“The Hunted”

“The Hunted” tagline:
A man is hunted for his crimes.

(This is included in Darker Days).

Where to read this story:

Post Mortem Press

“Adaptable”

“Adaptable” tagline:
An explorer finds himself trapped in a horrifying society.

(This is included in Darker Days).

Where to read this story:

Post Mortem Press

From reviews:
“‘Adaptable’ by Kenneth W. Cain was also pretty damn good.” ~ The Grim Reader’s book & metal reviews

“Mantid”

“Mantid” tagline:
A boy tasked with retrieving a crayfish discovers a far more terrifying creature.

(This is included in Darker Days).

Where to read this story:

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing

Edited by Max Booth III

“Visitors”

“Visitors” tagline:
A son struggles to convey to his father that he must leave the nursing home. The father hears him well enough, but has already made other plans.

(This is included in These Old Tales).

Where to read this story:

Apokrupha

Edited by Jacob Haddon

Single Question Interview: Jessica McHugh

Write for fun or for fans?

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I see two potential interpretations of this question, so I’ll answer both.

First, if we’re talking about crafting my story based on my own desires or what I think my fans will like, it’s a mixed bag. I never write a story with the desire to please anyone but me. But during editing, when I can see the story as a whole and put myself in the reader’s shoes, I might tweak certain things. More often than not, I choose to surprise rather than satisfy in what the reader thinks he/she wants. Without giving too much way about my novel “The Sky: The World,” I had the opportunity to make an obvious love connection at the end of the book. But based upon the character development I’d set in place, a love connection didn’t feel right. I’ve had a few people say they’d wished the characters had ended up together, but I think in subsequent readings, they saw how that would’ve been an illogical conclusion based on the character’s personalities. I’m not going to smash two people into a relationship because it’s the easy/fashionable/sweet thing to do. But if I see a proper way to give readers what they want, I’m more than happy to oblige. After all, a disappointed reader can be a dangerous thing.

Second, I absolutely write for fun. I wouldn’t take on such a hard career path if I didn’t derive enjoyment from it. However, I also want to make a living as a writer. I want people to read and enjoy my work. I would still do it if I didn’t have/want fans, but I wouldn’t work as hard as I do. With 7 active projects and 12 on the backburner, it’s surprising I haven’t gone off the deep end yet. I guess all of the fun I have in fiction is my life raft.

***You can pick up Jessica’s books through AMAZON.

(Want to take part in a single question interview? Contact me for your question.)

“Parasite”

“Parasite” tagline:
When a woman comes in between two brothers, Aiden is left feeling a need to check up on his brother. But when his brother calls him asking for help, Aiden soon discovers the wedge driven between them is more than only love.

(This is included in Embers).

Where to read this story:

Post Mortem Press

Edited by Eric Beebe

“In the Shadow of the Equine”

 

“In the Shadow of the Equine” tagline:
Finding themselves trapped on a scenic island with a mob of mind-controlled zealots, a man desperately tries to protect his son.

(This is included in Fresh Cut Tales).

Where to read this story:

Gestalt Media LLC

Edited by John J. Questore

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Gestalt Media LLC

Edited by John J. Questore

Out of Print

Gestalt Media LLC

Edited by John J. Questore

Out of Print

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Gestalt Media LLC

Edited by John J. Questore

Out of Print

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Stitched Smile Publications

Edited by Lisa Vasquez

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Post Mortem Press

Edited by Paul Michael Anderson

From reviews:
“It’s an interesting survival story, and one of the more fast-paced offerings of the anthology.” ~ Hellnotes