I first found David Cranmer’s blog, THE EDUCATION OF A PULP WRITER, a few years back and have been a fan ever since. The ten stories here cover mostly his early writing career with a few more recent pieces thrown in.
It’s easy to recognize the early writer in some of these. Not to say they are bad. Oh no. But as David points out in his brief introduction, workng at one’s craft will make you better.
Some nice stories here, a few of them flash pieces. A few I’d read in other venues, but most were new to me.
THE EDUCATION OF A PULP WRITER: from 2008 before I found him, one presumes he takes the title of his blog from this one. The pulp writer here gets a real education.
THE SINS OF MAYNARD SHIPLEY: the setting is familiar to me, if not the actions of the protagonist. My health problems and a few surgeries caused me to spend time on three occasions in retirement homes while recovering.
VENGEANCE ON THE 18TH: liked this one. Somewhat familiar with the scenario, though I’ve never played golf. As I’m fond of saying, I’d only been on a real golf course once in my life, but it was midnight and we weren’t playing golf(heh).
MINNOW ESCAPE: this one, a flash piece, caused a few smirks from me. A thief takes refuge in an abandoned ship and has a mental talk about a subject I’ve talked on more than once. Probably all of us have.
CLOUDS IN A BUNKER: a man suffering from dementia gets the last move.
These are my favorites, though all were good, a look at a developing writer.
Worth the modest price. Cranmer always gives value for money and it can be had HERE.