Set in the 1970’s and 80’s, most of these stories, like “Waiting for Dan,” “A Chance Meeting” and “One Night Alone,” are about people trying to make their way through lives that are difficult and entirely different than the lives they had planned. They show a slice of people’s lives when something has happened that completely shakes up their lives in a way they never could have imagined, and often leaves them questioning everything they have ever believed. Mostly the characters are people at a pivotal, crucial turning point in their lives: People who are jolted into the realization that their lives have turned out so much different than they’d hoped and dreamed. As in life, and unlike many traditional short stories, many of these stories don’t have a pat ending that leaves a sense of finality. This collection also includes stories in the suspense/thriller genre, like “Blizzard” and “Last Laugh” and “The Nightmare,” which at their core are about the hopes and fears and terror that lie in the deepest reaches of the human psyche. Finally, there’s “The Search,” a somewhat Kafkaesque adventure into a possible future world. We hope you enjoy this introduction to Steven Arnett’s writing. It provides a good illustration of its flavor and diversity. Besides this collection, Mr. Arnett is the author of four novels: Winners and Losers, Death on Lake Michigan, The Labyrinth, and The Summer of Robert Byron. They are available on from Smashwords, Amazon, the iBook store, and from Google Play, Kobo, and other eBook vendors. We are offering this book for free in hope that you will like it enough to want to read those novels.