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Greeting and Salutations,

Welcome back.  I feel like I’m on the other side of the world–oh wait, I am.  I’ll fill you in on Indonesia when I get back to the Swamp.  In the meantime this was first posted on October 29 2010.


I have been spending a lot of time reading and listening to short stories the last couple months.  It is a format I’ve always loved, since the first time I read The Cask of the Amontillado, and The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe.  Since then I’ve collected short stories by Richard Matheson, H.P. Lovecraft, Henry James, Robert Bloch, Peter Atkins, Dennis Etchison and of course my favorite Stephen King.

You will notice that almost all of these writers, are best known for their ability to scare the lint right out of your belly button.   There are few things in life that give immediate gratification like cracking open a collection of short stories and reading one start to finish in a sitting.  The ability of the author to draw you in, make you to give a damn about the characters, cause the short hairs on the back of your neck stand right up, and leave you breathless in a few short pages, is nothing less than art at it’s very best.  Their mastery  reaches out through time and space causing you to have a corporeal reaction with a handful of well-chosen words.

When I was younger I marveled at talent these writers demonstrated.  As a writer, I better understand the level of difficulty they’re able to achieve and make it look easy while doing it.  Writing comes in many different formats, but if pressed to pick one I would have to say the short story is my favorite.  If you’re in search of something to keep you up at night, look up that collection of Poe you have collecting dust on your bookshelf and set it on your nightstand.  If you’re looking for something more contemporary check out Peter Atkins, Glen Hirshberg, Evan Hunter, or Dennis Etchison.  All of these authors know what it means to reach down into your psyche to shake your tentative grasp on reality.  So enjoy.  I’ll be loading another short story to my own website later this week, so stop by and check it out if you dare.

todays quote from unknown author: ” A species with all its eggs in just one planetary basket, risks becoming a omlett.

Eerie Dwarf AKA Dave Benneman


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