“Harbor House” Goes Live One Week From Today

 I just want to update everyone on my forthcoming new collection, “Harbor House and Other Dark Tales.” The eBook is now available to pre-order on Amazon (Click here). Publication date is only one week away – September 6th. The paperback version will be forthcoming.

“Harbor House” includes a varied collection of sixteen all-new stories. Below are the titles…

Harbor House

Love and Hate

The Next Door Neighbor

Believe

Big Carmine

Room 111 

A Permanent Solution

So Many Books, So Little Time

And Then She Was Gone

I Would Do Anything for You

That Stuff Will Kill You

A Morning Walk in the Woods

Dwayne

Sorry for Your Loss

Bad Luck

Jacqueline

Below is a short excerpt…

1902

     Everyone in the coastal town of Laurel, Maine, knew the history of Harbor House. Built in 1902 along the rocky shores of the Atlantic, Harbor House has survived over one hundred years of cold winters, snowstorms, icy winds, and death. The large house was built by Joshua Holt and his two sons, Jedediah and Samuel. One year after its completion the Holt family, which included Joshua’s wife Becky and youngest child, Kate, were all killed while boating in the Atlantic. An unexpected and merciless storm capsized their boat.

     Legend has it Joshua was knocked unconscious while Jedediah and Samuel both drowned attempting to save their mother and sister. No one knows for sure what happened since there were no witnesses or survivors. What is known is the bodies of the entire family were washed ashore and eventually buried on their large property. Their names carved into pieces of wood used as markers. 

     After the tragic death of the Holt family, Harbor House remained empty until 1910. During that time, stories spread, mostly by the local teens, that Harbor House was haunted by the spirits of the Holt family. Some kids claimed to have seen Joshua’s ghost in the house crying and calling out to his wife, Becky. Older teens and a few adults claimed to have heard the oldest son, Jedediah, scream out the name of Eleanor Crane, his bride to be. Eleanor was supposed to have been on the boat trip with the Holt family. She bowed out at the last moment because of illness. What is known is that two months after the Holt family drowned, Eleanor, who had been distraught over her fiancé’s death, was found dead. Her body draped over Jedediah’s grave. The cause of death was cyanide, an ingredient her father used in his photography studio. Rumors spread she was pregnant with Jedediah’s baby at the time of her death.

 If you have not pre-ordered yet, why not do so now?

Book Review: Dirty Old Town

Set in the mid-1970s, author Gabriel Valjan’s P.I. Shane Cleary follows down those dark mean streets traveled by Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, only in Boston. I thoroughly enjoyed this hard-boiled tale. If you like noir dark with wise-cracking dialogue this book, the first in a series is for you. Available at Amazon.

New Short Story – One More Cup of Coffee

Photo by Hannah Wei on Unsplash

I have posted a new short story ony my Medium platform. It’s Free!!!

I sat at a table for two in the small coffee shop where we agreed to meet. The server, his name tag read Henry, had taken my order: one large dark roast coffee with almond milk and a toasted onion bagel with extra cream cheese. He said it would be ready in a few minutes. I opened my laptop and booted it up. Every few minutes, I kept looking up at the door to see who was coming in. It was early yet, but you never know.

It was here in this small upstate town back in 1969 where we met. She was my first date, my first love, and the one I never forgot…. CONTINUE READING HERE

Doucumentary – Men at Lunch

I recently watched the short documentary (slightly over one hour) called “Men at Lunch.” It relates the story about one of the most iconic photographs ever made. The film explores the origin, the meaning, and the impact the photo has had over its long history.

We see eleven men perched high up on a steel girder taking a lunch break while working on the construction of a building today we know as 30 Rockefeller Center. Who was the photographer? Who are the construction workers? And why is the photograph so relevant all these years later. These are some of the questions asked and much remains unknown. Except for two men, none have been identified, though there have been many claims otherwise, but only two of the men have been verified. That said, the photograph says a lot about the history of New York City, its immigrants who worked the dangerous jobs, and the American dream.

“Men at Lunch” is streaming on KANOPY and is available on YouTube.

Book Review: Caper (Lawrence Sanders)

Lawrence Sanders was a prolific author of over thirty-five crime novels including “The Anderson Tapes” and “The First Deadly Sin,” both made into films. Published in 1981, “Caper” is a fascinating study on how far one would go to save a career. Jannie Sheen is a bestselling mystery writer who has written bestsellers under various pseudonyms. Her work has become stale and unrealistic. Jannie’s publisher rejects her latest submission, telling her she needs to add realism to her storyline. She decides, along with her best friend, Dick Fleming, to plan a real robbery, enlisting a gang and coming up with a full proof plan, and then calling the entire event off just before the robbery is to take place.

Only one problem.

The men she enlists like the plan too much, and even after they discover who she really is they force her and her buddy Dick to go along with the robbery. The heist does not go as planned, and the gang is soon on the run.

The story is sharply told and only improves as it goes on. From the streets of New York City to the backwoods of Georgia and down to Florida you’re on the road with an exciting and fun read.