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Storylandia 36 now on sale

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“The Ear is the way to the Soul,” by Bob Ritchie. A challenge, being a teen. Just when you think you have a handle on life, you discover this awful (for a teen boy) thing called “virginity.”

“The School’s on Fire!” by Gordon J. Stirling. A boy makes a mistake and runs away when he learns something about himself his folks never told him.

“Alchemy,” by John O’Kane. Fleeting relationships in a beach community where everyday situations can lead to euphoric experiences.

“Red Wings,” by Evan Howell. At school Lionel is getting bullied and at home he can barely tolerate Randy, his mother’s annoying boyfriend.

“The DiDramifi,” by Jhon Sánchez. In this USA, everyone owns the DeDramafi, which is a device that might seem harmless, perhaps even beneficial, but fosters its own type of tyranny.

ISBN: 978-1-942007-35-7
Evan Howell
John O’Kane
Bob Ritchie
Jhon Sánchez
Gordon J. Stirling
Storylandia 36

Poetrylandia 5, “Three Soul-Makers: Poems That Bring Us Together,” now on sale

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Darkly beautiful, erotic, lyrical and haunting poems inspired by experiences of love and loss, this collection carries readers across time, geography, and interior space to embrace both the pain and beauty of living fully in an ever-changing world.
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Wapshott Press 2020 Annual Fundrasier is now in Progress!

Hello everyone, it’s that time of year again. Time for the Wapshott Press Annual Fundraiser!

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Here’s our line up for 2021:

Poetrylandia, Issue 5
Three Soul Makers: Poems That Bring Us Together
Poetry by Mary Kennedy Eastham, Eileen Malone, and Kathleen McClung
Mary Kennedy Eastham: Darkly beautiful, erotic, lyrical and haunting. The poet’s words nag at us the way only a great seduction can…like liquid pearls falling from the sky above/as soft and easy as a fortune teller’s dreams/We are beautiful alone with ourselves/they seem to say/evening snowflakes floating beneath a faint moon/like fingertips about to touch/a new piano/each sound, each song/a miracle.
Eileen Malone: A mental health activist, Eileen wrote these poems inspired by her experiences with her adult son diagnosed with schizophrenia at nineteen. She speaks for those who cannot or dare not: the families and loved ones of those with serious mental illnesses. You are not alone, they call out, we feel your pain, your love and loss, we listen, care, make loving human connections. We know tragedy and still we endure. Together, we sing our pain.
Kathleen McClung: This collection carries readers across time, geography, and interior space. Poems move from the Cuban missile crisis to the Covid-19 crisis, from hospitals and cemeteries to spring sidewalks of Barcelona and San Francisco, from the zestful curiosity of childhood to the wry wisdom of age. McClung harnesses a variety of poetic forms—sonnets, centos, villanelles, sestinas, and others—to embrace both the pain and beauty of living fully in an ever-changing world.

Poetrylandia, Issue 6
(R)e.volution
Changming Yuan: This collection is mainly about human evolution or revolution in the e. age: while its thematic interest lies in the way modern advances in science and technology have been affecting the way we live, think and develop as humans, it is intended to be a poetic call for more in-depth reflections on the dynamic interaction between man and science in general, as well as on the role of the computer in human evolution in particular.

Storylandia, Issue 36, Winter 2021
Short Stories by
Gordon J. Stirling: “The School’s on Fire!” A boy makes a mistake and runs away when he learns something about himself his folks never told him. A man in town finds him and helps him prepare for the challenges that lay ahead.”
Bob Ritchie: “The Ear is the way to the Soul” A challenge, being a teen. Just when you think you have a handle on life, you discover this awful (for a teen boy) thing called “virginity.” We explore, learn. We find God (or not), love (or not), and the way to our souls? For Relsin, it is via his ears.
John O’Kane: “Alchemy” Alchemy. This is a story about fleeting relationships in a beach community, stressed through cellphone communication, where everyday situations of meeting people and the possibility of achieving euphoric experiences, a boy overcoming being bullied, a device that might seem harmless—perhaps even beneficial—but fosters its own type of tyranny, a boy who makes a mistake and runs away when he learns something about himself his folks never told him, and a seeker learns the ear is the way to the soul.
Evan Howell: “Red Wings” At school Lionel is getting bullied and at home he can barely tolerate Randy, his mother’s annoying boyfriend. Randy further disappoints Lionel when he gives him a pair of Red Wing work boots as a birthday present. However, the unexpected events that arise from this gift change Lionel’s life in ways he couldn’t have imagined.
Jhon Sánchez: “The DiDramifi” In this USA, everyone owns the DeDramafi, which is a device that might seem harmless, perhaps even beneficial, but fosters its own type of tyranny.

Storylandia, Issue 37, Spring 2021
The Key, novella
In downtown LA, many worlds collide without interacting. There are the stock brokers and bankers cloistered within their shiny high-rises. There is the almost invisible working class that keeps them clean and fed. There are the totally lost: the homeless, the mad, the addicted. And there are those self-chosen to try and keep it all together: the teachers, the priests, the parole officers, and social workers, but who often see merely the forest, and not the trees. Only a 5-year old girl walks unafraid among all of them. And a broken ex-con and a hardworking doughnut-maker find their lives changed by this orphan who loves them both.

Storylandia, Issue 38, Summer 2021

A VENICE QUINTET
Five Stories by John O’Kane

Storylandia, Issue 39, Autumn 2021
Short Stories by
Scott Pedersen: These days we fret that intrusive technology is invading our privacy. But is this something new? Not according to “Philly Is Listening!” During radio’s golden era, a waggish program host brings live eavesdropping to home listeners, with eye-popping results.
Jerry Cunningham: “The Dancing Chameleon” tells the tale of two children in Virginia who are adopted at the turn of the twentieth century by a cranky wealthy widow. The troubles of one of the children, a girl named Alma, are described including her difficulty with a pair of red shoes, which come alive after she lies to her mother. That scene owes its origin to “The Red Shoes,” a story by Hans Christian Anderson. The other child, a boy named Hoofer, is musically influenced by a local pastor. Hoofer, as a teen, runs away to Chicago, where the story follows him in his career as a dancer in the 1920’s through the 1940’s.
Kevin Stadt: “Keep away from People” is the story of a father and son struggling to survive in a world where being near others brings monstrous horrors. The father is forced to make an unthinkable decision—stay with his son and put the boy’s life at risk, or leave him and give the child some chance of surviving.
Larry Handy: According to Japanese legend, folding 1000 paper cranes grants a wish. In “Mrs. Meriweather”—one of 9 connected stories on origami—the title character wishes for freedom from her wheelchair and nursing home environment, embarking on a journey of folding. The Missouri Review wrote in a rejection letter, “Mrs. Meriweather” is a “touching and empowering portrayal of the power of will and memory, set in a place where those things are at risk of fading.”

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As always, the Wapshott Press supports individual writers and poets by providing an outlet to share their thoughts and stories with the world. The impact of its work cannot be understated especially during these difficult times. As a mode of self-expression and sense-making, creative writing has the power to change lives and inspire hope for both the author and the audience – and Wapshott Press is the catalyst to those experiences.

Aside from publishing work that would otherwise not be seen, Wapshott Press helps legitimize new and emerging artists by creating a point of entry into the field. Although relatively small, Waphott Press has built a reputation for excellence and has consistently published authentic top-quality work for over a decade.

Our writers are not shy about telling us how they feel about publishing in Wapshott Press journals: LindaAnn LoSchiavo of Poetrylandia 2 told us: “…meaningful momentum is what happens when Wapshott Press breathes a manuscript into being. … their indie imprint empower writers, helping them to create, publish, learn, teach, experiment, and thrive.”

Another poet, Connie Post, writes of her experience with Poetrylandia 4: “Having my poems published in Poetrylandia “Trio” (Poetrylandia 4) has had such a positive impact on me as a writer and poet. … I am able to show a strong cross section of my work which helps potential readers get a better sense of my poetry and that kind of exposure is always positive.”

Short story writer, Arthur Davis, who had a single author collection in Storylandia, Issue 17: “Storylandia is a uniquely supportive literary journal offering readers ‘out of the box’ tales, and deserves to be supported so it can feature a new generation of authors.”

Ronni Kern, author of the novella “The Key” in upcoming Storylandia, Issue 37, publishing in Spring 2021, writes: “When one is facing a really bad cancer diagnosis, the notion that – if all else fails — something of one’s self will be left behind suddenly becomes shockingly important. Ginger Mayerson accepted my story just before I learned I had an especially aggressive Stage 3, Grade 3 breast cancer. The news – not to mention the surgeries, chemo and radiation — flattened me; but this little bright light continues to glimmer at the end of a very dark tunnel: next spring, The Key will appear in print, whether or not I am around to see it. That means a lot.”

And Pushcart Prize winner, David Meischen, tells us “Storylandia is a gift to the world of short fiction, of short stories that push at the limits of short fiction, of novella writers searching for an audience. As a fiction writer, I am exponentially happy with Issue 34 of Storylandia. It isn’t just a journal with one of my stories. It is an issue entirely devoted to my stories—my very own short fiction collection, thanks to the Wapshott Press and their unique approach.”

We are also planning a series of book clubs on recent Wapshott Press titles, with special guest appearances by the authors themselves. You can sign up for book club notifications here: www.eepurl.com/g5rwKT PDF provided free of charge if don’t already have a copy of the book.

Again this year, we’re offering a complete set of everything we publish at Wapshott Press in 2021 for each $100 donation. You can request these titles for yourself or for someone else, or you can get all 2020 books (however it is, I’ll be in touch to find out how you’d like to receive your books). Thank you to all our 2019 $100 or more donors, the second tranche of your books are on the way.

Oh also, the Wapshott Press is an Amazon Smile charity, and they do send us a little money now and then. So we hope you’ll remember us when you shop at www.Smile.Amazon.com and choose Wapshott Press from the charity list. We will be very grateful.

Thank you for your support of the Wapshott Press, and our journals Storylandia and Poetrylandia.

Ginger Mayerson
Founder and Editor

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“Odd Goings-on at Ferndell Farm and other Stories” Storylandia 35 is now on sale

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Odd Goings-on at Ferndell Farm and Other Stories

by Kathryn L. Ramage


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Finding the late Mrs. Taggart’s missing jewels had made Freddie Babington famous. People with problems began to come to him, hoping to engage his services as a private detective. Freddie expected his new career to involve thrilling cases such as restoring diamond necklaces to Duchesses and secret plans to government ministers, perhaps rescuing a kidnapped heiress or two. Most of his cases were more mundane–but every once in a while, a client with a truly strange and interesting problem came to his door.

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Excerpt:

The Family Jewels

1

It was a beautiful, crisp, and colorful autumn afternoon. Frederick Babington, who was visiting his aunt in the Suffolk village of Abbotshill, decided to take a walk. Though the injuries he’d received during the Great War had taken a long time to heal, he was beginning to feel truly well again. His leg no longer pained him and he’d discarded his cane.
Billy Watkins, Freddie’s manservant who had saved his life during the war and looked after him diligently since, insisted that he take a coat in case the evening grew chilly and not tire himself by going too far. Freddie promised to be back in time for dinner and grabbed his tweed coat down from the rack by the front door on his way out.
He had a delightful time wandering the country lanes around Abbotshill, climbing the green hills and kicking up piles of golden and russet leaves that had fallen under the trees. At dusk, he headed back toward his aunt’s house by way of the Rose and Crown pub; a pint of the local beer seemed just the thing to complete his outing.
The taproom was crowded, but the girl at the bar smiled when she saw him. “We’ve been hearing some talk about you tonight, Mr. Freddie,” she told him as she filled a mug from the tap. Freddie didn’t understand this remark, until she lifted her chin to indicate a table in the corner behind him. “Bill’s been here near an hour, telling everybody what a fine detective you are. Our constable was interested in particular.”
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Now on sale: “Trio” Poetrylandia 4

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Déjà vu all over again: Wapshott Press Book Club — Storylandia 32

Wapshott Press Book Club! Because… Never Surrender! Never Give Up! Even when your internet goes out 3 hours before the book club (sigh). So, Storylandia 32; second attempt.

First book: Drunk on Time, by JF Malone, Storylandia, Issue 32, Winter 2020
“Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?”
Science! Romance! Gambling! More Science!
Click here for more information: https://www.wapshottpress.org/about-the-wapshott-press/fiction-journals/storylandia-issn-1947-5349/issue-32/

Sign-up for the first book club: click here: http://eepurl.com/g5qU-r

Sign-up closes at midnight on Friday, August 28, 2020.

Access to Drunk on Time book club page and password emailed by midnight Sunday, August 30. 2020.

Online book club meeting end of June to be determined by participants.

Yay!

Ginger

Storylandia 34 is now on sale!

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Storylandia 34
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The Distance Between Here
and Elsewhere: Three Stories

by David Meischen

Crossing at the Light

Albert Decker and Grady Smith, July 14–15, 1965

Albert woke at 6:30, aware in the instant that it was Claude’s birthday. He made up the Murphy bed he’d slept in since 1934 and folded it back into the wall, bands of summer sun along the seams of the closed window blinds suspending the room in a glow that brightened perceptibly as he stood watching. He shared the little apartment—and the package store below—with his mother, his days dispensed behind the counter, selling liquor to the locals, inhaling the dust they trailed behind them as they browsed these narrow aisles, five thousand miles from the one place he could imagine inhabiting. Still, each morning until Mrs. Decker woke—each morning was his.

After a quick breakfast of toast and jam, Albert fetched his cosmetics case from the cabinet beneath the bathroom sink and flipped the switch for the makeup lights he’d had installed around the mirror. He didn’t like what he saw. He’d always enjoyed being slim, but the skin at his throat had begun to let go, a sag at his Adam’s apple the brightness exaggerated. Before attending to his face, he unfastened the top shirt button and laid his collar open to the burn scar—like the negative of a shadow across the left collarbone—a private reminder of his mother’s skillet, the frying grease splashed from it so many years ago that without the scar he might not credit memory.
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2nd Wapshott Press Book Club: Storylandia 33

2nd Wapshott Press Book Club! Click here for details. Thanks.

Fortune Written in Wet Grass, Poetrylandia 3, now on sale

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Fortune Written in Wet Grass

by Eileen “Mish” Murphy


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Fortune Written on Wet Grass

All over Florida,
it’s drizzling
with dazzling monotony.
The rain is warm
as a baby’s breath
and a sweat drop drools
down the middle
of my shirt
and cradles
itself in my cleavage
and I hear
the rain
talking to me—
it says
I should lose
ten pounds,
clean out my sewers,
comb my lawn,
learn jazz piano,
and spruce up
this rinky-dink operation—
Hey, rain,
can ya hear me?
I don’t mind
being a recluse:
I’m not leaving
this porch—

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Praise for LindaAnn LoSchiavo’s “A Route Obscure and Lonely”

Praise for LindaAnn LoSchiavo’s A Route Obscure and Lonely aka Poetrylandia, Issue 2:

“I loved how this collection of poetry was focused on a wide range of emotions. Readers will be swept up in the throes of love just as easily as they will be drawn into the shadows. And fans of Edgar Allan Poe will see hints of his inspiration peppered throughout the poems. Including a poem all to his own where LoSchiavo explores the women Poe wrote about.”
Behind the Pages

“The collection showcases LoSchiavo’s versatility as a poet as her supernatural entities go from anguished to bizarre to subdued in an instant.”
The Prairies Book Review

“This author speaks to me with her knowledge of the right elements of culture and I could see it reaching most almost dedicated to poetry Americans.”
Toreado Magazine

“For the title of her second poetry collection LindaAnn LoSchiavo borrows a line from a poem by Edgar Allen Poe. It’s an apt choice, because A Route Obscure and Lonely feels very much like it could have been penned by a modern descendant of this master of the gothic and macabre.”
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A Route Obscure and Lonely

First Wapshott Press Book Club!

Wapshott Press Book Club! Because… why not.

First book: Drunk on Time, by JF Malone, Storylandia, Issue 32, Winter 2020
“Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?”
Science! Romance! Gambling! More Science!
Click here for more information: https://www.wapshottpress.org/about-the-wapshott-press/fiction-journals/storylandia-issn-1947-5349/issue-32/

Sign-up for the first book club: click here: http://eepurl.com/g5qU-r

Sign-up closes at midnight on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Access to Drunk on Time book club page and password emailed by midnight Sunday, June 7. 2020.

Online book club meeting end of June to be determined by participants.

Yay!

Ginger

Storylandia 33 now on sale!

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Storylandia, Issue 33, Spring 2020


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“Brexit Swan” bittersweet tale about two sisters coming to terms with their opposing personalities. A darkly comic story set in London, UK during the pre-Brexit years. The title symbolises the conflict within the narrator as she establishes her identity outside the restrictive bonds of blood sisterhood.

“Curse of the Lighthouse” “It’s all common sense, and caution,” he was told. Finally, an assignment at a lighthouse on an island sanctuary where peace and quiet would allow him to piece his life back together. If only he had taken the signs seriously. If only he hadn’t gone deaf to the obvious. If only….

“Of Cows and Corn” Best friends Jason and Bill drive from Pittsburgh to Stanford to deliver Bill to graduate school. It’s the end of their friendship, and Jason counts down the days until they part, and he goes home. Driving west, Jason ponders the coming loss to understand it and reconcile himself to it.

“Girl in the TV” In this story about a man’s perception of time and the memories that comprise his life, he learns that a girl he once knew has been strangely erased from existence. He discovers that the same fate might soon befall him.

“Two Wrongs and a Right” Forbidden love. An abusive past. Promises and murder among friends. Christopher made a vow to the woman he can’t forget and to the woman who stole her heart. Their past returns to test the strength of friendship in a world that forces choices that should never have to be made.

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A Route Obscure and Lonely, Poetrylandia 2, now on sale

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A Route Obscure and Lonely

by LindaAnn LoSchiavo


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Houseguest

With measured strokes, I brushed defiant hair,
Cascading waves that cancer left untouched.
You’d had enough of hospitals, that lack
Of privacy, imagining your home
Serene, secure, free from intrusive pests.

It would shock you to learn we’re not alone.

At dawn, the presence by the sills crispens,
Emerges as the drapes inhale into
A phantom shape. Infernal company,
Omniscient brakeman, timer in cold hands,
Poised, waiting, exhalations nearly through.

Lost in the territory of morphine,
Deciding to eject your breathing tubes,
You tossed away the life-saving device.

Asleep, I’m unaware — — till ghost commands
Arouse me full awake. There’s no choice but
To go rescue you, reconnect the air.

Long shadows darken the stairs, that peek-a-boo
Behind the hooded cloak. I startle you,
Attaching oxygen’s feed properly,
Removing you tonight from danger’s ledge.

A grimace rises from the bedding’s edge
As if to say, “Not now! I’ll tell you when.”
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“Drunk on Time” Storylandia 32: Now on Sale!

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Drunk on Time

Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?

J. H. Malone has had three careers: High energy particle research in Boston and Los Alamos, social work in San Francisco, and tech writing for startups in Silicon Valley. Over the past years Malone has placed science fiction, crime, romance, and other stories, as well as movie reviews, in two dozen Internet and print publications.

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2019 Wapshott Press Fundraiser (and an Angel!)

2019 was awesome! On to 2020!

And this year the Wapshott Press has an Angel! Our Angel will match each donation up to a total of $1,000. So your donation to the Wapshott Press will go twice as far in 2020!


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where paypal charges no fees to either of us, and until December 31, 2019, will add 1% to each donation

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NOW ON SALE! Storylandia 31: The Beasthood

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Deloris Jaguer is assigned to investigate The Beasthood which many women declare exist. In her search—through various evidence presented—to find the truth, she discovers more about herself and the literal meaning of The Beasthood.

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Please consider a donation to the Wapshott Press so we can keep publishing stories like “The Beasthood”. All donations at www.Donate.Wapshottpress.org are tax deductible. Thank you.

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Now on Sale: finding mr pembrooke

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finding mr pembrooke

by John Brantingham


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finding mr pembrooke

mr pembrooke
mr pembrooke wakes up monday morning and showers and shaves and dresses and fries two eggs and pours orange juice into his los angeles lakers 2010 championship souvenir glass and watches the news until he realizes that twenty-nine eager sixteen year olds are going to sit down in his physics class in twelve minutes and that school is eight minutes away if he coasts through a couple of stop signs but somehow that doesn’t make him stand-up and he wishes regis were still on but michael and sarah’s banter is pretty good and he chuckles for eleven minutes and looks at his watch and can’t take himself away from the kitchen television this morning and that thought occupies a full minute and then another and then his phone rings and it’s the school and he hasn’t missed a single day nor has he been late in thirty-seven years so the voice on the other end seems to believe him when he says that he’s in bed so sick that he slept through the alarm and he makes a coughing laugh with the voice and says you’re right that’s no way for last year’s teacher of the year to act and he says he might be able to make it in tomorrow even though he knows he’s not going to be able to leave the kitchen so he coughs again to start tuesday’s lie and hangs up wondering about retirement whether he’s built up enough and he laughs because whether he has or not he’s going to be retiring because he can’t move and he wants to but he can’t after all this time of helping bright kids like it was a holy mission handed down on tablets but michael and sarah on the television make him laugh so he makes himself butter toast which is his sunday morning treat and he laughs and nods and says to his television tell them michael and then he can’t remember what it was michael said
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Letters to S.

28/08/2014
(unsent)

Everywhere I look there they are, a set of black eyes staring at me from every corner, from every possible direction. Even when I close my own eyes they’re still there, amid the darkness of my closed eyelids, staring intensely, curiously, admiringly. They have a gleam, a shining I have never before seen; they’re both scary and comforting.
It feels good seeing them staring at me with that intention of theirs, and yet it makes me uncomfortable, because it scares me; what do they want—I wonder often silently—what do they expect of me? There is no certain answer—I can’t tell why the look is there.
I know why the eyes are following me—that’s a simple question that needs not be asked. Yet, what do they want from me, I do not know. I have my own hopes about it, I wish and pray for a specific answer to be true, but I can’t possibly know.
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Storylandia 29 now on sale!

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Storylandia, Spring 2019, Issue 29

Crime Spree and Other Stories

by Tom Larsen


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From journeyman printer to small-time crook, pothead senior to retired nun, Tom Larsen has captured a wide range of life experiences in theses self-contained stories. This collection is an homage to the random fortunes of the baby boom. Whether set in the inner city, suburbia or the northwest coast, Larsen’s colorful cast confirms he knows of what he speaks.

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Crime Spree and Other Stories
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Storylandia 28 now on sale

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Storylandia 28: Make Me Disappear


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Mabel Banner, age fifteen, is a girl on the run. Escaping a dark and tumultuous life in the foster care system in Oklahoma, she runs to Key West, where she becomes first mate on board the sailboat Stella Luna, with the amiable Jake Ennis as captain. In Florida she forges a new life with a new name and tries to forget the circumstances that brought her there. But can Mabel keep her past a secret from Jake? Will the authorities looking for her eventually catch up? And mostly, will she ever have a chance at a normal life? Mabel finds that no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the ghosts that haunt her dreams and the feeling that, eventually, everything she has fought so hard to gain will slip out from between her fingers like the sugar white sand of a Gulf Coast beach.

About the author:
Jennifer Wilson lives in Oklahoma with her husband and seven of her thirteen children. When she is not negotiating peace treaties between the warring factions residing beneath her roof, she enjoys writing and playing the banjo. Occasionally she hides in the closet and drinks whiskey while contemplating the meaning of the universe. She has published four books of poetry and two novels, blogs at crazyreal.net.

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A year goes by awfully fast, doesn’t it?

2018 Wapshott Press Fundraiser!

Donations can be made at www.WapshottPress.net. The PayPal Giving fund charges us no fees on your donation. And between Giving Tuesday (11/27/2018) and New Year’s Eve, the Giving Fund will add 1% to every donation. That might not seem like much, but the Wapshott Press gets three dimes out of every quarter, so we make it go far. Perks: All donations receive a pdf of the book of your choice; Donations over $100 receive the pdf and a print copy of the book of your choice (can be different books); Over $200 the pdf and 2 copies; Over $300 the pdf and 3 copies; Over $350 the pdf and a full subscription to everything below; Over $500 your own custom half dozen of anything we’ve ever published.

Wapshott Press 2018 Fundraiser for Storylandia and Poetrylandia fiction and poetry collections. Please be generous; we need you. Thank you.

But first, an enormous thank you to our supporters, the Friends of the Wapshott Press:

Steve Kasten and Nancy Garcia of Steve Kasten Properties, Muna Deraine, Rachel Livingston of Furies Publishing, KM Warner, Kathryn L. Ramage, Jim and Rebecca Wright, Jennifer Bentson of Jennifer Bentson Arts, Debbie Jones and Steve Acker, Ann Siemens, Suzanne Siegel, Richard Whittaker of Works+Conversations magazine, Carol Colin and Ted Waltz, and several supporters who wish to remain anonymous.

What we did in this year with your generous donations from last year:


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Donations can be made at www.WapshottPress.net

What we plan to do in 2019 with your generous donations from this year:

Storylandia, Issue 28, Winter 2019
Make me Disappear, by Jennifer Wilson
Mabel Banner, age fifteen, is a girl on the run. Escaping a dark and tumultuous life in the foster care system in Oklahoma, she runs to Key West, where she becomes first mate on board the sailboat Stella Luna, with the amiable Jake Ennis as captain. In Florida she forges a new life with a new name and tries to forget the circumstances that brought her there. But can Mabel keep her past a secret from Jake? Will the authorities looking for her eventually catch up? And mostly, will she ever have a chance at a normal life? Mabel finds that no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the ghosts that haunt her dreams and the feeling that, eventually, everything she has fought so hard to gain will slip out from between her fingers like the sugar white sand of a Gulf Coast beach. (excerpt below)

Jennifer Wilson lives in Texas with her husband and ten of her thirteen children. When she is not negotiating peace treaties between the warring factions residing beneath her roof, she enjoys writing and playing the banjo. Occasionally she hides in the closet and drinks whiskey while contemplating the meaning of the universe. She has published four books of poetry and two novels, blogs at crazyreal.net.

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Storylandia, Issue 29, Spring 2018
Crime Spree and Other Stories, by Thomas Larsen
From journeyman printer to small-time crook, pothead senior to retired nun, Tom Larsen has captured a wide range of life experiences in theses self-contained stories. This collection is an homage to the random fortunes of the baby boom. Whether set in the inner city, suburbia or the northwest coast, Larsen’s colorful cast confirms he knows of what he speaks. (excerpt below)

Tom Larsen lives in the Pennsport section of South Philadelphia, home to Mummers, Flyers and that screw you slant that made the city great. He and his wife lived in Pennsport for a decade in the 90’s then moved away, then moved back again. Where the heart is, yo. For a writer auditioning characters, the 19148 zip is a casting gold mine.

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Poetrylandia, Issue 1 (our first volume of poetry!)
Required Silence, by Dawn Cunningham
Women go through a particular silence which has been a requirement in society for generations. This required silence is a cause of struggles in a woman’s survival. The silence is hard to overcome—if a woman ever overcomes it. Ridding the silence is a continuous fight even after a woman finds a way to overcome. (excerpt below)

Dawn Cunningham grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories of the family, which led Ms. Cunningham to write her stories, mostly in poetry. At a young age, she fell in love with Edgar Allen Poe’s stories and poems. Then in her college years, she came to love surrealism—especially Max Ernst and Salvador Dali. She shares her love of literature and arts with her four children, thirteen grandchildren (and, soon, another grandchild), and with her partner, Christopher.

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Storylandia, Issue 30, Summer 2019
Letters to S, by George Gad Economou
A love story that challenges beliefs, lifestyles, and desires.
He searches for a replacement to his greatest love (whom he lost way too soon to reasons better left untold); she seeks for a safe harbor to shelter her from her tumultuous relationship that rapidly reaches its end. Passion and lust are born the moment they lay eyes on each other; however, their story quickly turns into a tale of brutal irony and of obstacles that cannot be overcome. (excerpt below)

George Gad Economou, born in 1990 in Athens, Greece, has a Master’s in Philosophy of Science from Aarhus University and is currently residing in Athens, working as a freelance writer. His stories have appeared in various online outlets, such as Spillwords and Jumbelbook.

Storylandia, Issue 31, Autumn 2019
The Beasthood, by Dawn Cunningham
Deloris Jaguer is assigned to investigate The Beasthood which many women declare exists. In her search—through various evidence presented—to find the truth, she discovers more about herself and the literal meaning of The Beasthood. (excerpt below)

See Poetrylandia 1 for Dawn’s bio.

2018 Wapshott Press Fundraiser! Donations can be made at www.WapshottPress.net. The PayPal Giving fund charges us no fees on your donation. And between Giving Tuesday (11/27/2018) and New Year’s Eve, the Giving Fund will add 1% to every donation. That might not seem like much, but the Wapshott Press gets three dimes out of every quarter, so we make it go far. Perks: All donations receive a pdf of the book of your choice; Donations over $100 receive the pdf and a print copy of the book of your choice (can be different books); Over $200 the pdf and 2 copies; Over $300 the pdf and 3 copies; Over $350 the pdf and a full subscription to everything below; Over $500 your own custom half dozen of anything we’ve ever published.

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