This week’s Emerging Author Spotlight is on Craig Wallwork and his short story “Morning Birdsong and the Hell Demons” in celebration of Short Story Month 2011 (#ssm2011)
I seriously laughed out loud while reading this piece. Several times.
It’s published with The Jersey Devil Press, and it’s definitely worth a read. Craig has many more short stories available to read on his blog http://craigwallwork.blogspot.com/.
After leaving school, CRAIG WALLWORK studied Art before becoming a filmmaker and writer. “Birdsong and the Hell Demons” is taken from his forthcoming novel, Dog Mile. Other short stories by Craig can be found in many a sordid corner of the world, or from his website: craigwallwork.blogspot.com.
Craig writes and lives in West Yorkshire, England. Craig’s main aspiration is to be mediocre at everything he does. He thinks maybe he’s succeeding.
Connect with Craig online: Blog & Twitter
As for this week’s classic short story, I bring you “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe. Second only to Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” as my favorite short story of all time.
It’s deliciously dark and demented.
To this day, when I read the reveal “much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton,” I shiver. Seriously.
Edgar Allen Poe (born January 19, 1809, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.—died October 7, 1849, Baltimore, Maryland) American short-story writer, poet, critic, and editor who is famous for his cultivation of mystery and the macabre. His tale The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) initiated the modern detective story, and the atmosphere in his tales of horror is unrivaled in American fiction. His The Raven (1845) numbers among the best-known poems in the national literature. (from Biography.com)
Don’t forget the free short stories above under “Free eBooks.”
What are your thoughts on “Morning Birdsong and the Hell Demons”?
Which is your favorite Poe short story?
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I love the idea of an emerging author spotlight and a classic short story to boot. I looooove Poe. I can still remember the first time I read it. I was probably 13 or 14. I could barely breathe. Loved it!
Thanks, Sonia! I really enjoy promoting other emerging authors. We have to stick together.
Poe is great, no doubt. But then, I do like it dark.
Thanks for spotlighting Craig. I’m definitely going to check out his work. It’s awesome that you do this.
Thanks! I’ve taken too long a hiatus on it. I’ve got to get back to these spotlights soon.