Exclusive: the book cover revealed!

As most of you will know by now, I have, with a little input by you,  collected my favourite 101 stories of the past year. These will be published in a book that will carry the title You’re getting sleepy, the hyponotist’s apprentice yawned – and 100 more stories in 300 words (or less).

The book should be available at Amazon sometime next wee, both as a paperback and an e-book. More info about ordering and pricing will follow when the definitive publication date approaches.

But to whet your appetite until then, here is the cover of the book.

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You have spoken. Here’s your selection!

It was close at times (very close) but the votes for your favourite stories have been tabulated. Mostly I agreed with your vote, though I am sad to see some stories go, especially ‘I saw her naked’ and ‘The Lunar detective’. The following 16 stories, as per your wishes,  will be included in a book containing the 101 best tales from my 300 stories project, on which I will release some very interesting further news over the course of the next few days (so stay tuned).

Your favourite stories:

3. The bird waddled

51. Floppy shoes, a squirting flower and an assortment of red noses

52. The spandex hero was in hot pursuit

69. I should warn you, the box is empty

142. It is possible

153. Time Travel Inc. When can I help you?

194. Kaiser Wilhelm

201. The hypnotic whirl

204. Who’s going to miss him?

235. The labyrinth

250. Certified bullshit

260. Babi’s sugar intake

281. So, mister Smith, we meet at last

282. Hey, God

289. Most of Machu Pichu

298. The radiation will kill you

 

301. Her slim novella

Thanks for everyone who voted on the face-offs between some of my favourite stories the past two weeks. You have got one more day to influence the outcome. Let your vote count via the polls in the previous days’ posts. Tomorrow I’ll be commenting on the winning stories. In the meantime, here’s a new story …

Her slim novella was sandwiched between a dull monograph and a three-volume encyclopaedia, which partly explained why Sorrow for Sawdust had not been lent out even once since it had first appeared on the shelves of the New York Public Library. Each week, Victoria Woodruff, the author, would visit the library, anxiously. But each time her novella would still be there, gathering dust.

She had urged friends and colleagues to lend it out, but most of them possessed copies already – with a personal inscription no less – so none of them did. She had even tried rearranging the books on the shelf to make her novella stand out, but the library staff quickly put a stop to that. That is why, five years on, Victoria was about to violate an unwritten author honours code. She would be lending out her own book.

Ignoring the glint of disapproval in the eyes of the stone lions at the entrance, she walked the same route she walked every Saturday, with one big caveat. At the end, there was no book. Between the monograph and the encyclopaedia remained just a small void, barely recognisable as a space roomy enough to house a book.

It appeared that Sorrow for Sawdust had finally found a reader and that left Victoria elated. She had slaved for three years on the novella and spent another two finding a publisher. Five years later, it appeared she had a certified reader.

Victoria whistled her way out of the building, so happy she did not notice the truck parked in front of the library or the man tossing in unloved books by the bulk, ready to be pulped. Had she known her novella was among them, surely Victoria would have appreciated the bitter irony of its title.

Pick your favourite story (16): certified bullshit or a lumbering beast?

For the last time you have a choice to select which story will be included in the book containing my best flash fiction stories. Will it be the certified bullshit? Or the fantasy tale about big, lumbering beasts? You decide!

Pick your favourite story (15): death by radiation or death by liver?

Today’s stories pit an unusual fact about polar bears against a post-apocalyptic friendship. Which of the two do you prefer? Let me know by filling in the poll below.

Pick your favourite story (14): kindness vs. blackmail

Which of these two stories do you like best? The one about the kindness of strangers or the tale of Peruvian blackmail? Let me know by filling out the poll below.

Pick your favourite story (13): bargaining vs. back-bending

Today’s stories both have a religious edge to them. Do you prefer a God with acerbic wit? Or one that tries to please everyone He can? Pick your favourite tale and make sure it is included in the paperback edition of the best flash fiction I’ve written.

Pick your favourite story (12): sense or sensibility?

Would you like to see the criminal mastermind losing his senses in paperback? Or do you prefer the sensible approach to wedding of a young girl? Let me know in the poll below.

Pick your favourite story (11): meringue or maze?

Would you rather eat a curiously flavoured meringue? Or would you like to get lost in a murderous maze? Take your pick and fill in the poll below. The winning story will be included in an anthology of my favourite flash fiction stories.

Pick your favourite story (10): anagrams vs. text-speak

A ‘historical’ tale about the heroism of anagrams preventing an invasion of Britain? Or a modern story about parents grappling with their daughter’s incoherent text-speak? Which of these do you want to see included in a compilation of my best flash fiction stories?

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