The Hanging Man and Other Stories is a collection of 17 ghost, paranormal, and supernatural stories. Step into the macabre world of author Susan Buffum who counts Edgar Allan Poe and Shirley Jackson among her favorite authors. Her imagination has also been influenced by the art of the inimitable Edward Gorey. Susan draws a fine line between this world and the next, one that is crossed and crossed again throughout the stories in this collection. Her dark sense of humor is evident in Between, and she gives a passing nod to the reigning king of horror in The Ghoul Who Loved to Read. The Hanging Man is the author's first ghost/supernatural/horror story. It inspired her to draw the image that graces the cover of this volume of haunting tales.
Poetry. ANGLE OF REFLECTION features the work of ten award–winning Los Angeles poets with a remarkable 20–year history of working together. This luminous collection is both a sampler and a reservoir, capturing poems that serve as an entrée and retrospective as well as a showcase of current work. Perhaps the only umbrella term to categorize the poems here is lyric, though each poet's section offers an individual interpretation and definition. However, there is nothing fragmented about the way this anthology flows. Because of, and despite, the differences in these poets' singular voices, their poems carry on complex conversations across sections—correspondences that invite the reader to engage with the contrasts and similarities, themes and images. With an Introduction by esteemed poet David St. John, with whom some in the group worked weekly for many years, ANGLE OF REFLECTION is a celebration of community, collaboration, and the joy of poetic diversity.
Contributors include Marjorie Becker, Jeanette Clough, Dina Hardy, Paul Lieber, Sarah Maclay, Holaday Mason, Jim Natal, Jan Wesley, Brenda Yates, and Mariano Zaro.
Mumbai Matinee depicts the life and culture around the city of Mumbai through 8 interconnected stories. Key scene sketches accompany the narrative to spark the reader's imagination.
Ajay doesn't know what to expect when he moves to the bustling city of Mumbai. He himself hails from North India, and the culture shock of the dynamic city takes a bit of getting used to. He's captivated, though, and Ajay falls in love with the colorful metropolis and its many inhabitants. In the city, he will find love, friendship, and community--but also danger and the threat of disaster.
It all begins in 1993, when Ajay comes to Mumbai on a short internship assignment. He is caught in the shock wave of the 1993 serial bombings. Despite this brush with death, Ajay is determined to learn the secrets of the city.
After graduation, he comes back and finds new stories in the city's streets. Ajay meets an interfaith couple who teach him about the power of love, a local labor leader who is more than he seems, and a dynamic acting teacher who could become something more. He also suffers another close call more than a decade after the bombings. Still, for every troubling experience, there's one that pushes Ajay beyond his comfort zone and spurs him to embrace all his adopted city has to offer.