EMOTIONLESS SOULS by David S. Grant: “Jerk-offs, ex cons, new cons, pranksters, and one hit wonders…”


Emotionless Souls, my new short story collection published by Brown Paper Publishing, contains twenty stories of troubled characters finding themselves in dark places and fighting to redeem themselves in unconventional ways.

Short stories White Christmas, Gag, Tease, Inc. and Boardroom Romance are a few of many using a corporate environment as a back drop for disturbing predicaments. In White Christmas, Hansel finds himself accusing a co-worker of stealing his cocaine, Gag details an office prankster who gets dealt the final joke, and in Boardroom Romance, the age old question of what happens when you accidentally pop ecstasy prior to a board meeting.

I have spent a lot of time inside offices and find it an interesting place a lot happens in the background we may not be aware of. Naturally, a lot of my ideas are triggered by co-workers and then embellished, or may be the end product of some mundane conversation over office supplies.

Not all of the stories are set in your conventional office environment.

In the story Money Shot redemption is in the form of shock, the main character committing suicide in order to preserve his space in the adult movie industry. For “Open Mic” where a comic gets laughs in a non-conventional way by adding hallucinogen mushrooms to the food the crowd is eating. Each of these story ideas came from pondering other careers, typically between my first and second coffee I dream about other jobs and the wrong turns to be made.

Lucy’s Place, begins in New York City at a roof-top party where Stephan is shooting heroin and overdoses. The next morning he wakes up in Idaho, which just so happens to also be the afterlife. The next few hours is a game of trying to figure out whether Idaho is Heaven or Hell. Haven’t we all been there?

Other stories are more autobiographical, The Dublin Trip and Berets and Bendy Straws are based on trips I have taken with friends. Mostly non-fiction, the story in Dublin reads at break neck speed, capturing a magical trip of sight-seeing mixed with debauchery mixed with a prank for the ages.

Disaffected tourists idle through the streets and bars of Paris and Dublin. Human Resource officers interview the stripper they frequent for a position in the firm. Pickpockets get pick pocketed. Nobodies stage emergencies to save the day. Jerk-offs, ex cons, new cons, pranksters, and one hit wonders are the Emotionless Souls that populate my new collection.

David S. Grant is the author of Corporate Porn. His new short story collection, Emotionless Souls and novella The Last Breakfast are now available from Brown Paper Publishing. His new rock and drug fueled double novel, Bleach|Blackout, is now available from Offense Mechanism, an imprint of Silverthought Press.

David S. Grant is the author of EMOTIONLESS SOULS.  You can visit his website at www.davidgrant.com.

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