As the writing community in the Phoenix area has grown and flourished, I have personally moved in another direction. I have stepped away from my other responsibilities in the community, and placed them in other capable hands. This site is no longer a necessary tool to connect the disparate groups and projects together as I am no longer a community leader. I do not have as easy access to the information that was so readily available to me before, and will no longer update the site.
I hope you found this a useful resource in the past, and wish the best in the future.
Heart of Malice is the story of Elvis Thaddeus Proctor, a kind, law-abiding man who through criminal and surgical circumstance inherits the heart of a sociopathic serial killer. Under the diabolical influence of this heart, Elvis is compelled to enact vile offenses upon humans and animals alike.
More importantly, Heart of Malice is the bittersweet story of Elvis’ best friend, Jason Slane, who happens to have a heart of gold. It is too bad that it remains hidden behind a pattern of erotic pursuits.
Through Jason, Elvis finds a potential solution to his dilemma in the spunky and lovely person of Monica Coy. Soon, though, he moves to end their relationship out of concern for her life.
Elvis then experiments with family activities, a popular recreational substance and aerobics, all aimed at purging his heinous inclinations. These fail.
At this point, Monica learns through traumatic experience of the ill-begotten affliction suffered by the man she holds dear. During this time, Jason also becomes reluctantly aware of his friend’s horrible predicament. He makes a valiant attempt to save Elvis from an entity he cannot comprehend.
But through this endeavor his true heart, at last, is able to shine.
James Conrad has one hell of a headache. In two days, he must drive to Montana with his self-absorbed, drug-addicted little brother named Rory, eulogize the father he barely remembers, and find his gun-toting, mysticism practicing mother, who is convinced she will be dead in a day. All standard procedure for the former Army Ranger, except for the man following them…a shape-shifter from another dimension…an assassin sent to kill them all.
The Crossover Test follows these four outcasts in a supernatural road trip across America, toward a violent and bizarre climax at the banks of the Missouri River and the gate to another world, where a family will confront the core of evil, discover the secrets of their mysterious past, grow closer, and most importantly, stay alive.
An anthology of short stories about the apocalypse and the end of the Mayan calendar written by a group of writers from the used book store, dog-eared pages used books in Phoenix.
What would you do if you discovered you were the next step in human evolution? What if it was up to you and a few reindeer to save Santa’s Christmas from saboteurs? If you found yourself in a horse carriage drag race in the fourteenth century? How would you solve the mystery of a Christmas present which appears under the tree every year but is never opened? Formed from the ether of creativity in the minds of thirteen talented authors and one artist, delivered through a generous supply of never-before published stories and poems, this book takes you from harvest time in rural America and the pumpkin place of snarled vines to the bright lights of New York City on Christmas Eve. Told with spellbinding suspense, humor, spiritual enlightenment and satire, the tales unfold in brilliantly woven style, ranging from the sentimental to the supernatural, from warm family traditions to the beings lurking in the underworld. You’ll run through the full gamut of emotions and be left enchanted, riveted, and begging for more.
Twisted Nightmares is a collection of horror stories selected from submissions by many different authors. As with Twisted History, some stories are written by traditional horror writers while others are written by authors of other genres, giving a “twist” to the subject. The mix of authors should keep you guessing and present you with a smorgasbord of deadly, scary and creepy stories.
Why did Napoleon and Robert E. Lee suddenly abandon their principles of maneuver causing them to lose in frontal assaults at Waterloo and Gettysburg? What if Eva Braun was not just the innocent young girlfriend? What monster did Truman and J. Edgar Hoover keep from the public? What if Shakespeare knew about golf and Plato had a sick sense of humor? All these questions and more are explored in Twisted History: An Alternative History Anthology. Written by rising stars in the literary world, enjoy their unique takes on what could have been.
Fascinated by the haunting images of the earliest known tarot cards, PhD candidate Glen Harrison is determined to research their secular origins. But when Glen proposes his thesis, his Art History professors are less than encouraging. The tarot, they say, is merely decorative, not ‘true’ art. Unsure about his own ability to produce a dissertation, Glen begins to wonder if they aren’t right. Perhaps his attraction to the tarot lies not in their artistic qualities but in their distance from academic associations. Floundering, he scrambles to find a new direction, when a series of seemingly chance encounters and random finds takes him down a new and terrifying path. Perhaps there is something more to the tarot than he has allowed himself to believe. The clues he stumbles upon in the forgotten neighborhoods and hidden libraries of pre-911 New York lead Glen on an inevitable journey to the most hidden reaches of West Africa, where a mystery as dark and ancient as the cards themselves unfurls…
Chairman Wow’s Man-Corn in the Promised Land is a no-compromise, stomach-churning vision of the intersection between horror and revelation. Read at your own risk…