TALES OF INSOMNIA DESPAIR & THE PERFECT COCKTAIL
eBook (memoir) 225 pages—10th Anniversary Edition
On Columbus Day of 2010, the love of my life, my wife of fifteen years, died suddenly in my arms of a double pulmonary embolism. This is the story of a man shattered by loss who somehow comes back to life. It’s a memoir and a survival guide, with humor and an irreverent style that mitigates the sadness. It’s about relationships and finding love again; about insomnia and a mind that won’t go to sleep. And it’s a love letter to my wife who’s no longer here. And through it all, the quest for the perfect cocktail as an antidote to, as the subtitle says, “life’s pummeling.”
ISBN 978-1-61088-489-1 (novel—political satire) 381 pages
FOTUS is unique. The main character is the young, upstart President of the United States, Alexander Jackson Rett. Handsome (in the right light), intelligent, well-dressed, dynamic. Oh yeah, I should also mention that he’s a self-aware fetus in the womb who's at times petulant, petty, and downright vindictive. But there’s always sumthin’. And yes, he does (eventually) come out and take charge (sans umbilical cord), and then things get interesting. And outside of a coup d’état, a terrorist attack, and an assassination attempt or two, not to mention a kinky affair with an Amazon blonde bombshell, he somehow keeps himself and the American Dream 2.0 alive—at least until the sequel.
GEORGE WASHINGTON WEREWOLF
ISBN 978-1-938773-00-6 (novel) 154 pages
Valley Forge was a dark time for General Washington. Not because it was a harsh frigid winter, nor that it was the lowest point for the Rebels in the war against England, but because when the moon was full, George Washington roamed the war-torn landscape as a werewolf…
And yes, the narrative was written in eleven days (see FILM in the ABOUT section), but then came the endless editing before it was ready to be released. A good book to read on a cold winter's night in front of a warm fire, with a brandy or two. An Ebook bestseller, now available in paperback!
ISBN 978-0-9839039-0-1 (novel) 196 pages
Mudville is Casey at the Bat turned on its ear, seen through the sulfurous light of hellfire. It’s the bottom of the ninth, the Mudville Nine are down 4-2 with two outs as Casey steps to the plate. And what follows is an apocalyptic retelling of an American folk tale. A story of violence through generations at the heart of the American dream, from the 19th century to the present day—of a people shaped by brutality, and the “better angels of our nature” becoming the killer-devils who at any moment threaten to destroy us.
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STILL LIFE WITH ABYSS
ISBN 978-0-9839039-6-3 (novella) 88 pages
Quentin Antoine, who struggles mightily to get out of bed, travels freely in his mind (philosophically speaking) as he tries to discover the reason for his own existence. With a critical eye bordering on pathological, he dissects the slightest phenomena as he searches for a clue. Inspired by Sartre’s La Nausée, the novella Still Life With Abyss chronicles Quentin Antoine’s adventures of the mind as he eventually makes his way to Lyon, to cooking school, and to his surprising true calling.
ISBN 978-0-9839039-7-0 (meta-novel) 311 pages
not since Jack London’s Martin Eden a century before has an American writer delivered such an uncompromising broadside against the money-hungry monolith of the publishing industry. begun in October of 2003 & completed in July of 2016, angrynastyhostile is a haymaker a knock-out punch. both hilarious & deadly serious, it takes place in a single moment as a writer steps up to the podium to accept (or reject) a prestigious literary award. what follows are the permutations of the artistic mind: the art of digression, a dissenting voice, an impassioned outcry, a fulminating tirade, a contemplation, examination, vivisection of what it means to be alive & kicking at this exact moment in time
ALL COMPACT OF FIRE
ISBN 978-1-938773-01-3 (novel) 165 pages
SUMMER MCCLELLAN is a forty year-old housewife, a lover of poetry, a woman lost in a twenty year marriage. She heads for Tranquility, Maine, a place she had seen once on a map, as a storm crashes around her.
J.C. BEATTY, younger by ten years, is a potter in the Maine woods, safe he believes in his secluded world of peace.
And on the Solstice as the earth is warmed by the sun, they come together to confront themselves: Summer her past. J.C. his silent rage.
All Compact Of Fire is a story of love and adultery, of regret and forgiveness, and of Summer McClellan’s journey—from her life in Pennsylvania where she had disappeared, to the unknown in Maine where she had yet to be.
THROUGH A GARDEN OF LEAVES
ISBN 978-0-9839039-9-4 (short story collection) 391 pages
If you imagine a world of truth obfuscated by a world of lies then everything you do is political, and anytime you see the truth, even the slightest glimpse of it, it’s a minor miracle. And the beauty of the truth is that it’s something that can never be written down. Here before you is the truth, no. Never. But the quest is truthful. The quest. To seek it is in a way finding it, and many times, if not always, finding it by what it is not.
THE SERIAL KILLER'S DIET BOOK
ISBN 978-1-938773-06-8 (novel) 304 pages