By the end of the year I am planning on having my 30+ short stories all bundled up into one lovingly handcrafted and self-published volume. Freed from the dictates of a publisher I am able to follow my own whims when it comes to book design and so on.
Today I was thinking about possible titles for the collection. If all of the stories were of the same genre it would be easier but they run the gamut from fantasy to horror to (laughably bad) science fiction to speculative stories that would work nicely as Twilight Zone episodes.
Still, the majority are horror stories or ‘weird tales’ and I love alliteration and word play, so I came up with this:
Tales of Madness and Macramé
I like it but it sounds like a murder mystery set in a knitting club. Not a bad idea for a story, though.
Then I thought I could take the number of stories, cut the number in half and voila:
16 Pairs of Shorts
I kind of like this. A good number of the stories are lighter in tone or deliberately comical so this could put the reader in the right general frame of mind.
And now I realize I am blanking on the other titles I’d come up with so I’ll end this here and edit in my other semi-finalist choices when my brain deigns to remember them