Audiobook Release: Friday Night Knife & Gun Club
- Tuesday, 26 December 2017 14:40
For immediate release
December 26, 2017
Story written by L.S.Collison
Performed by Annika Connor
Cover art by Annika Connor
Author Linda Collison and New York based artist Annika Connor have collaborated to produce a 45 minute audio performance, Friday Night Knife & Gun Club, from Audible.com.
The short story is absurdist fiction, a near-future noir thriller about a shooter in an urban hospital in the American West. Annika Connor, as Kit Carson, RN, narrates the story as her shift from hell unfolds. Collison calls the story a fictional memoir, as much of it is based on incidents in her own life as a single mother and nurse working the night shift in Denver area hospitals. “It’s a satirical statement of the current culture of gun violence in America,” the author says. “I wrote the first draft in a response to the Newtown school shootings. Unfortunately, it’s becoming less fictional every day.”
Linda Collison, who sometimes publishes as L.S.Collison, is the author of novels, essays, short fiction, and screenplays. Her historical novel Star-Crossed was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age – 2007. Collison worked more than a decade in Denver hospitals as a registered nurse.
Annika Connor, artist and actor, performed and produced the audiobook. She also created the cover art, from her own original water color, Night Trigger.
Friday Night Knife & Gun Club is the first of a series of “nurse noir” fiction from L.S. Collison and Annika Connor. The audiobook is available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.
For more information, contact Linda Collison at Lscollison@gmail.com
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Water Ghosts: Featured in Literary Fiction Book Reviews
- Friday, 23 October 2015 14:22
“Linda Collison’s Young Adult novel, Water Ghosts, is the story of fifteen-year-old James McCafferty, whose parents have signed him up for an adventure-therapy cruise for teens on a traditional Chinese junk. From the beginning, James, who sees and hears things other people don’t, feels like the ship and its young crew of misfit kids are setting sail toward doom. James befriends a young Asian girl named Ming and they, along with Truman, whom James suspects has Asperger’s, become a trio of outcasts. Accompanying them on the trip is a trio of older, larger and stronger teenage bullies. The junk sets sail on a sea James soon believes is infested with ghosts of those who have drowned. Chinese ghosts. And one in particular, Yu, who waits for the junk to pass over the place where he drowned so he can switch places with James.
The young crew eventually find themselves in a Lord of the Flies situation, alone at sea after the adult counselor disappears and First Mate Miles Chu goes looking for her in the only lifeboat, never to return. Then the captain is found dead in his quarters. Will the outcasts and bullies be able to work together to survive?
Verdict: A Young Adult story of personal growth mixed with history and fantasy” — Literary Fiction Book Reviews
You can read the full review by clicking on the above link.
Now an audio book narrated by Aaron Landon, available through Audible.com
- Saturday, 12 September 2015 10:14
I have an abiding fascination in the long history and culture of China. My mother had a lacquer tri-fold screen with small shelves on which she kept some porcelain pots and clay figures of Chinese peasants, which piqued my imagination as a child. Mom was only forty-eight when she died, the autumn of my sixteenth year. The screen and the figurines were lost over the years, but I remember them quite vividly, as does my elder sister Bonnie.When I was a young adult I read Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth, which brought those clay figures to life in my mind.
My interest in Chinese maritime history came later, when Bob and I were spending time on our sailboat at Honolulu’s Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, home to all sorts of craft, including Chinese-built junks. There we saw Princess Taiping, a replica of a Ming Dynasty Chinese junk built for a trans Pacific voyage from China to the United States and back. The vessel stopped in Hawaii on the return voyage and we saw her tied up at the fuel dock, where she remained for several weeks.
The Princess was was struck by a tanker after she left Hawaii, on the final leg of her long voyage, sinking approximately 42 nautical miles from her final destination. (See Wikipedia article Princess Taiping) Fortunately, all of the crew were rescued.
I drew on both Princess Taiping and Intrepid Dragon, also moored at the Ala Wai, to create the setting for Water Ghosts. As for the characters, I can’t really say where they came from, other than my imagination. They haunted me for years, and still do.
Water Ghosts is now an audio book, narrated by Aaron Landon.