I got the idea for this story not too long ago, and once I had the outline down, I raced to get it all finished as fast as I could. This tale, which I’m calling a “long short story” (hat tip to Mark Paxson for that idea) is the result.
As I think most readers know, I love conspiracy stories with weird and mysterious elements–Deus Ex, The X-Files, The Mothman Prophecies etc. fascinate me. I’ve tried writing something in this vein before, but that novella left some readers (understandably) unsatisfied. I think I was much more successful with this story–it’s way shorter than Majestic World, but I think it packs just as much conspiracy weirdness into a much tighter package. But that’s ultimately your call to make.
Some other notes:
- It’s approximately 15,734 words. I say “approximately” because I made a few edits after converting it from a Word document, and I don’t know how to see word count in the Kindle file format.
- There is some bad language and violence, but nothing too horrible. I think it would probably be rated PG-13 if it were a movie, but these days, who knows?
- This is easily the fastest turnaround time I’ve ever had between thinking up an idea for a story and actually completing it. Whether that is good or bad is, again, up to you to determine.
That’s all the relevant info I can think of. It’s available on Kindle for 99 cents, and free on Kindle Unlimited.
Congratulations on your new story!
Thank you! And thanks so much for the Twitter share. 🙂
Looks interesting, Berthold!
Thank you! 🙂
Finished 1NG4. You’ve developed an interesting setting. It was fast paced and easy to follow the action. This was a finite story, but there are infinite stories that could come from this world. Looking forward to more of them. Could a collection of stories be in the offing?
Thanks so much, Pat! Yes, there certainly could be; I would definitely like to do more with that setting. I’m glad you liked it. Thanks again.