Ladies and gentlemen I have seen the future of literacy and have found the new king of short stories. His name: Karl Pfeiffer.
His masterpiece: Dreamland Crocotta.
In Dreamland, author Karl Pfeiffer paints the story about the unemployed Mitch. All alone in his house he struggles to pick up the pieces of his life as he battles with the inner demons of hopelessness and loss. Perhaps, though, the most dangerous entity is the one calling from the shadows in his backyard and slinking behind the trees. Or is this just a figment of Mitch’s tortured, sleep deprived brain?
And here-in lays the second beauty of this short story. There are some things – including the outcome of Mitch’s journey – that are left open to interpretation.
Successful authors on-line and in print have mastered the art of story telling: Show don’t tell. Others robotically type out the same cookie-cutter blandness. Some where, an English teacher smiles with pride because their student, author Karl Pfeiffer, has developed that craft very well.
Some writers would get lazy and simply tell their audience that a necktie lay crumpled where it fell. Not Pfeiffer. In Dreamland, he writes that the necktie “didn’t unroll as I expected it would, but rather slid out in a wrinkled twist like a string of seaweed vomited up from the ocean.”
The story shifts unexpectedly from third to first person and the reason isn’t entirely clear. But Pfeiffer’s ‘show-don’t-tell’ style of writing quickly pulls the reader back in. His use of dialogue keeps the story moving and ratcheting up the suspense. The question of whether Mitch eventually slays his mysterious tormentor or it leads to his demise brings the reader to want to read it over and over again.
That is why I am adding him to my Who to Watch List of 2011.
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