Duel Visions

mishaburnett

About a year ago I started toying with the idea of publishing a book of short fiction. More than that, I wanted to publish a book of New Wave short fiction. I didn’t want to just do Collected Stories Of Misha Burnett, I wanted a collection that would be a tribute to the kind of stories that captivated me as a young reader.

Authors like Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Clive Barker, George Alec Effinger crafted pocket fantasies, little reality excursions that could be read in minutes but stayed with you for a lifetime. And I believe the short story is the ideal medium for Weird Fiction precisely because the format makes you pare down an idea to its essentials. It’s an icepick jab, a short sharp shock that hits you and then vanishes away again into the night.

The problem was that I just didn’t have enough stories that…

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