The thing I like most about taking part in blog tours is the fact I am able to continually bring you bookish content. I will hopefully have some more tags and other bookish content to bring to you but for now, let us get back on track, and learn some more about this interesting book.
The first volume of my Disturbing Works is a collection of twelve twisted tales perfect for people who like their stories dark, despicable, and deeply unsettling. Containing fantasy, sci-fi, dark humour and a lot of deliciously nasty horror, it should have something for every reader that has a sinister side and nerves of steel…
This chilling volume (along with my first novel, Deadly Burial) is available now for your Kindle or eReader at www.amazon.co.uk/kindle.
Guest Post - Why short stories are great!
A few years ago I hadn’t written anything for ages. More accurately, I’d started writing lots of things, each time convinced that this was going to be it, my big bestselling masterpiece… and then got fed up with it, unable to carve out enough time alongside my busy (and boring) job as an accountant, along with the other ‘life stuff’ I had going on at the time, to devote to finishing the project. I became really disillusioned and down about what I saw as my constant failure, convinced that I either had to give up work altogether or resign myself to giving up the writing dream.
Then I read a short story collection by Jeremy Dyson, specifically The Cranes That Build The Cranes, and loved it. As well as being a fantastic source of inspiration, it helped me realise that many of my ideas weren’t really novels at all, but were instead much more suited to the short form. I found that I could write them in one or two solid, focused weekend sessions, quickly producing fully-formed pieces that I was really proud of. The ideas that didn’t work out too well didn’t matter because they hadn’t used up too much time and had been good practice and those that I was happiest with quickly evolved into a collection of dark stories, which ultimately became the first volume of my Disturbing Works.
Given that a lot of people, like me, do much of their reading on the commute to and from work, the short story format is absolutely perfect for a quick, intense burst of fiction, and I think is particularly well suited to the psychological horror genre. I’ve read some truly excellent short stories in the last few years. My favourite, I think, is Harlan Ellison’s I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream – not only for its incredible title but for its truly unique and harrowing dystopian vision. I’ve also enjoyed Who Goes There? By John W Campbell, which went on to be adapted into the movie The Thing, as well as many other collections, including others by Jeremy Dyson, who started it all.
So if you’re a reader (which you obviously are, otherwise why would you be reading this??) then I would encourage you to grab some short story collections. And if you’re a writer, particularly if, like me, you were struggling to find time and inspiration, then why not consider writing a short story this weekend – you might find you were a short story specialist all along!
Jon Richter lives in London and spends most of his time hiding in the guise of his sinister alter ego, an accountant called Dave. When he isn’t counting beans, he is a self-confessed nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a good story. Jon writes whenever he can and hopes to bring you more disturbing stories in the very near future. For more information, visit www.jon-richter.com, or chat with him on Twitter @RichterWrites.