Arrived today and is here right in my hand, my copy of the printed proof for the Creative Cafe Cabal charity anthology The Cruelest Month. It looks pretty spiffy too! You can buy a printed copy (or eBook) for yourself direct from this website by clicking the URL below.
The writing group I belong to the Creative Cafe Cabal, produced an Anthology Novel throughout the month of April, under the collective theme of Cruellest Month from the TS Eliot poem. Five writers stepped up to the challenge and produced five very distinct, but captivating stories, that are all linked by one common thread; they are all cruel in some form or fashion.
The proceeds from this Creative Cafe Cabal Anthology novel – The Cruelest Month all go to benefit American Cancer Society. Thank you for looking and I hope you pick this novel up and enjoy the stories, and the cruelty within.
The mystery story “Clerical Error” by Tom Fowler leads off the anthology. It features private investigator C.T. Ferguson, who investigates the violent murder of a young secretary at the behest of her older sister. Batting second is Nyckei Harris, with “Endless Summer,” a look at a gritty, parched, and (of course) cruel post-apocalyptic future. Next, you’ll read “Careful Wishing” by Victoria Durm, which takes the old maxim of “be careful what you wish for because you just might get it” and applies it to a pair of desperate children in an orphanage. Amanda Alamain’s “A Month Without That Dick” is next. It’s a very real look at the subtle and not-so-subtle ways people are cruel to each other in relationships. Last, but certainly not least, Nick Davis gives us “Exposition,” a look at the zany and cruel ways writer’s block can manifest when a deadline looms (and passes).
Over the last month my fellow members of the 3C writing group and myself have been working towards producing an Anthology novel for the month of April. The collective theme of this project was The Cruelest Month, from the line April is the cruelest month from The Waste Land by TS Eliot.
While I admit the theme doesn’t lend itself to the most cheery of subjects I was determined to have fun with it. Throughout most of February and March I have been working on first set of Wonder Tales, my collection of all ages fairy tales. So this was a good opportunity to write something for an older age group and get back into the swing of things.