There is a successful series of anthologies which has as its thread twisted endings and surprises.
The series is called TWISTED TAILS and each cover features a dragon since it is published by Double Dragon books. I have a story in the latest edition, just released! My story is called “The Jesus Secret” in which the discovery of a new Dead Sea Scroll provides new facts about Jesus’ life which the Catholic Church wants to keep secret. And, of course, there’s a twist.
The series is edited by J. Richard Jacobs. This volume has as its connecting theme “Irreverence.” He explain it thusly:
Irreverence is not limited to what many people think — something to do with religion, although that can be a large part of it. Nope, it is a big word with broad meaning. Let me give you a few examples of how it is used:
Irreverent is the adjective from which the noun “irreverence” comes.
Its basic meaning is “disrespectful”. Now you have an idea of just how broad it can be. I’ll wager you can think of a lot of ways to be disrespectful. There is a whole world of irreverence in the pot. Our authors gleefully dip their pens into that pot and scribble out their twisted views of this world-or other worlds.
Words that can be used in place of irreverent (synonyms) are: aweless, cheeky, cocky, contemptuous, crusty, derisive, flip, flippant, fresh, iconoclastic, impertinent, impious, impudent, insolent, irreverential, mocking, out-of-line, profane, rude, sacrilegious, sassy, saucy, tongue-in-cheek, ungodly, unhallowed, unholy and so forth. As you can readily see, the majority of the Twisted Tails authors are world class representatives of the word in all its specific meanings; not just a couple.
I have gathered together several cheeky authors whose impiety is well known and asked them to grace these pages with words of insolence for your reading pleasure. As always, there is no genre restriction. Here you’ll find Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Thrill-a-minute-even Mainstream. The only common element here is Irreverence. The other big deal about the Twisted Tails series that is a must are unexpected endings and sheer quality of writing. Each author brings his/her unique style and voice to the page, but to get to the page the quality of writing demanded in the Twisted Tails series of anthologies had to have been there or it would have been a “no-go”. Just another rejection slip to add to the stack in an author’s dark corner. Have fun while you cringe at their out-of-line talent at twisting irreverent tales and we hope to see you again-should there be a next time. I have it on good authority that there probably will be a next time, so keep a watch for it.
Here’s the Table of Contents:
1. DEAD BABIES by Jay Greenstein
2. THE JESUS SECRET by Michael A. Ventrella
3. LUCKY CHARLIE’S ESCAPE by Margret Treiber
4. BLOOD RED by Dave Kuzminski
5. PERPETUAL STARLIT NIGHTby Michael D. Smith
6. BEYOND THE REALMS OF DEATH by J. Malcolm Stewart
7. DOOMSDAY CLUB by John Klawitter
8. WINNING IS FOR THE LOSER by J. Richard Jacobs
9. SHOCK THERAPY by Sam Bellotto Jr.
10. INTERVENTION by Eugen Bacon
11. IF TIME PERMITS by Joe Occhipinti
12. THE PROBLEM ON P3 by J. Richard Jacobs
13. JUMPING AT SHADOWS by Joe Powers
14. LADIES OF THE FOUNTAIN by Biff Mitchell
15. TWO GUYS MEET IN A BAR by Margret Treiber
16. COLLECTOR by J. Richard Jacobs
It’s available in every format you can imagine (paperback, ebook, kindle, nook…) Check it out! Get your copy today and let me know what you think of my story!