After a lot of work in May, our panel of readers and judges chose the stories to be featured in our second annual short story anthology, Deception! We received a plethora of great, well-written, and fascinating stories, and making the decision was quite difficult. In order to make the selections, all entries had the author’s name replaced with a random number before being submitted to the committee of readers. Each person on the committee rated and ranked the stories based on criteria such as originality, character, setting, style, and, of course, matching the theme of “deception.” These rankings were averaged out together to create a list of the top stories, and in the end, we chose twenty-five.
All of the stories were incredible. The work produced by our indie author community never ceases to amaze me. It was difficult to choose between them all, but if we accepted everyone, we would have one gigantic anthology with a hefty price tag. For those not selected, we are working on ways to still promote and expand upon their work, either through features like our new podcast (which you can listen to on the sidebar here on the website), or through a writer’s short story workshop we will soon announce.
The List of Selected Stories for the Deception! anthology
Without further ado and in no specific order, here is the list of the stories and authors to be featured in the upcoming Deception! anthology, anticipated to be published later this year:
“The Cleansing” by Jane-Holly Meissner —
Jane-Holly, an Oregon based writer, has been scribbling stories into notebooks and online for most of her life. She squeezes in time for homeschooling her four kids, date nights at the movies with her husband, and explaining her first name to everyone she meets. Jane-Holly believes that, if creativity is directly correlated to how messy your house is, she might just be one of the most creative people on the planet.
https://www.facebook.com/jhmeissnerauthor/ / jainholliewrites.wordpress.com
“Violet Crane” by Jason Pomerance —
Jason Pomerance’s first novel Women Like Us was published in 2016, and his novella Falconer debuted that same year on Nikki Finke’s Hollywood Dementia. His short story Mrs. Ravenstein was part of the Escape! Anthology, published by Writing Bloc in 2019. He also writes for film and television. Jason lives in Los Angeles with his partner and their animals.
“Scammers” by Ferd Crôtte —
Ferd Crôtte is a practicing physician who writes for fun and fellowship. His short story, “Captiveedom,” appeared in the Escape! Anthology, published by Writing Bloc in 2019. His debut novel Mission 51 is currently in production by Inkshares. Ferd lives with his wife Gail in Winston Salem, North Carolina. https://thebestparts.net
“Card Tricks and Other Tavern Miracles” by Phil Rood —
Phil Rood draws, writes, makes podcasts, and plays music because he loves to pull thoughts from his head in a number of ways. He loves his family, his cats, coffee, and Oxford Commas.
philrood.com / inkandsunshine.wordpress.com
“Picture Perfect” by Deborah Munro —
Deborah Munro is an American biomedical engineering professor in New Zealand. She has worked over half her career in industry and for NASA, designing medical devices and robotics. Hard science inspires much of her writing, but this story branches into a new genre of contemporary fiction.
https://deborahmunroauthor.com / https://twitter.com/DebMunro_Author / https://www.instagram.com/deborahmunro.author/
“Islands in the Void” by Josie Dorans —
Josie Dorans is the pen name responsible for unleashing the feistier side of a rather nice indie children’s author who makes her home in the mountains of West Virginia.
https://josiedorans.weebly.com / https://twitter.com/JosieDorans / https://www.facebook.com/JosieDorans/
“You Might Get It” by Mike X Welch —
Mike x Welch lives in Western N.Y. with his wife and twin sons. He contributed a story (Convict 45) to the Writing Bloc’s inaugural anthology, Escape! Mike is hard at work on his debut novel PrOOF Vol. 1: The Vampire and the Dragon.
“Quibbles” by G.A. Finocchiaro —
G.A. Finocchiaro was born and raised in South Jersey. He is a self-described goofball with a taste for bad jokes and good burgers. Finocchiaro currently lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.
www.theknightmares.com / www.gafino.com
“Honeysuckle Sky” by Tahani Nelson —
Tahani Nelson focuses on writing the stories that she didn’t have growing up– strong, amazing women that would rather receive a sword than a glass slipper. Her debut novel, THE LAST FAOII, is available now.
“Girl” by Susan K. Hamilton —
Susan K. Hamilton is the award-winning author of epic, dark, and urban fantasy books including Shadow King, Darkstar Rising, and the forthcoming The Devil Inside. Horse-crazy since she was a little girl, she also loves comfy jeans, pizza, great stand-up comedy, and pretty much every furry creature on the planet (except spiders). Susan lives near Boston with her husband and a cat who runs the house like a boss.
www.susankhamilton.com / www.twitter.com/realskhamilton / www.facebook.com/hamiltonsusank / www.instagram.com/realskhamilton
“Malfunction” by T.C.C. Edwards —
TCC Edwards comes from Waterloo, Ontario, and has been enjoying the life of an expat teacher at a university in Busan. He lives just outside Busan with his wonderful wife and two young sons. He helped edit and wrote short stories in four anthologies by the Busan Writing Group, and he has had work published by eFiction Magazines and Every Day Fiction.
writeorelse.com / www.facebook.com/tcceauthor / twitter.com/writeorelse
“Uncle Dean in the Canoe” by Nicolina Torres —
Nicolina Torres was a manager for Barnes & Noble for 15 years, in seven stores, and represented B&N on Channel 2’s Living Dayton Show for two years. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as an adult, she has become an advocate for marginalized people, working with the National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities (NAAD) on mentorship projects and receiving FAMU Law School’s BLSA 2016 Spirit of Service Award for promoting diversity in the legal profession. Her debut novel, This Red Fire (Launch Pad Competition Top 10 Pick) has been optioned by Stampede Ventures and will be released by Inkshares in late 2019.
“Die Regeln Galten Hier Nicht” by S.E. Soldwedel —
S.E. Soldwedel writes visceral fiction that lays bare the rawest elements of the human condition. After a long career in media, he pivoted to teaching English to speakers of other languages and teaching chess to children. He lives in the Bronx and repairs guitars in Brooklyn. His first novel, “Disintegration,” is due for publication in June 2019.
https://www.twitter.com/soltvaydl / http://www.soldwedel.net / https://www.facebook.com/DisintegrationNovel/
“The End and the Beginning” by Michael Haase —
Michael Haase is a proud father, husband, ER nurse, guitarist, and writer. His first published work, a short story called “Cedric,” appeared in Writing Bloc’s Escape! anthology. He has balanced many writing projects from absurd novels and children’s books, and they all seem to be coming to fruition this year. He lives with his wife and kids in Cleveland, Ohio.
http://www.themindofmichael.com / http://askanernurse.com / https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichaelHaase/ / https://twitter.com/authormikehaase
“Countermeasures” by Evan Graham —
Evan Graham is the author of upcoming science fiction thrillers Tantalus Depths and Proteus. He has a bachelor’s degree in Education Studies from Kent State University, where he triple-minored in English, Writing, and Theatre. He currently lives in rural Middlefield, Ohio and is extensively involved in local community theatre, both on the stage and behind the scenes.
“Haven” by Jaye Milius —
Jaye Milius is a lifelong nerd, dedicated overthinker, and occasional musician. She lives in Oregon with her two spoiled dogs.
https://jayemilius.com / https://twitter.com/jayemilius / https://www.facebook.com/jayemiliusauthor/ / https://www.instagram.com/prolixitee/
“Rachel Rose, Semite” by Becca Spence Dobias —
Becca Spence Dobias is a mom, author, and ukulele player. She grew up in West Virginia and now lives in Southern California. She is the Project Manager for Writing Bloc.
“Alpha” by Aly Welch —
Aly Welch resides in Western New York with her husband and twin sons. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys acting, karate, and yoga. She also loves exploring the woods, and still hopes to find magic behind every tree and under every rock.
“Wasted” by Richard Allen —
Richard Allen is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. He currently writes for various publications covering theater (Broadway World), music (Graffiti Magazine), movies/TV/video games (Fan Fest News), and book reviews (Southern Literary Review and the Journal of Appalachian Studies) when not working on original creations.
www.facebook.com/richardallenwrites / https://fanfest.com/author/richard/ / https://www.broadwayworld.com/author/Richard-Allen / http://southernlitreview.com/contributors/richard-allen.htm
“Hummingbird” by David R. Lee —
David Lee worked for forty years in public and private schools as a teacher and counselor. Now retired, he lives in Reno with his wife, dog and three cats. He spends his time reading, writing, and playing with his grandchildren. His blog (davidrlee.blogspot.com) also keeps him busy.
“Loyalty” by Estelle Rose Wardrip —
Estelle Wardrip is a teacher and writer who lives on a small farm in northern California. This is her first published work, hopefully the first of many.
“New Authority” by Patrick Edwards —
After defeating some inter-dimensional shadow monsters, Patrick returned home in time for the weekly tea party thrown by his toddler-aged daughters. The party got too wild, and the police were forced to shut it down. Two dollies and one action figure were arrested. With nothing else to do, Patrick went back to work on the sequel to his debut novel, Space Tripping.
https://twitter.com/ThePatEdwards / ThePatEdwards.com
“Headcase” by Mike Donald —
Mike worked for the BBC as a sound mixer, wrote for comedy sketch shows, and developed up sitcom ideas. He was also a script analyst for a gap finance company and has written many award-winning screenplays. Mike lives in Oxford with his wife, and a power-hungry Terrier named Bonny May Donald.
www.louisianablood.com / louisianablog.louisianablood.com
“New Suit” by Kelsey Rae Barthel —
Immediately after graduating high school, Kelsey Barthel moved from her tiny home town of Hay Lakes, Alberta to the city of Edmonton. After a hand full of years working at the airport, Kelsey decided to follow her passion, finished her first novel, Beyond the Code and got it published through Inkshares.com. Now, she has been working hard to build up her name as an author.
http://www.kelseybarthel.ca / https://www.facebook.com/BTCInkshares/?ref=bookmarks / https://www.inkshares.com/books/beyond-the-code
“23 and My Mom” by Grace Marshall —
Grace Marshall is a technical writer by day and a horror writer by night. She lives with her family in Minnesota.
Escapeoftheinnermonologue.com / Twitter: @escapedmonolog
This is an amazing group of writers and stories. I’m truly looking forward to this anthology. These are exciting times.
Deception! will be cooperatively produced with the aim being to release the book later this year but no later than January.
If you need something to read while waiting for this anthology, please check out some of our recommended indie books in our shop, and be sure to grab a copy of the previous anthology, Escape!, on sale for $9.99 paperback and $2.99 ebook!