Saturday, 15 November 2014

The Time Collection, now available on Amazon.com



We are glad to announce that…

The Time Collection

Eyelands 4th short story contest
Short-listed stories

Now available on

Amazon.com
&
CreateSpace eStore
available: https://www.createspace.com/5104749
&
Expanded Distribution Channel


Strange days books publishing
Rethymno, Crete

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Seth Libby - First prize winner with a ''Sandglass''! - interview

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As it happens every year, the first prize winner of the International Short Story Contest ''talks'' via e-mail about the first prize, the Greek history, his future plans and how does he feel so many miles (and years) away from home Seth Libby
«From a very early age, I dreamed of Europe. I wanted to be a philosopher in Greece or a novelist in Russia or England»

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INTERVIEW



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What did you feel when you first learn about the results?
I was very excited. I got the message early in the morning when I had just woken up, and it took a moment to separate the reality from the dream. It's a great honor. As the first contest I've won in my many years of writing, it felt like a little retribution for the long hours of story writing.

Last year your story was also in the short list of our contest, actually you get a dinstinction for ''Achilles and Tortoise''. This year you won the first prize again with a story inspired from Greece.
I think that our country is one of your favourite places, at least from literary view. Have you written other stories placed in Greece?

Most of my stories are not specifically about Greece, but myth and folklore play a very important part in my writing. I try to explore old ideas in the ancient tales of the world through a modern context. Obviously, Greece is second to none in its rich history of story and thought, so it makes for an excellent resource.

Have you ever visit Greece?
I have only been to Greece once, for a week back in 2009. I went to Chios, which seems now like a perfect choice, being the birthplace of Homer. At the time, it was just a random decision. I was impressed by the beauty of the island. For as short-lived as my time was, it was integral to my development as a writer. Something in the air gave an extra sense of the poetry of life. I have often gone back to that week for inspiration in my stories.


Tell me about your story. How did you come up with the idea?

My stories usually come out of a single scene that I merge with a question that happens to be plaguing me. This particular story came out of the first image at the outset - a man standing at the window when the rain stops. I had just come back from a holiday during which I kept thinking how I didn't want it to end. The idea of things remaining of the same, of trying to hide from abandonment, all came together and fleshed out this first scene.

I can see from your bio that you have travel across Europe and lived in Russia. How is this experience for you, you are still a young man, was it easy to leave Unites States?
It was surprisingly easy for me to leave my homeland. I have known many people who aren't built for it. Somehow, I am. I grew up in a small town in the center of a very large country that has trouble looking outside of itself. I was never able to feel comfortable in that environment. From a very early age, I dreamed of Europe. I wanted to be a philosopher in Greece or a novelist in Russia or England. When the opportunity came, I had very few reservations. America has many fine qualities, but there is something in the history of Europe that makes even the average citizen think a little deeper about life. To a writer, it is like living on a mountaintop and coming down to sea-level. It's just easier to breath, the ideas are all there because they've already been written so many times.


I read also that you have written a novel. Can you tell us more about it?
Certainly. The novel follows the fall of a young man, Henry Thomas. It's a faustian tale in which he loses his soul to greed and selfishness once he begins working for a sinister operation called Walpurgis Bank. Dark dreams and visions plague him as he continues down his path, destroying the decent life he had laid out for himself. I was very much inspired by the financial crisis of the last few years and by my friends in the banking industry, who all knew they shared some small responsibility for all this pain but couldn't convince themselves to walk away from the incentives of the industry.


Do you live as a professional writer?
I would love to live as a professional writer, but unfortunately my career isn't there yet. The options for a writer a bit more limited compared to previous generations. I do work as a writer and editor for the football magazine Rabona and try to get my stories out, but at the moment I have to work as an English teacher to make up for the missing income.

Tell me a few words about your plans about your future writings.
I have a series of new stories I hope to publish in various magazines in the next few months. I will be restarting my personal blog at www.figuratively.net, which was on hiatus for the last few months. I am also in the process of starting a new novel.
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Seth Libby is a 28-year-old writer from the United States. Brought up in small towns all across America, he developed an interest in literature at an early age, often reading through his classes and being sent away to the library. His interest in writing dates back to his childhood, but really became a passion in his teenage years. He wrote comics and film scripts with friends in high school before taking up short stories and longer fiction in his university years. Since 2005, he has lived mostly out of the United States, first as a university student, and later as a teacher of English. He now lives in Moscow, Russia with his wife. Along with teaching and writing, he has taken on duties as a writer and editor for Rabona Magazine, a journal about international football. He has recently completed his first novel and is looking for a publisher.

GREGORY PAPADOYIANNIS



* Seth Libby's Sandglass and all the short listed stories of Eyelands/Strange days books 
4th international Short Story Contest 
will be published in the anthology ''The Time collection''. 
Soon to be released from Srange Days Books 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Caricatures - new book from Strange Days Books!

Strange Days Books proudly presents another short story collection.
MICHAEL C. KEITH: CARICATURES

 Twenty six humorous, strange, paradoxical and really unexpected stories 
from Michael C. Keith
translated for the first time in Greek

 Michael C. Keith is the author of more than 20 books on electronic media, among them Talking Radio, Voices in the Purple Haze, Radio Cultures, Signals in the Air, and the classic textbook The Radio Station (now Keith’s Radio Station). The recipient of numerous awards in the academic field, he is also the author of dozens of articles and short stories and has served in a variety of editorial positions. In addition, he is the author of an acclaimed memoir––The Next Better Place (screenplay co-written with Cetywa Powell), a young adult novel––Life is Falling Sideways, and six story collections––Of Night and Light, Everything is Epic, Sad Boy, And Through the Trembling Air, Hoag’s Object, and The Collector of Tears. He has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and a PEN/O.Henry Award and was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award for short fiction anthology and a finalist for the 2013 International Book Award in the “Fiction Visionary” category. www.michaelckeith.com


Caricatures - 26 short stories from the author Michael C. Keith
Release date: October 25, 2014. 
Language: Greek
Pages: 150
Translation: Gregory Papadoyiannis
Cover painting: Dimitris Toulios


 ISBN: 978-618-81144-5-6

Saturday, 20 September 2014

EYELANDS & STRANGE DAYS BOOKS 4th international short story contest: Results

Εyelands website and Strange Days Books announce  the prize winners of the 4rd International Short Story Contest for 2014
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1sr prize
Sandglass - Seth Libby (USA)
2nd prize
Fortune Teller - Fred McIlmoyle (England)
3rd prize
Conflict - Mary Irvine, Scotland


First, Second and Third prize will be published of your story in an anthology of the short listed stories of the contest (Greek section), translated in Greek.
The three prize winners will also get a free copy of the book with the winning stories of our contest & certification document & a Greek handmade ceramic.
The three prized stories among with six short stories of our short list will also be published in the book Stories of our Time, (English edition)  that will released in November through Strange Days Books. All the writers will get a free copy of this book too.

The short- listed stories are:
1. Meet me at the door,  Jolita Kelias (Lithuania)
2. Neither dowry, nor loan, nor land … Maria Olymbiou (Cyprus)
3. Caravaggio’s lost painting - Christina Demertzidou (Greece)
4.  One Day - Joseph Junker (USA)
5. Lamb with Rosemary - Todd McKie  (England)
6. Life on Egypt Street    - Sophia Kouidou-Giles   (USA)

Judge: Maria Psoma - Petridou


Many thanks to everyone who participated in our 4th international short story contest.
Hope to see your story in January to our 5th short story contest!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

STRANGE DAYS BOOKS…


is a publishing firm based in the small town of Rethymno (isle of Crete, Greece)
From 2012 we are looking for new writers from our country and all over the world.
This is a publishing house for writers who have something important to tell.
That is the basic criterion for us.
Here we talk about books. We talk about what we love. We are talking about today’s dreams.

STRANGE DAYS (PARAXENES MERES) IS NOT
A publishing house which takes profit from the anguish and dreams of young writers.
A publishing house which just sell the book in advance to the author himself.
A publishing house that puts the needs of management over the love for writing.

Books and dreamers
Days were always strange for publications dreams - but we need the books anyway: to endure the ugliness of this world. To dream a better one
 As about us it will be a dream come true if we can survive, financially speaking, when doing what we love most in life. Is it possible for anyone survive financially with such a plan?
Who knows? But worths a try.
What is our project?
Just to publish what we think it’s worth to read. We are here waiting for your text. This will be our main interest. To find books we gonna love, to give you a chance seeing your work published.
We dont want to misunderstand us. We are a small firm in a small city of a small (and also in the middle of a financial crisis) country. You must not have great expectations, at least not more that we will do everything we can to publish a nice book from your work and try to advertise it and sell it (mostly in Greece of course)
We are talking about a production of 10 - 15 books every year.
We publish books using digital technology and more or less a print on demand publishing schedule. We publish the first 100-300 copies and then wait to see if we will sell at least them. If the answer is yes, this is a sucess. We can move on to the next book/books. If not, we still can move on but not for long. This is it!




STRANGE DAYS BOOKS reading period
Strange Days crew reads fiction  all year except from the period between May-October. You can submit your work whenever you want between October – May period,  but  please dont send your work from 1st May till November 1st