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Detroit, MI, United States, 2007/03/14 - An announcement pertaining to a new author's demonstration of contemporary literary fiction's departure from the standard formula - PurgatoryTales.com.
Author takes the “Who dunnit ” to a New Dimension
Mysteries are always a good read, but usually a mystery tells the tale of a crime and then twists and turns the reader down all sorts of dead ends and time wasting trails until the real culprit is exposed. But S. Schumer, author of Tales from Purgatory, takes his mysteries from “who did it?” to “what was done?”
In effect, while gaining a heart-chilling familiarity with each character, readers are drawn in to stories that keep them wondering how, when or if a crime occurred at all, and if it didn’t, then what really happened?
“That’s up to each reader to determine,” says Schumer, when asked, and sometimes badgered, for some sort of clue into his novellas and short stories. “I’ll listen, but I won’t judge or correct any reader’s interpretation of my work. Isn’t that literature’s original intention?”
It seems Schumer has a point. Tales from Purgatory, his first anthology composed of three novellas and two one page “primers” is generating some uniquely favorable reviews, as evidenced by Opus Reviews.
“The caustic tone and cynicism of each of the 'character-narrators' grips readers immediately and pulls them down into the abyss that is the character’s existence. Certainly positioned to become classic contemporary fiction in discriminating literary circles.”
A synopsis of Tales from Purgatory has been posted on literaryworksmarket.com and the work has been launched through a pre-publication blog and online review campaign. To review an excerpt, or to request the complete Anthology for review visit the author’s blog.