Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Eddie Lance's Short Stories

Eddie Lance has a very eclectic sense of time, place, and plot.  I met him about a year ago, and my evil brother, Jerry Wright, is collaborating with him on a thriller.  He's finally made some of his work available on Amazon, and you'd be doing yourself a favor to check it out.

Black Friday is the most approachable of Lance's stories.  It tracks the relationship of a father and a daughter as the father realizes his own hypocrisy and is forced to reevaluate his own behavior.  Eddie handles it with a strange combination of quirkiness, kindness, and vitriol.  It's probably my favorite of Lance's works.

At first glance, High School Reunion seems like its going to be a typical revenge tale.  Lance transcends it though.  I originally heard an audio production of the story, and the quality of the narration made it come alive for me.  Lance does a good job developing the characters, and the ending isn't as predictable, when it happens, as you might think.

Lance's collection of poetry is interesting, though not as good as his stories.  Still, at only $0.99, it makes sense to buy if only to see the way Lance approaches classic literature and attempts to distill it into workable poems.  In some cases, he has a great deal of success, and that's what makes the purchase worth the price.

Emotion Sickness isn't really literature.  Well, maybe it is.  It's an album of semi-interrelated tracks that's really something like music, storytelling, performance art, and a night filled with alcohol and hallucinogenic drugs.  I almost didn't include it here because it's very hard to define.  Some of it has very high production value and there's no question that Lance is a talented musician as well as a talented writer.  If you're not the kind of person who enjoys experimental literature, pass on this.  Still, the album reminded me of my days in college watching David Lynch's Eraserhead and listening to Laurie Anderson.  I liked it a lot.

Lance is an interesting new voice on Amazon.  I'm glad I got to know him, but I'm even more glad I got to know his work.

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