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TITLE
The Parent Hunt
AUTHOR
Edward D Adams
DESCRIPTION
An adopted girl needs an identity but can’t get anyone to listen. She seeks the advice of an investigator, who not only finds her an identity but as the body count rises, discovers the solution to a nearly twenty-year old murder. [12,650 words, Mystery/Suspense]
READERS' REVIEWS
"Very impressive.  I liked the flow of the story and the suspense entanglement throughout. Keep up the good work." -- A Parker
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1998 Edward D Adams
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
July 1999
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TITLE
Mother's Day
AUTHOR
Jenine Boisits
DESCRIPTION
About the conflicts and strong emotions between a mother and daughter. The daughter has not seen her mother in over a year. She decides to see her on Mother's Day. What happens when they finally see each other? [1,250 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
"A good example of a short-short slice of life! I would have liked to know more specifics of their early relationship and what the mother actually did. Great descriptions of the garden and the inside of the house - like a nostalgic little painting." -- Sal Morano, Corona, California, USA
"This piece had a real nice, down home flavor to it, which I found very charming. I liked how the backgrounds were tastefully painted and I thought you did a nice job with the "denoumet" (is that how you spell it?) as well." -- Zach Czaia, Minesota, USA
"I could really relate to this story. Mom and I are close, but once in a while we have "words". Once we make up though, it's just like it never happened. I had to smile when I read "I looked at her manicured lawn; her impeccably kept garden beds." You could have been writing about my mom. The story really appeals to the senses - you bring in sounds (like the clock and the birds), smells (the house, the flowers), touch (mother's hand) which brings the reader right into the story. Really well done. The only thing I might have done, was not mention Mother's Day until the end of the story. Start right in with the uncertainty, the conflict, just to raise the tension level a bit. Of course, you might need a different title in that case. You could give a little more background into the words they had, just to build up the background for her to feel so nervous about coming back home. For a year to have passed, something pretty major must have occurred. You give lots of images that make us picture "mom" and her house, but it's hard to picture Jenny - you don't give many details to balance the other character. She is the one with the conflict, maybe you could flesh her out a little. The story leaves me wanting to know more, yet feeling satisfied with the conclusion. Great story Jenine!" -- Julia Tripp, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

"Reminded me of my mom, who is also set in her ways.  Although she was never the garden type.  I loved the imagery throughout your story of your mom's house, and the feelings you had being there after being away so long.  All those types of conflicts are horrid, especially when you are the innocent party and are subject to the other person's controlling ways.  Glad you didn't go into details about what you fought over, and loved that you were the bigger person to reach out and visit your mom, knowing that she didn't even make an effort to call you all that time." -- Grace "Mack" Macchiaruli, Coram, New York, USA
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Jenine Boisits
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
July 1999
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TITLE
The Cop
AUTHOR
Uko-Bendi Udo
DESCRIPTION
Written a few years ago after the Los Angeles riots of 1992. The Cop is the story of a Los Angeles police officer who goes through a debate within himself as he closes in on a suspect who might just turn out to be a best friend from high school. [950 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
"Terrific suspense sketch! Hard-edged and compact. I kept asking myself, "What's gonna happen next?" Flash fiction at its best. Hope you keep writing like this." -- Sal Morano, Corona, California, USA
"Uko, you set up an interesting situation here, but I'm not quite sure if your ending is the most suitable for the story. Good opening plot, anyway." -- Luis Maria Cano, Madrid, Spain.
"I'm a cop (trooper) and I've actually been in this situation. A childhood friend of mine shot up his office at work. You scratch the surface but need to dig deeper. The short story format may be limiting you here. Good plot! With description - show, don't tell." -- John Garner, Illinois, USA
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1992 Uko-Bendi Udo
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
July 1999
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TITLE
The Doorway
AUTHOR
Fizzgig McArthur
DESCRIPTION
A short story. [3,250 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
"It was great!  I liked how you tied in the strugle to deal with his wife's death.  That added a sense of sheer reality to the story.  keep up the great work!" -- Phil
"It is like Alice in wonder land although better for older readers. I feel that I could not read it again because it just drags on and on and on. If you read this then please take a hint and write about something thatmakes sence instead of something that is a lode of rubbish!" -- Carley Abram, Banks, England
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Fizzgig McArthur
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
August 1999
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TITLE
The Red Eagle
AUTHOR
Edward D Adams
DESCRIPTION
A well-known investigator is hired to find the daughter of a wealthy oilman. Instead of a runaway girl, he finds a dead prostitute who got caught in the middle of extortion and revenge. [4,250 words, Mystery/Suspense]
READERS' REVIEWS
"This story is absorbing. The writing style is good and other than a couple of typos, I feel it is good enough to be expanded into a mystery novel. Keep up the good work." -- Mary, Ontario, Canada
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Edward D Adams
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
July 1999
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TITLE
Sniper Hunt, A Collection
AUTHOR
Zach Czaia
DESCRIPTION
Sniper Hunt: A throwback murder mystery with drugs, dead priests and (hopefully) some substance. [5,050 words]
Seeing The Green: A golf mystery told from a journalistic point of view. [3,100 words]
The Man On The Ship: A really short salvation story told in a dreamlike sequence. [300 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
"I loved the man on the ship!  The use of the protagonist thinking what to do and how his jumping results really put me in aww.   Great job!" -- Philip Schmidt, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
"Zack - I too liked the man on the ship, as well as your other two works." -- Toby Rapson, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Zach Czaia
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
August 1999
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TITLE
The Grand Old Party
AUTHOR
Edward D Adams
DESCRIPTION
A Senator is being blackmailed for an affair he had with a 16-year old girl and he enlists the help of a private investigator to find out who is trying to ruin his chances for re-election. [4,450 words, Mystery/Suspense]
READERS' REVIEWS
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Edward D Adams
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
July 1999
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TITLE
Lacy and the Bear
AUTHOR
Anthony Beckman
DESCRIPTION
A fictional account of an extraordinary event that took place in my backyard on Long Island this summer. My dog is confronted with the scare of her life, as am I. However, luck seems to be on our side of the street this morning. [950 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
"I wrote this years ago, and wished I could edit it now! Youthful exuberance and disregard I presume." -- Anthony Beckman, Rochester
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Anthony Beckman
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
July 1999
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TITLE
Locusts
AUTHOR
Lois J Peterson
DESCRIPTION
A short story. [1,750 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
"Beautifully done, Lois. I saw the old woman, I saw the locusts. I could even taste the apricots. I appreciated the metaphor, as well. You are a wonderful writer..." -- Jenine Boisits, Shirley, New York, USA
"Wonderful story, very touching!   I could see, touch and taste the fruit, and linger with that old women as she spinned her tail of the locusts, again and again. A tail that lingers in one's mind long after the locusts are gone, and one green patch is left.  Great writing!" -- Grace "Mack" Macchiaruli, Coram, New York, USA
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1998 Lois J Peterson
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
July 1999
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