The life of short story fiction is erratic, unless it's one of those very rare monster classics. You write the story, after months or years, it finds a few pages in a magazine or an anthology, and then after its short selling season, it vanishes off the radar -- in most cases, forever. Hey, if it was good enough to be published once, it's likely still good. I think every short-fiction author imagines an anthology of old favorites. I certainly did.
After several requests for real paper copies of some of the short stories I have available on my main web site, I decided to put together one or more chapbooks, that together will be the "Henry Melton's Best Short Fiction" anthology I dream will still come to be.
All this self-publishing stuff gives me the giggles. For so many years, I held firmly to the mantra that I had to send all my stuff through the established, ISBN-toting publishers. Maybe the grey hair is giving me the courage to try a few additional communication channels between my archives and real live readers.
So here comes Looking Back at Looking Forward, containing three short SF stories from the '70s and '80s. Of course it features the big one, Catacomb, that has gotten so many nice reviews in the gaming forums. Do I expect to sell a million copies? Hardly. But some people just like real paper pages and some of those like autographs.
The original magazines age so rapidly, and my copies are mine. I'm not selling those. So until I find a publisher for ten unpublished novels, it'll be handy to have this at conventions as well. Something to have in my hand for all those smiling faces who've never heard of me.
And three more old stories get a new life.
Change of Schedule - Henry’s Stories has been on-line and regularly updated for almost two years now, with a mix of new and old stories -- some short and others novel length. ...
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