David Gaughran is a 33-year old Irish writer, living in , who spends most of his time travelling the world, collecting stories, and writing about them. He blogs about writing, the book business, and how to get your own work into (digital) print on his website
If You Go Into The Woods is a collection of two creepy tales from a world that's not quite right. The title story is about eight-year old Jiri Beranek who is drawn to a nearby forest, captivated by birds hidden high in the trees. Each time he enters, his desire to see the mysterious creatures is checked by his fear of the dark. When he finally forces himself to go farther, he finds a new reason to be afraid. This story was first published by The Delinquent (UK) then selected by Short Story America for inclusion in their anthology of their best stories of 2010.
The bonus story, The Reset Button, is new, exclusively available in this e-book. Linus Eriksson, a divorced bachelor living alone in his small one-bedroom apartment, is a man with a memory problem: instead of not being able to remember anyone, nobody can remember him.
These two short stories have a combined length of 4,000 words, or around 16 book pages.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
If they like quirky stories, where something isn't quite right but they can't put their finger on it, if they liked the Twilight Zone, or if they like the stories of Haruki Murakami, they might enjoy If You Go Into The Woods.
Q: Why did you go indie?
I spent 18 months trying to get an agent for my historical novel, and got as close as the phone call twice only for one of them to want to change the book completely and the other disappear off the face of the earth. I decided to test the digital waters with some short stories, but I am having so much fun doing this, I think it's safe to say that I will self-publish the novel too.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Louis de Bernieres, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, and Michael Chabon are just some of the guys I keep reading over and over.
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