Tag Archives: thriller

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Sonoran Dreams: Three Short Stories from Exile, by Robb Grindstaff (2:33)

Today we see that lists of things are supposed to be easy to read.

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Blood and Beauty and Other Weird Tales, by Jeff Chapman (2:14)

Today we see that if you don’t tell readers who your protagonist is, they will subconsciously fill in the blanks, and then blame you when their guesses turn out to be wrong.

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Girl Fights Back, by Jacques Antoine (6:25)

Today we see that when your protagonist gets too pushy, your readers’ suspension of disbelief pushes back.

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Junk and Other Short Stories, by Duncan James (1:12)

Today we see that a change in format conveys meaning; and if it doesn’t convey something about the story, it conveys something about the author instead.

Crimson Night and Other Short Stories, by Jaron Camp (1:12)

Today we see that a typographical error can trick the reader into expecting a different story from the one they get.