The Writer and Other Stories

The mindblowing short story collection from Gary J Byrnes

Famine, Catholicism, Debt, Suicide. Yes, Ireland has had a rough old time since, well, forever. But this Irish short story collection, THE WRITER AND OTHER STORIES, begins in first century Rome and ends near Jupiter, passing through pre-Revolutionary France and New York on 9/11, spending time in Ireland during the 1840s, the 1930s and the 21st century. This is no St Patrick’s Day delusion. This is raw, epic, startling.

An Irish author, Irish themes, but really the bigger themes that unite all humanity. This thrilling collection of stunning short fiction will force the reader to challenge every assumption, to question everything, to conclude that each individual’s influence on the development of human civilisation is as critical as anybody else's. Ever. Human society has always been controlled and manipulated by the few, but can the many fight back?

THE WRITER AND OTHER STORIES is now available as ebook from Smashwords and Amazon and in print from Amazon, and is working its way into all online distribution channels in both formats.

FAO Media: When not writing, Gary J Byrnes works as an ebook and epublishing consultant. If you're doing any kind of story about ebooks, he would welcome the opportunity to share his experiences in the creative and production process, distribution options, the scalable business model. He can be contributor, quotee, lead writer, anything. He’s also open to any other ideas/media angles that are presented.

Bio: GARY J BYRNES (Dublin, Ireland) is an Amazon number one bestselling thriller writer whose stories are edgy, controversial page-turners. Nominated for the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award with acclaimed Limerick crime thriller PURE MAD, published in 2009. Has also published atheist/DNA conspiracy thriller THE GOD VIRUS (2011) and THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN - AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY (2012). Has also written a series of kids' thrillers about witches and magic in Ireland, WITCH GRANNIES. VAMPIRE STORY is his debut short film. Gary actively promotes secularism in SECULAR IRELAND.

Gary says: ‘Stories are what make us human. The beauty about writing fiction is that there really are no limits. Fiction is so powerful that the world is controlled by it, from the Bible to political manifestos. But my fiction is about escape, entertainment and excitement.

‘Pure Mad, my crime thriller, is set in Limerick, Ireland and was nominated for the UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger. I've since revisited the work and published The Author's Cut. The God Virus is a wild conspiracy thriller about an atheist forensics scientist who gets hold of DNA samples that raise huge questions about the origin of humanity, the power of religion and the ultimate questions of life, gods and where we're going as a species. All my writing is about questioning the world in which we live.

‘I try to focus on building strong and interesting characters and letting them breathe in plots that have no limits. My stories are epic, controversial and, I hope, like nothing you've read before.’

Gary J Byrnes, Epic Fiction