This short-story collection contains ten tales based on a diverse range of subjects, from true crime to historical fiction and fantasy. The title story, "Snowflakes in a Clear Night Sky," is based on Native American folklore. "A Dark Quiet Place" is based on a true-crime incident involving a troubled boy and gun violence. In “Adirondak Mountains 5000 BC,” based on early northeastern indigenous peoples, an archaeologist discovers cave drawings in the Adirondack Mountains and tells the story she finds in a pictograph. "Amanda Paine and the Yah-Ko" is another tale based on Native American folklore. In "Village Murder," based on true crime, a man murders his wife for insurance money. "Motorcycle Man" is a comedy based on a true incident of a motorcycle gang traveling in the mountains. "Phyllis" is a dark comedy about a woman who decides to kill her boyfriend because he will not marry her. "The Son of Amaros" tells the story of a fallen angel and is based on the Books of Enoch, discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls. "Virginia and Mouse" is the true story of a woman and her horse. Finally, "The Devil Wind" is based on a true incident that occurred during the Iraq War, when approximately $9 billion—in cash—went missing while under the care of Blackwater contractors. In 2012, $6 billion was recovered. This story is a fictionalized account of what could have happened to the missing $3 billion.
The Elves of Owl's Head Mountain is a young adult fantasy novel based on Native American magical beliefs and characters. Native Americans believed in elves, witches, wizards (shamans), wind-walkers, and changelings. They believed these magical beings "walked the wind" into other dimensions. The Elves of Owl’s Head Mountain is about a boy living in the Adirondack Mountains who is summoned by a shaman into the magical dimension, where he shares adventures with the elves and wizards of that world.
An old man dying of cancer has just become the perfect test subject for an alien race seeking to exterminate mankind. Their goal: create a mutant viral strain impervious to cures. As part of their experiments, the aliens have perfected brain transplants, allowing them to place the old man’s brain in a new body, infect it with every possible virus, and test various antidotes. By the end, the man’s blood carries the antidote to every virus and cancer known to humans. Sent back to Earth in a shuttle, the old man sets about collecting virus samples from Africa. Meanwhile, another human scientist onboard the alien ship releases an airborne virus that kills everyone—alien and human—on the ship. Left on Earth, the old man faces a world of corrupt politicians, drug companies, and rogue federal agents—and they all want samples of his blood.
This adult horror story is based on northeastern Native American beliefs about such magical creatures as skinwalkers and shapeshifters. "Yah-ko" is Algonquian for "evil little men," goblin-like creatures that can shape-shift into animals. A Mohawk shaman describes them as the spawn of Gan-Nos-Guah, the human flesh eater. The Yah-ko are at war with the Nen-Us-Yoks, or "spirit dwarf people," the spawn of Oh-ke, the Earth Mother. Accurate research and a compelling story line make this book an entertaining, scary read.
After a ghost tells her great-granddaughter the tale of the gold coins that purchased her as a slave in 1810, it leads her on the trail to recover the gold Louis coins, which were donated to the Confederate war effort by one of her twin sons. The granddaughter has inherited a museum in New Orleans that her cousins bankrupted while she was growing up, and if there is any hope to save the museum, it lies with those coins.
The Sphere of Visions, the third volume in the young-adult fantasy series The Elves of Owl’s Head Mountain, is the sequel to The Land of the Nen-Us-Yok. The story is based on Native American belief in such magical creatures as shape-shifters, wind-walkers, elves, and demons. Young Mitchell faces more action and adventure as he continues to battle evil.
The Land of the Nen-Us-Yok is the second volume in a young-adult fantasy series and the sequel to The Elves of Owl’s Head Mountain. The story is based on Native American magical beliefs. In The Elves of Owl’s Head Mountain, a young boy was summoned to a magical dimension by a shaman. Now his adventures with the elves and wizards of that world continue.