This Wednesday, Sept. 24, my first short story will be published in an anthology from Hypothetical Press titled Reading Glasses! It will be available in paperback ($12.99) and for Kindle ($5.99) from Amazon and CreateSpace. And because you’re such an awesome person with great tastes in blogs, here are summaries of all of the stories in the collection along with brief author bios:
TALES OF FICTION INFUSED WITH THE FANTASTICAL
“From the publishers of the popular Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey comes a mesmerizing compilation of new fiction. Suspenseful and mysterious, with a touch of ironic humor, Reading Glasses will transport you to the very edge of reality. From life on a space station to tales that orbit a little too close to home, Reading Glasses is a compelling, fantastical departure from the familiar.”
Capoferri, Bruce. “The Malocchio”
A young man in old Italy falls victim to a devil in a blue dress in an original fairy tale, based on the legends of “the evil eye.”
Bruce Capoferri sells automobiles, but enjoys writing stories and songs in his spare time and is currently working on a novel. He has four autobiographical stories published in Primo Magazine and one in Buona Salute. He lives with his wife, Barbara, and cat, Krikat.
Farquhar, John. “The Icarus Option”
An old man with a terminal illness, who feels he got life all wrong, wants to make sure that at least he gets death right. Joe Hill is tired of this life, where modern gadgets have removed all real fun, familiar buildings are crumbling, and art and tradition all but forgotten. The answer he is looking for may lie in an old painting, The Fall of Icarus, and a popular new business called Thanatos. It’s a comedy, but probably shouldn’t be.
John Farquhar was born in England, and educated at Liverpool University and St. John’s College, Oxford. He teaches languages and literature at Rutgers University and Temple University.
Feistman, Gregg. “Starstruck”
While living on a space station to try to forget the past, Aaron Kramer encounters an exotic woman determined to be a part of his future. She offers him the opportunity of a lifetime – several lifetimes – in exchange for a seemingly simple promise.
Gregg Feistman’s first political thriller, The War Merchants, was published in 2009 by Strategic Book Publishing. He has since completed his second novel in the series, Unholy Alliance, currently under consideration. A former freelance journalist and New York City-produced playwright, he is currently an Associate Professor of Public Relations at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Ford, J. Keller. “The Passing of Millie Hudson”
When elderly spinster, Millie Hudson, returns to her childhood home to attend her sister’s funeral, she encounters touching memories and ghosts from her past. It’s not until the family vultures descend to lay claim to the estate that Millie decides to teach them a valuable lesson: sometimes it is the way we leave this life that matters more than how we live it.
J. Keller Ford is a Young Adult (YA) and New Adult (NA) fantasy author, freelance editor and book reviewer. Her short stories, “The Amulet of Ormisez” (Make Believe Anthology) and “Dragon Flight” (One More Day Anthology) are published by J. Taylor Publishing. Two of her non-fiction short stories, “Baby” and “Five More Minutes”, won reader’s choice awards at http://www.midlifecollage.com. Her first YA fantasy novel, In the Shadow of the Dragon King—her first installment in the Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy— is complete and seeking representation. www.j-keller-ford.com
Hardy, Christine L. “The Beach House”
Under the threat of international warfare, a woman coming to terms with the death of dear friends learns that their disappearance was not as permanent as it appeared.
Christine L. Hardy analyzes data by day and writes fantasy by night. A proud member of the South Jersey Writer’s Group, she lives with her son Jeff, her cat Koko, and an escape beagle named Zeke. Their escapades can be found on Facebook as well as at “Write First, Blog Later,” aka ChristineLHardy.com. Her stories have appeared in the anthologies Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey, Different Dragons II, and A Bard Day’s Knight: Tales from Fortannis Vol. III.
Holiday, Amy. “Fox and the Rose”
A struggling musician has fended off his father’s calls to join his wealthy family’s business for years, and facing 30 with an uncertain financial future, it’s starting to look like a good idea. But an ancestor with an axe to grind against the “all work and no play” philosophy has other plans.
Amy Holiday writes stories for children and young adults. She served as the co-editor of the first South Jersey Writers’ Group anthology Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey. She takes flying trapeze lessons and organizes playtime for grownups in Philadelphia. She will serve as the President of the SJWG until 2015. www.amyhaha.com
Magrowski, K.A. “The Highborn”
A highborn priestess’ faith is tested when she learns that even those she trusts the most can betray everything she believes in. Will the Goddess answer her prayers or will the virgin priestess fall prey to the evil designs others have planned?
K.A. Magrowski has been mangling the English language since 1985. She hopes to secure a book deal before the zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion, whichever happens first. Her work has also appeared in Dreams of Decadence magazine and We Walk Invisible: A Short Story Anthology (Chupa Cabra House). She hails from the haunted wilds of Southern Jersey where she lives with her family and feline co-conspirators. She is vice-president of the South Jersey Writers’ Group and also may or may not be addicted to cat videos. www. kamagrowski.com.
Rebmann, Ray. “Sifkin’s Fence”
A man seeking escape from mistakes he’s made in his personal life, happens upon a dried up bayside settlement that has unfinished business with its own tragic past. In seeking to unlock the secret behind the sorrowful condition of Shellbank, the man is shown a possible way to resolve his own problems.
Ray Rebmann has been volunteering to raise dogs to become guide dogs for the sight impaired. His first book of nonfiction, How Can You Give Up That Adorable Puppy (Unlimited Publishing) describes a family’s years of service as dog trainers. He writes fiction as well. Chalk Town and the World’s Bottle Cap Championship of the Universe is an e-book published by Wild Child Publishing. Jersey Devil, The Cursed Unfortunate was recently published by MuseItUp Publishing. He is also the curator of the Dennis Township Historical Museum. Rebmann lives in the wilds of New Jersey, with his wife of 27 years.
Ribay, Randy. “Mason, On His Way Home”
A magical turtle helps a troubled teenager deal with family instability.
Born in the Philippines and raised in Michigan and Colorado, Randy Ribay holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado and a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. By day he teaches high school English in West Philadelphia, and by night he reviews books for The Horn Book Guide and writes strange stories. He lives in Camden, NJ with his wife and two dog-children. www.randyribay.com
Steinfeld, J.J. “The Hearing of Memory’s Voice”
“The Hearing of Memory’s Voice” is the story of Jack Zwick, an 81-year-old former Yiddish Theatre actor recovering from a stroke, who shares a room in a neurological ward in 1979 Toronto with two other men: a middle-aged computer salesman recovering from a blow to the head by his wife, and an amnesiac in his early twenties who has been severely beaten. The old actor, who can remember lines from only one play—Ansky’s The Dybbuk—of his long acting career, and the amnesiac develop a friendship as the old actor attempts to prepare the amnesiac for a role in The Dybbuk and doctors attempt to find out who he is.
J. J. Steinfeld is a Canadian fiction writer, poet, and playwright who lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books, including Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), and A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States.
Voza, Richard. “Mrs. Rabinski”
After a terminal diagnosis, grumpy old Mrs. Rabinski spends her final days plotting revenge. And everything goes to plan, until a reversal of fortune finds her last wishes may not be as final as she had hoped.
Richard Voza is a life-long New Jersey resident. He has written four novels, one of which (Connecting Flight) will be released by Start Publishing. Most of his work tends to lean in the paranormal direction, but there’s always room for humor in the mix. His film reviews can be found at Cinekatz.com. He sometimes hangs out with the South Jersey Writers’ Group. His current work-in-progress is a time-travel novel called Time.
Walsh, Jessica A. “Unquiet Mind”
Incapable of sleep and forced to hide her condition, a young woman wonders tirelessly about her past while yearning for the comfort of a life left behind.
Jessica A. Walsh is an avid reader and writer of creative non-fiction. She is a Communications Manager for a non-profit in Philadelphia, PA. She lives in Southern New Jersey and escapes to the beach with her surfboard whenever possible. She has been a member of the South Jersey Writers’ Group since 2011. This is her first publication.
Wooten, Neal. “Reading Glasses”
In a dystopian future where reading and writing are against the law, a lowly fringe dweller named Mat discovers a pair of glasses that proves that the publishing world is alive and well… and incognito. He is determined to become a professional author — even if it kills him.
Neal Wooten grew up on a pig farm on Sand Mountain in the northeast corner of Alabama before being dragged kicking and screaming to the snow-infested plains of the American Midwest. He now resides in Milwaukee with his wife and three dogs. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post and a columnist for The Mountain Valley News, cartoonist, artist, and standup comedian. He has a BS in Applied Mathematics and was the director of a math learning center.