Acres of Perhaps
Acres of Perhaps collects acclaimed weird fiction writer Will Ludwigsen's recent and most heartfelt stories; these are tales that delve into what crime means, could a person live a different life than the one of the moment, what humanity can do about the big and small evils of the world...as well as inspired serial killers, haunted presidents, cursed lead figurines, and a weird late-night 60s television show that meant much more to the fabric of reality than it let on. These stories are the collision of imaginative fantasy and brutal realism.
Will Ludwigsen has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award for his prior collection, In Search Of and Others. He has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the University of Southern Maine. His short stories have appeared in Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons and many other magazines. His favorite word is "admiral."
Paperback, 198 pages
"Evocative tales of alternate realities steeped in the ethos of Shirley Jackson and Ray Bradbury. " - Kirkus Reviews
"From delaying the advent of Charles Manson until the disco era to imagining a very different career path for Edgar Allan Poe, there is magic in these stories, even if magic can’t always save us. Will Ludwigsen asks 'What if?' like no one else, and his answers are full of wonder that aches with authenticity and bittersweet nostalgia. Imagine The Twilight Zone with a beating heart, Hitchcock crackling with strangeness around his edges. This is masterful storytelling for fans of literary and genre fiction alike." - Michael Wehunt, author of Greener Pastures
In Search Of and Others
A house inches eight hundred miles to confess its horrible crime. The last resident of a mental institution discovers he’s not alone. A middle-schooler performs an experiment to determine how much time we fit in dreams. Boys looking for wonder find more than they’re expecting in the Adirondacks with Charles Fort. A detective learns everything he’s ever wanted to know…and some things he hasn’t. In Will Ludwigsen’s stories, the universe has a way of being weird in just the ways we need it to be. There are answers to many of our deepest questions…and they’re usually far more personal and mysterious than we expect. What are you in search of? And what is in search of you?
Kirkus Reviews names In Search Of and Others as one of the Best Books of 2013! And the book was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection.
Paperback, 182 pages