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Darren C. Demaree
"Nude Male with Echo"
Available from 8th House Publishing
"Darren C. Demaree’s collection Nude Male with Echo examines and challenges male vanity, power, and expectation. While exploring the place of his gender in this world, Demaree’s attempt to expand upon the expectations of “what makes a man”, while drilling down into the artistic framework provided by the body and aging provides a new landscape for these modern questions. Nude Male with Echo, Demaree’s twelfth full-length collection, utilizes fresh language, energy, and abstraction to confront the typical arcs of his gender’s role in society. These poems drag and batter “maleness” into what it is, a failing qualifier, and leaves us with the hope that it can be much more than what it has been in the past."
"A Few Years in the Valley: Tales of Suicide, Old Dogs, and Blueberry Muffins"
Available on Amazon (Kindle and paperback)
"A Few Years in the Valley: Tales of Suicide, Old Dogs, and Blueberry Muffins is now available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback. It is a collection of previously published short and flash fiction stories, a number of which talk about suicide and other dark topics (some fun stuff in there too)."
Anne Leigh Parrish
Available on Amazon
"Maggie and Marta Dugan, twenty-seven-year-old identical twins, live the good life in New York City on their stepfather’s money. Each has a glamorous calling. Maggie paints; Marta appears onstage. Success, though, eludes them. Marta’s roles are few and far between. Maggie’s endorsements are infrequent at best. When gallery after gallery passes on her work, she begins to doubt her talent. Home alone one afternoon, fueled by frustration, she is seized by a sudden, wild impulse to masquerade as Marta when a friend of hers drops by. The ruse is quickly discovered when Marta returns from another shopping spree, a rift between the sisters ensues, and they go their separate ways. But living apart proves harder than either thought at first. Each carries the other firmly within her, making any true independence nearly impossible. As the weeks pass, the weight of absence sometimes becomes difficult to bear. Both find a surprising degree of success in their respective efforts, due perhaps to their newfound freedom, yet the bond between them remains firm. Can they come back together, and under what circumstances would a reunion be viable? Has the time come for an open discussion of their issues with each other? Unable to fully answer these questions, each knows only that she needs the other to feel whole."
"Us Against Altzheimers"
Available on Amazon (Kindle and Hardcover)
"The story "Charlemagne," was originally published in Corvus on p. 71 in the Fall 2016 Review. It has been anthologized in Us Against Alzheimer's: Stories of Family, Love, and Faith, (2019) ed. Marita Golden. New York: Arcade. Charlemagne is a story about an elderly father, his pets, and his slow fall into dementia. The volume, available at Amazon and elsewhere is published with the support of UsAgainstAlzheimers."
"Give Them Unquiet Dreams"
Available on Amazon (Kindle and Paperback)
"In 1976, fourteen-year-old Aiden wants to free his mother from McCall's, a psychiatric institute outside of Boston. He's certain she's not schizophrenic because he also sees ghosts. His grandpa, whose spirit visits at night, tells him he must rescue his mom from "that shower of savages" at the hospital. "Like you, she has second sight. Your grandmother's ma also had the gift. She was demonized, and we can't let that happen to your mother.” Aiden enlists the help of his nana's old-lady friends, his brother Martin, and a cat named Arthur. Aiden has the foresight to know that everything will turn out okay, even though bad things may happen. They always do. Nana's advice that life demands we "keep calm and carry on" propels him as he is challenged by tragedies, unexpected twists of fate, and the spirit world."