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Seemingly Matterless Tales: New Book of Short Stories Explores the Ragged Edges of Reality.
Author John Byron introduces us to his multiverse of science fiction, gothic horror, and macabre morality tales.
Seemingly Matterless Tales, a collection of short stories by John Byron, offers a compelling tapestry where time travel, magic, and immortality intertwine with dark choices and desperate acts. Each story takes us on a twisted journey into familiar genres that arrive a little askew from their expected destination. For those who enjoy a wide-ranging compilation of fantasy, science fiction and horror, Seemingly Matterless Tales presents an imaginative cast of shadowy strangers, damaged souls, and things that shamble in the night.
Some of the short stories included in the book are titled: “Blood and Moonlight,” “Mr. Mann,” “Time and Time Again,” and “The Fanatic.” In "Blood and Moonlight," we revisit the fateful night when Frankenstein came to life in the nightmares of Mary Shelly. Her scarred creation became legend, but was it fiction inspired by too much wine or was there more truth to the telling? In "Mr. Mann," we are introduced to a "broker" of sorts at the edge of a bottomless life trying to come to terms with his own mortality. Alone at a bar, he meets a stranger that may have a cure, but at what price? "Time and Time Again" poses the ultimate paradox, a man goes back in time to recruit his younger self to try and prevent WW III. What could possibly go wrong? Finally, in "The Fanatic," we meet a passionate young fan of stage magic with only two years to live. After a late performance, he gets to meet his idol, only to discover that his favorite magician may have something a little more unsettling up his sleeve.
In writing Seemingly Matterless Tales, Byron was willing to let his characters have a strong opinion on the work. He says, “When I write, I'm actually just telling the character’s tale. Sometimes, the story isn’t finished until the characters say so. Every time I think I'm done, the characters always seem to have a little more to say." Byron enjoys short story writing because of his ability to express so many different themes and ideas. "Sometimes, I will have two or maybe three projects up on the screen at one time, and jump between them. Some may think it strange, but it's a technique that works for me.”
John Byron is a writer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to being a short story author, Byron is an avid screenwriter and enjoys writing poetry. Seemingly Matterless Tales is his first published work of short stories and is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.