So how does that phrase work for fans of 21st century fiction? In the case of those who like funny tales with a twist of sadness (or vice versa), Midwestern writer Doug Shiloh has just published three stories on Fictionaut.com in the past week with a triple play that signals the end of the drought.
So far, during 2012 Shiloh had two well-received pieces published. In January, Zouch Magazine, Canada's premiere underground arts' internet magazine, posted "The Paparazzo", a story of the battle of the sexes on a discus practice field. Then in February, Chicago's hottest new audio zine, WordPlaySound.com, published "The 6-Foot Lobster", a funny-and-sad tale read by Shiloh himself that comes from his first novel.
The pieces at Fictionaut include a new piece from his in-progress novel ("Upstairs on Montague Street"), "The Field House" and a parody titled "Hemingway on Trash Day."
"It's the first rounded collection of my work, and I'm stoked to get more new stuff out there since people have been wondering when new material would get published," Shiloh said.
Shiloh said that many things are in the works, and that it's just a matter "of getting them in the line and going." He's at work revising his second novel, as well as putting the finishing touches on new stories and poems. There's even talk of an audio album or two and a screenplay.
"I remember what a friend of mine said. He said just because someone is a little older, don't count them out. It's not over. I really believe that."
"Pookoo", the story of an Olympian is getting a reboot for 2012, but fans can download the book from his web site (http://www.pookoo.net) or Amazon. So far, 5,000 people have downloaded the satire of "celebrity, Chicago and 6-foot lobsters."
Links to Shiloh's newest work is at http://fictionaut.com/