his work using remarkably few words. Atfirst, his pieces simply capture a moment, almost camera-like, lacking any obvious emotional content or direction, but then as you walk away from them the emotions somehow bleed through and you go back and find a single word or phrase taking you deep into a world you never knew was there. And all done with a deftness of touch that makes you feel like it’s a trick of the light.

  6. And if we have to self-promote
    The Last Fluffer in La La Land by Dan Holloway – http://resistanceunderground.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/the-last-fluffer-in-la-la-landdan-holloway/ – an extrapolation of the opening line of Brett Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero (“People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles”) into an account of the last human contact on earth, imagined in the setting of the fading porn industry of the San Fernando Valley. Winner of Literary Death Match in 2010.

  7. Thanks for all the comments thus far. Sorry some have been sitting in ‘moderation’ for a while, I thought I’d changed the settings. It SHOULD now be the case that if you’ve made a comment on iebr BEFORE then your comment will automatically show. If not, it will need to be moderated – this is purely because otherwise the entire thread will get lost in SPAM. Thanks for your patience. Keep adding the short story links, this thread will remain active and open for comments until end of Sunday. (But you’ll be able to come back and look at the links after that!)

  8. Another absolute favourite of mine is also a long short story. It’s called TATTIE ZKOWEN’S DAY AFF, it comes from the pen of that other Ayrshire Bard, Angus Shoor Caan, and it has just been published on Amazon by McStorytellers. Think of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” transposed to a working-class community on the West Coast of Scotland, and you’ll get the idea. A word of warning, though. It’s written completely in Scots. So if yer no’ intae that, gie it a bye, gadgie. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tattie-Zkowens-Day-Aff-ebook/dp/B00A6VTI2Y

  9. About to come out on new publisher Pothole Press, ‘Best Man’ is a collection of three short stories previously published in three different decades, brought together in one volume for the first time. The title story is about two friends, one eating disorder and a magic jacket. ‘Inkerman’ moves between the past and the present of a vanished village while ‘The Other’ deals with an unlikely friendship that (almost) brings redemption. Three tales about change, the passage of time and the people who go through them. Also not free! Also cheap!

  10. The small country of Gallovia is thrown into turmoil as a violent revolution erupts throwing the lives of its citizens into chaos. Inspired by a visit behind the former Iron Curtain, “When The Revolution Comes” presents five snapshots showing the turmoil through the eyes of the people caught up in the struggle. Available from the Kindle store for just 77p. Find it here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006E9P1K0

  11. Little Sally Simpson loved Christmas with all her heart. Since her mum and dad had separated there had been precious little fun in her life. Just before Christmas her dad arrives with a special gift that seems to offer an escape from all her troubles…

    Set in modern day Scotland, Reindeer Dust is very modern Christmas story with an ending that will leave you either gasping for breath or jumping for joy …depending on whether you believe in magic or tragic.

    Reindeer Dust is the first published Kindle story from author Bill Robertson and neatly distills his love of the darker side of life. Find it for 77p at the Kindle store: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reindeer-Dust-ebook/dp/B0069SMJ24/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

  12. The Daily Telegraph Creative Writing Group is bringing out a collection of 36 short stories. We write for fun with a different theme each month, the published stories are the ones the group voted highest. With tales of Reincarnation, Childhood Trips Revisited, Alien Invasion, Cow Pat Throwing, Euthanasia, Exotic Holidays, Hauntings, Murder Mystery, Love, Lust, Fear and much, much more.
    http://www.lulu.com/shop/tcwg-2012/36-short-stories/paperback/product-20519033.html

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