Hat tip: Ablert
This was published last November on Booktango. It’s unclear to me when the Kindle version was made available, but here it is. It’s $1.99 for an 18 page short story, which probably includes the cover(s). I’ll get to the look inside preview in a minute. Here’s the product description:
“We approach the much darker side of what we call the wunderkind; as the realization born within them become the depths of cyberspace. This world, well as I, Nickolaus A. Pacione, invite you into the bleak mirror within that ethereal shadow born within the fabrications that might be Stephen Glass’ nonfiction. The weird world of fan fiction being more celebrated than original ideas.
The seedy world of addicts, gang members and anti-heroes – is this reality or a horror short story where the lines are blurred to something more frightening around this season of the witch.”
The product description really is enclosed in quotation marks on the product listing page. The description itself reads as though the words were randomly drawn from one of those clear plastic balls commonly used for charity raffles. Spin the ball a few times, open the door, and pull a ticket. Except, instead of numbers, each ticket contains a word. Repeat the process until two paragraphs have been assembled, and call it a product description. I have no idea what the story is about, having read that. Clearly, Pacione was shooting for how the words sounded in the foggity fog of his mind, without any regard for coherence.
Inside, the text is a tiny font — mercifully legible, but tiny. The preview is limited to the cover, publication details, and what is presumably the first page of the “story.” For all practical purposes, this is a monologue rant, interspersed with dialogue between the unnamed voices in his head.
As Ablert points out, here,
Nicky has stopped trying to write fiction altogether. He can’t be bothered creating even paper thin characters anymore. He used to get a thinly disguised version of himself into a diner with a Mary Sue as an excuse to bitch about his rivals. That was his standard story for years, but now it’s just him arguing with himself in a vacuum.
See for yourselves, in the following screenshot. It’s clickable for a full size view.