Title: Fast Fiction: 101 Stories
Author: Scotty Cornfield
Genre: Short Stories
About the Book:
In Fast Fiction, you’ll enter a cafe where the menu is loaded with nothing but literary appetizers, designed to be quickly consumed and easily digested. You’ll meet people with secrets and others who wished they knew how to keep them; characters looking to exact revenge and others getting their just desserts when karma calls. Fans of the combo platter will see it all here, from the dark to the darkly comical; the laugh-out-loud funny to the thought-provoking; offering more twists and turns than a pretzel—more ups and downs than a soufflé.
Like the world of improv, each tale has been inspired by a prompt (a single word or a phrase) provided by readers. From those simple suggestions, the stories evolve. You’ll meet people from all walks of life, but they’ll all have at least one thing in common: Your brief encounter with them will be over in less than a minute. Welcome to Fast Fiction where you’ll find 101 stories of exactly 101 words each. How’s that for symmetry?
A most unexpected gift
On the street, everybody knew him as “Shakes,” but nobody knew where the name came from. A human hermit crab, he spent his days scavenging for whatever he could “find” be it from dumpsters, Wal-Marts or unlocked parked cars.
The keys he retrieved from a puddle in the alley were particularly intriguing because they belonged to a Mercedes. Not many cars like that around here. He kept pushing the horn button until he located his nearby prize.
He casually drove off like he owned the thing.
The real surprise would be later—when he discovered the body in the trunk.
Prompt: Found Property
What people are saying:
“Scotty Cornfield’s 101 word tales are a dazzling feat of small plate fiction. With his dry wit and his cop’s expertise, Cornfield’s unique ‘fast fiction’ is like reading the beginning of dozens of Elmore Leonard stories. They’re that good. This is a dazzling debut.”
Tom Rosenstiel, Author of The Days To Come and the rest of the Rena-Brooks series
“Shocking, humorous, unexpected and very original. These vignettes of life, filled with quirky people are like cartoons in words. Simply great.”
Anna Maria Manalo, Author of supernatural thriller, The Way Through The Woods.
“Here’s a brilliant kaleidoscope of short and bitter sweet stories. Each different. Each mind twisting. From family funny to cop tragic. Laughter to tears. Upset to relief. All within 30 seconds of erudite, insightful prose. Amazing stuff!”
Michael Latta, author of Deep Salt adventure series: MichaelLattaBooks.com
“The author holds the power to write tantalizing sentences that quickly and effortlessly draw readers in: “Jessica playfully kissed his ear as she removed the .22 revolver from her purse.” The brevity of such statements compels readers to speculate beyond the confines of the narrative itself. This speculation is all part of the fun.”
Kirkus Indie Reviews – www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/scotty-cornfield/fast-fiction
About the Author:
Although he now writes fiction, makes movies and operates as a licensed P.I., in a former life Scotty spent 30 years in the crime-fighting business, hunting murderers and sexual predators, as well as working deep undercover assignments, SWAT and a few other gigs. Throughout his career, he became a recognized interrogation expert, ultimately working as a consultant for the State of California and the federal government, traveling the country to train detectives in the fine art of truth detection. No lie!
If space permitted, this paragraph would include his previous experience with U.S. Customs, in San Francisco and Alaska, tracking down smugglers and searching suitcases full of dirty underwear.
Naturally, no bio would be complete without mentioning that the former newspaper reporter and magazine writer also performed stand up comedy and can still occasionally be found performing improv because…what else is a fiction-writing, ex-cop gonna do for fun?
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