Marc Shapiro’s short story collection Stories Of High Strangeness goes something like this…
A zombie goes looking for something more important than his next meal. A one hit wonder faces certain death or worse because he refuses to play the song ‘Free Bird’. An X rated ghost story plays out on the floor of a porno film dubbing stage. A low level drug dealer comes up with the perfect plan to wipe out the competition. A stud in a post- apocalyptic world has one small problem.
What is it that I do? I’ll take the fifth on that one. Suffice it to say my stories are weird, bizarre and occasionally unclassifiable. If you’re brave enough, this is the ticket to ride the dark skies of Stories Of High Strangeness by New York Times bestselling author Marc Shapiro, coming April 20 from Copypasta Publishing.
There’s some squishy stuff, some Merchant Ivory stuff, some extreme stuff, some subtle stuff. If there’s a master plan, it’s to mix pathos, hope, melancholy, humor and real characters into a stew of shadows, light, carnage and feelings of ‘What the fuck!’.
The Gods I bow down to? Rod Serling, Charles Bukowski, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Clive Barker and Ray Bradbury. I live and die by the vibe of Black Sabbath, Dio, Cirith Ungol, the soundtracks from The Exorcist and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and the more manic strains of 60’s psychedelia.
Stories Of High Strangeness is my debut collection. I actually make a living doing this. Don’t tell the authorities.
Marc Shapiro is available for interviews. You can also request a review copy. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on this book and Copypasta Publishing contact Jordan Jones at email@example.com.