The most unimaginable, horrible thing has happened to me lately… I – traditionalist, lover of all things paper and bound – was forced to do the unspeakable. The unspeakable being not only downloading a Kindle reader, but also purchasing and reading several e-books…
I know, I’m so ashamed.
And yet, you may ask, if the very idea of purchasing e-books is so repulsive to me (and trust me, it usually is), why then would I download, purchase and read them. The answer is actually quite simple.
His name is Christopher Ruz.
And he’s a good friend of mine. Ruz has been an aspiring writer for many years. In fact, in the past I have helped him by (happily!) proofreading several of his novels and short stories. Unfortunately, he has been unlucky in finding a publisher for his works, so recently decided to self-publish his stories as e-books, exclusively to the Amazon store.
I held off for as long as I could, but eventually I caved, my desire to support a friend far outweighing my prejudice against e-books. And I wasn’t disappointed.
I generally stick to works in the fantasy genre, but there’s something about Ruz’s work that I still find captivating… If you’re interested in short stories in the genres of horror, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, the paranormal or black comedy (and just about any combination therein), then Hayes-Kossman might just be your kind of author! I’d encourage you to take a chance, either way.
Don’t get me wrong, I still badger Ruz to make hard-copy versions of his work every time I see him, but until he does, I know that I’ll be supporting my friend and getting some fantastic (and fantastically cheap) reads in the meantime.
Even if that does mean having to purchase e-books… 😛