Anthologies are wonderful in the sense that they expose you to an array of different writers, some of them good, some of them not so good. And if there happens to be a particularly promising story, like the one I just read by Jeff Suwak, you'll probably be left feeling a little sad and empty.
"But what's this?" you say, "You gave this anthology a 5-star review on Goodreads! Why would you be feeling empty?"
"Because," I moan, "his next book doesn’t come out ‘til tomorrow!"
Jeff and I have been speaking for a little over a week and there's no doubt he takes his writing seriously. I think we’d both agree that literature is an act of life: plot, character, theme, music…all these things evoked through writing encompass the depths of the human experience.
A short story can deliver a moral conundrum. “Which is better? Material fortune or religious purpose?” A short story can deliver themes. “Does it really matter who God is?” And a short story can leave a seed in the mind of its readers for years to come, a question that sprouts and grows until it becomes the center of our world. This is exactly what Jeff Suwak has granted us in the story of a man confronted by the realities of his Gods.
Sometime later this week we'll be interviewing Jeff Suwak on his newest entry, a novella entitled Beyond The Tempest Gate.
“The Tempest Gate was visible on the horizon long before Gabriel sailed into it – a black vortex of roiling clouds, pulsing and veined with lightning, churning over the sea like newly erupted volcanic ash. For five hundred years sailors had been changing course at the very sight of that unholy deluge, but Gabriel, Holy Knight of the Church of Dunrabian, headed straight for its very heart. He had come to destroy the demon Elezear sleeping within its elemental walls, and he would complete his quest or die trying.”
You can purchase his new book tomorrow, August 26th (Click Picture above), or you can mosey on over to the May 2013 edition of Speculative edge and check out "The Big Show."
Make sure you tune in next week for the interview or you might miss out on some fabulous giveaways. In the mean time, you can visit Jeff’s website at www.jeffsuwak.com for even more exciting content.