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Timothy Gager

Treating A Sick Animal Flash and Micro Fictions by Timothy Gager Treating A Sick Animal Flash and Micro Fictions
by Timothy Gager
Červená Barva Press, 2009

Timothy Gager is the author of four books of poetry. "Treating a Sick Animal" is his fourth book of fiction. He hosts the Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts every month and is the co-founder (with Doug Holder) of the Somerville News Writers Festival.

Timothy is the current fiction editor of The Wilderness House Literary Review, the founding co-editor of The Heat City Literary Review and has edited the book, "Out of the Blue Writers Unite: A Book of Poetry and Prose" from the Out of the Blue Art Gallery.

A graduate of the University of Delaware, Timothy lives on www.timothygager.com and is employed as a social worker.


Timothy Gager’s stories came at us like a brisk punch to the heart. His characters are profane and tender, dazed and confused, out of work and short on options. And yet they remain stubbornly vibrant, these damaged children of Bukowski, illuminated by their desires and inflamed by unreasonable hopes.
-Steve Almond, author of The Evil B.B. Chow, Candy Freak, and Not That You Asked

This book is a trip-- or actually it is 40-plus quick and vivid trips into Timothy Gager’s untamed fictional terrain. Sometimes surreal, sometimes all-too-real, these Flash Fictions always surprise. Fasten your readerly seatbelt, choose your own adventure and enjoy the wild rides.
-Elizabeth Searle, author of Celebrities In Disgrace and Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera

Timothy Gager’s flash fictions are full of flashes of insight into the great human predicament.
-Michael Kimball, author of Dear Everybody

Timothy Gager is a compelling and unforgettable writer. These bold and witty little stories limn the peculiarities, and sometimes alarming behavior, of our human species.
-John Sheppard, author of Small Town Punk

As good an orator you’ll find, Timothy Gager flashes a gleam in the eyes while carrying a slouch in the shoulders. His fiction connects to the giggling man as well as it does to the sad man.
-Matt DiGangi, editor, publisher and founder of Thieves Jargon

$15.00 | ISBN 978-0-578-04207-7 | 140 Pages | In Stock

 

Tara Lynn Masih & James Claffey

The Bitter Kind A Flash Novelette by Tara Lynn Masih & James Claffey
Červená Barva Press, 2020

In this spare novelette, acclaimed flash fiction writers James Claffey and Tara Lynn Masih collaboratively create an original tale of loss and love, as The Bitter Kind deftly alternates between Stela, the daughter of a ship's captain, burdened by her family secrets, and Brandy, a Chippewa orphan, haunted by ghost wolves and spirits. The authors cross genres and borders between historical and contemporary, speculative and realistic, presenting two unforgettable characters on a journey toward their inevitable, fateful destination.

"With two writers as well matched artistically as Tara Lynn Masih and James Claffey, a collaboration is cause to celebrate. This richly woven, haunting novelette transcends the confines of its brevity; feels tender, sprawling, immersive. The Bitter Kind is an alchemy, a duet, a gorgeous melding of two of our most treasured literary voices."
-Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018

"With short, alternating passages, James Claffey and Tara Masih vividly illuminate the separate and commingled lives of Stela and Brandy in this original and elegantly textured novella. It is a story, human and soulful, of place, mysticism, and the hard-won ground we all struggle toward."
-Robert Scotellaro, author of Nothing Is Ever One Thing

"From ghost-soaked frontier towns to leafy waterways, frozen river basins, and the open road, Tara Masih’s and James Claffey’s parallel narratives tumble along through stunning landscapes of loneliness and beauty. The writing is evocative and tender, exploring both the haunted and the haunting; touching in its examination of broken things and masterful in its prose."
-Kimberly Lojewski, author of Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart

"With beautiful imagery and a seamless voice, Masih and Claffey move us through decades as two parallel lives seek solace and healthy human connection. Stela, long plagued by abusive relationships, and Brandy, spurred by tragedy and unlucky in love, are shaped and steered by the things that haunt them, and, perhaps, the things that will someday guide them to heal. This winning collaborative effort is both stirring and satisfying."
-Mel Bosworth, author of FREIGHT and coauthor of Second Acts in American Lives

"With their binocular lyric lenses, Masih and Claffey provide a lacquered and sanded depth to this compilation set in the chambered karst of our heartfelt heartland. The book is a layered lanyard, a laurel wreath, an ouroboros, Mobius’s Mobius, an effortless enso, and a terrific torqueing torus. The diastolic/systolic dub-Dub, a syncopated sink or swim, of the call and response had me reeling, a time step timed to hit the one and the three. What I am saying is that this is a tour de force, a fait accompli."
-Michael Martone, author of Brooding and The Moon Over Wapakoneta

Reviews:

"To read The Bitter Kind is to witness two writers who, in this slim 68-page volume, manage a marvel by beautifully performing two seemingly impossible tasks... the first astonishing thing about The Bitter Kind: Masih and Claffey blend their styles so seamlessly that, aside from a very few turns of phrase, it's nearly impossible to tell the difference between their voices. The second astonishing aspect of this book is that Masih and Claffey create a rivetingly cohesive central narrative from flash segments... Even more extraordinarily, they form a novelette with the scope and sense of fulfillment one would expect of a much longer work."

$18.00 | ISBN: 978-1-950063-40-6 | 68 Pages
Fragile Skins Fragile Skins by Tara L. Masih
The Feral Press, 2006

The Feral Press publishes chapbooks of poetry and prose that accompany black-and-white images. These are collector's editions and published in limited press runs. Their goal is to enhance the reading of prose with art, and to revive the European chapbook and broadside tradition. These chapbooks have been archived at universities throughout the country, and a few remain for purchase. Tara L. Masih is an award-winning writer, and this booklet includes the prize-winning flash story "Catalpa."

"'Suicide Weather' hit me especially hard . . . those richly suggested apples . . . a great story!"
-X. J. Kennedy

"Fragile Skins is a gem that I keep on my bookshelf . . . ,"
-Alan King

$4.50 | 5 Pages | Sold Out
Tall Grasses Tall Grasses by Tara L. Masih
The Feral Press, 2006

The Feral Press publishes chapbooks of poetry and prose that accompany black-and-white images. These are collector's editions and published in limited press runs. Their goal is to enhance the reading of prose with art, and to revive the European chapbook and broadside tradition. These chapbooks have been archived at universities throughout the country, and a few remain for purchase. Tara L. Masih is an award-winning writer, and this booklet includes the Pushcart Prize nominated flash story "Turtle Hunting," which first appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review and was anthologized in Brevity & Echo: An Anthology of Short Short Stories (Rose Metal Press).

$4.50 | 4 Pages | In Stock: Sold Out

 

Lou Orfanella

Brief Encounters: Flash Fiction by Lou Orfanella Brief Encounters: Flash Fiction by Lou Orfanella
The Last Automat Press, 2009

Lou Orfanella is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama including A Cabin in the Pines: A One Act Play, Shoot the Unicorn: Reading, Writing and Understanding Poetry, Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear, In a Flash: Twenty-One Short Short Stories, Excursions: Poetry and Prose, Streets of New York, How I Happened, Allurements and Lamentations, Composite Sketches, and Scenes from an Ordinary Life: Getting Naked to Explore a Writer's Process and Possibilities. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Daily News, College Bound, English Journal, World Hunger Year Magazine, Discoveries, Teacher Magazine, and New York Teacher. He holds degrees from Columbia University and Fordham University and teaches writing at Western Connecticut State University and English in the Valhalla, New York school district. He has presented dozens of public readings of his work and offers individual and group writing workshops. He can be contacted at LORFANELLA@hotmail.com.

$10.00 | ISBN 13: 978-0-9842128-0-4 | 41 Pages | 3 Copies

 


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