Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Thread and Other Stories by Eric Halpenny

I would like to welcome Eric Halpenny to the bookstore with his books, and today I am featuring his short story collection Thread and Other Stories.

About Thread and Other Stories

Thread and Other Stories is a multi-genre collection of short stories (single author) that includes science fiction, fantasy, urban fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, and espionage. There are seven stories in the collection.

Prudence and her older brother Yannick face extreme poverty and hardship in Thread. They live day to day on the wages they earn at low paying, difficult jobs. They face hardships that seem insurmountable for two young children. Isidore, an impoverished boy trying to survive on his own, enters their lives with even greater needs than Prudence and Yannick. They integrate him into their family life even as their world begins to crumble around them. But, there is an ominous backdrop to these events as strange entities take a keen interest in the lives of the three children.

A military psychologist evaluates a Vietnam war veteran who has experienced psychological damage in Shrink. The veteran’s fellow soldiers and friends must support him as the psychologist attempts to uncover the reasons behind his trauma.

Emil, Annie, and their three children—Zona, Owen, and Abner—struggle to stay safe in a steampunk-inspired fantasy world in Chance. Abner finds himself in trouble as a powerful magical being terrorizes the family farm. Only Zona’s quick thinking along with her parents’ knowledge of magic will give them a chance against the dark sorcery of the enemy.

John and Greg, bound by friendship, embark on a journey of trial and tragedy in Conflict, a 20th Century historical fiction. They must deal with death, loss, and grief as compatriots fall in battle during this poignant snapshot of the Canadian military in World War I. John and Greg show a contrast in the ways that these soldiers adapted to the psychological effects of war.

Veera, an astrophysicist, begins to experience recurring déjà vu, the source of which she cannot determine in Oversight, a science fiction adventure. She is unknowingly set on a collision course with Misha, who challenges Veera’s perception of the world as she struggles to determine what is real and what isn’t. Misha must deal with his own psychological demons as he tries to salvage a failing mission that will either end in glory or in his own death.

Dmitry is a hardened spy in the Cold War who has no mercy for his adversary Olyesa in the espionage thriller Deception. Olyesa and Dmitry navigate their way through the murky waters of agents and double agents while simultaneously struggling against each other for survival. When their divergent plans collide, it threatens to destroy them both.

Explore a metaphysical debate in the literary short story Conversation, which is woven between each of the short stories in this collection. An unnamed protagonist and an unidentified and secretive entity discuss the metaphysical and spiritual meaning behind science and what it means to gain knowledge.

One of the reviews for the collection on GoodreadsMay 16, 2018 Kaatje rated it really liked it.

Historical fiction, science-fiction, thriller, mystery, fantasy -it’s all in there! Halpenny’s collection of short stories crosses time, space, and genre, but sews itself together by asking the reader to question reality.

I was impressed with Halpenny’s writing. I was pleasantly surprised at his ability to not only write stories from different genres, but to make the stories entertaining. I enjoyed the thought-provoking dialogue and found myself trying to puzzle out what the author intended and what I believed the meaning to be.

I’m not a huge fan of short stories – I always find myself wanting more, but Halpenny’s book is definitely worth a read. With so many genres, you’re bound to find one you love while definitely liking the rest!

Read the reviews and buy the collection:

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Three of the stories in Thread are also available separately.

Read the reviews and buy the books:

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About Eric Halpenny

Eric Halpenny is a seemingly normal engineer by day, but a fiction author by night. He hasn’t quit his day job. His preferred subject matter concerns life, existence, choice, spirituality, God, science, philosophy, and the nature of reality–all in the guise of entertaining stories. He started writing novels at the age of eight, but waited to publish until thirty-eight. He is often inspired in the middle of the night or while driving home from work. He lives in Northern California with his wife and three children.

He loves inspiring quotations, and one of his favorites is from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: “To learn to read is to light a fire.” He would love to know that his writing lit the fire of reading, introspection, and hope in others.

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Thank you for dropping into the Cafe and Bookstore and it would be great if you could share Eric’s books as far as possible. Thanks Sally


19 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Thread and Other Stories by Eric Halpenny

  1. What an intriuging collection, sounds as if Eric has all life and the whole universe covered. I really only started reading short stories when I started writing my own, but I have enjoyed exploring different collections and like to have one on the go on my Kindle. As a writer I am wondering how long the stories are.

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    • I would love to hear your thoughts, especially from another short story author. The longest story is 50 pages (normal book-sized pages), the shortest is 14, the rest are around 30-40 pages.

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      • Hello Eric.I think a story should be as long as it takes to tell. Most of my short stories have been between 1,000 to 5,000 words and looking at the paperback version of my collection Times and Tides it has 25 stories and 200 pages, my maths tells me an average of 8 pages with most of them being 5,6 or 7. With none of my novels being less than 95,000 I had never written anything in between until last year; I finished two novellas, about 28,000 words and created my collection Someone Somewhere. They are 101 and 115 pages long. So it looks like your stories are in a different size bracket. I was once short listed for a six word competition, alas I didn’t win – £100 prize would have been the most money earned for the least words written!

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