UPDATE Jan. 11th: Hunger is now available on Amazon.com for the Kindle crowd.
Yesterday on Jan. 4th I published my 33rd and 34th ebook titles with Smashwords. Hunger is an anthology: 8 stories, about 34,000 words. Does Not Meet Our Needs is flash fiction (under 1,000 words) and is free.
Hunger was one of those things that should have been finished a few weeks before it was actually finished. The lead story, The Mask of Sisyphus, wasn’t originally supposed to be part of it. But I looked at the anthology with 7 stories and it needed something. It needed more words, for one. I wanted this one to be a little bigger than my previous two.
It also needed more stories that didn’t appear separately. Unlike my previous two anthologies, this one contains stories that are unpublished anywhere else. And I wanted the wordage of those stories to outweigh the rest of the stories.
The Mask of Sisyphus was perfect. Weighing in at a meaty 9,800 words–novelette territory–it’s just what I needed. And who doesn’t like a good story about a worker in a near-future fast food hell challenging his corporate masters? I don’t think anyone could pass that up.
Edit: Thanks to @SarahEOlson2009 on Twitter, I have now corrected the spelling error on the cover of Hunger. It is now an anthology rather than an ‘antholgy’. I’ll let the pre-correction version stand on this blog as a minor monument to the hazards of self-publishing.