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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Adventures in reading: Stories from Nagovisi
- Wednesday, 07 December 2016 12:34
A Red Woman Was Crying by Don Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I stumbled upon this collection of linked short stories at a bookstore in Hilo and was immediately absorbed in the Nagovisi way of life and the glimpses of human nature we share. Through the perspective of various narrators the author explores his experience as an anthropologist in the South Pacific Island of Bougainville during the Vietnam era. As such, these short stories form a fictional memoir. Don Mitchell writes with an anthropologist’s eyes and ears, and a writer’s heart. A Red Woman Was Crying is compelling, enduring literary fiction. I highly recommend it!
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A Red Woman Was Crying; Stories from Nagovis by Don Mitchell on Indiebound
Friday Night Knife and Gun Club — a short story
- Monday, 04 February 2013 01:31
I love this cover art created by graphic designer and re-enactor Albert Roberts. He’s totally captured the kitch and the drama I had in mind for the cover art for my new short story, just published on Kindle. I’m having the cover art made into a poster to hang on my wall to inspire me to finish the collection of short stories and speculative memoir about nurses that I’ve been working on for, well, decades.
The nurses in Friday Night Knife and Gun Club aren’t ordinary nurses. They live and work in a dystopian near-future, in an unnamed city in the American West (actually, it’s Denver, where I lived and worked for many years) where nearly everybody carries a gun to protect themselves from the loonies. Yep — it’s the wild Wild West. And yes, my tongue is in my cheek.
There’s nothing nautical about this story. And although it’s fiction, I didn’t have to make very much up. A lot of it comes from my own life.
I was compelled to write it after the shooting that took place at a hospital in Alabama in December. Which took place just after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, which took place after a random mall shooting in Oregon, which took place a few months after the theater shooting in Colorado. Not to mention the Gabby Giffords shooting in Arizona, the Columbine school shooting in Colorado, the Virginia Tech shooting… and the beat goes on. And on. And on.
I am not against guns. I am against the easy availability of firearms and large magazines. I am against the idea that the way to fight violence is with more violence. All those years I worked in the hospital — in emergency and ICU and psychiatrics and oncology — I sometimes thought about what would happen if some angry sociopath came in with a gun and started shooting us up. In this dystopian short story I’ve re-imagined that horror. But I’ve given it an ironic twist. I’ve given the nurses guns. It’s lurid drama, it’s urban fiction, yet it’s all too real.
Friday Night Knife and Gun Club is available on Kindle for 99 cents — and I’m offering it free this week. I’m hoping to have the entire collection of short stories completed by the end of 2013 and ready for publication, both in print and electronic format. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll find this short piece provocative.