Dark Crossings Double Feature: Rites of Passage

Dark Crossings Double Feature: Rites of Passage

We’re HUGE fans of short stories here at Collective Inkwell. We’ve been reading them since we were kids and writing them since 2011. We started Dark Crossings as our short story moniker to pay homage to shows like The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Outer Limits and Tales from the Darkside. But they’ve always had a limited audience compared to our series and standalone books. Part of that, I think, is because of the price. Three bucks is a bit too much for one short story (save for something novella length). But .99 knocks us down to a 35% royalty at Amazon. So we came up with an idea — a Dark Crossings Double Feature. Two stories, one from Sean and one from me (Dave), along with Authors’ Notes for about $1.50 per story — or $2.99 a book. But the only way I think this will really work is if we put the short stories into KDP Select (meaning the stories will be exclusive to Amazon for a while). Our shorts haven’t sold well on the other platforms to date, and it makes no sense putting them everywhere for the few people who might want them. Not when we could be getting the promotion that comes with being Amazon exclusive, promotion which might actually earn back the investment we put into the stories (covers, editing, etc). BUT … we don’t want to alienate our Apple, Kobo, and Nook readers. So here’s what we’re going to do. We’re releasing our first double feature on Gumroad FIRST for a LIMITED TIME. Exclusive until Saturday night (1/16/16). You can pick up Dark...
What Would Boricio Do?

What Would Boricio Do?

What Would Boricio Do began as something of an inside joke between Sean and I while writing the first season of Yesterday’s Gone. It’s obviously a play on the What Would Jesus Do? (W.W.J.D.) motto which asks evangelical Christians to consider what Jesus would do in any situation, to help guide their decision making. W.W.B.D. is kinda the opposite of that. What would a homicidal serial killer rapist do? How would he handle any given situation? W.W.B.D. It was our take on dealing with stressful situations, stupid people, or hell, even the weather. Someone take your parking spot? What Would Boricio Do? Someone let their dog crap all over your lawn and then just left it there? What Would Boricio Do? And while we can’t go around in polite society breaking people’s legs when they take your parking spot or let their dogs turn your lawn into a minefield, it’s fun to imagine. It was a fun little thing and we even made a video. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6TGj9ocr74] Before the first season was out, people were already responding positively to Boricio. I was kind of surprised, to be honest. A secondary character that Sean created simply as “the bad guy” to begin with, had become one, if not our most, memorable character to date. I’m not sure if that flatters or scares us. Readers began asking us to write a story about Boricio. And Sean was all too thrilled to do that! But I vetoed the idea, thinking that having Boricio carry a story, without something to counter him, was a bad idea. He’s all id, and let’s face it,...