Black no Sugar

Now digitally remastered!

Two of the stories in Black no Sugar weren’t very good so I’ve replaced them with better ones, one of which can be found on this site. Cheers! Al

Short stories are perfect to read electronically because you can dip in and read a complete story on a bus, over a coffee or a sandwich. Even with just an app on a smartphone you can whip out your phone when you’re at a loose end and instead of idly scrolling through a hundred tweets or texts, you can read a story from start to finish.

So I’ve put together a short story collection. As the name suggests there are ten stories and they’re mostly on the dark side. And the coffee reference is a (very clever) nod towards the fact that the entire collection costs less than a cup of coffee in most high street chains.

I meant them to be thought provoking and perhaps a little shocking because I love stories that stay in your thoughts long after you’ve read them. Will Self, Robert Sheckley and the master, Ray Bradbury (may he rest in peace), all wrote short stories that I read years ago and still lurk in the back of my mind, surfacing occasionally to nudge me in the ribs and say “Remember me? Quite an idea wasn’t I? Ponder on me for a bit.” And I’m happy to oblige.

Some of the stories in my new collection are funny, some are moving, some are sad as all hell and some are a mixture of all the above and more. If they make the reader feel something as a result then I’m happy. And if that sounds pretentious so be it, it’s the truth.

If you’ve been following my writing you will have seen a couple of them before, but they’re much better placed in a collection than they were all on their lonesome. Here’s an idea of what to expect:

Apocalypse Soup Kitchen – it’s the end of the world but not as we know it…

Exit Strategy – what do you do when you simply can’t go on?

Ground Control – a lone astronaut looks on as Earth is battered by natural and economic turmoil.

The Vampire Dairies – an innocuous looking pun reveals something much darker.

Duty – let’s get medieval on your arse.

Boredroom – for anyone who has ever been in a corporate meeting and wanted to be anywhere else.

Fair Game – a back to basics creepy tale of a man with seemingly nothing to lose.

Date Night – where’s the line between sexy and plain old nasty?

Supercide – who needs heroes anymore?

Comic Con – to lighten the tone, a little at least. What’s going on at the Comic Convention?

I hope you like them, enjoy!

2 Comments to “Black no Sugar”

    • Good question!

      This is going to be an extremely boring answer but it will contain all the facts…

      I use a third party e-distributor, Smashwords. I submitted it a while ago and it has to go through a formatting review to ensure it meets the standard for all the e-book retailers. I’ve been checking the status on a daily basis and just checked again after seeing your comment and the good news is that it’s reached the Smashwords premium status, which means it will now be distributed to the retailers.

      I have pasted below the Smashwords text that gives an idea of how long it might take to hit the biggies, I’m hoping it’s at the sooner end of their guidelines:

      Smashwords ships to most retailers on a once-weekly basis, usually Thursday/Friday, though shipment dates may vary. On June 4, Smashwords announced more frequent shipments to Apple and Kobo. We ship to Apple multiple times per day (price updates will usually appear same day, though new book shipments are subject to manual review by Apple which may take up to two weeks, sometimes longer). Kobo ships once per day. Once a shipment goes to the retailer, listings and metadata updates are subject to processing by the retailer, so please expect anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks for the update or new shipment to reflect.

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