Here is part of the Foreword, if you are curious.
In this collection, I preface each story with a little history, a bit about what I was doing then, what I was thinking when I wrote it, etc. They are not necessary to enjoy or understand each story, so you can skip them if you like, but since this collection is somewhat of a retrospective of how I learned to be a better writer—my practice if you will—it seemed appropriate to give some background and context for each one.
You will notice that there are a number of occult-style stories, at least in the non-traditional sense. I was fascinated with vampires and occult at the time as I read a lot of Anne Rice and Clive Barker during that period, and I was attempting to come up with some unique takes on vampires, werewolves, witches, that sort of thing. Some are a bit off the wall, but I was young and experimenting.
Most all have some sort of double meaning to them, or a second underlying theme that plays off the title. I'm a big fan of early M. Night Shyamalan films (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Village), and I tried to use some of the same techniques in my stories that he did in those films—namely hidden and layered meanings for extra depth or taking a mundane or inconsequential event and turning it into something profound and very meaningful for a specific person.
Other stories are just my attempt at trying something completely different on purpose and hoping they worked. I think most of them do, and I hope you find this collection entertaining and worth the read. In the end, it's interesting to myself to go back and read all these stories and wonder what the hell I was thinking when I wrote them.