I’m taking a break from reviewing novels and anthologies to focus on a series of phenomenal micro-stories being published online. Their creator, an incredibly creative woman by the name of Cheryl Moore, has been sharing them with the world at large as a way of introducing readers to her Unbound Boxes Limping Gods series, which will hopefully be published relatively soon (she is currently submitting the first novel to publishers, while working on novel number six.). Not only is she an extraordinary writer, but she also produces stunning color and black & white illustrations to accompany her intriguing micro-stories (such as the example I’ve included here), so that you can see firsthand what these dynamic characters look like from Cheryl’s point of view.
At last count, Cheryl has eighteen of her delightful tales posted to her wordpress site. Now don’t misunderstand me – when I say delightful, I’m not suggesting that these are sweet, joyful, positive stories, like pretty, little fairy tales. Far from it; many of these are dark and disturbing, gratingly so even, but they are very human, always touching, and evoke a great assortment of emotion. They are entertaining, they have an amazing amount of scope and depth for so few words and they capture each flawed character very succinctly with just a small glimpse into their lives. It is kind of like looking through a little window and eavesdropping on their existence before someone slams the shutter quickly closed again. When you can see what wonderful things she can do with these small interludes, you can just imagine the even greater wonders she can achieve with a full-length novel – or several.
As I mentioned, Cheryl is hoping to publish the full series someday, but until then, I encourage you to go meet her characters and explore her frightening but beautiful world. You may even want to leave an appreciative comment so you can say someday: “I knew her before she was famous…”
Chantal Boudreau is an accountant and mother of 2 who lives with her family by the sea in beautiful