☰ Want More? I Recommend Reading... #1 (Series)

As I've said before, I find it very hard to find short story collections and anthologies that dedicate themselves to the weird, strange and bizarre. I really enjoy short, micro fiction and/or flash fiction with a twist. I decided to do a series post about these books and collections of  stories that I loved.

Don't get me wrong, I love to read novels, but sometimes, I just don't have the time, or I don't have the attention span.

My favorite place to go on a regular basis for the "I wanna be creeped out" fix, is Reddit's notorious r/NoSleep. There are some awesome authors on there and they always have new and interesting content. I also post my stories there sometimes as well. The community is a nice one and to make it even more fun, all authors will continue to remain in character in the comments section of their story.☰

I think it is cool because you can sit down and read a really enjoyable piece of well crafted fiction and if you like it enough, leave them an up-vote or a comment and you may even get to talk to the author. (I have a fan girl take when it comes to writers, if you are a bad-ass author, and I find your work amazing, you may as well be a celebrity, because I am going to swoon!)

The only problem with r/NoSleep is that you can never know what you are reading until you actually read it, which can sometimes lead down a wordy path into a story you have no interest in. It doesn't happen often, but as I've mentioned earlier, I don't really care for blood, gore and violence that much at all. I like subtle horror. That being said, I have a short list of a few books I found on Amazon that I really enjoyed.

The first is "Small Horrors" by Darcy Coates. It's a collection of 50 of her short stories and I absolutely loved EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. I'm being very serious when I say, out of 50 short stories, not a one of them is a letdown.

You will not be disappointed if you buy this book and read it. I will even go as far as to say that this book changed my life by showing me that it doesn't take 100,000 words of prose to change someone's mind or their outlook. It doesn't take 100,000 words of prose to make someone think or scare the shit out of them.

I learned that your writing does not have to be this lengthy behemoth to be relevant or carry weight or to even touch people. Darcy Coates really inspired me to be a better writer and after I read her work, a week later, I sat down and wrote my first short story. 

I can't speak highly enough about this collection of short reads, because it did the very thing that all writers aim to do: it touched someone (me), and made a difference in their lives. I have always wanted to be a writer, but the moment I realized that I didn't have to write novel after novel to be a success was directly after I finished reading this book. I realized that I can start small and still make a difference. So I did!

Have you read this book too? If so, what did you think of it? Did it inspire you the same way it did me? I would love to hear about it if it did. 

Feel free to post comments or contact me if you liked this book or if you know of other books that should be included in this series of Recommended Reading posts!

Thanks for reading and until next time,


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