Mystic Ink 's Short Story Collection Named Finalist In USA Best Book Awards

Mystic Ink 's Short Story Collection Named Finalist In USA Best Book Awards

Los Angeles, CA

Author Matthew J. Pallamary's second short story collection, "A Short Walk to the Other Side" published as a tribute to his mentor Ray Bradbury, was an "Award-Winning Finalist in the "Fiction: Short Story" category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said this year's contest yielded over 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, including Simon & Schuster, Penguin, John Wiley & Sons, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kensington Books, Harlequin, McGraw-Hill, Llewellyn, and hundreds of Independent Houses.

Pallamary's award-winning collection is available in e-book and print through Amazon and as an E-book through iTunes. It is the long awaited sequel to the author's first short story collection,"The Small Dark Room of the Soul", which Bradbury exclaimed, "Bravo! More!"

Barnaby Conrad, the late author of the best-selling novel "Matador", Steinbeck colleague, and founder of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, grouped Pallamary with other horror greats in his book, "101 Best Scenes Ever Written", stating that readers "often gravitate to the metaphysical like Dean Koontz or Matthew Pallamary and sometimes the protean of Stephen King and ...Edgar Allen Poe."

In the introduction, Pallamary asks: "Who are we really? What or where are the boundaries between what we believe to be real and what we imagine? Do we in fact know ourselves or our true nature? If we are not ourselves, then who or what are we? Where do we really live?"