Michael Crane is an indie author and short story writer. Switching between slice-of-life fiction and horror stories, he is the author of IN DECLINE (stories), PIECES (stories), GIGGLES (a novella), and a number of drabble collections (Lessons and Other Morbid Drabbles, Lessons II: Another Morbid Drabble Collection, Lessons III: Demonic Dolls and Other Morbid Drabbles, Lessons IV: The Dead Carnival and Other Morbid Drabbles). He currently lives in Illinois.
In Decline (stories)by Michael Crane
Everybody has to deal with these issues at some point, but not everybody handles them in the same way. What if you were an excited high school boy who's about to go on his first date, but you knew deep down something's a bit off? What if you were a degenerate gambling addict who can't find a redeeming
Gossip. Peer pressure. Bizarre love. Addiction. Heartbreak. Loss.
Everybody has to deal with these issues at some point, but not everybody handles them in the same way. What if you were an excited high school boy who's about to go on his first date, but you knew deep down something's a bit off? What if you were a degenerate gambling addict who can't find a redeeming thing about yourself, and yet you meet a kind old woman who believes there's good in everybody? And what if you were somebody who thrived on neighborhood gossip, and were confronted by the very person who was the subject of your wild tales?
IN DECLINE is a short story collection about people trying to get by the best way they can, for better or worse. Whether it's children or adults, in these nine stories everybody is faced with tough choices and ugly truths about love, life, and the ugliness within themselves.
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"In Decline" is a short story collection "about people who are trying to get by the best way they can." Life can be hard - regardless of what your life has been like, charmed or barely scraping by, chances are you'll see yourself or people you know in some of these stores. What boy hasn't struggled to figure out how to relate to girls and had friends only make it worse as happens in "The Roller Rink"? Who hasn't watched a couple marry, knowing it wasn't going to have a happy ending, like "Uncle Lenny"? Crane has a talent very few writers have. He can find the humor in a dire situation or find a way to sympathize with the most dismal characters. Some say that to read fiction requires the reader to "suspend disbelief." That's not the case here. These stories ooze truth.