Tales from the Dream Zone our second short story collection releases August 24th, 2020 on Amazon and Kindle then coming to Barnes and Noble and Nook soon.
The Dream Zone began in 2018 when we first put out our first call for short story writers. We wanted to create "a collection of weird and wonderful stories that take place inspired by remembered or imagined dreams," and you answered. Here is the story of what happened. We hope you'll follow these authors and support the amazing work they bring into the world. The world needs a good story. Short stories make life seem full of possibilities and magic and love. They entertain and satisfy. They are meant to make readers think and wonder about the character’s decisions, reactions, and world view. Short stories are great morning, evening and night, and any time in between-- and often they become a lifelong friend traveling with you along life’s journey.
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New voices in contemporary short fiction reveal fourteen stories of mystery and redemption. Fly away to remembered dreams, or find your second chance through a science experiment gone wrong. See ghostly apparitions, far off moons, and the outer reaches of your subconscious mind. Search the dark for what is true. Travel to another lifetime and come home again. Enjoy this second collection of short stories by Flying Ketchup Press edited and illustrated by Polly Alice McCann featuring fourteen authors: Patrik Borosky, Brian Burt, Kevin Callahan, Con Chapman, Angelique Fawns, Sandra Gould Ford, Masha Kamenetskaya, Jacqueline Kenny, Leah Kuntz, Ashley Memory, A.A. Rubin, Jeremy Schnee, Alice G. Waldert, and Anne-Marie Yerks.
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In the Editing Room by Masha Kamenetskaya Beatrice is a film editor for a production company in Budapest where she lives with her husband and two teenage children. Somehow she senses her life falling into fragments like clips on the editing room floor. Her sense of time and reality become distorted until she doesn't even recognize her life anymore or the people in it. Not knowing what is real or true, she begins to wonder how she lost herself, and will she find a way back to a whole self and peace instead of pieces?
Masha Kamenetskaya is a writer, editor, and journalist, originally
from St. Petersburg (Russia) but currently living in Budapest
(Hungary). She writes both in Russian and English and co-edits a literary magazine,
Light of my Afterlife by A.A. Rubin Lara, a ghost bound to a hospital room, longs for the days when the rooms had been lit by candles. The modern, fluorescent hospital lighting does not provide enough shadows for a ghost to be seen. She died because the doctor didn't come into see her in time and it's been too long. She's had it. This time she will get the doctor to see her, no matter what it takes. What does she have to lose?
A. A. Rubin lurks in the shadows, for it is there that magic can still be found. You may have thought you saw him in the back of the bar or going into the subway station, but when you looked back, he was gone. His work has appeared recently in journals including Kyanite Press, Pif Magazine, and Constellate Literary Journal. His story "The Substance in The Shadow" has been named a Fiction War finalist, and his story, "White Collar Blues" was nominated for the Carve Magazine/Mild Horse Press online short fiction award. Mr. Rubin holds a BA in Writing/Literature from Columbia University and an MA in Teaching of English from Teachers College Columbia University. He can be reached on Twitter and Facebook @thesurrealari
The Dream Keeper by Leah Kuntz Diana visits the nightmare world that exists concurrently to ours in order to rescue her best friend. Every person has a Ba or a "Dark Place," even you, and it is in this personal slice of misery that you are most vulnerable. The only problem: Diana may not know which is the dark place and which is her actual life.
Leah Kuntz is a senior creative writing student at Miami University, graduating in May 2019. During her time at Miami, she has received the Montaine Writing Award and the Greer-Hepburn Prize in Fiction for her work. She finds time to write both inside and outside the classroom but ultimately would like to finish her novel. Her short fiction can also be found/is upcoming in Happy Captive Magazine and Garfield Lake Review. Leah is interested in classical ballet, fiction with strong female leads, and finding the world’s best French toast.
The Versa Vice by Angelique Fawns
Was college Freshman, Sherri, in love with Indira or was she her arch enemy. The psychology class experiment seemed to point out that they were the best dreamers, or was Sherri the best dreamer of all?
Angelique Fawns is a journalist who began her career writing about naked cave dwellers in Tenerife and parasailing in Australia. With a full-time job creating commercials for Global TV in Toronto; and living on a farm with her husband, daughter, cows, horses, fainting goats, and an attack llama; finding time to write is a challenge. Thank goodness for the local pub! She grabs her laptop and escapes there to type stories on weekends and after hours. You can find her fiction in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Gateway Review: A Journal of Magical Realism, and World Writer's Collective. Other samples of her work are at http://www.fawns.ca & give her a shout @Raingirl51
SANDRA GOULD FORD is an author, educator, and former steelworker who presents arts experiences to encourage, refresh, enrich creative thinking, and inspire. She is an active member of the Author’s Guild and Science Fiction Writers of America. Sandra established a writing program at a mega-jail, co-produced two, major writers conferences, and published an international literary journal. Roger Rosenblatt's four reasons for writing explain why Sandra perseveres with her creative writing, which is: To make suffering endurable, evil intelligible, justice desirable, and love possible. Her other influence is Dr. John E. Flaherty who wrote, "Every great work of literature illuminates the human condition, fuels thinking on timeless questions, and stimulates the imagination." Sandra's work can be found and activities followed at SandraGouldFord.com. Work on “Wishes” was supported by a grant from Advancing Black Pittsburgh, a partnership of The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Wishes There's no such thing as a coin that grants wishes. Estelle knows this in the bottom of her heart. When she punches in her time card at work on a rainy Halloween, some frightening things make her reconsider what she knows about her future and her past.
Tethered by Jeremy Schnee Sally hasn't slept for five years, since her son Adam was born. A child with an unusual gift, he flies in his sleep. Sally has another problem, she's been living with a man who may not have the best intentions for either of them. If only she could fly to safety. But where would someone like her be able to follow her dreams?
Jeremy Schnee lives in Portland, Oregon. His writing has been published in Goldman Review, Flapperhouse, and New Plains Review. Aside from writing, he likes to garden, practice martial arts, and spend time with his family. For more about his writing, please visit http://www.jeremyschnee.com.