I am ecstatic to have my short story “Kara’” included in The Faces of the Crying Girl, an anthology composed of 12 different authors’ takes on Alexander Nader’s story “The Crying Girl”. HairBrained Press will release the anthology on April 20th for $2.99 if you want the Kindle edition and $6.99 if you want a hardcopy. Why should you buy an anthology from 12 authors you probably know very little about? Because all proceeds will be donated to www.worldreader.org. Here’s their mission statement:
“Literacy is transformative: it increases earning potential, decreases inequality, improves health outcomes and breaks the cycle of poverty (UNESCO). Yet there are 740 million illiterate people in this world and 250 million children of primary school age who lack basic reading and writing skills (UNESCO). Books are necessary for the development of these skills, and still 50% of schools in Africa have few or no books at all (SACMEQ II).
Worldreader is on a mission to bring digital books to every child and her family, so that they can improve their lives.”
Visit this page to see how they fulfill this mission.
Another good reason to buy the anthology is just because it’s going to be awesome. Duh.
I haven’t read the other stories in it, so the other interpretations of the foundation story will be a mystery to me too until I read it along with you all. So check it out, leave Amazon ratings and reviews on Goodreads, tweet about it, like it on Facebook, or just buy it for a good cause and pretend you read it.
And because you stuck with me so long on this post, dear readers, here’s a teaser from my story, “Kara”:
“The drug interfered with the production of chemicals in the brain required for a normal functioning existence. The cessation of these chemicals resulted in the kind of behavior they’d seen running rampant at metal concerts since Audiophilia had first appeared on the scene a couple years ago. Destruction of property, hostility toward others. And besides that, some weird shit, Jacobson thought.”
Okay, there you have it. Let me know what you think in the comments if you get a chance to check it out. And happy National Poetry Month!