Phillip McCollum

I posted about this on Twitter yesterday, but I want to make sure the word gets out to my blog-only followers, as I’m sure they will enjoy these stories as well. Phillip is currently in the middle of a 52 stories in 52 weeks challenge. That’s right; he’s writing one short story per week, for an entire year.

Phillip writes in a variety of genres and styles, and does great work in all of them, but if you asked me to concisely label his work, I’d say his “signature” style lies in sci-fi/fantasy tales, often with ironic twists or unexpected endings. There’s a very Twilight Zone-ish flavor to many of his stories, which I love.

I’ve enjoyed reading his stories from the first in the series on, and he just keeps getting better. Part of the fun of following his work is seeing him challenge himself and grow more ambitious with his writing. His latest, Drafted, is one of my personal favorites because it works on multiple levels—first as a dialogue-driven dark comedy, secondly as an exercise in military sci-fi world-building, and finally as a satire on professional sports.

Another cool thing about Phillip’s work is that for each story, he posts a follow-up detailing his process of writing, the elements that influenced the story, and notes made as he created it. This is a great educational tool for other writers.

And to top it all off, his stories are published on his blog and on Wattpad, so you can read them for free. I don’t know Phillip’s intentions, but my hope is that when this is done, he’ll publish them in book or ebook form. Regardless, his work deserves your attention. So go check out his blog, and join him on this adventure as he creates this eclectic mix of tales.


  1. Wow.

    Berthold, I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve such amazing blogger friends, but I’m beyond ecstatic to have the privilege of knowing you. Can’t express how much this means to me! I hope we cross paths someday so I can buy you dinner and chat about the craft.

    1. I hope we meet someday, too! That would be a lot of fun. In the meantime, I’ll keep enjoying your work via the internet. 🙂

  2. Nice of you to feature Phillip here. He’s a great guy. I don’t always have the time to read his stories, but the ones I have read, I’ve certainly enjoyed.

    1. And I would probably never have discovered his work if not for you tweeting about it, so thank you!

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