Fiction: The Village Teacher and Other Stories by Theodore Odrach

July 25, 2022 admin 0

Theodore Odrach was born Theodore Sholomitsky in 1912 outside of Pinsk, Belarus. At the age of nine, he was arrested for a petty crime by the authorities. Without his parents’ knowledge, he was sent to a reform school in Vilnius, Lithuania (then under Polish rule). Released at the age of 18, he entered what is now Vilnius University, studying philosophy and ancient history. With the Soviet invasion in 1939, he fled Vilnius and returned to […]

This Just In: God’s Ponzi by Robert Buschel

July 25, 2022 News Editor 0

Gregory Portent demands revenge. Revenge is best served cold when the prey begs to be the target. With his skills and charisma he lures them in easily, using an investment bank to launch a Ponzi scheme. Gregory Portent has one advantage—artificial intelligence. At a critical point, he loses his way. A “black swan” event follows and the Ponzi scheme borders on the brink of collapse. It’s not about revenge anymore; it’s about survival. Greedy lawyers, […]

This Just In… Rook by Stephen G Eoannou

June 21, 2022 News Editor 0

Rook is based on the true story of Al Nussbaum. To his unsuspecting wife, Lolly, Al is a loving, chess playing, family man. To J. Edgar Hoover, he is the most cunning fugitive alive. Al is the mastermind behind a string of east coast robberies that has stumped law enforcement. After his partner, one-eyed Bobby Wilcoxson, kills a bank guard and wounds a New York City patrolman, Al is identified as one of the robbers […]

Fiction: Captain Cooked by S.P. Grogan

June 21, 2022 admin 0

S.P. Grogan’s Captain Cooked tells the story of a young videographer, Madison Merlot Dayne, who is the field producer on her chef father’s traveling and popular television cooking show, “Insatiable Delights.” When she arrives on the Big Island of Hawai’i, she stumbles across the poisoning of a famous Hawaiian singer, and then finds herself in danger while trying to solve the murder as well as tasting the delicacies of the islands. Captain Cooked interweaves 22 […]

The Ravens of Vienna

Fiction: The Ravens of Vienna by Adrian Grafe

May 9, 2022 admin 0

The Ravens of Vienna is British writer Adrian Grafe’s debut novel. Vienna in 1942 is a city overrun with Nazis, profiteers, and spies. A desperate Nazi officer, under pressure from his superiors, bullies Lichtblau, a banker, also a writer, into handing him over some of the bank’s money. He is the object of hatred on the part of Hellroth, who has always been in love with Lichtblau’s wife. As Lichtblau’s and his family’s lives become […]

SF/F: Earthlight by Bevan Knight

January 26, 2022 admin 0

The second book in Bevan Knight’s “Seeds of Time” trilogy, Earthlight, follows a family struggling with the difficulties of the 21st century. The difficulties are compounded when they encounter the extraterrestrial Croans. Knight depicts the harsh realities of what may await humanity in the near future, specifically near the end of the 21st century, including difficult conditions people must endure, the trials and tribulations unfolding in their lives, something that is compounded by the arrival […]

The Just In: Strange Fire by Joel Burcat

January 25, 2022 Linda L. Richards 0

Fracking for natural gas has turned deadly in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Not only is the water contaminated, but people are dying. Round-the-clock operations conducted by Yukon Oil and Gas may have poisoned a residential well and threatened a town’s water supply. Who is contaminating water wells in Bradford County? Why are contractors disappearing? Mike Jacobs, an impassioned 29-year old environmental lawyer with Pennsylvania’s Dept. of Environmental Protection, is back in this romantically-charged environmental legal thriller […]

An Excerpt of Stephen King’s New Book Plus the Path to Happiness

January 24, 2022 Linda L. Richards 0

It’s far enough away that we don’t even want to think about it yet, but suddenly there’s an excerpt and we wanted a peek. Figured you might, too. In any case, a new novel by Stephen King is always something to get excited about, even if well in advance. It turns out that Fairy Tale, King’s new novel (due to drop September 22, so be patient!) starts with happiness, or the reaching for it. “What […]

In Translation: Norwid’s Dramatic Works by Cyprian Kamil Norwid

January 17, 2022 admin 0

“Perhaps some day I’ll disappear forever,” muses the master-builder Psymmachus in Cyprian Kamil Norwid’s Cleopatra and Caesar, “Becoming one with my work…” Two hundred years after the poet’s birth, it is difficult not to hear Norwid speaking through the lips of his character. The greatest poet of the second phase of Polish Romanticism, Norwid, like Gerard Manley Hopkins in England, created a new poetic idiom so ahead of his time, that he virtually “disappeared” from […]

Fiction: Dakota by Sarah Patt

January 17, 2022 admin 0

After her father’s accidental death at the Jennings Oil Company, 18-year-old Dakota finds out that she has a much older half-brother and moves to Houston, Texas, to live with him. Life seems to be going quasi-normal until CEO Jake Jennings breaks into Dakota’s home to confront her. In his narcotized state, he assaults her while incoherently apologizing for something his late father did to her, of which she has no recollection. She eventually escapes, and […]