Wednesday, 23rd and Thursday, 24th, is a free download of Nothing But Flowers, a unique anthology of love stories set in a post-apocalyptic world. I’m proud to have my story, Sound of Silence, included in this.
In a devastated world, a voice calls out through the darkness of space, a young
woman embraces Darwin, a man lays flowers in a shattered doorway, a
two-dimensional wedding feast awaits guests, a Dodge Challenger roars down the
deserted highway…and that’s just the beginning.
Inspired by the Talking Heads’ song of the same name, Nothing but Flowers
explores the complexities and challenges of love in a post-apocalyptic
landscape; from a take-away coffee mug to a gun to the head, a fortune cookie to
a guitar, the open road and beyond. Poignant, funny, horrifying and sensual,
this collection of short fiction leaves an indelible mark on ideas of what it
means to love and be loved.
Nothing But Flowers was released on Valentines Day, each story available free on the web for a period of 48 hours. In the 72 hours which spanned all stories being available, there were more than 3000 views of the stories, equivalent of selling around 60 books!
Three months later the paperback launched online with sister charity
anthology 100 Stories for Queensland. Within hours of being released the
anthology went to #1 in all four categories it was listed in on Amazon UK
(Sci-Fi Anthology, Sci-Fi Short Stories, Fantasy Anthology, Fantasy Short
Stories) and reached #13 in the general anthology charts there. It also reached
#1 in Canada’s Amazon store (in its given categories) and as high as #13 in the
US Amazon charts.
The anthology remained in the top 100 for a month in Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Anthologies categories in both the UK and Canada.
The authors of Nothing But Flowers went on to provide the 26 song prompts for
Literary Mix Tapes follow up anthology Eighty Nine.
Ten stories from the anthology were chosen in March 2012 for adaptation to
screen in eMergent Publishing’s first joint movie project, co-produced by Jodi
Cleghorn and Devin Watson.
Stories and Authors
Sound of Silence Laura Eno
Scarecrow Man Jodi Cleghorn
Daisy’s Cafe Sam Adamson
On the Corner of Clerk Street Rebecca Emin
Sophie Solitaire: Confessions of an End Time Girl Maria Kelly
Diana the Phoenix Christopher Chartrand
Headlines and Post-It Notes Adam Byatt
Escape from Paradise Rob Diaz
Nothing Else Matters Carrie Clevenger
Grey, Like Stone Lily Mulholland
I Dream of Cherry Pies Jen Brubacher
There But For Fortune Dale Challener Roe
Click Annie Evett
Two Fools in Love Graham Storrs
Golden Opportunity P.J. Kaiser
Warrior Rebecca Dobbie
Deux Sots Paul Servini
Alone Janette Dalgliesh
The Rose Garden Jim Bronyaur
Empty Shelves Benjamin Solah
The Gift Emma Newman
This was Paradise Icy Sedgwick
Absent Jason Coggins
Dinner in Paphos Susan May James
Driver and the Beautiful Highway Dan Powell