A SHORT STORY COLLECTION
by Ben Asaykwee, Sam Collier, James DeVita, Mindi Dickstein, Joe Jurek, Theresa Heskins, Ronald Keaton, Nikhil Mahapatra, and Mallory Jane Weiss
Given the simple prompt, "hello winter," nine writers were given the task to create a new short story to be put into this collection. This unique group of stories were all crafted in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and brings writers from two continents and five states together when we all must stay safely apart.
THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO HAPPINESS by Mindi Dickstein
A woman who has lived half her life in the 20th century and half in the 21st grapples with questions of self, purpose, and the pursuit of happiness in the midst of the pandemic -- with a little help from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
TEDDY by Ronald Keaton
An exchange of the human spirit during the AIDS crisis that rings true to this day.
THE SNOW QUEEN by Theresa Heskins
A reimagined Snow Queen creeps through frosty streets to rediscover her destiny in a unique page to stage to page adaptation Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson and his friendship with Charles Dickens.
LE CYGNE by James DeVita
He was a quiet little boy, and later on, an even quieter man. Something happened, you see. Something frightened his words away.
IN THE HOUSE SHE WAS GIVEN by Mallory Jane Weiss
Meg moves into a house gifted to her by her so-called-mother (a woman she’s never met), only to find herself doing battle with the architecture, desperate to tame the space into what might become home.
CAPRICORN RISING by Nikhil Mahapatra
One man's gastronomical exposé on the joy of being eaten alive.
A WINDING STAIRCASE by Ben Asaykwee
I must have passed by there every day and never noticed a thing...but the whispering is how it started.
THE SIMILID by Joe Jurek
When an old patient on her deathbed is sent back to relive a happy memory, something goes terribly wrong—she gets trapped in the worst day of her life.
THE LIGHTHOUSE TEACHER by Sam Collier
Carrie travels from island to island, teaching the children of lighthouse-keepers up and down the Maine coast. But there’s something strange about one of her students.