Short Stories Long, Appetizing History

The Fiction Fortune Hunter currently has a short story on Story Chord. It’s entitled Those Who Trespass Against Us. This particular short story has been put together as two parallel narratives which evolve into one connected tale of mayhem, loss, treachery and revenge. All the things that make life worthwhile (he said with tongue planted firmly in cheek). To be more literal, it’s the story of a man who’s been convicted of murder, and the executioner who is assigned to hang him. And yes, there’s a surprise or two along the way.

Story Chord has a unique way of publishing stories online. It matches each one with an accompanying piece of art and a music soundtrack. So, if you like to read, with something in the background, you can do so. If not, you can simply read the story without the music.

Online literary magazines publish a lot of shorter fiction today that used to be found in magazines, journals and anthologies. Those venues still exist, but unfortunately in far fewer periodicals than there used to be. Great storytelling can be found in short stories as well as novels. And you can ingest them in bite size chunks as opposed to multi-course meals.

American literature has a long list of great short story writers, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, O’Henry, Poe, Chandler, Salinger, Updike, Bradbury, Asimov, Irving, and more. When you’re not in the mood for voluminous tomes, check out their precise verbal pictorials of life in literary snapshots.

Short stories penned by The Fiction Fortune Hunter have appeared in The Creative Writer, Writers’ Journal, BartlebySnopes, RambleUnderground, Wilderness House LIterary Review and Story Chord. Later this year, two more of my short stories will be appearing. The Encounter in the 9th edition of NthWord, and The Madding Tale in the Winter, December edition of The Writing Disorder. Hope you get a chance to check them out. In 2011, two of my old-and-new-West stories will be published in an anthology of Western stories from Moonlight Mesa.

If you do jump over and read Those Who Trespass Against Us in Story Chord, come back here after reading it and use the comment section of this post to tell me what you think. Don’t worry, I have a thick skin. It’s a requirement for writing fiction in this or any other century.


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