Spontaneous Combustion Vol. II

Spontaneous Combustion Vol. II

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Spontaneous Combustion is the classic "play-in-a-day" theater exercise in literary event form. We gather writers together, provide three story prompts, and give them 24 hours to compose a unique piece of pulp fiction. Our favorites are invited back to prose-slam their short stories for a public audience. In the end, everyone casts a vote and the people-chosen "Top Tales" are bound in the next volume. Awaiting you in Vol. II of this explosive literary tradition is a powderkeg of short fiction spanning multiple genres, from writers Maxwell Reagan, Claudia Ionescu, Mike Lauer, Nathan Sacks, D. Zane Davis, Stephanie Olson, Claire Hoy, Michael T. Johnson, Scott Burtness, Deidra Purvis, and Randy Holland. We call it a book-in-a-day. Prepare to spontaneously combust.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543929782
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 05/19/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
File size: 999 KB

About the Author

Writer of the short story "The Last Ice Eel" published in "Spontaneous Combustion Vol. II" from Sic Semper Serpent Books.

Table of Contents

Beneath the City Maxwell Reagan [Champion] 8

The Hiawatha Hooligans Mike Lauer [Champion] 21

Niels Nielsen's Uthaus Claudia Ionescu [Champion] 44

Forever Portend Scott Burtness 52

The Living Deidra Purvis 63

The Death of a Mirror Clown in Kentucky Nathan Sacks 73

Meeting in the Glen Stephanie Olson 95

Detective Luke Miller and the Stolen Saxon Sword D. Zane Davis 102

Bizarrely Typical Michael T. Johnson 122

The Branch Claire Hoy 138

The Last Ice Eel Randy Holland [Honorable Mention] 147

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Spontaneous Combustion Vol. II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Spontaneous Combustion Vol. II is a short fiction collection that features delectable and, at times, mouthwatering tales from a selection of writing talent, including Maxwell Reagan, Claudia Ionescu, et al. The composition of this collection came about in a very interesting way. The editors gave out three prompts to writers and asked them to provide a piece of pulp fiction within twenty-four hours. This book features the best of the work. As one reads from story to story, one notices the creativity, the gift for storytelling and plot, and one encounters characters that seem to emerge from the ordinary life to make a difference. I loved most of the stories but my favorite was Detective Luke Miller and the Stolen Saxon Sword, a story that is deftly written, balanced, featuring exquisite prose. The dialogues are well crafted and it is interesting how the author allows the slang to come out in the dialogues, a powerful reflection of the setting and the background of some of the characters. The stories in this book are well edited and some are mind bending. In fact, there is something in it for every fan of pulp fiction and short stories. Spontaneous Combustion Vol. II is beautifully formatted to make for a wonderful reading experience. The diversity in tone and narrative voice is among the things that make this collection very readable. This is a book for readers looking for short fiction that entertains. You’ll find yourself navigating exciting worlds and investigating the hearts of interesting and intriguing characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great slice of stories from all across the Minneapolis writing scene! I don't care if you like detective thrillers, epic heroic sagas, horror stories, or just a freaking weird story about gang killings, there's something for you in here!