SIX YEARS IN MAY: THIRTEEN STORIES FROM A VERY ODD MIND
by Harvey Stanbrough
Havey Stanbrough has released SIX YEARS OF MAY: THIRTEEN STORIES FROM A VERY ODD MIND. These tales range from the almost normal to the fantastic, from the tragic to the comedic, from dark tale to fairytale. You’ll encounter a mind cleaner who enters the mind of an angel, a rodeo cowboy who’s beleagured repeatly by a black Angus bull in the arena and a raven-haired woman in his dreams. You’ll witness what happens when the only woman Giacomo Casanova has truly loved down through the ages finds a way to bring him back to life, and you’ll trudge through Death Valley with a hiker who encounters, and questions God face to face.
You’ll accompany a writer as he makes his way by pickup truck over rough terrain through a nuclear holocaust, narrowly avoids plummeting into a canyon and fears he’s about to be eaten by wolves, and you’ll watch a storm chaser in Oklahoma remember who he really is and become an integral part of a unique electrical storm being steered by aliens.
You’ll share the frustrations of a rural boy who, after being forced into manhood by the death of his father, watches helplessly as his future is washed away in a flash flood, and you’ll learn the ground rules about frightening little things we all know deep inside but don’t generally admit to noticing at all. You’ll consider the morality of euthanasia and how you might one day pay the oldest debt. You’ll watch a boy who loves to crush bugs get his comeuppance (or does he?), and you’ll accompany a Cajun man on a single-minded mission into the backwoods of Louisiana on a deep, humid night. Whe’s he carrying that tolled-up carpet over his shoulder?) Finally you’ll witness hell on earth in the title story, “Six Years in May,” and then relive the story of Little Red Riding Hood with a new, improved Red Riding Hood who believes in magic and herself.
“I sincerely hope you will enjoy these stories. If you do, please consider coming back to where you purchased this book to write a brief review. As an added bonus, interspersed among these tales in the style of Papa Hemingway, is an extra story marked in Parts and not indicated in the table of contents. It is at once a story, a recollection, a history and a confession. It is truth and fiction, reality and fantasy. I’ll let you choose which is which.”
You can get the collection at Smashwords.com and Amazon.com and Barns & Noble.
Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 40. No. 3. June/July 2011