Flash Fiction: The Tower of Scattering Winds
You weren’t my first summer girl— But were the first one to take me over Body and soul (and OK, I admit, it wasn’t all that hard to do) But you are the one from the early days I remember With only a few sharp regrets, since softened by time. But also rises in me a wistful […]
The Decagon House Murders [1987/2015] – ★★1/2 This book, translated from Japanese by Ho-Ling Wong, “was seen as a milestone in detective fiction and the start of the shin honkaku (new orthodox) movement” [1987/2015: 228]. That movement was a revival of the traditional “logical reasoning” detective fiction in Japan that was prevalent in the Golden […]
Sister Philadelphia lit the candles in the vestibule and inhaled the rich incense wafting from the church. The pews were empty, and darkness yawned across the altar, its maw stretching up to the crucifix where an impaled Savior grinned arcanely at his dismemberment. The flames drew out the stained glass window and outside, an early […]
Our dramatis personae are: ARGAN, an imaginary invalid. BÉLINE, second wife to ARGAN. ANGÉLIQUE, daughter to ARGAN, in love with CLÉANTE. LOUISON; ARGAN’S young daughter, sister to ANGÉLIQUE. BÉRALDE, brother to ARGAN. CLÉANTE, lover to ANGÉLIQUE. MR. DIAFOIRUS, a physician. THOMAS DIAFOIRUS, his son, in love with ANGÉLIQUE. MR. PURGON, physician to ARGAN. MR. FLEURANT, […]
Fri 05 Apr 2019 – Sat 06 Apr 2019. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m at 1370 Southmore Boulevard, Houston, Texas. Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity illuminates the daily experiences of five young Muslim Americans who came of age in a post-9/11 society, and who are building their lives in a time of continued fear of and violence […]
My poetry is the voice of all those who are suffering and desperate for help. Mental illnesses are diseases just like any other physical diseases. People don’t have awareness regarding mental health and the victims suffer. I am here to break the stigma and help those in need. Kindly break the chain and raise the […]
I was first introduced to Albert Camus in 2009 when a work colleague lent me The Myth of Sisyphus, when we both had a common interest in books and writing. I’d not heard of him, and such was my French at the time, I couldn’t even pronounce the name properly (Albɛʁ Kæˈmu / or Alber […]
The essayist, novelist and existentialist philosopher Albert Camus was killed in a car accident on January 4, 1960. Camus had been spending the holidays in the south of France at his country house (which he had bought with his Nobel Prize money three years earlier) with his wife and their twin children and his publisher […]
Guten Abend, meine Freunde,😍 es ist bedauerlich, dass sich so viele Menschen immer in der Opferrolle sehen und denken, dass sie weglaufen müssen, um ihrem gefühlten Elend zu entkommen. Kämpfergeist für etwas Größeres und der Wille, steinige Weg zu nehmen, fehlen oft – schade. Ich wünsche euch einen schönen Abend. Zitat Konfuzius: Der Mensch […]
In the arms of peace, I flee harms with ease. Another’s thoughts are disorder to my think As time passes under my eyes, before I blink The done, it is done. The to come, will come. For when I fell, I missed the time that passed I couldn’t tell. It carried me, &, placed me […]
So, Wanderers, that little 800-page pamphlet I have coming out in July? It has been optioned for television by QC Entertainment (story here at Deadline). QC Entertainment (in this case, Sean McKittrick, Ray Mansfield, with Ilene Staple) really grokked the material and, for fear of being too damn punny, serve as excellent shepherds of the series. (*eyebrow…
A three line tale for Sonya’s photo prompt photo by Ahmed Odeh via Unsplash In a midnight basement, two boys leap to their feet while a third scatters the letters of the ‘psychic’ message in an attempt to make the apparition go away. Somewhere, far away, a girl stands in her bedroom, petrified with […]
Logan Rickover, owner of a hardware store in a small town in Kentucky, has lucid dreams of life as an astronaut that intrude upon his life at any moment. Which of his lives is real? The quiet paradise of Danville or the terrifying jungle world of Stheno D?
This novelette is a terrific read for those who have only a quick break to take a breather and escape to another reality. In this sci-fi thriller, I endeavor to blur the boundaries between alien-induced hallucinations, the brutal reality of the present, and memories of an idyllic past.
Ron Baker calls it “Nightmare Planet”, gives it five stars, and comments: “This short has exactly what I like in science fiction: planet exploration and bizarre otherworldly aliens, in this case insectoid. The horrendous purpose the aliens have for the hapless astronauts who make planetfall to find the numerous previous missing exploration teams is grisly. I love the mystery of the planet and the authors device of alternating from the aliens bizarre perspective then switching to the astronauts point of view.”
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“Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night…” is Available on Amazon Kindle
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Flash Fiction: The Tower of Scattering Winds