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Fiberglass Clown Head Symphony By Tom Janikowski
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Mr. Michael Nitrous works for a failing newspaper chain. Dr. Neil Troper is an escapee from a psychiatric detention facility. They are both looking for a really good lunch. Fiberglass Clown Head... More > Symphony follows the separate journeys that these two men make across the People's Republic of Illinois on their way to the Wisconsin Confederation, considering music, metaphysics, and fortune cookies along the way. Must the individual sacrifice all creativity and freedom for the good of the society, or can a person become whatever he or she wants to become? Can he or she even become the manufacturer of the finest imitation shrunken heads in North America? The 60,000 words of Fiberglass Clown Head Symphony will move you from the shores of the Mississippi to the shores of Devil's Lake, and they will carry you from an Asian Buffet to a glacier and back again. Michael Nitrous is going to have one heck of a headache in the morning.< Less
Fiberglass Clown Head Symphony By Tom Janikowski
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Mr. Michael Nitrous works for a failing newspaper chain. Dr. Neil Troper is an escapee from a psychiatric detention facility. They are both looking for a really good lunch. Fiberglass Clown Head... More > Symphony follows the separate journeys that these two men make across the People's Republic of Illinois on their way to the Wisconsin Confederation, considering music, metaphysics, and fortune cookies along the way. Must the individual sacrifice all creativity and freedom for the good of the society, or can a person become whatever he or she wants to become? Can he or she even become the manufacturer of the finest imitation shrunken heads in North America? The 60,000 words of Fiberglass Clown Head Symphony will move you from the shores of the Mississippi to the shores of Devil's Lake, and they will carry you from an Asian Buffet to a glacier and back again. Michael Nitrous is going to have one heck of a headache in the morning.< Less
A Stay of Execution By Tom Janikowski
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A Stay of Execution is a collection of 91 pieces of short fiction, ranging in length from the form known as “flash” or “sudden” to the short story. In this second collection... More > of Janikowski's often bizarre work, the stories span a wide expanse of subject matters and moods, which has contributed to his style being likened to “'A Prairie Home Companion' on 'shrooms.” Tales of good and evil are set against nightmarish stories – some bordering on the psychedelic, some unashamedly tongue-in-cheek.< Less
Balloonheart By Tom Janikowski
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Balloonheart tells the age-old story of the struggle for freedom. The novella is set somewhere in middle America after a post-war collapse of society. Remnants of the government and the... More > military-industrial complex have forged an alliance and cooperate in a re-ordered and fortified microcosm of post-modern civilization known as "the Project," which produces arms and materiel and seeks to enforce some order in what they attempt to portray as a very hostile world. A man whom we come to know only as "Hombre" narrates his path from his civilian home to the bowels of the Project and out again. He is aided in his quest for freedom by the ghost of a friend of his who was killed in an industrial accident within the Project. "Ed's Ghost" appears to the Hombre at critical times and helps the Hombre ask the right questions. The reader comes to see that perhaps some things are not quite as they seem - in the Hombre's world and in our own, as well.< Less
A Martini and a Pen By Tom Janikowski
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A Martini and a Pen is a collection of 55 pieces of short fiction, ranging in length from the form known as “flash” or “sudden” to the short story. Drawn from both previously... More > published and unpublished works in the author's collection, the stories span a wide expanse of subject matters and moods, which has contributed to his style being likened to “'A Prairie Home Companion' on 'shrooms.” Tales of good and evil are set against dreamlike stories – some bordering on the psychedelic, some unashamedly tongue-in-cheek. The flash fiction is punctuated by several longer pieces, including “Dauphin Street and the Most Cruel Disease,” told partially from within the mind of an Alzheimer's patient, “Priceless and Serene,” a study of emotion set in the countryside of southwestern Vermont, and the title piece, “A Martini and a Pen,” which finds a desperate man discussing his future with a bartender (and which includes a very nice drink recipe).< Less
Balloonheart By Tom Janikowski
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Balloonheart tells the age-old story of the struggle for freedom. The novella is set somewhere in middle America after a post-war collapse of society. Remnants of the government and the... More > military-industrial complex have forged an alliance and cooperate in a re-ordered and fortified microcosm of post-modern civilization known as "the Project," which produces arms and materiel and seeks to enforce some order in what they attempt to portray as a very hostile world. A man whom we come to know only as "Hombre" narrates his path from his civilian home to the bowels of the Project and out again. He is aided in his quest for freedom by the ghost of a friend of his who was killed in an industrial accident within the Project.  "Ed's Ghost" appears to the Hombre at critical times and helps the Hombre ask the right questions. The reader comes to see that perhaps some things are not quite as they seem - in the Hombre's world and in our own, as well.< Less
Worse Than It Looks By Tom Janikowski
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Midwestern fictionista Tom Janikowski has crafted a collection of poetry drawn from his experiences working with people who have made bad choices - addicts, convicts, users, and the like. Written... More > over the span of two years on the streets of the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa, the poems include many that appeared at his collaborative poetry site, "the lost beat," where he writes with his cousin, the poet Denise Janikowski-Krewal.< Less
Worse Than It Looks By Tom Janikowski
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Midwestern fictionista Tom Janikowski has crafted a collection of poetry drawn from his experiences working with people who have made bad choices - addicts, convicts, users, and the like. Written... More > over the span of two years on the streets of the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa, the poems include many that appeared at his collaborative poetry site, "the lost beat," where he writes with his cousin, the poet Denise Janikowski-Krewal.< Less