June 20, 2012

The Summer of Shorts Marathon: Introduction + Giveaway

Welcome to the first day of summer, everyone, and welcome to the first day of the Summer of Shorts marathon.

This is the beginning of a summer-long dedication to short stories, something I decided to do when I saw the plethora of short fiction on my to-be-read pile. There's going to be a blog post each weekday for the rest of the summer that in some way highlights short fiction. Sounds a bit daunting, I know, which is why I've finagled a lot of talented writers to help me, so they will be stopping by the blog all summer long.

I'm talking anthologies, magazines, short story collections, and even some novellas. Expect to see interviews, guest posts, round tables, fave five lists, and a few giveaways.

Lisa's short story collection
 set in Los Angeles.
Speaking of giveaways, I figured I'd kick this marathon off right with a little giveaway. I looked over my bookshelf and decided to give away Lisa Morton's collection, Monsters of L.A. I reviewed this book back in January shortly after its release. If you're interested in reading my review and getting my two cents on it, you can click here.

To give you an idea of what the book is about, here's the book info via Amazon:

In these pages you’ll find the dark stars you grew up watching: Frankenstein, Dracula, Mr. Hyde, the Phantom, the Hunchback…all the silent ones and the first to find their voices are here, and they’re even presented in roughly the order in which they first appeared on a silver screen. The Haunted House of the ‘30s gives way to the Werewolf of the ‘40s, the Monsters of L.A. Creature of the ‘50s, and so on, all the way up to our favorite modern boogeyman, the Zombie.

In some of these stories, you’ll find an earthly incarnation of a famous namesake: Frankenstein is a patched-together, homeless vet, the Invisible Woman is so ordinary you’d never see her; but some of these familiar friends — Dracula, the Devil, or those seriously creepy Clowns — will be instantly recognizable.

The rules for the giveaway are super easy. All you need to do is be a follower of this blog in some fashion, and live in Canada or the good ol' U.S. of A. Just enter via the Rafflecopter form down below between now and July 2nd, and I'll pick a winner at random on July 3rd.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I love Stephen King so I would recommend Everything's Eventual which has 14 short stories.

    Suz Reads

  2. Honestly, most of the short stories I read are those that are fillers between series books. In general I'm not a short story lover but it does give you a chance to "test drive" authors you are unfamiliar with.
    One that has a gorgeous cover that you will keep touching is Classic Tales of Vampires & Shapeshifters.

  3. Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls by Alissa Nutting