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 “For All The Marbles” includes the following short stories:

1. For All The Marbles”

2. Scores of Cores

3. Not by Half

4. Blasphemy

5. The Senate’s Plaything

And also …

The sequal to PILATE, Finally (3 years later ...)

 

The much leaner and much cleaner version of PILATE. G'head, you can give it to yer kidz, fer Goodness sakes!



The Reverend thought this was funny. This was written way back when I was still trying to sell to the ‘straight’ press. Not so lucky!

This series will feature biblical icons as main characters in a modern re-telling of their Old and New Testament stories. The series, like the Bible itself, is intense, elaborate and exceedingly violent.
All the fables in this series are set in the same location of The Harbor, a fictional Midwestern American ghetto that is based on a genuine locale. The Harbor is a former steel refinery town that is now in the midst of a third generational, post-industrial decline. Steel has mostly left The Harbor. Despair and squalor has taken root in this place that has been largely forgotten by the outside world. No one is watching when the darkness begins to flourish.
To be specific for the series, the illegal drug that is vastly sold and voraciously consumed is called Plata. Silver in Spanish, Plata has been conjured up by NELSON and its origin thoroughly explained in PILATE, the first installment. Methamphetamine-hydromorphone (Plata), is a central aspect to the commerce that keeps the modern economic wheel of The Harbor spinning round and round. Plata is integral to all the fables and is a constant throughout the series.
Each fable is a story in and of itself. What makes it a series, what will inspire our beloved READERS to ingest the series in its entire, is the prodigious use of bridge characters. These characters intermingle in The Harbor and bring flavor, familiarity and continuity to the series. A series, but not sequels.
It is not yet known how many fables will be in this series, but there will be at least four. The first one is PILATE. JONAH is the second installment. Research is complete and JONAH is being written as you read this. JOB is slated as the third fable in the series and is being plotted as JONAH is being written. JOB, the character, will be first introduced in JONAH.
PILATE, JONAH and JOB are written in past tense, third-person subjective with varying points of view. The tales are crafted powerfully, with calm authority and a strong voice. They are, most definitely, not for the faint of heart. These fables are dark and vicious tales of evil kings and dirty cops. Heavenly forgiveness and eternal damnation. Lusting vampires and throngs of wicked demons. The powerful Hand of God and the Devil’s diseased Kiss. And the blood. It is everywhere. No punches are pulled. The graphic violence and human ugliness are laid bare for all to see.
The fables defy catagorization, but rather incorporate the very best intensity, grit, and artistic violence of several fictional genres. Biblical Horror is one possible way to describe this series of fables. The fables have all of the biblical accuracy of “Prophecy”, the drug culture of “Belly”, the gritty urban decay of “New Jack City”, as well as the artful dogmatic evil of “Hellraiser” and the over-the-top violence, retribution and decadence of “Scarface”. PILATE, JONAH and JOB make liberal use of these fictional elements to form a truly unique and original body of work.

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