Although I certainly didn’t plan it this way, I’m going to have two short story collections published this year. At this point, I’m not exactly sure which of the two will be available first, but one of them has a cover and is now available for preorder:
| In these six provocative tales, Scott William Carter takes the reader on a journey to places where love and loss intersect. A limited edition from the very prestigious small press, PS Publishing. [Learn More]
(Less than 500 copies available!)
Looking over the galleys recently, I was really happy with these stories. Not only do I think they’re some of my best work, but I think they hang together thematically very well. The collection contains four new stories and two reprints, and the two reprints only appeared briefly online, which is one of the reasons I wanted to include them in the collection. You can buy the signed, jacketed hardcover for $40, which when you consider that it’s limited to only 100 copies, is a pretty darn good deal. Or you can buy the unsigned jacket-less hardcover (which still has Glen Chadbourne’s wonderful cover illustration) for $19.20.
The collection contains the following stories:
“A Web of Black Widows” . . . A grieving tattoo artist makes a cross-country trip with a pregnant woman on the run from her disturbed husband.
“The Woman Coughed Up By the Sea” . . . A mysterious artist finds a woman washed up on the beach and feels compelled to paint her.
“She’s Not All There” . . . A young man who made a disastrous choice in wife is forced to crash weddings with his ghostly bride so she can remain on Earth.
“Black Lace And Salt Water” . . . A poet suffering from writer’s block moves to the Oregon coast and finds inspiration from an unlikely source.
“Static in a Still House” . . . A lonely man who makes his living scouting thrift shops and estate sales finds a mysterious baby monitor that changes his life.
“Front Row Seats” . . . A widowed mathematician suffering from an unusual malady seeks relief in the movie theater — and finds more than he bargained for.
I can’t promise these will be uplifting stories, but I hope you’ll find them both moving and thought provoking. Think of them as October Valentines. Though my first novel will be published in a few months, this book actually marks the first time that my work has appeared all on its own, not in anthology or magazine surrounded by other writers. And if you could show your support by buying a copy, I’d be much obliged.