I’m doing this summary for a bookshop called Fleeting Pages out Pittsburgh way in a shuttered Borders store, I figured I’d post it here, too.
The Wapshott Press
We publish books that should be published.
Cover by Kelly S. Taylor
“Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie, a mid-nineteenth century American author, public reader, playwright and actress, was a well-known and respected figure among her contemporaries in American literary and dramatic circles. Despite this, she is largely forgotten to modern theater lovers. In her day, she played to packed theaters and could number Edgar Allen Poe, David Henry Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson among her fans. Oral Interpretation scholars have called her the first “lady” elocutionist because she was the first female to enter the career of public reader without a previous career on the stage. In 1989, John Gentile, writing a history of prominent solo performers, credited her, along with famed actresses Fanny Kemble and Charlotte Cushman, with bringing to solo performance a level of prestige previously unknown in America. He claimed that they, as respectable women in a traditionally disrespected career, brought a respectability and an acceptance that allowed women of a later age to enjoy professional platform careers.1 Her brief career as a public reader inspired many imitators.”
Cover by Seth Anderson
The Journal of Bloglandia, volume 1, issue 1, is a collection of the following blog essays: On Essays by Paul M. Rodriguez, Liberal Fascism: An Interesting Moral Question by Steve Gimbel, Paint Splatters & Pixie Dust by Dan Kelly, Ten Dates of Christmas? Ten Lords A Leaping: The Gallant Mariner by Deborah Teasdale, Vanity by Susan O’Doherty, The Pillory of Hillary by Becki Jayne Harrelson, Reparation… by TJ Bryan, Richer Than The Sum Of My Skirt by Birdie C. Jaworski, The Music’s Between Us by Kathy Moseley, How to Scare People With Statistics by Tom Good, Red Lipstick by Eva Lake, Barbarella: A Woman of her Time? by Patti Martinson, An Invert’s Manifesto by Chad Denton, Roadtripping by Molly Kiely.
Volume 1; Issue 2
Cover by Carol Colin
Blog essays: Guide for the Opera Impaired, by Madeleine Begun Kane (Mad Kane); Criticism, by Paul M. Rodriguez; Storytelling, by Anne Valente; 18 Months Into Parenthood When Plan A Was to Get Spayed ASAP , by Molly Kiely; The Doctor Is in: What We Talk about When We Talk about Fiction, by Susan O’Doherty, Don’t step back, step in…, by TJ Byran; Bon Voyage! Maybe, by Ginger Mayerson; One Woman’s Story: I Sued Rumsfeld for Sexual Harassment, by Molly Ian; Tough Cuts, by Eva Lake; The Philosophy of Librarianship: A Journey Towards Discovery , by Joshua Finnell; How the RIAA Litigation Process Works, by Ray Beckerman.
Volume 2; Issue 1
Cover by Molly Kiely
Blog essays: Proposition 8 Postmortem – From a Senior Volunteer, by Bruce Hahne; Inspector Lohmann, Vorocracy: Final: History’s Most Lethal Parasites; The Bookmobile: Defining the Information Poor, by Joshua Finnell; There is No Right Answer, by Sara Aye; Eclecticism, by Paul Rodriguez; and True Enough, by Ray Davis.
Volume 2; Issue 2
Cover by Raul De La Sota
Blog essays: Lost Libery Blues, by Chris Floyd; Civilizations, by Paul Rodriguez; The First Amendment and the Ambiguity of Marriage, by Steve Gimbel; The Politics of CSF: What does it mean?, by Lynn Jensen; Allergory: A Recipe, by Josh Finnell,; How To Live Your Sex Life, Early Medieval Style, by Chad Denton; On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People, by Phila.
Cover by Robin Austin
Set in 1988, Mabel Hackenbush is between gigs, her baritone ukulele smashed, and her car in the shop, she is bravely temp secretarying her way to a kinder, gentler, not to mention, solvent life until she can get back to work as a jazz standards singer.
Cover by Michelle Mauk
Orlan Lightesblood is the son of the world’s most powerful wizard and is training to become a wizard himself. But beyond his father’s castle, he is still an innocent youth, defenseless against the evil and temptations that threaten the future laid out for him. On an alternate earth filled with wonder and danger, the wizard’s son must overcome the demons of his own past and his father’s enemies to survive to manhood.
Cover by Michelle Mauk
When Laurel Windswift enters an apprenticeship under her uncle, the great wizard Lord Redmantyl, she sees only the delights that her magic can bring. But her desire for more knowledge brings her too soon into the dark secrets that all magicians of power share, and forces her to take up a wizard’s duties of night vigils against monstrous and inhuman forces before she is ready. When Laurel returns to her home city to investigate a small magical anomaly for her uncle, this maiden of light meets a child of darkness, and must undertake a task too terrible to perform.
On an alternate earth filled with wonder and danger, the wizard’s niece must make a decision that will affect the rest of her life. As she struggles with the unbearable obligations of a magician, she also faces the ostracism of the merchant families who cast her out as a child, her aunt’s matchmaking efforts, and finding an unexpected love.
Cover by Holly Troy
“Kittycat Riley’s Last Stand,” by Kelly S. Taylor; “Not Quite a Prince,” by Kathryn L. Ramage; “More Minimalist Fiction,” by Lene Taylor begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting; “Road Kill,” by Lee Balan; “Sunday Mornings,” by Colleen Wylie; “I”, by Chad Denton; “Practice,” by Anne Valente; “Don’t Stop Thinkin’ About Tomorrow,” by Kitty Johnson
Cover by Thomas Good
“Poetry and Red Phosphorus” by Kellie R. England; “Assassin” by Adam Bourke; “Escaping the Apoidians Hivault” by Christopher Husmann; “Kiva” by Cinsearae S.; and “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” by Mylochka.
Cover by William Wray
Storylandia 3, The Wapshott Journal of Fiction is pleased to present Dead Girl, Live Boy, a novella by Michelle Brooks. Dead Girl, Live Boy is an unflinching view of a haunted family landscape scattered with undetonated landmines that threaten the characters’ fragile existences. Set in a crumbling Detroit as the millennium approaches, Dead Girl, Live Boy calls to mind the works of Hubert Selby Jr. and an urban Tennessee Williams. Brooks creates a darkly comic and claustrophobic world that warrants attention. Both despairing and hopeful, her novella succeeds as both a survivor’s story and a cautionary tale.
Cover by Robin Austin
Cover by Karl Christian
Erotica by Allison Yates, Lene Taylor, Frek Skolnik, Amy Throck*-Smythe, and Karmen Ghia