Taipei Writer’s Group launches new anthology; Critics call it, “The most important book of our time.”

by Laurel Bucholz

        Voodoo doughnuts was hopping on the evening of Saturday, October 1st, as the Taipei Writer’s Group launched their newest creation, Twisted Fairy Tales, an anthology for adults. Lines wrapped around the block as fans of TWG waited with bated breath to get their hands on the book one critic proclaimed as, “the most important work of fiction since Kafka’s Metamorphosis.”

         Tensions were high as fans understood that there were only a limited number of books available, and some were even desperate enough to attempt violence to obtain a copy.

         CK Hugo Chung was the diva host of the evening, rivaling the likes of Angelina Jolie for top diva status as he modeled his fairy tale costume designed by Vera Wang.

         As the audience took their seats, Jenny, ‘J.J.’ Green was called to read an excerpt from her Carrie Hatchett novels, which prompted every audience member to get on their phones and order the series. Some even fainted as if she were a member of the Beatles. Thankfully no one was hurt.

          Unfortunately, anthology participant Laurel Bucholz tripped on her princess dress while approaching the stage and fellow writer L.L. Phelps was forced to cover her ass and read two story excerpts. The crowd was at their feet cheering at Ms. Phelps’ public speaking capabilities. She was certainly the hero of the evening.

          Hugo McGlinchey, Patrick Whalen, Brian Quentin Webb, and Emily Brooks’ readings were so successful, some fans had to be removed for trying to touch the writers, in hopes that some of their essence would rub off on them.

         Up next was writer Whitney Zahar who brought a special guest to accompany her story – a version of Sleepy Hollow. The audience gasped as Edgar Allan Poe walked in to do the sound effects on her reading. Literary members were more confused as to why Poe was there instead of Washington Irving, than they were seeing a ghost act as a foley artist.

          As the confusion settled, Brad Williams – who was the most beautiful woman in the room that night – walked up to the stage and gave a rousing sermon about the falsity of free will, to which the audience was confused and angered as they came for a book launch…


There was a moment when the audience became sad as CK Hugo announced that TWG anthology contributing writers Pat Woods, Erisa Apantaku, and Nick Vaky weren’t going to be able to make it. Short lived sadness was changed into elation as the trio of authors managed to be the first humans ever to use a teleportation device they had jointly invented together just to be at the event. The light from the floor beamed almost as bright as their personalities as each of them read their excepts from the anthology that another critic proclaimed, “Stephen King’s writing seems like a tenth grader’s compared to TWG’s  Twisted Fairy Tales – though he is only one man, and they had nine brilliant brains. Maybe that’s an unfair comparison? Nah, screw that – it’s fair.”

           Finally, as the excitement was winding down, it was time to give out TWG’s raffle prizes. Third prize was a box of calorie-free doughnuts that still tasted like the real thing – won by the talking squirrel named ‘Mr. Squeakers’, who also purchased four copies of the book.  Second prize was a beer – which was mistakenly drunk by an audience member when the establishment ran out of alcohol. First prize was a million NT dollars and a copy of the anthology. It was given to the Buddha, who showed up to the event disguised as a homeless man. He promptly donated the money to saving trees, and urged the crowd to support the anthology on Kindle. He was quoted as saying, “This book will certainly make all of humanity more compassionate and kind – it is a must read.”

If you weren’t able to make it to the event of the year, you can go to these sites to purchase our new anthology:

Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/6609957

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Fairy-Tales-Adults-Anthology-ebook/dp/B01LZ67LVK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475456687&sr=8-1&keywords=twisted+fairy+tales+for+adults

If you’re interested in joining TWG for their next meeting, check out the details at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/414415571918140/

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO REVIEW OUR BOOK!! 😉


***Disclaimer: Nothing written in this article is true except for the part about there being an awesome book you can get from Amazon or create space called Twisted Fairy Tales, an anthology written for adults, and that there was a launch of the book at Voodoo Doughnuts on October 1st. TWG takes no responsibility for the accuracy or content contained in this article. Brad being the most beautiful woman in the room that night is subject to interpretation.

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Join Us For Taipei’s Canada Day Celebration!

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Taipei Writers’ Group will have a booth at this year’s Taipei Canada Day Celebration! FIND US IN THE FOOD SECTION! While you’re feasting on some delicious Canada grub, feast your brains on our delicious books!

We will have our three anthology books on sale: Taiwan Tales, Night Market, and Peak Heat. Taipei Writers’ Group authors will also have their individual books available for purchase. Like J. J. Green’s science fiction books, including: two collections of short stories, There Comes a Time and Dawn Falconthe novella Death Switch; and the first installment of her Carrie Hatchett series, Mission: Improbable. Patrick Wayland will also have his three books at the booth, The Jade Lady, Deadman Bay, and his latest The Nialhaus Proxy.

We’ll also be sharing information about our upcoming releases, including Brian Q. Webb‘s upcoming hard sci-fi novel Shift and the fourth TWG anthology (theme: twisted fairy tales).

Join us in the Arts and Foods section (booth 9) of Taipei’s Hakka Cultural Park for some books, bookmarks, and a chance to meet some awesome Taipei-based indie authors and get your books signed! There will also be fun activities (face painting, bouncy castle) for kids in the kids zone and a chance to win tickets to Canada at the mechanical bull ride!

Hope to see you there!

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NEW RELEASE COMING SOON! Peak Heat: TWG Anthology III

December days that feel like Spring. Droughts that last all year. Ocean temperatures creating massive hurricanes and frequent El Niños. The Earth is changing. Scientists estimate Earth will reach a “Peak Heat” within the next several decades, forcing massive changes to the way humans live. What those changes will look like, we can only speculate…

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At Taipei Writers Group, we’re on the verge of publishing our latest anthology: Peak Heat. In it, we’ve each crafted tales of humans dealing with the repercussions of a changing Earth pre-, during, or post-Peak Heat. The stories range from optimistic, pessimistic, and pragmatic in each author’s perception of what life will be like.

See below for a short description of stories. The anthology will be available on Amazon in January. Or, if you’re in Taiwan, come to our book launch on January 17th at the Red Room.

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“Let The Haters Begin” – Faced with the threat of predatory drones, the star-crossed lovers Madelyn and Luke must fight their way to reunite in a drowning New York City.

“The Last Peach Queen” – Lilah has always believed she would one day become her community’s Peach Queen, but now that she’s fled south to avoid a dark fate in the government-controlled north, will her dream ever be realized?

“Algae” – Anna – “Algae” to her parents – hates that she shares her nickname with the sometimes toxic, green stuff that’s overpopulating Lake Michigan, one of many changes disrupting her previous way of life.

“The Way Back” – On the island of Sumatra, a tribe of surfers attempts to resettle on the dangerous coast.

“Mama Snake” – Ruth’s journey to her mother’s deathbed forces her to confront her past and her future, where nothing is as simple as it seems…except through the eyes of a serpent.

“Macroseism” – That which controls the water controls the people, and a seismic change is coming.

“Was Once Paradise” – The threat of starvation looms large in an arctic devoid of ice, forcing Tanika and her grandfather to return to their traditional Gwich’in ways to survive, creating tension between them and the neighboring refugee group.

“On the Grid” – With energy resources running dry, Private Martin Briggs is conscripted to defend a nuclear power plant against an insurgent threat.

“To the North” – A landslide has killed Ching-yi’s mother, and she must grow up fast to survive her journey north to legendary Taibei.