I’ve heard about you. Yeah, you. The teenaged boy with the wisecracks, right?
Your friend’s mom, Sherry, told me about you. You with the snarky comments & the funny retorts. Sherry said you’re a really great kid. But why did she mention it, you ask? She said you noticed one of my books on her Kindle. She said you thought it was a horror novel.
Well, kudos to you, Zack. First of all, for being interested in books. I’m not being a smart aleck at all, either. That’s a lifelong habit that’ll only continue to serve you. Even if you go through periods of being more interested in video games or girls or beer, eventually you always come back to books. I mean, when was the last time you looked up cheat codes on twitter? How to meet girls on Pinterest? Maybe you’re too young to be researching beer, but someday, kid, you might want to learn how to brew your own. Oh, the places that Kindle can take you.
But enough about you, let’s talk about me. Let’s talk about the Wizard. Remember him? This guy?
Kinda scary? Good. He’s not a bad guy, this wizard, but he’s sure wrangled a few. He’s a bit aloof, an observer of men, more than a participant of our culture.
Who is he? What does he want?
Well, in the first Wizard Tale, The Wizard Takes a Holiday, he just wants to kick back and watch a movie. There’s a whole horror film fest going on, and he wants to take it in. Instead, he ends up herding magical toddlers and dealing with misplaced trolls. Such is life in rural Indiana, my friend. Such is life.
The second wizard tale is quite a bit longer, but it’s still a short story, not a full-fledged novel, and definitely not even a novella. It’s called “The Wizard Takes a Fitness Class.” Scary, huh? What, are you telling me you enjoy gym class? What kind of sicko are you? Of course the story’s scary, I mean, it’s got zombies in it. Demons, even.
Okay, okay, so it’s really not that scary of a story. More of an ironic zombie story. Did you know those existed? No? Me, neither. Not until this very moment, but I think it’s a fair label.
And it’s only fair that there’s a good balance between humor and horror in every tall tale, isn’t there? I mean, there’s the thrill of fear, and the comfort of a good laugh. Too much of one or the other, and story just won’t fly. Pure terror gets boring without anything to bump off of, doesn’t it? And we’ve all seen a comedy jump the shark as the bits attempt to go more and more over the top. By the end of the show, it’s not funny anymore, just absurd—maybe so absurd it is funny, but unless you’re aiming for absurdism, you should probably always keep that balance in mind.
Now don’t let me tell you what to like, Zack. If you want to like the absurdist, then go for it. I like it a bit, myself. There’s nothing like a zany madcap romp. I love a story with heart, though. A nice, big, squishy, bleeding, torn-apart-and-staining-the-carpets-as-it’s-tossed-by-the-mouths-of-dogs heart.
Sorry, Zack, I couldn’t help myself.
I hope you enjoyed “The Wizard Takes a Holiday.” It’s only 1500 words, so in the time it took me to write this post, I could have written a whole ‘nother Wizard Tale. A short one, anyway. “The Wizard Takes a Holiday” is a freebie, and the sequel is only $.99 on Amazon, or free via Smashwords with a coupon code through the end of July.
And if you liked those, let’s talk about a little gal named Deb who’s about your age. She skates away from home and joins a fairy/troll roller derby league. Sure, it might sound like a “chick book” to a fella like you, but plenty of guys have liked it.
(If I can wrench the keyboard out of Red’s grubby little mitts for one minute, Zack, I’ll give you a link where you can read more about Roller Deb here.)
Axel Howerton calls it a “tale of rockin’, rollin’ and full metal fantasy! I love this damn book.” Scott of Indie Book Blogger gives it five stars, and reader John Hundley also gives it five stars, noting that “this is an action book.”
But enough about that, Zack. I’ll let you get back to your reading. Have a great summer, man! I hope to hear from you.
Here are some links, if you’re interested:
Zack’s Very Own Blog Post from Red Tash
July 23, 2012 by bodiep