Chinese Whisperings is a conceptual anthology created by Australian writer Jodi Cleghorn and Scottish writer Paul Anderson. Each anthology is a collection of interwoven short stories by emerging writers from across the English-speaking world. Unlike other anthologies, Chinese Whisperings is created in a sequential fashion.
The Red Book, the first of the anthologies to be produced through Chinese Whisperings, has each successive writer taking a minor character from the preceding story and telling their story as the major character in the next story. Each writer also references events from the preceding story to tie the ten stories together.
A number of the contributing writers have already been introduced on the website, along with teasers of their stories to whet the appetite before release. The glimpses of each story have showcased some intriguing characters and interesting situations. Perhaps most striking is the distinct feel each story has, while the concept calls for these seemingly disparate tales to all be linked together by their characters.
As a writer I find the idea of an anthology of short stories by individual authors featuring characters that share a consistent world to be an exciting one. The unique perspective of each author and their character within the framework of the collection seems set to create an engaging and alternative take on the short story collection. Chinese Whisperings – The Red Book will be available in both traditional and ebook format in November of this year.
Check out the Chinese Whisperings blog to read the many teaser passages and be sure to leave a comment or tweet about the project to enter the weekly draw for an exclusive Red Book Reversed ebook.