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rank 5928
word count 34784
date submitted 30.06.2010
date updated 23.04.2014
genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
classification: universal

Splinters 3

Raymund Dring

Three ghost stories and six very strange tales including some science fiction, a parable and one unique, totally experimental piece of writing.


Splinters 3 contains the most way-out short stories of my three volumes. 'The Piano Player' concerns a long-dead, famous Russian composer. 'Badlands' is a Western of sorts. 'Smart Aleck' is scifi and about an interplanetary circus of the future. 'Late Payment' seeks out the ghost in the machine. 'Short Circuit' is scifi and an experimental piece, never before attempted, I imagine. 'Literary Agent' is scifi and about an alien visitor to earth, trying to sell his book about the locals, but without much success. 'The Telescope' is a life story on fast forward. 'Christmas Spirit' tells of Father Christmas arriving with presents for all the kids, but do we really believe in him? 'The Garden' is a sad parable in the guise of a fairy story.

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Sarah Breske wrote 164 days ago

I really like the collection you've got here! It's a very interesting set of ghost stories without going over the top, over dramatic. Ghost stories aren't really me section, but I liked this quite a bit! I didn't notice any grammar mistakes, which leads me to give high stars!

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Pollyanna Pilsbury wrote 735 days ago

A great mixture of stories, well written and edited.
A good pace that makes you want to read another.
I found the bold text a bit tiring on the eyes, but this wouldn't be how you'd present it to an agent. You could always change it easily.
Short stories never used to get that much attention, but with today's busy population, they are much more appreciated.
Good luck with all your books.
Pollyanna. 'Marsupeople'.

junetee wrote 846 days ago

Your pitch intrigued me. I couldn't wait to find out what these stories were like.
I read the first five stories and loved every one of them, the first one about the piano and the circus, particularly.
I thought they were excellently written, with continuous amazing descriptions. I felt like I was reading one of the clasics - like a Dickens. You have a great style. But personally I would change the bold font.
It was a pleasure to read them and I give the book 6 stars
Junetee (Four Corners)
( I hope you can look at my book and leave a comment)

Su Dan wrote 955 days ago

opening story very good-classic short-story...l love this genre anyway and you do a great job...
back---six stars...
read SEASONS...

WiSpY wrote 1270 days ago

This has the feel of "The Night Gallery" (Rod Serling) of the seventies....

Mr. Nom de Plume wrote 1335 days ago

"Each page spoke a truth that could never be sold." This work is wonderful. The world needs to read this material. Good luck with it. Chuck

lynn clayton wrote 1380 days ago

I've just finished the first story and must say how glad i am that the English were victorious. It's the sort of story to be read on Christmas eve. It's wonderfully descriptive and atmospheric, especially the old lady in her babushka.
There are some wonderful phrases.For so short a piece, it's packed with them - 'numbing deadness of a marble tomb'. I think you're highly talented. Will read on whilst backing it. Lynn

SusieGulick wrote 1393 days ago

Dear Raymond, I love short stories. :) I love Christmas. :) You're great. :) Your pitch is excellent, so set the hook for me to read your book. :) When you use short paragraphs (you may want to cut longer paragraphs in 2 or many more - a lot of readers have short attentions & miss the middles) & lots of dialogue, it makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm backing your book. :) Could you please take a moment to back my TWO memoir books? Thanks. :) Love, Susie :)

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