Pixel Hall Challenges Publishers to Offer the Public Complimentary Short Stories, 12/21
The first Celebrate Short Fiction Day founded by author Nancy Christie will be this Saturday, December 21st. On that shortest day of the year, Ms. Christie asks, "Why not spend the long night curled up with a great short story?" Pixel Hall Press, Ms. Christie's publisher, has fully embraced the idea of an annual festival of short fiction, and has not only gotten fully behind it with publicity, but also is offering the public complimentary short stories to help jumpstart the festivities.
On its Twitter feed, Pixel Hall Press has issued a challenge to other publishers and authors to join in and offer complimentary downloadable short stories on December 21st. At the same time, Pixel Hall Press is inviting all bloggers to post the links to two free short stories from its PHP Shorts imprint:
Mr. Eastman's Empathy by Daniel Grotta, the story of an ordinary man who vows to fight Death itself with the one weapon at his disposal: his empathy.
Divine Lawsuit by Eric Nielsson (illustrated by Jay Munro), a micro story from the collection "Cautionary Tales from the New Millennium" which reaches below the funny bone to expose insights and truths about who we are and what we are becoming.
Both stories are available for anyone to share on the Web, via email or however they wish, as long as the files remain intact with no changes.
About Celebrate Short Fiction Day
As the number of smartphones, iPhones, Kindles and other eReaders, tablets, iPads and other portable devices soars, the public's appetite for intriguing and entertaining material to read on them is growing. This has led to a resurgence in the popularity of short stories in general, both in print and digital forms. With that in mind, December 21, 2013 has been designated Celebrate Short Fiction Day to recognize the rebirth of short story reading as a highly popular form of personal entertainment.