Variations on a Theme

Variations on a Theme

by William Meikle

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If you're looking for a longer taster of my work, this is more of who I am.

These twelve short stories, eight of them previously published in magazines or anthologies, contain magic, monsters, ghosts, history, beer, Scotland, scifi, fantasy, horror, singing, more beer and fun.

This is also who I am.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011177170
Publisher: William Meikle
Publication date: 12/08/2010
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 702,137
File size: 292 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

I am a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. I have books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and Dark Renaissance, and my work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines with recent sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra and Buzzy Mag among others. I live in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company and when I'm not writing I drink beer, play guitar and dream of fortune and glory.

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DazThreeNine More than 1 year ago
Like an extravagant Tasting Menu - Variations on a Theme collects a number of stories showcasing all aspects of Mr Meikle's general excellence. Broadly described as a genre writer and sometimes just as Pulp, these titles don't do justice to the array of moods and themes on offer, or to the skilful palette used to craft the tales. Rarely can a collection of tales from a writer's whole range capture the imagination or hold the reader's focus for its entirety. Possibly my favourite Meikle character, PI Derek Adams - a dogged, chain-smoking, whisky drinking Glaswegian sleuth with an eye for mystery whose cases range from supernatural to plain weird - is featured in `1,2, Go!', `The Inuit Bone' and `A Slim Chance'. World weary and always living for the next case, this is wry and sharp writing at its best. There's even some strong Glaswegian dialogue thrown in for local colour - this is a locale that Mr Meikle not only grew up in, but veritably breathes as he describes it for you. Another common theme is the Lovecraftian angle and general Monstery goings on: and here we have the supernatural `Ask the Cosmos', the fantasy allegory of a worker's diarised troubles in `A Waste Disposal Problem', the father-son fishing trip turned fright night of `Bait & Switch', and the very amusing Flash Fiction pieces `At the Trial of the Loathesome Slime', and the irony of `Too Many'. Particularly harmonic, replete with musical similarities and depth are `Augmented' and `From Between' - both of which, like `The Watchers in the Dunes' and `To the Sea Again': tease with the bounds of sanity and creativity, the middle 2 of those also plumbing Lovecraftian depths of cosmic otherness and abstract horror. There's even Pirates in the last one - not the standard charming archetypes you see nowadays, but bloodthirsty, cutlass rattling adventurers. Arrrr. For a lighter, yet still clever tale, try `Tannis' - a story of a young boy and his inventive Grandfather and the troubles they have with a little, erm big, no little, creature. To cap all that there is `The First Silkie' - an atmospheric telling based on Norse legend. You'll be hard pushed to find a better mix of stories that span the range of light and dark, from horror, through mists of legend and fantasy to wry humour. Indulge in a master storyteller.