Anthologies

Chasing Humanity: 250-word Short Stories

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26 powerful, prose-poetry short stories rendered in a unique, racy style, spiced up by alliteration, assonance, and rhyme!

Synopsis

"Chasing Humanity: 250-word Short Stories" won first runner-up in the anthologies category of the 2020 International Book Awards. Comprised of twenty-six unique short stories, this anthology is sure to be a quick and entertaining read for any adult audience.

Written in prose-poetry, each 250-word story focuses on a different aspect and struggle of humanity. Some stories are adventurous, while others are tragic. Some stories are humorous, while others are quite depressing. The rhythmic and poetic elements in each story make them fun and challenging to read aloud. The characters are real enough to touch, and their stories are far-out enough to provide perspective.

This unique anthology is sure to make readers pause in reflection, smirk in amusement, and contemplate some of life's most difficult questions. This book is layered, thought-provoking, and would make an excellent conversation piece for small gatherings and book clubs. These are stories you can read again and again. Be sure to add them to your coffee table collection.

Luke Holm's Chasing Humanity: 250-word Short Stores (250 Words, in brief) is a page-turner indeed! It's unusual, powerful prose-poetry style is likely to grab your attention right from the beginning. Stories in it, based on very relevant modern themes, are usually never longer than one-and-a-half pages, and the aptly applied literary effects make them highly entertaining and enjoyable reads.


To be frank, I was quite bowled over by 250 Words. I believe that's because I'm new to prose-poetry and it's powerful mind-bending effects. The first thing that surprised me was the striking resemblance with the phantasmagorical, surreal, and cryptic writing style of Bob Dylan, one of my favorite songwriters. Probably the author is a Dylan fan too. I also sensed a hint of the writing style of songwriters like Johnny Cash in it. Each story is spiced up quite a bit with limerick, alliteration, assonance, rhyme, etc. All in all, it's deep, racy, biting, powerful, mind-bending, and thoroughly enjoyable, if you enjoy prose-poetry!


250 Words probably has only one or two, very minor errors, so you can treat it as practically error-free. Without doubt, it succeeds as a short-story book. However, prose-poetry being highly indirect, it might not be quite your cup of tea, if you strongly prefer traditional writing.


If you're determined, you can read this book in less than an hour. And if you asked me which story I personally liked most about it, it's the one titled “Dr. Heckle and Mr.Cylde.” (This is also a hint to what you can expect to find inside it!)


I recommend this book to all who love innovative prose-poetry writing embellished by the liberal use of literary devices that go hand-in-hand with it. If that doesn't sound too clear, and you've heard Bob Dylan's songs, ask yourself this simple question: “Do I like Bob Dylan's songs/lyrics?" If you answered "Yes," this book is for you! If not, stay clear, don't touch it even with a long barge pole!!


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Synopsis

"Chasing Humanity: 250-word Short Stories" won first runner-up in the anthologies category of the 2020 International Book Awards. Comprised of twenty-six unique short stories, this anthology is sure to be a quick and entertaining read for any adult audience.

Written in prose-poetry, each 250-word story focuses on a different aspect and struggle of humanity. Some stories are adventurous, while others are tragic. Some stories are humorous, while others are quite depressing. The rhythmic and poetic elements in each story make them fun and challenging to read aloud. The characters are real enough to touch, and their stories are far-out enough to provide perspective.

This unique anthology is sure to make readers pause in reflection, smirk in amusement, and contemplate some of life's most difficult questions. This book is layered, thought-provoking, and would make an excellent conversation piece for small gatherings and book clubs. These are stories you can read again and again. Be sure to add them to your coffee table collection.

Confessions of a Horological Idealist

Doc, the watchmaker, tinkered with a stopped clock. He had it latched open like a locket. Inside, microscopic Spacely Sprockets locked together like alternating iambs in a Shakespearean sonnet.


Some component was stuck. Gears jammed, just his luck. The sieving sands of time were fucked, and he was forced to sweep them up.


You see, a little lady in a bonnet begged him to work on it. She was old with a chronic disease called poverty. He knew helping her was what his wife would have wanted, so he begrudgingly agreed to do it for free. Yippee.


But, doggonit, she was annoying. She kept stealing stuff while he was toying with the coiled springs and lock key mechanisms preventing her clock from ticking. She took little things that didn’t matter, like a box of Kleenex or too many packets of tea, but he was trying to fix her mess for free and she was just adding stress to an already complex process.


“Lady!” he screamed. “Horology is an artistry more delicate than dentistry. I need to focus if you want this fixed. Please, just give me sixty seconds of silence so I can figure what the issue is.”


The old woman hmphed and hobbled out of the shop with her hunchback wobbling like a toppling top. In under a minute, he replaced some springs and recranked the clock, which started ticking.


Finally, he triumphantly brought it to the waiting woman outside, who took it and turned without thanks or goodbye. 

About the author

Luke Holm is a middle school English teacher, indie author, and creative writer. He's been published by a variety of online and in-print literary magazines. He's had English curriculum published by Yale University. He's won a handful of writing competitions and is currently working on his next book. view profile

Published on April 20, 2020

7000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Anthologies

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