"F.P. Dorchak writes like a hot-rodder heading toward a brick wall. Edge of your seat entertainment! I pondered over each of these stories long after I'd finished reading them. That's what great writing is all about!" -Dean Wyant, Co-Founder, Hex Publishers
"A collection that folds upon itself like a Mobius strip. A twisted landscape of the humane, the weird, and the fantastic." -Mario Acevedo, Author, University of Doom
"Stylistically edgy and willing to muck around in the darker corners of life, the stories in Do The Dead Dream? are both bold and gritty. Readers looking to be soothed and reassured about the human condition, seek elsewhere." -Mark Stevens
When you step off the train in Cadillac, Oklahoma, you'll wade through currents of hilarity and romance where the sheriff is in love with the wife of a prominent lawyer, and the banker's widow and a Las Vegas sex worker team up to beautify Cadillac.
Not until a young female reporter cracks open the self-satisfied surface of the town is the folly, anger, and pain revealed. The resentments of tree-huggers, storeowners, and the town fathers ignite over a proposal to create a New England-style town green in this water-starved former Dust Bowl town.
Citizens who don't care about town politics, deal with domestic abuse, religious rivalry and stale marriages. The sheriff, Jake Hale, seeks help from a retired lawyer, Sloane Willard, in an effort to save the life of a teenage girl accused of murdering the father who raped her.
The town's guiding forces of rule following, religion, and guns unite as a praying mass of church-goers overwhelm Jake's attempt to manage an out-of-control hostage situation at Cadillac's Youth Detention Center.
Before you get back on the train, you will have grown to love these people and their thirst for love, beauty, water and justice.
A modern woman adrift in modern China. Would-be lovers connected and separated by random chance. A drunken dissident and his less-then-happy minder. A researcher of war atrocities who must come to grips with her own family tragedies. A princess of a kingdom that no longer exists. Actors placed at the service of comedies and tragedies, depending on a filmmaker's whim... These are the characters that populate Ho Lin's short story collection China Girl.
In its nine tales, China Girl documents the collisions between East and West, the power of myth and the burden of history, and loves lost and almost found. The stories in this collection encompass everything from contemporary vignettes about urban life to fable-like musings on memories and the art of storytelling. Wide-ranging and playful, China Girl is a journey into today's Asia as well as an Asia of the imagination.
Most of the short stories in this collection are set in the south, places like Memphis, East Tennessee, North Mississippi,and Texas.
"These moving stories of characters struggling with their own flaws, fighting to right their tilted lives or survive a loved one's loss, are richly imagined, admirably complex, and shine with the subtlety and sensitivity of truly fine writing. But Early Men is more than that. By bravely grappling with the political as well as the personal, Britt Haraway tackles one of literature's most difficult, yet vital, roles and, with this debut, offers us important insights not only about ourselves, but about the wider world in which we live." -Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea
"Writers aren't exactly people ... they're a whole lot of people trying to be one person." In Dennis Must's third story collection, Going Dark, the narrators mirror F. Scott Fitzgerald's observation by drawing the reader into their dissimilar yarns, earthy or exalted, practical or fanciful. An aging actor looks back on his life, but whose life does he recall? A couple finds a novel way to spice up their marriage, but then the fantasy takes on a life of its own .... Middle-aged men struggle to cope with distracted wives and terminal loneliness. They look back on hapless childhoods to come to terms with what drove their parents or siblings to suicide, infidelity, or madness. Post World War II Midwest is the predominant setting, and Must's poetic gift captures its moods, textures and odors and gives it form and substance in vivid colors and dramatic shades of gray. Their author has been variously compared to Franz Kafka, Flannery O'Connor, Nathaniel West, and Nathanial Hawthorne.
“Poignant, exquisite, and endlessly witty” —Kirkus Review (Starred Review)
“People—the species defies logic!” reflects the protagonist of one of the dazzling, intricate stories in Visitations. In this latest collection from Lee Upton, characters navigate often bewildering situations, from the homeschooled girl trying to communicate telepathically with an injured man she finds on the beach to the experimental theater troupe (called the Community Playas) composed primarily of actors the story’s narrator has wronged or been wronged by.
Upton’s stories frequently draw inspiration from books—books as art objects or lost objects, as inspiration or points of contention. “Night Walkers” tells the story of the world’s laziest book club, while “A Story’s End” follows a woman’s search for the last book read by her mother before her sudden death. Elsewhere, the ghosts of literature and writers past haunt the characters’ present: “The Tell-All Heart” sees a woman falling in love with Edgar Allan Poe’s discarded suit, and an unruly, unpredictable shadow creeps in a child’s window to demand that he cut off the other hand of Captain Hook in “A Shadow.”
In the surreal yet playful tradition of Karen Russell and George Saunders, Visitations brings together seventeen incandescent short stories from a writer at the height of her powers.
Fiction. This collection of "linked, rural-noir" stories depicts endangered humans in endangered environment. Jaimee Wriston Colbert has given us a story collection for our times. In WILD THINGS, Colbert's human characters face displacement, just like the tropical alligator who appears in New York's Susquehanna River. They face sheer desperation, like that of an ohia tree clinging to solid lava on a Hawaiian volcano. In an environment where good-paying factory jobs are an endangered species, Colbert's protagonists confront such post- industrial predations as meth, homelessness, and the ghosts of lost dreams. Their survival is their triumph.
These stories are unconnected, but they all include a similar trait: Fear. They are all based on aspects of life that are haunting yet very real. Experiencing these stories will induce a terror that will stay with you long after the final page is turned...
Tara’s day goes from bad to worse when she finds a lamp while cleaning out her grandma’s attic after she died. She found an old lamp with a note attached. “Whoever finds this lamp, Take my advice. Do not rub the lamp. Do not make a wish. Put it back where you found it and run away.” Tara thought her grandma was just making a joke until she accidently rubbed the lamp and the genie popped out.
Mark, the Genie of the lamp, was not very happy to be a genie any longer. He wanted out of his life. So what he did to show that he wasn’t happy was that no matter what the person wished for he would twists and turn the words of the wish and make it a little more fun for him and not so much fun for the person who made the wish.
After two wishes went in the wrong direction, Tara wished to be left alone which in turn, Mark sent her to a deserted Island. He thought he was being his usual funny self until his punishment was to be sent there with her, but he was sent without his powers.
How will this all work out for Mark and Tara? How will they get off the island without his powers?
Twelve interconnected short stories about the life of J.T. Glass, a Los Angeles security guard with an uncanny knack for finding trouble and falling in love--often at the same time. In many of the stories, J.T. is challenged with moral decisions that walk the fine line between humor and tragedy. Some of the stories address J.T.'s childhood, while others deal with his utter misunderstanding of women and his relationships with them. This special edition also includes the first chapter of The Brubury Tales, where the story of J.T. Glass continues in this adaptation of Chaucer's classic Canterbury Tales set in Los Angeles just after the 1992 riots.
Calla is a young shifter, the only female within miles High Lonesome, her small southern West Virginia hometown. Her mother had managed to keep her safe from the bounty of male mountain lions in the past, but now Calla finds herself alone and without a protector...and the moon is full.
Haben hasn’t been able to get close to Calla since their first meeting, right around Valentine’s Day. When he shows up at her house a year later, he finds the wounded spit-fire determined for him to keep his distance - despite his instinct to keep her safe.
Calla must choose to either place her trust and safety to an outsider, or fight off every male mountain lion between here and Charleston with just her wits and a shotgun. The stakes are high and the numbers are against them. Even if they prevail, will Calla be able to keep her heart safe from her protector till sunrise?
Thread and Other Stories is a multi-genre collection of short stories (single author) that includes science fiction, fantasy, urban fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, and espionage. There are seven stories in the collection. Prudence and her older brother Yannick face extreme poverty and hardship in Thread. They live day to day on the wages they earn at low paying, difficult jobs. They face hardships that seem insurmountable for two young children. Isidore, an impoverished boy trying to survive on his own, enters their lives with even greater needs than Prudence and Yannick. They integrate him into their family life even as their world begins to crumble around them. But, there is an ominous backdrop to these events as strange entities take a keen interest in the lives of the three children. A military psychologist evaluates a Vietnam war veteran who has experienced psychological damage in Shrink. The veteran's fellow soldiers and friends must support him as the psychologist attempts to uncover the reasons behind his trauma.
A finalist for the Tartts Fiction Award and semifinalist for the Subito Press Prize, this debut collection takes the reader across America, from California to Houston to New Orleans to South Carolina. The characters seek out meaningful connections with others while struggling with their blurred identities and instincts for personal transcendence. Whether it is a couple in counseling for a husband's obsession with little league baseball, a modern-day satire of Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative, or a power struggle between a newly-widowed man and his daughter, what happens in these stories is surprising, tragic, funny, profane, surreal, and occasionally redemptive.
"Zack O'Neill's story 'Sea Lion' is one of the strangest stories I've read in some time. But here's the thing, it's strange in a way you can't resist. Imagine if somebody made a movie of your memories and sent you copy. It's like that." -George McCormick, author of Salton Sea and Inland Empire
Ted suspects that something is wrong at the Miller’s house across the street. What he learns launches him into an uncomfortable and haunting encounter with his neighbor that forces Ted to look inward and examine his own life. Hale’s page-turning short story, In the Shade of the Lemon Tree, takes Ted, and the reader, on an emotional, eye-opening journey that reveals one surprising truth after another.
Looking out on the city that never sleeps from his tenth floor penthouse, Daniel seems to have it all. But in The Letter nothing is certain, and a tragic turn in life takes him from New York City to the coast of Maine, as he clings to the hope of a past love that may be lost forever.
The themes of love and loss flow through the tender and touching short stories in this collection, finding drama in the seemingly simple routine of life—Saturday drives with a grandfather, a stroll along the beach where the past competes with the present, and the anticipation of a family wedding.
Fifteen short stories including "Erice," William Faulkner-William Wisdom finalist. Mothers, sons, fathers, sisters, lovers, and friends. On some days, those who are closest to us behave oddly and act like strangers, and on other days, we are surprised by our own behavior. Set in the South, California, Italy, and Belgium, these stories are populated with characters facing inner and outer journeys that don't go as planned. --Why did Sadie's mother run away? And when will she return? --Must a teenager learn the truth about her daddy the hard way? --What lengths will a widow go to in order to avoid loneliness and her nosy neighbor? --In a California butterfly grove, what will a mother think of her son's date? --Why must a bride's rehearsal dinner feel like a Hatfield-McCoy moment? --Will an out-of-work actor go nuts while he awaits his agent's phone call? --On a train ride in Belgium, can a mother and son trust a talkative postcard salesman they encounter? --To what lengths will a new husband go to please his wife on their Sicilian honeymoon? --What kind of trouble can a restless wife find at a laundromat in Rome? In these tales, some humorous and others edgy, characters discover they really don't know those who are closest, while sometimes a stranger offers the gift of hope.
Peter Pan helps Rita solve the mystery of a stray puzzle piece. Aldo looks at the clouds and decides to quit. A little girl insists on making everything in her coloring book orange. Eve defies darkness turning past dreams into future memories.
12 Random Words / 12 Palabras al Azar is a bilingual collection of interior vignettes told in both English and Spanish. Each story is a tale of yearning, a fragment of discovery, a treasure.
Set in New York, Lima, Buenos Aires, and other cities, these short stories take unexpected turns along the path of remembrance, disappointment, and hope.
The five tales in Malum in Se share the theme of evil--sometimes the evil of deliberation and action, some-times the evildoer is only vaguely aware of his or her moral misprision; but more often fully aware and pur-poseful. Even so, there is humor in evil. Murder is perhaps the greatest evil, but in the largest sense, it is ridiculous, solving nothing.
Immediately after the story "Legacy" was writ-ten, a larger version of the piece appeared to the author. This was Fortune Island, the novel subse-quently pub-lished by Cherokee McGhee. Malum in Se offers the reader this earlier, shorter, and somewhat different version of the story.
In "Manslaughter" a careless and aging party-girl mother inadvertently causes doom while seeking fun. "A Man of Con-science" seeks world revenge and realizes that he has become the evildoer. In a pulp fiction pastiche sug-gested by the New York Journal-American columnist Jack O'Brian, "Haydn's Head," two gamblers solve a mystery of inter-national espionage while pursued by a mobster who wants his losses back. In this story evil smiles.
In the final story, a man and woman attempt escape from a statistical, fascist world of the future to "The Devil's Tavern."
In this long-awaited collection of short fiction by the author of Mariana and Our Lady of the Artichokes, beauty is continually and painfully present in all places--in a Thanksgiving dinner assembled by a widowed DMV worker being stalked by an irate customer; in a middle-aged Hollywood actress who captivates a young studio animator for decades; in the aftermath of an unthinkable tragedy; and in a daughter's memories of the ethereal, melting ice sculptures made by a woman embroiled in an affair with a wealthy lawyer. Amid their complex, turbulent relationships in a chronic state of crisis, Katherine Vaz's wise and restless protagonists carry within them the seeds of a vanished, gracious world of urbane dinner parties and passionate affairs--a humane and cultured civilization whose flawed inhabitants are redeemed by their ability to blend the aesthetic imperative with the power to love.
Lauren finally fulfills her dreams of having her own apartment in the city. However, dreams are a funny thing. They can be your answer but more often than not, a question.
In this case, the apartment is Lauren’s answer and yet it brings up the question of how is she going to deal with all of the noise? Whether it be a dog barking, a baby screaming or simply the noise coming up off the street, it is all too much!
Finally, Lauren finds relief when she purchases a sound machine that plays white noise which drowns out all of the noise around her. Perfect! Or, so she thought.
Lauren begins to have strange dreams. Unlike most of her dreams that she cannot remember, these dreams stay with her. Haunt her. Become part of her. Is the white noise giving her access to other people’s dreams? People who have died. Can souls dream in death?
Lauren dreams thirteen individual dreams. With each one she finds herself drifting ever closer to the mouth of madness.
Perfection is a Barbie doll, and, unless you're looking for a guy with a fake smile, a hard head, and no genitalia, then you're better off NOT being perfect—Single Chicas
Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she's never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.
The ten stories in this haunting and hilarious collection offer a how-to manual for dealing with love, lies, and loneliness. Sam Wesson, an up-and- coming country-western singer, plots to get pregnant without her boyfriend's consent, while Dacey, already pregnant, confronts her cheating husband over her secret checking account. Andrea rescues a stray dog to avoid facing her complicated human relationships. Sarah, an exotic dancer, longs for employment at a religious theme park, and Amelia dreams of creating impossible bonsai. Whether facing life-threatening illness or overwhelming loss, these characters scheme in humble, funny, sympathetic, and outrageous ways to find an etiquette that will deliver them from disappointment and shield them from crushing grief.
Filled with vivid characterization, dry humor, and luminous, searing prose, A LESSON IN MANNERS tenderly embraces deeply flawed characters who learn that, in the face of frightening bewilderment or deep pain, a precise, brilliant attention to every moment is the only way we survive.
A collection of short stories from the mind of romantic suspense author Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra that will take your imagination on a ride across all genres. Delve into For the Fun of Writing, where flights of fancy are given voice in “Jerry’s Gift” and “Rites of Passage.” Glide into Soul Songs, stories from the Cuban Diaspora, where the author weaves many of her own exile experiences in “The Fish Tank” (award winner), “Bubbles Don’t Bring Smiles,” “Lullaby,” and “A Day in the Life of Benito José Fuentes.” Take a peek at Prologues, two prequel short stories that introduce characters in upcoming novels. Twists and turns run rampant in “Into the Light,” and “Mirror, Mirror: A Detective Nick Larson Story.” Finally, enjoy The End, a short-short of whimsy in “Everyone’s a Critic.”
What happens when a safety app isn’t enough to protect a child? Is there really such a thing as a Grechtzoar? What really is the nature of happiness? How do we quantify it? These questions and more are answered in the pages of breakout author Emily Eckart’s "Pale Hearts," a collection of short stories. Emily’s writing has something for everyone, and her heartfelt stories leave the reader with a sense of longing for a place and time they may never have known.
In In and of Blood, Kat Lewis uses beautifully violent language to prove that there is no good or evil - only circumstances. As her characters try to mitigate their immorality and point fingers to say that their monstrosity is no worse than others', Lewis splays a truth about the human condition across each page.
Her stories, "Six Weeks of Solitude" and "Jello Shots and Shopping Carts" focus on the psychological monsters of hate and self-destruction. Lewis turns to physical monsters with the resurrection of a teenage girl in "#324" and the personification of death as a fisherman in "Hook, Line, and Dead." The title story, "In and of Blood," explores the lives of two werewolf sisters as one sister embraces her feral nature and lives as a wolf while the other rejects her inner creature and struggles to live as a human.
Visceral, vicious, and unwavering, In and of Blood captivates as it comments on the monstrosity inside us all and reminds us that sometimes it's okay to be a monster.
Manuel Chavez is a young marketing director who grew up in the vineyard as the son of a migrant farmworker. All his life, he heard rumors of the grounds being haunted but never believed them until he returned to Fermata Cellars as an adult to work in management. Now, he must overcome his fear of the supernatural, and fight a corrupt city councilman who wants to condemn the property and sell it to one of his cronies for a cheap price. Can the Old Ways fight City Hall? Fermata Cellars is the debut novella by Gwen Clayton, and the first book of the Rivervine Trilogy. The second will tell the story from the ghost's point of view. The third will be from the newspaper editor's point of view. Together, they show that the truth has many sides...all of which are valid. The story will also challenge your religious and political beliefs as it dives into the concepts of spirituality, justice and free will. It is best read while drinking a bold, spicy zinfandel.