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Origin Stories: THE HUNT

For my latest installment of my Origin Stories blog series, I’ll be focusing on my single-story chapbook THE HUNT.

The story itself was written for the winner of a contest. When Sideshow Press released my collection TALES FROM THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT, we ran a little contest where all those who purchased a copy of the limited hardcover were entered. Steven Souza ended up taking home the prize, and said prize was a story crafted just for him. I sent him a detailed questionnaire about his life and literally built a story from the ground up based on him, with Mr. Souza starring as the main character.

The original plan had been to include the resultant story in my next Sideshow collection. The original title of the collection was actually TALES FROM THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT VOL. 1, so it was assumed we’d do another volume down the road. Unfortunately that never came to pass, and Sideshow eventually started cutting back on releases before finally going out of business.

However, when Tom started Gallow’s Press, focusing on trade paperbacks and ebooks, it was decided that “The Hunt” would still see print as a single-story chapbook available in paperback and digital forms. He would include with the story an excerpt of my Gallow’s novel SEQUEL as well as one of the short stories from TALES FROM THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT (which was being rereleased from Gallow’s).

Tom did the cover art himself, using an actual picture of Mr. Souza to make it even more personal and special for him. The chapbook was finally released in February 2013.

I really enjoy this particular story, I think it is exciting and suspenseful and fast-paced, and I went to great pains to make it as authentic as possible to Mr. Souza’s life. It is truly an idea I never would have come up with had it not been for him. Sales for the story haven’t exactly gone through the roof over the years, but Mr. Souza enjoyed the tale and since my main goal when writing it was to create something he’d get a kick out of, I feel like it has been incredibly successful.

THE HUNT is still available in paperback and ebook here: https://www.amazon.com/Hunt-Mark-Allan-Gunnells-ebook/dp/B00BD5E6E2/ref=la_B005C18L7Q_1_23?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484265438&sr=1-23&refinements=p_82%3AB005C18L7Q