Surviving The End
The final contributors for the upcoming post-apocalyptic fiction antho – Surviving The End – from Dark Prints Press is out and I’m on it. Yay. I do love a good post-apocalypse.
Actually, the contributor list was released a handful of weeks ago, but I’m never first with the news, not even my own. And I wanted to wait until November to tell y’all, because pre-orders are opening and I wanted to make sure you knew that. You know, so you can go buy it.
This one is a goody. To rip words off the publisher’s website, it’s a collection of survival tales, of humanity’s struggles after the apocalypse. A “Grimm collection for a future age”, collected stories, modern fables, tales all woven together by a central narrative thread, all focused on Surviving the End…
Which means I got pretty excited when I read the call for submission. See, I like a bit of ‘meta’ in my tales, in case you haven’t guessed. A nice dose of subtext. Blame it on my mid-90s university education, back when postmodernism was still something all the cool kids wore. And a book based on the concept of a group of post-apocalyptic survivors coming together and telling each other stories of survival just screamed out with possibilities.
A story about stories… about why we tell them and the impact they have… about how stories work… hmmm…
Let’s just say, in the year and a bit since I decided to turn my hand to short fiction again for the first time in fifteen years, this is the story I most enjoyed writing. It’s the one where I started to think, actually, I can do this, for reals and all, it’s not just something I used to play at as an undergraduate. It seems writing short fiction is just like riding a bike, after all. Brutal stacks into the back of parked immovable objects still hurt like hell, but sometimes you find a perfect hill and just coast on down.
Soooo…… I’m very much looking forward to reading the other tales in this collection, and you really should all go check out the full contributor list now, because it’s a pretty awesome company to find oneself in, I must say. And get all the details from Dark Prints Press’ website. Especially those details about how to buy this book, because it’s so gonna be worth it, folks.