This is the cover for Craig Boyack’s new book… isn’t it fab? It just screams “Pick me up and read me!”. I love it. It has an air of mysticism and magic about it, as if Dumbledore and Gandalf may once have opened its ancient covers and learned their magic from its precious dusty parchment.
And magic it is, too. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advance copy, and couldn’t put it down. Mind you, I have been a fan of Craig’s since I read Panama, and each book he has produced since then has got progressively better and better. I particularly enjoyed his last book, Will o’ the Wisp (you can read my review here).
But this one is just a little bit different to all that has gone before, because it contains a collection of his best short stories. How can I describe a Craig Boyack short story? Eclectic, whimsical, unexpected, magical, weird, unique and out of the ordinary. When it comes to his writing, Craig certainly thinks outside of the box.
Chock-full of an entertaining mix of twelve short stories and flash pieces, this book is a gripping read, and great value for money at 99c. Here are my faves;
It begins with Jack o’ Lantern, a Hallowe’en Flash piece with a very surprising ending. This is followed by Something in the Water, a tale with a classic ghost story feel, and which contains a thrilling aerial dog fight, btw. Bombshell Squad features the very luscious robo-girl, Lisa Burton, a character from Craig’s first book; I really loved the detail and sumptuous descriptions in this piece. My next fave was Diplomat, a dragon tale with a fantastic sting in the tail. The Soup Ladle of Destiny is a true fairytale reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm, and can be enjoyed whatever your age. 50 Gallon Drum is another flash piece with a lovely atmosphere and a stunning twist in the last sentence. A Tale of Rebirth is an upcycled version of the classic genie in the lamp story with a genius finish which I just didn’t see coming. Finally, Transference is a wacky tale in which the author makes a cameo appearance. What am I talking about? He’s the star of the show!
So I picked 8 out of 12 as my faves, but I could have listed them all. Go get your copy and decide for yourself. Its available now. You can find Craig on his blog, Entertaining Stories, and on Twitter. You can buy his books on Amazon. com and Amazon.co.uk.