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Paperback,  5″ x 8″
257 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-265-9

by David Treadwell & Anneka Williams

A boy and his best friend discover an ancient map in their parents’ wine cellar.

The flat gray of the morning sky matched her mood. For now, she sat at her desk, her eyes often wandering to the wooden rune stave. Today she would do it.

It was a hell of a way to die.

These are just three of the thirty prompts that inspired us to craft the stories that appear in this book. Most of the time, our stories went off in very different directions; in a few cases, we took eerily similar paths. In all cases, we had a blast. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them.

—David Treadwell and Anneka Williams


David Treadwell is a professional writer who spent his career writing admissions and fundraising materi­als for colleges and schools around the country. He writes a weekly column (“Just a Little Old”) for the Times Record, the local paper in Brunswick, Maine. His interests include reading, theater, walking, mentoring Bowdoin students, and discussing the meaning of life with friends.

Anneka Williams grew up in Vermont’s Mad River Valley. She loves reading, running, drinking tea, hiking, gardening, skiing, listen­ing to audiobooks, swimming in the river, woodworking, playing games, and getting up early to watch sunrise. Her favorite books include Anthony Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes trilogy, and Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet.

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