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Hello, my name's Edwin Stark, and I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. That's South America for the few geographically-challenged ones out there. I suppose that somehow the stork had just stumbled out from a pub while it was delivering me, (it was confused to say the least) and mishandled my humble persona, leaving me stranded in this unlikely place.
Having German ancestry, I spoke that language as a toddler, but my Mom had the misconception that I'd fit better here if I spoke Spanish, so that tongue was lost during my growing years. I grew up dreaming crazy tales and was my teacher's pet when it came to composition class—but not in deportment: that was for certain—and as I grew up I tried to get noticed as a writer by submitting to every magazine and writing contest available in my home country. No such luck; the publishing market in Venezuela is utterly locked out: you can only see your words in print if you're already a notorious politician or a TV celebrity. Since I wasn't in the inclination of becoming a serial murderer to achieve notoriousness and get published, the need to rethink the approach to my writing career became a must.
Eventually, I decided to switch languages and start writing in English. I was already proficient in that language… but was I good enough to tell stories in that fashion?
I then started to write short stories, effectively dumping my native language. I wrote nearly 200 short stories during a period of about eighteen months, slowly learning the nuances of story-telling in another language than your own. I already had the benefit of having the knack of telling a tale; I only had to adjust. 190 of them short tales certainly sucked; 10 were really neat, but the important thing was the learning process. These ten tales eventually made it into Cuentos, the short story collection which became my third book. I succeeded so well in tearing myself apart from Spanish, that almost everyone I meet online says: "I CAN'T BELIEVE ENGLISH ISN'T YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE!"
So far, I wrote four books: AI Rebellion, a rather preachy cyberpunk thriller that still shows the struggle of switching languages (and I only recommend people to read it if they're on an archeological mood, as in if they're interested in seeing my progress as a writer), Eco Station One, a very bizarre and funny satire, the aforementioned Cuentos, and The Clayton Chronicles, a rather cookie-cut vampire tale. All these are available for the Kindle reader on Amazon, in paperbacks and all e-book formats in Smashwords.
on April 17, 2011 :
I haven't had a book of short stories to read in awhile, and I enjoyed this break from reading longer novels. From vampires to zombies to sci-fi space stories, Edwin Stark's descriptive writing style is great and keeps you reading. He shares some creepy and twisted tales in this collection, and I recommend it for anyone looking for that genre.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
Dam Good Publishing
on April 08, 2011 :
Okay, this book was pretty good. I like the fact that this author took a bunch of his stories and combined them into this 'nighttime reading' book. Really, it's nice not to read a huge series and just a tale once in awhile. I was a little unkicked back when I saw it had vampires in it but for 99 cents I didn't buck and I'm glad I didn't because not all of them have vampires. This author also actually talks to you in between each tale, almost like a narrator. It's less 'this is a book' it's more 'this is my book.'
My favorite story was the kid in the sewers. Parents, take note, if you want your kids to make it to college with the best grades, his book has got the answer. It might not be ethical, but it might give you ideas. The half brothers was good too. Some of the stories are creepy and a little gory, and others are just spooky treats.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on April 03, 2011 :
From vampires to science fiction, Stark's Cuentos has a little bit for everyone. I'm usually not a fan of short story collections, but Cuentos was pleasantly surprising. My personal favorite was the first story-The Hunter. For anyone that thinks they've read every possible spin on the vampire story...you ain't seen nothing yet!
The author's introductions were warm and inviting and the stories made chills run down my spine as I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for the next bout of awesomeness. For an almost criminally low amount of money ($0.99), what are you waiting for??
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on March 26, 2011 :
If you like short stories from the crypt (or just from a fantastic imagination) you will find lots of little treats in this book. You get an awful lot of value for your dollar. Whether vampires, sci-fi, or horror is your bag, you will find a story to cringe, cheer, or otherwise enjoy within these pages.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Melissa A. Smith
on March 26, 2011 :
This is a really good collection of short stories that are reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. Check out this book, you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)