What’s Your Escape?

Dark Crossings coverHey there, Goners, Dave here.

Have you ever been carried away by a great short story?

Short stories have always served as an escape for me. When I was bullied in middle school, a loser with few friends in high school, and working the midnight shift for years at a gas station, short stories offered an escape from crushing reality.

They took me away to other worlds.

But more importantly, they inspired me to create my own escapes. They inspired me to write.

Whether I was reading Stephen King’s short stories, Robert McCammon’s Blue World, Alfred Hitchcock collections, O’Henry tales, or old sci-fi anthologies that my grandmother had given me, short stories held an immediate magic that even surpassed full length books.

These short stories showed me that there was more out there than my own little world. Yes, a lot of what they showed me was made up, but it didn’t matter. These worlds and the people within them helped a lonely boy get through some rough times.

When Sean and I started Dark Crossings, they served as a break between our epic serials. And in just two years, we’ve written 18 of these little journeys into the unknown.

Dark Crossings: The Collection includes 18 short stories written between 2011-2103. At more than 186,000 words, this is our largest book yet.

Part homage to our favorite writers and TV shows like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and even some of our 80s inspiration, Tales from the Darkside, and part experimentation, these stories have become reader favorites over the course of the past two years.

While most of our email is about one of our serials, some of our most personal email involves these short stories. We often hear from readers who have connected to them in some way, or want to know if we’ll write more about some of the characters.

While short stories don’t sell as well, I’m not surprised that readers make such a deep connection with them.

We’re not just writing about vampires, out of control tech, bullied children, zombies, people forced into inescapable situations, love gone wrong, mental illness, and things that go bump in the night, we’re also writing about themes like love, sorrow, guilt, fate, and hope against the odds — universal themes that all readers relate to.

As a writer, it’s these connections that mean the most to us. It’s the thing I was dreaming of back in my painful school days — that someday someone would find escape through my words. Or, in this case, mine and Sean’s.

Now, that dream has come true. So, thank you, Dear Goner, for making it happen.

If you’ve not yet read these stories, we hope you’ll enjoy this journey into Dark Crossings.

Dark Crossings: The Collection (all 18 stories)

AMAZON US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FLYSBFQ/

AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FLYSBFQ/

KOBO: link coming soon

What books have served as your escape? Share your favorites below.

7 responses to What’s Your Escape?

  1. ardenrr

    I love you guys. I am storming through the latest Yesterday’s Gone (finally!) and who knows where I’ll go next. Maybe Z2134. Maybe this collection! Who knows! Keep it up! You guys rock 🙂

    • DavidWwright Post Author

      Thank you for the comment. Sorry we took so long to get back to you. We lost the domain for a few weeks and just got it back.

      • ardenrr

        No problem! I think it’s great how much you both interact with your readers. Glad you got the domain back!

  2. Marc Lax

    Asking me to choose my escape books is like asking a kid what his favoroye candy is. Everything! Stephen King its favourite writer and I devour just about anything he writes including all his great short stories. I too escaped into short stories when I was a kid. That was the only part of English class I loved. As I got older Agatha Christie whodunit were my thing. But horror and fantasy are my life long obsession . The best short stories of the genre and my favourite are from the other king of all things impossible Mr. Ray Bradbury. You can’t get any better than that. I could go on and on and on but I don’t have enough room. I’ll send a list another time , but I’m interested in what other Platt and Wright fans have to say. And oh yeah you guys are the best!!

    • DavidWwright Post Author

      Thanks, Marc. Sorry for the delay in responding as we lost the domain for about 2 weeks, and just got it back. Good list of writers. Love Bradbury’s stuff. I’ve not read them all, but love everything I have read by him. Also like his book on writing, Zen and the Art of Fiction.

  3. TNae Wilcox

    Hi Dave!
    There’s been a few books that has served as escapes for me, but I think the story that has really engaged me out of all would be Night Corridor by Joan Hall Hovey (even thought escaping into the main character’s world was dangerous and scary:) but I couldn’t stay away from it.

    P.s.
    I hate it when you talk about being picked on in school. It’s just so sad because you’re so cool:)

    • DavidWwright Post Author

      We lost our blog domain for the past couple of weeks so I’m just seeing the comments now. Thank you for your comment. I never read that book. Will check it out. As for me being picked on, thanks. I suppose if I were popular, I’d never have become a writer, so it all works out in the end 🙂

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