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Chris McQueer is an interesting author. The twenty-seven-year-old Scottish author was initially reluctant to try and publish his works, until he began sharing his work via Twitter to showcase on the internet. His surreal, strange works that put hilarious, fantasy-like spins on real life, such as Hings and Here We Fucking Go. These collections of stories focus on different casts of characters, from the mundane to the insane, all funny and complete nonsense at the same time. The anthology tales have drawn comparisons to Black Mirror or The Twilight Zone, drawing much fan attention and critical praise. Chris McQueer has an active social media presence, building his stories via interactions on the internet and often has themes revolving around the tenants of modern life.
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In an exciting development, according to GlasgowLive has revealed that the BBC will be adapting McQueer’s stories into a series of short films. Debuting on May 9th on iPlayer, the short films will include adaptations of numerous stories he’s written for his anthology stories and works he’s created for social media. Wild and quirky, the stories should prove interesting for the BBC’s lineup, considering the BBC itself expressed some trepidation in adapting McQueer’s works due to their surreal nature. But considering the quality of McQueer’s works, they should prove great to watch if nothing else! McQueer is quite excited about the project and has expressed he hopes to continue his career into television and film.
Are you excited?
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If you’re already afraid of flying, Stephen King’s new anthology, Fright or Flight, may not be the best choice of book to bring with you on your next airplane journey! Stephen King, the lord of all that is scary and lurks in the dark, has a story of his own included in the anthology, alongside the likes of Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons and others. King’s story, entitled “The Turbulence Expert” only appears on the audiobook of the anthology, and focuses on everything that could go wrong on when you’re flying high in the sky. The audiobook will feed the fear of flying and put listeners on edge as they become more and more paranoid about their flight.
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Many of the other stories included in the anthology are inspired by classic urban legends and other familiar elements. The stories will poke at your innermost fears of traveling, making you feel paranoid, scared and glued to your seat in the airport. Take your seats, buckle up and stock up on some refreshments because Flight or Fright will keep your attention for the whole flight. The audiobook is now available for purchase on Audible, hurry and snatch up your copy and live on the edge of danger as you hop on your flight.
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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star America Ferrera has gathered the ultimate group of writers and culture icons to write for her new anthology, American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures. The collection of essays is set to be released this fall from Simon and Schuster and will feature essays from prominent activists and immigrants including Uzo Aduba, Roxane Gay, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michelle Kwan, and Aluli’i Carvalho just to name a few.
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Ferrera has become an important political activist, fighting for the right of women, Latinx people, and immigrants, making her anthology timely. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the nonprofit Immigrants: We Get The Job Done Coalition, which provides legal support to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between cultures is set to be released September 25, 2018 and is now available for preorder.
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An anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you’re suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like—gulp!—a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we’ll bet you’ve never thought of before… but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.
Well, we were sitting around at dinner before a screening of The Dark Tower in Bangor, and there were a lot of people who’d flown in for the big night. I mentioned that I hated flying, and the conversation turned to various airplane stories, some scary and some funny. I said there had never been a collection of flight-based horror stories, although I could think of several (including the Matheson and the Conan Doyle, which are in the book) about the terrors of flight. I said someone ought to do the book. (Cemetery Dance owner) Rich Chizmar said, ‘I would, in a heartbeat.’
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