Bedbugs is my first short story collection after nearly twenty years of being a professional writer, and I'm thrilled that Cemetery Dance Publications is publishing it.The twenty-six stories (about half of my published output) range over pretty much my whole career. Many of them originally appeared in publications so obscure that I can guarantee none of you have read all of them. They range all over the place, and this is for a couple of good reasons. First and foremost, I don't consider myself primarily a short story writer. I'm a novelist because that's the format in which I feel most comfortable. Short stories are difficult to write and, as we say up here in Maine, "wicked" hard to master. I like writing novels for the same reason my Uncle George said he always enjoyed rough-framing houses: "You can make a lot of little mistakes so the big ones won't show." .. at least I hope so. You'll no doubt notice that there are a variety of styles, voices, themes, etc. in these stories. That's as it should be in a short story collection, and that relates to my second reason.
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