Shadows beneath is an anthology of speculative short stories by the crew behind the Writing Excuses podcast, with a bunch of impressive special features for writers. I’ve been listening to the podcast for a couple of years now. I heard them brainstorm the ideas behind these stories. I remember thinking how much I’d like to read the final products of each. Well now we all can.
The stories themselves are creative and highly entertaining. Even if you’re not a writer, this collection is worth buying just for that.
If you’re a writer, the special features is where this book really becomes a treasure. The book includes transcripts of the brainstorming sessions, first drafts, critique transcripts, edits (showing what was removed, and added from first draft to final) and essays on the writing of the stories.
I highly recommend this collection, firstly to enjoy some awesome speculative stories, and secondly for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into the work of some of today’s great storytellers.