They buried the candyman, the child killer. Except that one child, Marianne, knew he wasn’t really dead. Because the candyman was in her home, living with Marianne and her mother. Sugar Ceremony, a short story by John Dodds. tackles the difficult and terrifying subject of child abuse and murder from the point of view of one child who becomes the potential victim of one such abuser.
I’m offering this story free in ebook format. It originally appeared in the now defunct Judas E-Zine, and the new version has been slightly edited Hope you’ll pic up a copy and, of course I would appreciate comments and star ratings on Smashwords, if you’re so minded.
The brilliant cover photograph is by a friend, Nicola Miller – you’ll find more of her stunning work on her Flickr pages.
Posted by jakk54 on January 30, 2013
I’ve made my short story anthology, Dr North’s Wound and Other Stories free until 31 July 2012. It’s all part of the sitewide promotion by Smashwords. I hope you will pick up a copy and consider giving it a review and star rating.
Posted by jakk54 on July 9, 2012
Write a short story in exactly 50 words – excluding the title – and post it as a reply to this message. Four winning entries (it was going to be two, but entries are too good) will receive a free copy of the ebook version of my short story anthology, Dr. North’s Wound and Other Stories. Closing date is my birthday: 26 April 2012.
Posted by jakk54 on March 28, 2012
Lately I’ve been reading debates about challenges to internet freedom. While the threat that the US Government could potentially shut down what they see as problematic websites has been headed off at the pass meanwhile, a new debate has arisen. This one is about free file sharing.
Yes, I know the debate isn’t itself new – anyone remember the furore over Napster? – but now file sharing company Megaupload is facing charges for a crime that doesn’t technically exist.
As a writer, I would of course prefer it if people paid to read my books. But equally I have chosen to release some of my work for free. Arguably people who share stuff I’ve created without my permission are stealing it. However, is this really all that different from what most of us do in the real world? If we read a book we enjoy, we’re keen to pass our copy on to friends and family for them to read, too. Provided, of course, they give it back to us when they’re finished. I know years ago I happily copied friends’ records onto C-60, or C-90 cassette tapes, or record my favourite radio programmes (John Peel, RIP). None of which deterred me from also spending most of my pocket money, and a good chunk of my earnings when I started working, on records, books, the cinema and so on. But a borrowed book led me to many writers whose other books I shelled out my hard earned bucks for. Ditto music artists.
It’s a complex issue, I admit. If I likened myself to a builder, or a plumber, or an office worker, the ability to feed myself and family depends on people paying for my services. I would be rightly aggrieved if someone refused to pay me. In one sense if your work is creativity (musician, actor, writer) you should be accorded the same respect. But many creative people, some of whom have gone on record, see the file sharing thing as a type of marketing for their work.
There are pros and cons both sides of the argument. But, as far as the latest anti authoritarian campaign suggests, I can’t support their tactic of demanding that people stop buying books, CDs or going to the cinema for one day. Those who feel they have a God given right to take stuff for free have no right, in my view, to demand that people who chose to support creative artists add fuel to the fire by not paying for something they value.
Posted by jakk54 on February 6, 2012
I’m offering my collection, Dr. North’s Wound and Other Stories, for free until 30 July 2012 (normally $2.99). Use the following code on smashwords.
Coupon code: RZ47G
I’d be grateful, if you are so minded, if you could give it a star rating, or rating and comments, on smashwords, too.
Posted by jakk54 on January 17, 2012
BHappy New Year, folks! My year has begun well, with this excellent review of Bone Machines from Blood Rose Books.
Posted by jakk54 on January 1, 2012
Bone Machines has been receiving 5 star ratings on itunes. Wonderful comments, too. Thanks so much to those who’ve rated, and posted comments.
Posted by jakk54 on March 27, 2011
The publishers of the ebook version of Bone Machines, Just Imagine It Ink, have a terrific contest open for emerging authors. Got a book in you – give them a go!
Posted by jakk54 on March 23, 2011
Second version, available as a free ebook from smashwords, published by my great friends at the admirable Just ImaginitInk.
Adventures in Scifi Publishing said: “a fantastic page-turner…each page is filled with vibrant description and seethes with tension.”
Posted by jakk54 on March 12, 2011