Short Stories

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Breaking Through

Breaking Through

Breaking Through 

Giving up drugs wasn’t the last battle. Published in See Spot Run (Alma College) January 2015

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

A paraplegic ex-marine and two of his buddies take 12-yr. old Leonard on his first bass fishing trip. The seas proved unkind, Leonard lost a valuable rod and reel overboard, and then a real crisis threatens them all. Published in Taj Mahal Review, Vol. 13 #1, June 2014

Victor Manure

Victor Manure

Victor Manure

Playing poker with strangers and regulars who are strange, Lenny does something even he couldn’t believe. (See 3rd paragraph for some wordplay. Can you spot it?) Published in Kzine, Issue 13, September 2015

 


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Dear Dr. Kevorkian

I’ve followed your extinguished career for years and was at wit’s end with anger when that publicity-seeking DA terminated your career and sent you to prison and not even a prison where you could have aided in executions. Now thank god that’s ended, so I’m writing to request your assistance. I’m suffering from a fatal disease with no hope of recovery. Published in "Reaping" (Inwood Indiana Press) August 2016.


Yo-leven (My first published story and my favorite.)

Inside pimp-central, smooth charmers hunted for young runaways to befriend, turn-on, and turn-out. I kept my distance, stayed away from the men’s room in order to retain my anal virginity, and waited in the fume-filled, lower-level with scores of other dreamers and suckers for the express bus to “The World’s Playground,” Atlantic City. Published in The Broken Plate (Ball State University) Spring 2014

Breaking Stride

One balmy Indian summer evening stands out from all the pablum. It began, as had a thousand other nights, when Ira called. “Well, Mister B, looks like a beautiful night for the ponies.” Published online in Blacktop Passages. June 2016.