A review of Hunger by a Smashwords reader (screenshot):
Hunger is an anthology of short science fiction and fantasy stories. Each of them relates to the hungers that drive humanity–for food, for love, for power, for release from drudgery, or escape from times that have become too interesting. The stories in Hunger speak to the deep drives that move you, the appetites that lurk beneath the surface, struggling to emerge into the light.
Below, there is a blurb for each story. But first, here is where you can find Hunger:
—Createspace, in paperback
—Smashwords, (multiple ebook formats, or in plaintext, .pdf, or readable in HTML as a webpage)
If you do purchase a copy of Hunger, I hope you’ll consider going back after you’re done reading to post a review. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a self-published writer, it’s that reviews are a very big deal indeed.
The stories in Hunger:
The Mask of Sisyphus
Mask is a look into a future in which the work world is stratified. Managers come from management schools, workers come from the families that cannot afford the management schools, and never the twain shall meet. Except in Brian—maybe. Brian is a worker who has been looking for a way to move up in the fast food world for a long time, without success. When Brian becomes embroiled in the shady maneuverings of his bosses, he may have found the way to do the impossible and advance his career… if the secrets he discovers along the way don’t destroy the entire company, that is.
Labor of Love
This story is a look into the daily life of an alcoholic, written by an author who survived a journey through the hell of alcoholism and emerged from the other side. But in the not-too-distant future, there are a few technological innovations and social changes that make emergence into sobriety a little more difficult…
Carniphobe is the story of a chicken producer who discovers the holy grail of the lucrative market for breast tenders. Unfortunately for him and many other unsuspecting people, the chickens are not inclined to cooperate with his business plans.
This story follows the travails of a driven career woman as her food begins to talk to her, to plead piteously for its life. She will leave the city for the country, visiting a farm she only dimly remembers from her childhood, in order to discover why—and what she can do about it so she can eat again.
What is life like for a person who is born a psychic vampire, who grows up not knowing what she is or how to deal with it? And how does life change for her when finally, she finds another like herself, who shares her experience of being unique, alone—and of being a killer?
In Halo, a man loses his marriage and job, but finds an artifact that promises to make him powerful and secure—until it doesn’t, that is.
All Flesh is Grass
Flesh is a flash fiction piece (under 1,000 words) that explores the possibilities of laboratory-grown meat through the eyes of a character itching to make the jump from production to bleeding-edge culinary fashion.
The Tomatoes Bloom in Winter
Tomatoes is the least science-fiction-y story in Hunger, and just might be my favorite. This is the story of a widower who is struggling to adapt to life alone. Then, in the winter, his tomato plant begins to grow verdant again. The tomatoes it yields may just break him out of his solitude… if they don’t destroy him in the process.
You can also read an excerpt from Tomatoes below, linked under ‘Related articles’.
- Nick Wale Interviews Author Stuart A. Barton About His ‘Hunger’ to Create… (nickwale.org)
- I Can Has Book (sabarton.com)
- The Tomatoes Bloom in Winter (sabarton.com)