Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing has just released its latest anthology, entitled “Bleed”. This anthology contains 47 essays, poems and horror short stories, with proceeds from the sale being donated to the (American) National Children’s Cancer Society.

The anthology contains one of my stories, but with a charitable cause such as this, I would be blogging about it even if I’d missed the cut. “With Paper Armour and Wooden Sword” breaks some of the “rules” of good storytelling;  it polarized beta readers with its Forbidden second person viewpoint, and the viewpoint character does nothing to help or hinder the events that ensue, but is condemned to a role of a passive observer. I’ll be keeping a close eye on the reviews to see if my risk-taking (and the editor’s) pays off.

A lot of the time my writing feels like playing, but this one is serious.


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