I have finished–to the degree that a perfectionist writer like myself can ever finish–the first of five short stories, originally planned for a collection of ten. However, I will release the first five as a separate volume. These stories are darkly humorous and, per your expectations, simply dark ruminations on souls knowingly and unknowingly disenchanted with modern life, a life unmoored from the stabilizing, though necessarily restricting, influences of religion, family, and community. The first one starts off whimsically in tone, though careful readers will detect the not-always functional despair lurking beneath the playful surface. By the time the reader reaches the fifth story, the darkness will have descended. The next five, which may take me a year or two to write, will engage themes that have taken up residence in my head these past few years: namely, anti-natalism, automation, post-humanism, and the need for the prioritizing of the monastic life in order to save what is left of Western civilization.
In the next few days, I hope to post the first page or so from each story, giving you a tantalizing tease of what the collection contains. Then, provided on how soon I can get to editing, I want to have an ebook available very soon. I hope this can be done before Christmas. I plan to make it available through Amazon. While I would be lying to say that I do not care to make any money, my primary concern to expose my writing to a larger audience, for as Walker Percy once wryly noted, any author who continues to write does so because he believes he was something worthwhile to say.