Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Deep Blood Kettle

My latest short story is now available to be read in full on Lightspeed Magazine’s website. Written at the height of the Fiscal Cliff debacle, it applies as easily to the recent failure to pass a gun law in the United States. The story deals with the suicidal indecisiveness of party politics. It received a coveted and rare “Recommend” from Locus Online’s Lois Stilton. You can read the full story here.

The accompanying art for the piece is by the incomparable and talented Galen Dara.

9 replies to “Deep Blood Kettle”

Interesting story. I liked the voice you gave it – the off kilter country/kid accent helped give it the right feel.

That’s an interesting story, Hugh. Now I’m wondering if mankind overcame its greed and petty differences to repel the meteor. Hope this short story gets expanded in the future.

Meteor or not, it’s great to know that you’ll be kicking up DUST in the near future. Thanks for giving us something to whet our appetites. :)

Really great story, Hugh! It provided a good distraction from my work day (don’t tell my boss). Thanks for sharing it :D

And again you write an appealing appetizer of a short story. Feel free to yet again expand it into a bestseller. :)

Loved the short. Like many of your other pieces, I felt like someone had stirred my guts up with a wooden spoon. Great story, even better writing. THANK YOU!

First of all I would like to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.

I have had trouble clearing my mind in getting my thoughts
out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just
trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Thanks!

I try to think of what I want to write the day before. So when I finally sit down at my computer, I have a clear direction or scene I want to describe. This solves a lot of the procrastinating that happens when you’re trying to get going.

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