These 20 short stories were written from 2006 to 2013 by Thomas Leverett, who spent years teaching ESL - thus learning to scorn flourish and pretension in writing. His stories are bold and memorable
Welcome to the Valley Drift series. This series is the complete Devil Days series. Here is where you'll find possession and a town that is put through the mill.
Despite their common setting, these stories neither glorify nor castigate this store, which has come to play such a central role in small-town USA life. These are simply crime stories, direct, sometimes humorous, and well-written.
May is a piano-genius college freshman who dreams of becoming a brilliant composer. In her school's practice rooms she meets Conner, an undeniably unattractive junior, and she is immediately captivated by his raw musicality on the piano. As May tries to navigate college life and fulfill her music dreams, Conner pulls her toward the natural world, toward her own wildness, and, ultimately, toward the wildness within her music as well.
You probably don't know me, and no, I don't know you, but the purpose of this book is to reveal to you what God can do. It says in Jeremiah 29:11 that God has a plan and purpose for our lives, but in order to live those purposes out, we first have to grasp the fact that we're worth the pain, worth the struggle, and worth God's grace. If you don't believe in the value that God has on your life, then you can't live right no matter how hard you try. It hurts me to see how so many Christians today have yet to realize their worth in God.
Grant is handsome, charismatic, and charming. He's also a horror novelist who's had moderate success in his craft. The only thing more attractive than the man is the fact that he actually wants to meet Amy's son, Bailey. Bailey is independent for his age, as competent at caring for his own daily needs as most children twice his age, and he soon warms to the charming writer. Months later, after Bailey and his mother have taken up residence with this new man, odd behaviors begin to emerge....
"Libertine story and how it was narrated."
Sempra has lived all of her 16 years in an enclosed dome called the Circadia Stable Living Facility. It is structured, sustainable, and windowless. After the sun grew in intensity, causing society to become nocturnal, it was the only safe place to go. No one remembers the outside world. For 150 years the government has warned them about the deadly sun, and savage, vengeful outsiders. There is only one punishment for any crime: to be exiled from the facility. But Sempra is curious.
Viciria is an actual person who lived. She is real and her son, Marcus Nonius Balbus, actually became the first citizen of Herculaneum. Before this wealthy resort city was buried by Vesuvius in AD 79, she was known as The Witch. At title well-earned for sure. But why? What could happen in her life that could change such a gentle creature? Find out in the accompanying short story to Threatened Loyalties also by J F Ridgley.
"Left Me Wanting More"
Twenty-one short stories best described as Americana, although not all stories are set in the US. The style is from an ESL/EFL background: free of flowery prose or oblique references. The reference to the Golden Rule amounts to this: All of life is noticing how what you do comes back around to affect you. Short stories must, by nature, embrace this.