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The author of the book: Mark Fine
Edition: Readers Circle of Avenue Park
Date of issue: September 1st 2016
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ALL HAIL the Short Story!”
These 15 short stories come from those shaded corners; the shadowy recesses of our minds where deceit and revenge take refuge. Only to surface when we choose to be most unpleasant to our neighbors, our colleagues, our lovers, and to our families—and even our species. Above all, it's the unpredictable kinks that catch you unaware that make the ‘CROOKED TALES’ anthology such a wicked delight.
‘CROOKED TALES’ gathers the talent of 15 of the hottest authors around to thrill you with their visions of mayhem, in places exotic, bucolic, other-worldly, or simply sinister. With the resurgent interest in the Short Story, due to us having busy lives with only micro-moments of calm to read, the editorial team of READERS CIRCLE OF AVENUE PARK (#RCAP) curated this unique short story anthology.
You have the itch to read, but have only a long moment to indulge, so ‘hail a short story!” and immerse yourself in brief adventures of the imagination. Each author has been challenged to describe their tale in a single line:
‘Death of Sparrowman’ – Eric J. Gates: 'From chirrup to croak, why we should beware of benches.'
‘A Crooked Mile’ – Fiona Quinn: 'Straying down a bleak path, lost doesn't mean gone forever.'
‘Squatter’ – Ulla Hakanson: 'This story is nuts – no, really, quite nuts.'
‘Nothing But the Truth’ – Joseph Mark Brewer: 'What he saw changed everything…'
‘Angel Heart’ – Michelle Medhat: 'A spot kill from drug-pushers to detectives— how Hz hurts.'
‘The Scream of Silence’ – Pamela Crane: 'Sticks and stones you may atone, but lies come back to haunt you…'
‘Mark of the Hyena’ – Mark Fine: 'When civilizations collide N!xau’s click ticks tsk tsk tricks a surprising vultured culture.'
‘Beneath’ – Anita Kovacevic: 'The most surreal bun fight: beware of fiery coiffure justice!'
‘Ubiquitous’ – Geoff Nelder: 'There’s no escaping the near future until you realize how to play the system.'
‘Keeping It in the Family’ – Traci Sanders: 'Hots for a firefighter cause icy cold amnesia in a comeuppancy family affair.'
‘Set for Saturday’ – Keith Dixon: 'In the company of thieves, it’s all about loyalty.'
‘Cold’ – Lubna Sengul: 'The mother of all arguments, taken to the grave, and beyond.'
‘Confessions’ – Julie M. Brown: "He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves - one for his enemy and one for himself." ~ Chinese Proverb
‘Terrestrial Traitor’ – Jeremy Croston: 'Nested deceit – aliens, humans – who’s worse?'
‘Red Queen Check’ – Elizabeth Horton-Newton: 'Revenge for sins of the past is best dished up hot, lusty and electric.'
"CROOKED TALES” is a sequel to the successful ‘TWISTED TALES’ short story collection published by Readers Circle of Avenue Park in 2015.
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Read information about the authorAuthor Mark Fine was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. New York, Minneapolis and Los Angeles have been home since 1979. Through global music giant PolyGram, Mark founded Hammer & Lace Records. His label had a unique mandate: to be the industry’s only imprint dedicated to aiding vital social and health issues by creating benefit albums to raise both crucial funds and life-saving awareness. The innovative business model he pioneered incorporated strategic cause-marketing through music and celebrity as an effective way to simultaneously address creative aspirations, business objectives and social issues.
For a decade Fine proved adept at uniting non-profit organizations, corporate and media sponsors, and world class musicians such as Sheryl Crow, Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Bryan Adams and Boyz ll Men in aid of breast cancer research, wildlife conservation and other causes.
For these initiatives Mark was voted by Variety magazine as the “Music Executive with 20/20 Vision” and addressed the Industries' Coalition against Cancer on the topic, "Going beyond the Corporation: How Companies Take Their Health Messages to the Public." For his efforts in the fight against breast cancer, he has been honored by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Board of Sponsors in Washington, D.C, and received both NABCO's "Celebrate Life Award" and SELF magazine's "Creative Initiatives Award." But he is especially proud of his "Paws of Fame" award he received from The Wildlife Waystation for his commitment to animals worldwide. As such, animals always make an appearance in Mark Fine's writings.
Ironically perhaps, due to his dedication in the fight against breast cancer, Mark’s wife succumbed to the disease in 2006. In striving for a hopeful future for his two young sons, he relocated the family to South Bay, Los Angeles. Now bound to the home as Mr. Mom, Mark was another step closer to becoming an author. And as a man needing to do something of substance, to have the people in his life know he loves and supports them, and to do something within his power to make the world just a little better for his having been a part of it, Mark Fine began to write.
As he had reached a new point in his life, Fine took on the task of showing the world a snapshot of his metaphorical backyard. In the process of painting with words his own backyard, Mark Fine has been brave likeWilliam Faulkner in his journey of truth telling – he has simply done it with a much different kind of Southern accent.
Fine has created a world in The Zebra Affaire that tells the truth of his home via the freedom fiction provides, and in seeing where South Africa has been – whether it is in choosing to follow the rules regardless of how nonsensical or cruel they might be, or to challenge the system, we may see a piece of ourselves as well. He puts human faces and hearts into his pages, and as we follow their loves, trials, and conflicts, we find this incredible story of the human condition as it endures some of the most unspeakable horrors.