A few years ago Neil Gaiman came up with the idea of giving away scary stories at Halloween. I wanted to write a new story, but it is turning out to be a tough one so there is very little chance I will have it live by tomorrow. So I have lowered the price of my book from $2.99 to $.99. Yes, I know that is not free, but that is as low as Amazon will let me go. So think of it like this – you buy one story I will give you 4 free. And at this price point I get so little that unless there was a miracle and 500 copies sold I would not keep any of it, all the money would end up going to local art, music and theater.
Here is a link to Gaiman’s explanation of all hallows read and info about the story he is giving away:
I love the idea of giving away stories this time of year for lots of reason.
One of them is trick and treat. As kids we got to go around and get candy. It was a little scary and fun all at the same time. With the other people wearing costumes, all the decorations and often walking around after dark the world was a alien place. Walking from shadow to light as you went from house to house leaves a special memory in my mind. I remember at first running to get out of the dark areas quicker, because that is where the monsters were hiding in wait for me. Then after a while, lingering in those dark spots, no less frightened but now also intrigued, curious. I wanted to see the horrors that hid behind decorative hedges and old tool sheds.
Another is community. Up until this point most of the people who have read my stories are people I know, but most of the stories I have read are by people I don’t know. It is like a web, connecting me to all the authors of all the stories I have ever read. Also to you, who are reading these words now. We are not community in the sense of sitting down to dinner together or helping each other raise a barn. But we are community in other ways. Maybe you love fantasy or horror, maybe you like to homestead. For some reason you are reading this so we likely have something in common. I want to be able to gift my stories to you, in this sense of community.
I guess the last is a more complex and does not have an easy single word to describe it. As a writer I want people to read my work. I want to get paid for it to, but that is secondary to wanting it read. I want my words in your eyes, my ideas in your brain. I want you to see something like what I saw when I wrote the stories, but colored by your experiences and feelings.
And here for the PDF version:Treacherous Nature PDF
Pick up my book, read it, tell me what you think. Or don’t, it is just there if you want it. The price goes back to $2.99 next week.