Fiction

Matters of the Heart: A Creole Love Story

by Mary M. Culver

This is an historical romance set in antebellum Louisiana. His heroic rescue of a beautiful Creole of color from a fire leads to a passionate first love for Emile de Marigny, heir to Marengo, one of the largest sugar cane plantations in Louisiana. But when he is called up for service in the War against Mexico, his father insists on an arranged marriage for his son, with a suitable French Creole, to secure the inheritance of Marengo. Will it be flight to Paris with his beloved Nana, and the loss of his inheritance — or wealth, status and two women? How will this love triangle be resolved? This book is the first in a series of historical novels which continue the story of the Emile de Marigny family through the Civil War and beyond.

JAZZ STORIES: FROM KATRINA TO CONNECTICUT

No . . . every microfiction in this collection is not necessarily “about” jazz or its players, although many are. The construct of most of these works is intended to reflect the essence of the music through the implementation of extensive improvisational “word riffs,” multi-patterned phrasings, and extended linguistic solos.

by Professor Arturo

No . . . every microfiction in this collection is not necessarily “about” jazz or its players, although many are. The construct of most of these works is intended to reflect the essence of the music through the implementation of extensive improvisational “word riffs,” multi-patterned phrasings, and extended linguistic solos.

Humanus Diabolicus: A Postmodern Prophecy

by James Houk

Professor James Houk presents a dark gospel; the manuscript Humanus Diabolicus is entrusted to him by Avatar with an urgent plea to publish it as a warning of the end of humankind on this earth. The result shows how the bad behavior of humans leaves the Great One (God) frustrated and apathetic. His ability to repress the nighmarish phantasmata, the somnia atrox, is compromised, and the terrifying creatures are released into human reality.

The Fifth Guest and Other Louisiana Stories

by Debra Faircloth

“I grew up immersed in the South’s tradition of oral literature,” says Debra Faircloth. “My earliest memories are of drowsing under the quilt frames. As my mother and grandmother quilted, in soft hypnotic voices, they told and retold family myths and legends.” All but her dissertation in English, Faircloth left the academic life for the helping professions. Since earning an MSW at Grambling State University, she has worked as a clinical social worker and a domestic violence trainer and advocate, serving the victims of family violence in North and Central Louisiana. “When I recently compiled thirty years of short stories in one volume, I was surprised to see how my early fiction predicted my current work.” Repeated themes in Faircloth’s short stories are the descent into mental illness and the effects of family violence on its victims and its perpetrators. Faircloth has used her story-telling skills to help educate her community about Louisiana’s domestic violence epidemic. She lives in a century-old pecan orchard near the village of Dry Prong, Louisiana, with two Scottish terriers. The cover of this book and the drawing of Debra Faircloth inside are by noted North Louisiana artist Lacey Stinson. Known chiefly for his drawings and oil landscapes, Lacey has studios in both Ruston and in Alexandria, Louisiana, at the River Oaks Arts Center

Down at the End of the River

by Angus Woodward

An elderly crook has trouble sticking to a vow to stop terrorizing his New Orleans neighborhood. A Baton Rouge couple’s stable marriage is disrupted by a Katrina refugee from abroad. A returning Gulf War veteran struggles to resume an unfinished romance with her best friend. An unplanned streetcar ride unveils a racial divide. In these ten stories, Angus Woodward gives us a tour of south Louisiana as his characters tiptoe out of the corners into which they have painted themselves.

Floating Souls: The Canal Murders

by Mary H. Manhein

Floating Souls: The Canal Murders is a murder mystery set in New Orleans where bodies of young women are found in drainage canals. Called in to find a pattern to the homicides and to help profile a perpetrator is Maggie Andrepont, local forensic anthropologist.