Posts Tagged ‘short stories’

41Po189NjvLIn the last fifteen years or so, I started cranking out short stories, thanks to a wonderful writer and friend, John Dixon. I have mentioned this before in blogs perhaps, but he is the one, at NECon in RI, who inspired me to go back and rekindle with my first love, short stories.

Since then I’ve written dozens. Maybe a hundred, maybe more. I don’t track the ones I write, only the ones that have seen print. A few years ago I put out The Collection. These were my favorite dark and creepy stories. Most were very dark, some were lighter. But even the light ones had ghosts.

In the last couple of years though, my writing has moved toward more human darkness, and exposes people as they are in their struggles in triumphs. I didn’t write these for a genre, I wrote them because they were characters in my head screaming for their stories to be told. They are cautionary tales that warn against things like greed, intolerance, cruelty. Most of them are reprints but some were brand-new, written for this collection.

Just Stories, aptly titled, also includes a handful of Drabble stories, which are tales exactly a hundred words long, not including title. I felt these tidbit stories would break up the longer ones.

I hope you enjoy this new collection of stories, published by Shadowridge Press! If you do, please leave a review on Amazon or wherever you can.

Thanks for reading!

Tracy

Please visit my Amazon page to see all my fiction stories and books in one spot.

 

 

 

 

FullSizeRenderIt’s been too long since I’ve posted anything on this blog. I blame my cross country move to California, and adjusting to my new life here. In a nutshell, it’s sunny and pretty almost all of the time. And when it’s not, it’s rainy and pretty. I love the vastness of the mountains, and the sounds of water birds and crickets and frogs at night. I live in a suburb about a half hour from Hollywood and Los Angeles.

Since I moved, I have been lucky enough to fall in with a terrific group of creative people. I am a long standing member of the International Horror Writers Association. Because of that, and the conferences I frequented for years, I was able to slide into the Los Angles chapter of the HWA without feeling out of my element, or like a stranger. I knew many of the folks from conferences, or Facebook, or Shocklines.

Though I’ve written only two stories since I got here, which is pitifully low output, I have joined the ranks of thousands and am currently cutting my teeth on a screenplay adapted from my novel, Restitution.IMG_1462

Thanks to the HWA and their enthusiastic organizers, I’ve had several book signings.

If you’re in the area, please stop by my Shades and Shadows reading on March 21st. Also, the L.A. Vintage Paperback Expo on March 22nd in Glendale is going to be phenomenal. The HWA has a booth there. Please come visit. March 2015

I promise to write more frequent posts, and update people on my writing, my new recipes and various upcoming signings and appearances.

Till then, have a fantastic day!

Tracy

I recently learned about a writing type called Drabble. From what I hear, it’s a whole story in 100 words. For fun, I’ve been writing these. I think they will make nice placeholders for this blog, for when I don’t have any other big news to share. From now on, each Saturday will be Drabble Saturday. My first attempt is here, and made its debut on Hellnotes’ Horror in a Hundred page.  It’s a hair under 100 words. Enjoy! images

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Thirty thousand dollars and four months out of work had been worth it. Her body was perfect. Breasts were round and big, tummy flat and tight. The surgeons added plastic to her cheeks, and shaved down her pointy chin. Teeth straight and white as piano keys. Those high school bitches would slit their wrists when they saw how she had transformed. She strutted toward the crowd, making eye contact with the adult children who’d made her life hell. SLAM. The city bus flattened her to a mound of surgical materials and shameful skin.

This week I am highlighting The Collection and Other Dark Tales. I received a wonderful review that I want to share here. 

“Tracy Carbone has accomplished something that I was beginning to think would never be done. That is to say, her book “The Collection and other dark tales” rivals the short works of Roald Dahl, in my opinion. I’d read a collection of Dahl’s short stories many years ago and have never found another author whose work seemed to have the same undefinable magic as that which he infused into his stories. Then *BOOM*, along comes Tracy L Carbone who pulled it off… in spades. I devoured it like a slobbering ravenous pig, thoroughly masticating every tasty morsel and then I licked the plate. It was utterly delicious and I’m ready to see what she’s served up for desert.”

After those kindly words, there’s not much more I can add. Buy your copy now and see if you agree.

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My long awaited (by me) short story collection is now available in print and on Kindle. The Collection and Other Dark Tales will be up on BN.com soon. My publisher, Shadowridge Press, has outdone himself this time.  He’s put together eighteen of my stories, some old and some brand-new, in a stunning presentation. What’s great about Shadowridge, is that he gets a feel for the content of the book and designs the layout to match the theme. The cover is a good representation of the subtle eeriness of the stories, but he also picks just the right fonts, just the right graphics.

Here is a description of the contents:

Collection cover 3The Collection and Other Dark Tales is an eclectic mix of horrific and uplifting tales of the human condition in all its frailty. You will not find gritty, violent horror or torture chambers here. Nor will you find spinoffs of the traditional werewolves, vampires or zombies. What you will find are stories that will bore deep into your heart and mind with psychological twists; where long dead loved ones coming back to haunt…and to save. You’ll find a grisly apartment building with unholy tenants, sociopathic children, jealous mothers – both living and dead, the truth about snow angels, and lost love that reaches out beyond the grave. Predators and prey all vie to tell their stories in these pages. 

This compilation of cautionary tales tells of humanity in all its beauty and ugliness. And there is no greater horror than that.

Get your copy now-HERE. 

And check my AMAZON PAGE for other stories and novels. My WEBSITE will keep you current. CLICK HERE for upcoming book signings.

Want a signed copy? CLICK HERE to try and win one on Goodreads, now till April 4th.

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Tracy L. Carbone

DownloadedFileThe Collection and Other Dark Tales, is comprised of reprints and new stories by Tracy L. Carbone, and will be available from Shadowridge Press the end of March 2013. Though some of these have been previously made available on Kindle, many have never been in print and several are brand-new, written specifically for this book. Each of the stories contains an intro by the author, with a note as to its inspiration. This eclectic grouping has tales of romance, love, horror, human frailty, and plenty of ghosts.

Cover image coming soon!

Below is the table of contents for The Collection and Other Dark Tales. 

Rent Control

The Agreement

The Truth About Snow Angels

The Tattooed Woman

The Folks

Obligation

Pretty Pig Let Me In

Stone Man

Scent of Lilacs

Waste Not Want Not

The Relocation of Susan

It’s Always Now

The Attic

An Old Man and His Dog

The Collection

One Minute

The Jacuzzi

The Elephant Graveyard

Get your free copy of Epitaphs on Kindle for the first time since its publication in November 2011.

Click on the picture for your FREE copy.

The New England Horror Writers Association, in partnership with Shroud Publishing, are proud to debut its inaugural anthology, Epitaphs The anthology is a compilation of some of the best dark fiction from both best-selling authors and up-and-coming writers throughout New England.

Contributors include Christopher Golden, Rick Hautala, Holly Newstein & Glenn Chadbourne, LL Soares, Trisha Wooldridge, K. Allen Wood, Kurt Newton, and more. The anthology features 26 stories and poems from the delightfully scary to the deeply macabre.

Epitaphs, edited by author Tracy L. Carbone, includes an introduction by award-winning author and publisher Peter Crowther, as well as a cover by Danny Evarts.