“Eulogy to be Given by Whoever’s Still Sober” Debuts in TWO
A few years ago, I attended a funeral for a friend who died, at a very young age, from complications arising from alcohol and drug addiction. I’ve had the misfortune (or, perhaps better said, education) of attending many such funerals in my life. It’s always a mess, a disaster, a waste.
The week after the funeral, I started to work on a short story to address my grief. I wanted to capture the awful helplessness involved in watching someone self-destruct. My friend who had died wasn’t involved in publishing, but I’ve thought about the substance abuse often associated with creative fields, and wanted to address that, too. (How many times have I seen not just a little heavy drinking, but full blown alcoholism on display at conventions? I won’t say it’s rampant, but it’s there. Over the course of the ten years or so I’ve been attending publishing events, I’ve seen it too many times). And then there are the familiar stories of the role substance abuse played in the premature demise of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Phillip K. Dick, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, and countless others.
You’d think the resulting story would be a heavy drama (or even melodrama, along the lines of a Lifetime movie). But, what emerged instead was a dark satire that I ended up calling “Eulogy to be Given by Whoever’s Still Sober”. It’s my 5400 word take on alcoholism, publishing, the zombie fandom, and genre conventions. And now it’s finally seeing its debut in the just-released ebook anthology TWO: The Second Annual Stupefying Stories Horror Special.
If the Stupefying Stories anthology series isn’t on your radar yet, you may want to check it out. The series is published and edited by Bruce Bethke (the author who wrote the ’80s short SF story “Cyberpunk” , which played a huge role in that term being used to describe a whole subgenre). There are about 185 pages of fiction in TWO, and it retails at $3.99. Wanna check it out? The book is available via Amazon, and should be available within a few days on other ebook retailers.
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