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Aufra By Erick Vega
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A narrow path to the breadth to the human spirit. A collection of science-fiction short stories in English and Spanish.
In Search of Myself By Shirley Franklin
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The story of a Christian teenager in postwar Germany who discovers that she was given up as a baby by Jewish parents to save her from the Nazis. Worldview shattered, she embarks on a journey to find... More > her roots and her family, if any are left.< Less
SHC By Bill Walton
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Police detective Bob Jackson is working cold cases when he is assigned to a case that has puzzled police for more than twenty years. A man disappeared in what can only be described as an example of... More > Spontaneous Human Combustion. Then it happened again - to his son. Bob finds himself in the unfamiliar world of holograms, lasers and avatars. There he uncovers a fifty-eight year old secret.< Less
Holes By Louis Sachar
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Adapted for the stage by Louis Sachar. Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of... More > Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment--and redemption. 30 Characters: 9 Females – 21 Males< Less
Veteran In A New Field By W. H. Payne
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In 1866, after service with the Irish Brigade in the Civil War, Seamus Delaney arrives at a famous and luxurious Catskill Mountain resort. He is under orders from his employer, the shadowy... More > Secretary, to "rest." He soon finds that far from enjoying a rest, he is immersed in the murderous conflict that gave rise to the War and which persists in a tortured Nation.< Less
Jackie By Sam Newsome
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Jackie chronicles the life of a young man born to misfortune. As a child he is labeled as mentally challenged. He suffers an abusive home life and the torment of bullies at school. Soon he is judged... More > uneducable and relegated to homeschooling that is no more effective than the classroom. He is left without a formal education. Thirteen years later he is reunited with an old classmate, Jimmie, who is now a recent college graduate. Circumstances reunite the old acquaintances when Jackie’s mother becomes ill. Together they discover that Jackie has a secret ability and enormous untapped potential. That ability enables the friends to discover and expose deeply seated local government corruption and create a future for Jackie. Friendship, luck, and Jackie’s special talent are the springboard that propels him on a journey to fulfill his destiny.< Less
The Calling By Marta Luzim
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Ruby Goldsmith, a young Jewish woman, struggles to find herself amid the insanity and abuse that tortures her throughout her youth. Her childhood trauma drives her into a schizophrenic state and a... More > relationship with her spirit guide, Marianne. Writing, painting and her sexuality create the fire that helps her survive. Her lust to know if she is sane or insane plays out between her two loves, Steve and Joel. Her journey catapults Ruby into asking the eternal questions, Who am I? Where do I belong? What is love?< Less
GLORIFY THE GIRL By MARK BADE
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MILA HAS A GREAT GIFT. SHE CAN REVIVE THE DEAD SIMPLY BY FALLING IN LOVE WITH THEM. THE GIRL DISCOVERS HER TALENT AFTER AFFAIRS WITH THREE FAMOUS GHOSTS. ONE IS AN EIGHTIES ROCKSTAR, THE SECOND A... More > FAMED OLYMPIAN, THE LAST A SURREALIST PAINTER. THE WORLD DISCOVERS HER HIDDEN POWER AND WORSHIPS HER AS A GOD. BUT THE FAME IS TOO MUCH AND A PUBLIC BACKLASH ENSUES, FORCING THE GIRL TO SURVIVE AMONG A CRUMBLING PLANET AND A PLOTTING SECRET SOCIETY.< Less
How to Unfeel the Dead: New and Selected Fictions By Lance Olsen
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Praise for Lance Olsen’s Fiction: "In the world of contemporary fiction, Lance Olsen is a rock star." —Brooklyn Rail ... More > "Olsen is a master of an evocative, expressive prose."—Publishers Weekly Lance Olsen’s more than 20 books of and about experimental fiction include the novels Theories of Forgetting (2014), Calendar of Regrets (2010), Head in Flames (2009), Nietzsche’s Kisses (2006), and Girl Imagined by Chance (2002), as well as the anti-textbook Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Writing (2012) and critifictional meditation [[ there. ]] (2014). His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies. A Guggenheim, Berlin Prize, N.E.A., and Pushcart recipient, and Fulbright Scholar, he teaches innovative narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.< Less
How to Unfeel the Dead: New and Selected Fictions By Lance Olsen
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Praise for Lance Olsen’s Fiction: "In the world of contemporary fiction, Lance Olsen is a rock star." —Brooklyn Rail ... More > "Olsen is a master of an evocative, expressive prose."—Publishers Weekly Lance Olsen’s more than 20 books of and about experimental fiction include the novels Theories of Forgetting (2014), Calendar of Regrets (2010), Head in Flames (2009), Nietzsche’s Kisses (2006), and Girl Imagined by Chance (2002), as well as the anti-textbook Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Writing (2012) and critifictional meditation [[ there. ]] (2014). His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies. A Guggenheim, Berlin Prize, N.E.A., and Pushcart recipient, and Fulbright Scholar, he teaches innovative narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.< Less
kINK By J. Maynard Carr
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Emma Reynolds is beautiful and young and smart and has almost everything she’s ever wanted: a wealthy husband, a charming home, and a successful career. But something is missing. Erotic... More > memories—scenes from a few lustful weeks in college—consume her thoughts. Emma’s conservative husband no longer measures up to the breathtaking pleasure of her dreams. She wants the fantasy. She wants the fairy tale. But fairy tales were first meant to frighten. Emma acts shamelessly on her wicked desires and finds herself drawn into a dark world of surrender and lust that even her wildest imagination could never have conjured. kINK is a shocking tale of deception, blackmail, sex, and kidnapping: a catastrophic collision between hedonistic fantasy and sadistic depravity. When Emma’s wanton actions force her to choose between her reputation and her staid husband, she makes a fateful decision, leading to a disturbing climax so twisted it will take your breath away. Includes a shocking alternate ending.< Less
Stories of the Black Count Part I: Deathless Days By Michael Vrazitoulis
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This book is an anthology of gothic romantic and dark fantasy aesthetics. For those who like to imagine themselves taking solitary walks through empty corridors and ruins of gothic cathedrals this is... More > the ideal escape. Read the tales of a solitary figure living in a dark world and explore his realm.< Less
Outlaw in the Land of Perfection By Logospilgrim
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A tormented, passionate woman with one piercing grey eye, Kristopher Silverheart is a major thorn in the side of the Elect, Earth’s increasingly oppressive religious rulers. Once one of their... More > own, she is now an Outcast, one of the Fallen, someone who has strayed from the Just Path and must either repent or be destroyed. Unbowed and undaunted, Silverheart captains a band of Outlaws who make regular forays from their refuge on the planet Hafwei to liberate as many Outcasts as they can from persecution, imprisonment and death. Constantly by Silverheart’s side is the beautiful and ethereal Heaven, her beloved companion, with whom she has a mysterious and unbreakable bond. When Heaven is kidnapped, Silverheart embarks on a reckless solo rescue mission into the heart of the enemy’s stronghold to bring her back. Logospilgrim is a writer and cosmic love vagabond. She is also known as the quiet professor. www.logospilgrim.com< Less
T O G E T H E R By JENYA KREIN
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JENYA KREIN "T O G E T H E R". Stories and Essay. "The real writer only writes. The writer is his text. The only law is the Law of Text. Of its space and air and time and magic of it.... More > Don’t you know? And what you want is to sell me your formula, your product. To create this product, and for me…to become one. To my own detriment, I am not your product. I was their product and no longer. That is how I define my freedom: not to sell. "< Less
Reliance By Amanda DePasquale, J Miller
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Josh is on the run and wanted for a murder, he needs to hide and fast. Running away to the big city was just the first step but after realizing that won’t be enough he creates a new personality... More > to hide behind. Jaden becomes a famous, wealthy musician and everything Josh had always wanted to be but could never achieve. Josh willingly hands over his life to Jaden whom controls everything and develops into a separate consciousness. Elliot is an underpaid, under appreciated young waiter who get’s pulled into the madness of Josh’s façade and has a hard time trying to get himself out of it. Especially after he begins to fall for Josh not knowing he isn’t in control of himself. Everything for Jaden is perfect. There’s only one problem, the life he’s built for himself isn’t his and Josh wants it back. Includes 18 fully rendered black and white illustrations scattered throughout each chapter.< Less
Contacts with Barbarians/Ice Cream Girl By Jonathan Bakken
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Welcome to Six Colors. Enjoy your time here. Get a ticket to Black and fix yourself up.
Limits and Imaginary Lines By Jennifer Berit
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A complete stranger at the airport. The longest line at the grocery store. Falling in and out of love. Though our days are often made up of a series of ordinary moments, these moments can offer us... More > extraordinary insights. Every interaction we have with every person is a chance to learn a lesson, gain perspective, and understand a new truth. In her first collection of essays, Limits and Imaginary Lines, Jennifer Berit explores lessons learned and truths discovered from these perfectly ordinary moments in life. The people, places and events in the stories are real. Mostly.< Less
Fragments from 5th Ave By Ryan P. C. Trimble
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In the fall of 1922, David Moran returns to North Carolina to finish his studies following a less than satisfactory six months spent in Paris. In search of a place to stay for the semester, he... More > answers an intriguing classified ad and soon moves into a house with three complete strangers. What follows are five wild and eye-opening months in that unforgettable house as the four, formerly unknown to each other, bond and grow during the last summer before their adult years take hold.< Less
SNReview (SNR) Summer 2014 By Joseph Conlin
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SNReview (SNR), a 16-year-old quarterly literary magazine, features the rising stars of world literature as well as some of its masters in the fields of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. It... More > has been edited and published by Joseph Conlin since 1999.< Less
The Friday Night Discussions By Renee Greene
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A mother in an urban community known as Mom G, invites the black youth into her home on Friday nights for uncensored discussions. Tonight's discussion has everyone debating whether hip hop is adding... More > more hell than help to the young black community. Drawn by her good food and an atmosphere to literally speak freely; thots, bougie girls, gangsta's, college boys & young working men all pile into her home on Friday nights. Follow Mom G & her three adult children (Tarvick, Nya and Nami) through the drama in their lives and their unwavering efforts to put a dent in the violence & negativity among the black youth. It's entertaining, enlightening, insightful and realistically engaging. Recommended ages 15 and up due to vulgar language.< Less
Amigo: Small Stories and Tall Tales of Hope By J. Stephen Jorge
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A vibrant world of microfiction from J. Stephen Jorge with cover art by Nate Silva. For fans of Amy Hempel, B.J. Novak, Nick Hornby and Paul Thomas Anderson. All royalties derived from this book... More > will be directed to the Aidric Hunt Assistance fund in honor of the deeply-missed Larsen Hunt.< Less
THE ZONE By Ed Kennedy
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Many tales have been told of places like the Zone - stories centered around homicides, drugs, prostitution and crimes in general. What makes this story different is that its focus is on a handful of... More > longterm residents who lived in this fictional neighborhood of Detroit and were not corrupted by the filth and ugliness surrounding them. At its center is a white boy and a black girl born in the Zone, one minute apart, their mothers lying side by side on a small bed. The mother and son share a home with a black family located in the middle of this dangerous environment. Then we follow the adventures of those who survive and leave the Zone. The experience gained by living and growing up in such a difficult place serves them well as they become successful writers, scientists, and business executives. But the Zone never leaves them.< Less
Campfire By MIcroWriters NorthRodanthe
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MICROJAM 2014, held in the shade of Bonticou Crag in New Paltz, NY: 90 word poems and visions.
Running in the Dark By Becky Hartung
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A quirky, sentimental, and downright laughable ode to the ups and downs of life. Running in the Dark opens the story of author Becky Hartung—still attempting to finish her college years in one... More > piece—teaching improv classes and watching DVD compilation disks of Saturday Night Live and the Wonder Years. (All seasons) With a tale surrounded by quick wit and colorful characters, Hartung embarks on a journey to rediscover the beauty of being ordinary. From her adoption, her dependent nature for spending time with the playground teacher, and singing Bruce Springsteen songs at karaoke bars she finds rest in the chaos. Running in the Dark battles the demons we are all haunted with and tries to find a few good friends in the midst of suffering.< Less
Monica Raven Delusional By Edna Myles
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Monica Raven - Delusional is the first installment of a fresh upbeat urban drama centered around the Raven sisters. Each chapter will outdo the one before it. This storyline never gets dull, and it... More > will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.< Less