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Waltzing Matilda [Kindle Edition]

Russell Bittner
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Book Description

You need to get over a bridge. Your whole life—or at least the life you think you still have—depends upon it. Problem is, a cop with his new post-9/11 rules (no single occupancy before 10 a.m.) makes that impossible.

You spot a pedestrian and think he can lend a helping hand. Problem is, a helping hand is the last thing he has to offer.

This story was first published by St. Martin's Griffon Press in May, 2007, as part of an anthology titled NEXT STOP HOLLYWOOD: SHORT STORIES BOUND FOR THE SCREEN (also available here at Amazon at http://amzn.to/12npUj9). It -- along with five other shorts and one novella -- is available at both Amazon (http://amzn.to/12ouZYd) and Barnes & Noble (http://bit.ly/18j5GuR) in my first collection of shorts titled STORIES IN THE KEY OF C. MINOR.

Thank you for your possible interest.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 151 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN7Z7TG
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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More About the Author

I built up a writer's CV of both print and online publications over more years than I care to count before publishing my novel here at Amazon. (If you'd care to glance, it's here below.) "Why did you then ultimately self-publish?" you may well ask.

Quite simply, because I ran out of patience looking for brick & mortar publishers who couldn't look past the "success" of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY into something a bit more challenging to readers.

Please don't get me wrong ... I've got nothing against E. L. James and her success. (We should ALL be so lucky!) I just didn't -- and don't -- endorse her interpretation of things, her style, her lack of the simple mechanics of writing and editing. It seems to me that readers deserve more for their pound, their dollar, their euro. It seems to me that readers deserve honesty and diligence in a writer.

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Poetry

In print journals/magazines: The American Dissident; The Blind Man's Rainbow; The Lyric; The Barbaric Yawp; The International Journal of Erotica; Wicked Hollow; Æsthetica; The Raintown Review; CRITJournal; Tuesday, an Art Project; Grey Book Press; Inkspill Magazine; The Feline Muse; Sonnetto Poesia; and Trinacria.

On-line at: EdificeWrecked; ken*again; SpillwayReview; Quintessence; Erotica-readers; Ink-mag; GirlsWithInsurance; Fireweed; ThievesJargon; MadHatter's Review; ALongStoryShort; LauraHird; SouthernHum; ZygoteInMyCoffee; OpiumMagazine; JustusRoux; PWReview; DifferentVoices; VoidMagazine; MindfireReview; Salome-Magazine; Plum Biscuit (a journal of the NYC Writers Coalition); 3AM; Dogmatika; ALittlePoetry; EvergreenReview; theBreath; Sliptongue; Chanterelle'sNotebook; AscentAspirations; TheLinnet'sWings; 3rdActs; DeadDrunkDublin; The CentrifugalEye; Dogzplot; TheNewFormalist; Per Contra: PartyOfTheFirstPart; DISPATCHLitareview; Litsnack; ClockwiseCat; TheFelineMuse; and at LucidRhythms.

Prose

In journals/magazines: The International Journal of Erotica; The Edgar Literary Magazine; Beyond Centauri; Snow Monkey; Swill Magazine; SEINundWERDEN; Skive Magazine; The Whortleberry Press; ABCTales; and Snow Monkey.

On-line at: 3AM; Pindeldyboz; Satin Slippers; DeadMule; Ink-Mag; GirlsWithInsurance; UndergroundVoices; HackWriters; BlueFood; ALongStoryShort; SouthernHum; DeadDrunkDublin; 10,000 Monkeys; Yankeepot-roast; SkiveMagazine; Quintessence; writeThis; SwillMag; SuffolkPunch; MannequinEnvy LauraHird; Per Contra; ThievesJargon; UndergroundVoices; SUSS: Another Literary Journal; Cezanne'sCarrot; Sliptongue; RedPeter; TheSquirrelCage; FarawayJournal; VerbSap; TheRose&Thorn; 3rdActs; CliteratureJournal; TheCerisePress; EclecticFlash; DonovanHall; Dogmatika; DanseMacabre; SuffolkPunch; Writers'BlocMag; and ISMsPress.

Conduct monthly interviews of notable English-language poets at www.ALongStoryShort.net ("Poet's Corner").

Website: http://www.russellbittner.com/
Book blog: http://russell-bittner.blogspot.com
Books: Trompe-l'oeil - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lover-Icy-Sea-ebook/dp/B00615QEN0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1320668528&sr=1-1
Stories in the Key of C. Minor. - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TCVJ3W

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping short story 21 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
To be allowed to cross the bridge, every car must have at least two people travelling in it. On the wrong side, and already late for an important appointment, Susan must find a passenger quickly. She cajoles a young man into the car. As her passenger's behaviour becomes more and more menacing, she realises she has made a horrible mistake.

This creepy short story gripped me from the first paragraph. As the author builds up the tension to perspiration point, I had to keep reading to find out what would happen to the driver, and what was the objective of her sinister passenger.

A warning, if any is needed, to any female lone driver: beware of giving a lift to any strange young men. Don't do it!

Fairly adult content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waltzing Matilda 29 Jun. 2013
By DutchG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In the very beginning one is put a bit on the wrong leg. Little did you expect till quickly the plot thickens and before you know; You're in, You can't let go, You got to read on, you can't help it.
The subtle hints, the explicit hints, accurate descriptions, the writers magnificent ability creating an ambiance you do take for real, and constant flow of (sometimes expected but then surprising) actions not only make you believe you are watching this live, it draws you in and don't let you go till the end is....gone.
Waltzing Matilda may over the years have hit the news in different appearances, well, all I can say is: Discover this one yourself. Waltzing Matilda
Not a story for the decency rascal, it most certainly will get a rating stamp when someone should have the brilliant idea of turning this in a short movie (the story calls for it!).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not Australian but ... 2 July 2013
By B. L. G. Simiana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Russell Bittner's Waltzing Matilda has little to do with the Australian song about an itinerant sheep thief and his suicidal tendancies, other than the title, I guess. What the story does have is a sense of disaster, of death in the air, as one person's day goes all the way to the doors of hell, with a foot on the threshold and another on a banana skin. One of my favourite short stories from the stellar collection "NEXT STOP HOLLYWOOD - Short Stories Bound for the Screen", Russell has now made it available on it's own. though short, the story is intense. You want it to finish so you can take a breath and let your nerves calm a little. To say more would give away too much. Sit back with the lights on and read. You'll never look at traffic and hitch-hikers the same again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is there such a thing as gonzo short stories? 3 Mar. 2014
By D.Z.C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I guess if there is, this is it.

How to get round single car occupancy rules when you're in a hurry? Offer a stranger a life, obviously... No matter ho creepy he looks.

I can't say too much without giving away the twist in the tail, but this tense, well-written little story starts as one thing, and then heads off in a completely different direction. At first, as the mysterious passenger grows creepier and creepier, this seems like a slightly pervy morality tale about not inviting strangers into your car, in the best hitch-hiker/slasher/serial killer tradition.

It's only in the last few pages that we realise that the sinister hitch-hiker has an entirely rational (if not entirely laudable) reason for his bizarre behaviour. Rather than "beware of strangers", the moral is rather "every new bit of legislation is a commercial opportunity".

Oh... And it's not for the faint of heart (or stomach). Just a quick warning...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping short story 21 Oct. 2013
By Swizzlestick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
To be allowed to cross the bridge, every car must have at least two people travelling in it. On the wrong side, and already late for an important appointment, Susan must find a passenger quickly. She cajoles a young man into the car. As her passenger’s behaviour becomes more and more menacing, she realises she has made a horrible mistake.

This creepy short story gripped me from the first paragraph. As the author builds up the tension to perspiration point, I had to keep reading to find out what would happen to the driver, and what was the objective of her sinister passenger.

A warning, if any is needed, to female lone drivers: beware of giving a lift to strange young men. Don't do it!

Fairly adult content.
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