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Finally... by Darin R Molnar A twisted Dick and Jane story about a physician gone bad. Stephen King supplied the sketch in his bo... [2,962 words]
Cold Eddie Kane by Albert Davis Just a situation that I thought of. Please read it and tell what you think. [4,803 words]
Without Condition by Branson Storm A free-spirited man struggles with his quest for true love as his life of drug addiction and ... [8,232 words]
Absolution by Adam Lear Logic clashes with religion to conclude in an uncomfortable truth. [2,821 words]
Defining Stupidity (Now Where Was I?) by MacKenzie Morgan A fourth entry from my summer journal...I dedicate it to Bobby, who helpe... [4,507 words]
Jinx by MacKenzie Morgan Another entry from my summer journal, thanks to all who have responded. Please keep reviewing! [9,058 words]
Aurora (Borealis) by MacKenzie Morgan Since I got so much great feedback, I thought I'd post something else from my summer journal.... [3,136 words]
When Beauty Rears Its Ugly Head by Bradley Postma A snapshot exhibiting the superficiality and simplicity of relationships in low... [3,728 words]
The Largeness Of Sound by James Tregonning This is a very black comedy of a short story. You must read it to find out what's so bla... [384 words]
The Help That Never Came by Asadullah Panhwer Story depicting the adventures of a journalist in the Amazon Jungle. [691 words]
Shirley's Angel by Richard Koss A Christmas story: In the final analysis, we may discover that we love someone because of their... [2,228 words]
Seeming by Daniel Birnbaum A story to make you think -- to ponder something for a few moments during the course of your normally b... [850 words]
Child In The Park by Justin Kile A story of a young boy in the park. [1,027 words]
Blue by Margaret Li A noir telling of a psychiatric patient's perception of life... and death. [5,290 words]
The Infinity Wars by Frank L Martin A young man is visited by a talking snake and wolf. The animals mistake him for another dupl... [2,824 words]
The Butterfly Man by David Godden A story of sexual abuse. Real or imagined? What does the medical profession do to earn our tr... [12,634 words]
Stop For Flowers by Justin Kile Memories of an old love, never to be again. [1,135 words]
Pizza Bianca by Mark Herner Recipes usually consist of a list of ingredients, quantities and a few paragraphs of instructions.... [4,323 words]
How You Look At It by T Q Cebula The story features a pompous, deluded and possibly insane young man who -- purely out of sym... [3,871 words]
Favorious by David Gardiner In the late Middle Ages, an obscure village seems to have witnessed a miracle. The ageing monk Favori... [4,769 words]
Fall Breezes by Justin Kile Love and Leaves. [1,242 words]
Bad Habits Die Hard by David Rama Stop bugging me... or i'll kill you, Kurt warned Christine... [13,550 words]
The Wound by Amit Gupta A short story. [815 words]
The Perfect Friend by David Godden A tale of love in Victorian England. But what kind of love? [2,114 words]
The Greatest Blues Singer Of All Time by Jon Nicholas Mickey didn�t dare speak. He couldn�t bring himself to interrupt the tran... [1,900 words]
The Ages by Keir Hunter Hardie How the component parts of Love will always be assembled regardless of time or distance. [682 words]
Raindrops by Richard Koss Ever think twice about shopping alone at night. You should - especially if you're a pretty woman. [1,469 words]
Rags & Italian Shoes by Jon Nicholas When I saw George Lowell meet Kathy Wyeth, I knew there was no chance she'd ever want to g... [4,610 words]
Marta, Close Your Legs. by Meaghan Elise The first thing Marta thinks about in the morning is sex. And that's even before she's ... [1,246 words]
Make Him Crave You by Jennifer L O'callaghan When bad dating advice happens to clueless women. [1,674 words]
Keeping Time by Jon Nicholas "Yes, James. I appreciate the new programming. By the way, I know it may sound silly coming from a... [1,763 words]
Great Days by Niall Power Street racing community paper, action packed with some romantic flare. [2,167 words]
Embarrassing First Date by Susan T Fisher My first date in 1964, and the most embarrassing date of my life. [1,509 words]
Eating At Arby's: The South Florida Stories (1982) by Richard Grayson Condo dwellers Manny and Zelda enjoy life in South Florida w... [5,695 words]
Disjointed Fictions by Richard Grayson The worst writer in the world (and even on the Storymania web site) fails in his attempt to... [9,211 words]
Adolescent Innocence 3: The Ghost by Loki They thought things would be normal...they thought no one would know...but mo... [12,053 words]
A New Game by Jon Nicholas Twenty-six computers, who just love to play games, find themselves playing a new game that's quite d... [2,273 words]
Star Truck by Robert W Carlomagno My name is Jaime T Quirk, captain of the Star Truck Enterprise... [1,449 words]
Project S.T.A.R. by Loki The glorious future gives a sense of hope and opportunity for millions of people. But for some... [34,344 words]
Ordinary Days Work by Niall Power A paper about an FBI agent tracking and following a trainned assassin. [2,318 words]
Not Necessarily Cancer by Jennifer L O'callaghan A young woman's reaction to her abnormal Pap smear. [1,920 words]
Nine Days And Counting by Lorraine Wylie An excerpt. [605 words]
Love Beyond Death by Nadeem Akhtar A story of an innocent love at the threshold of death. All left her when she was shot in the ... [1,372 words]
Loonies by Steven R. Kravsow A car slowly gained on him. Soon it was even with Daniel's. It was a black sports model, low slung and ... [4,959 words]
Benevolence Fiteprone by William Rodgers A young man goes into a kings training camp and is put on an extreemly advanced training ... [2,554 words]
A New Dawn by Adagio When life seems hopeless, there always something, no matter how small to cling to [1,636 words]
Beyond The Realm Of Us by Branson Storm A look into the life of a young writer who is left to live with the ghost of his beloved... [4,530 words]
The Grave Keeper by Joel Harper - [388 words]
Sometimes The Wind.... by Matt Macul Old Apollo takes his nightly walk to the liqour store with his dog only to find the wind... [3,169 words]
My Crazy Friend by Cathy Pal Different as night and day, yet drawn together as friends. [1,055 words]
Muriel's Funeral by Richard Koss Imagine yourself dead and observing your own funeral What would you expect to see? You might... [736 words]
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John by Glen Pearson A shocking and sick final entry to disturb you. This will be my last story on Storymania seein' as how I'... [3,492 words]
Inexhaustible Needs, Undefinable Aches by Richard Grayson Two young gay men have a relationship that spans the late 1960s and earl... [3,596 words]
In Pursuit Of Pabulum by Bradley Postma A philosophical tale about two reclusive souls brought together in an Internet interlude. [9,261 words]
Blank Canvas by Amit Gupta A short story. [2,069 words]
A Sophomore's Diary 1971 by Richard Grayson A college student falls in love in the spring of 1971. [3,605 words]
A Junior's Diary 1971 by Richard Grayson Sequel to "A Sophomore's Diary 1971": kvetchy college student breaks up with girlfriend. [6,746 words]

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A heartbroken family places advertisements in The New York Times public notices.
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Literary Fiction
Richard Grayson
Richard Grayson, other titles
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A Junior's Diary 1971 (Short Stories) Sequel to "A Sophomore's Diary 1971": kvetchy college student breaks up with girlfriend. [6,746 words]
A Sophomore's Diary 1971 (Short Stories) A college student falls in love in the spring of 1971. [3,605 words] [Literary Fiction]
Anita Hill At The Roller Derby (Short Stories) A shy former law professor becomes the rollicking queen of the roller derby. [1,530 words]
Disjointed Fictions (Short Stories) The worst writer in the world (and even on the Storymania web site) fails in his attempt to write short stories about Barbara Walters, OPEC, Halloween, and your sister. [9,211 words] [Literary Fiction]
Eating At Arby's: The South Florida Stories (1982) (Short Stories) Condo dwellers Manny and Zelda enjoy life in South Florida with their friends and family. They go to the salad bar at Arby's, try cocaine, shop at the Broward Mall, celebrate Chanukah, learn Spanish,... [5,695 words]
Inexhaustible Needs, Undefinable Aches (Short Stories) Two young gay men have a relationship that spans the late 1960s and early 1970s. [3,596 words] [Literary Fiction]
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Richard Grayson

May 30
MARK: I�M CONCERNED. I�D LIKE TO BE HELPFUL. Join me and my summer chamber group. Call 212-427-3302. Ethel J. � Advt.

June 1
MARK: I�M CONCERNED. I�D LIKE TO BE HELPFUL. Join me and my summer chamber group. Call 212-427-3302. Ethel J. � Advt.

June 6
MARK: Our messages from now will appear here on Sundays, instead of on the front page. We love you and want to help. Please call again so we know we�re in touch. How about coming up to the Lake now. Mom, Dad, Noodle.

June 13
MARK: It was reassuring to hear your voice. I know it may be difficult for you to talk. There are things I didn�t have time to say. I hope you come to the summer chamber session in the country. It�s planned as an easy going vacation. But in any event call again as the phone number you have is a temporary one and will soon be disconnected. I want to give you my permanent number and address so you can contact me whenever you wish. Or if you prefer write me c/o Z4745 Times. E.J.

June 20
MARK: It�s been 2 months now. We think it�s been hard on you; it�s been hard on us. Aren�t there ways we could help you work things out to your liking? We will do whatever will be helpful with no strings attached. Enjoy our new camp together � sailing, hiking, fishing � as something to look forward to. We love you. Mom, Dad, Noodle.

June 27
MARK: The summer job we�d found for you just before you left is still available. It�s at an upstate resort run by our friend Seymour. Taking the job does not commit you to seeing us or to returning home or to school I the fall. To contact Seymour call us � we�d love to hear from you � or Bob and Rochelle in Woodmere or Susan in Lynn, Mass. Mom, Dad, Noodle.

July 4
MARK: Judge Brown puzzled by unresolved case of Missing Student. Any clues welcome. He has asked me to serve as his eyes, ears, and heart. Call Chairman Ed, Darien, Conn.

July 11
MARK: We�d like to hear news of you periodically so we�re sure you�re OK. An organization, �Peace of Mind�, Dallas, Texas, toll-free call 800-338-1577 relays messages between kids who�ve split and parents without revealing the kid�s location. If you need money or other aid, we want to help. Love, Mom, Dad, Noodle.

July 18
MARK: Once in a while a sister is good for something even if it�s just for a place to crash. If you�re on the road and tired of it or short of money but don�t want to go home, give me a ring. You can phone me for the summer through Information, Lynn, Mass. I�d love to hear from you. Susan.

July 25
MARK: Was the silent phone call on Monday from you? Doubt leaves us still very upset. We need to know definitely that you�re OK for our worries to be eased. Love, Mom, Dad, Noodle.

August 1
MARK: I�d like to hear from you. Write or call me evenings or weekends. Uncle Jake.

August 8
MARK: We�re off to camp the 10th. Wish you would join us. Call us at Avery�s or call Susan who is home while we�re away. Love, Mom, Dad, Noodle.

August 15
MARK: We�re thinking of you as your birthday approaches, and feel your absence especially this week. Returning home the 31st. Love, Mom, Dad, Noodle.

August 22
MARK: Being a roommate means never having to say you�re sorry. But I would like to hear from you; please call or write. Richie F.

August 29
MARK: If that was you who phoned, let�s try it again with more polyphony this time. Uncle Jake.

September 5
MARK: Summer is over, come on home. We miss you. Whatever you do in the fall will be OK with us. Love, Mom, Dad, Noodle.

September 12
MARK: Grandma is terribly upset now that she knows. Her best 83rd birthday present would be to see or hear from you. Mom, Dad, Noodle.

September 19
MARK: Free call 800-338-1577 relays messages from kids who�ve split without revealing their location. We�re worried, please call. Love, Mom, Dad, Noodle.

October 3
MARK: If you choose not to return home now, we�ll respect your wish. Will send winter clothes any way you direct, no strings attached. Mom, Dad, Noodle.

October 31
MARK: Need a place to crash or anything? I really want to talk. Sorry about phone mixup in earlier ad. Call thru student info., Cornell, Ithaca, N.Y. Love, Susan.

November 7
MARK: From now on ads will appear every other Sunday. No ad next week. See Times article Oct. 24, p. 31. Love, Mom, Dad, Noodle.

November 21
MARK: Family Thanksgiving at Grandpa Sharr�s, Sat., Nov. 27. We�d all love to see you. Mom, Dad, Noodle.

December 5
MARK: Leaving soon to visit Wendy in Uganda and then tour Africa. Love to have you along. Bob and Rochelle.

December 19
MARK: Happiness is seeing or hearing from you this holiday season. It�s been a long time. Love, Mom, Dad, Noodle.

January 2
MARK: New Year is a fine time to start afresh. Whatever your plans, we hope contacting us is included. Love, Mom, Dad, Noodle.

January 16
MARK: Recently Ethel and Ed called asking about you. What we all desire is word that you�re OK. Love, Mom, Dad, Noodle.

January 30
MARK: I�m back home. I�ve finished school. I�d like to talk. Maybe you couldn�t reach me before but now you can. Love, Susan.

February 13
MARK: It dawned on us that maybe the silent caller Xmas eve was you. Word from you would be a great relief. Stan and Vicky.

February 27
MARK: Lack of word causes great anguish. Why can�t you ease our fears by calling 800-338-1577 if you don�t want you�re location revealed. Love, Mom, Dad, Susan.

March 13
MARK: Was the silent caller Mar. 2 you? Doubt and anxiety grow daily. Can�t you say something, like Grandma�s name, so we�re sure it�s you. Love, Mom, Dad, Susan.

March 27
MAK: We ask again that you call and say Grandma�s name to ease our fears and show us you see these ads. Love, Mom, Dad, Susan.

April 10
MARK: Soon you�ll have been gone a year. The long separation has been hard on us. We wonder how you�ve fared. We�re worried. We love you. Hearing from you would mean so much to us. Mom, Dad, Susan.

April 24
MARK: A year without word is a long time. We hope you�ve been well and will feel ready to contact us. Love, Mom, Dad, Susan.

May 8
MARK: Grandma is seriously ill. She asks for you. Seeing or hearing from you means a lot to her now. On leaving the hospital she�ll live with us. Love, Mom, Dad, Noodle.

May 22
MARK: Grandma is very weak and may not have much time left. She�d be far less troubled if she knew for sure you were alright. Please come see her or call. Love, Mom, Dad, Susan.

June 5
MARK: We thought you�d want to know. Grandma died last week without suffering much pain. At this time of sorrow, we miss you especially. Love, Mom, Dad, Susan.

June 19
MARK: Susan�s off to Europe with Estelle. We and Noodle would love to see you at the lake in Aug. Boone�s Harbor phone. Mom, Dad.

July 3
MARK: Why not visit the Lake July/Aug. to swim and sail. You�re free to come and go as you wish. Boone�s Harbor phone. Love, Mom, Dad.

July 17
MARK: We�re off to Lake July 24. Come visit. We�d love celebrating your birthday with you. Boone�s Harbor phone. Love, Mom, Dad.

July 31
MARK: No ads in Aug. except on Sat. the 29th. Ads resume Sun., Sept. 11. Then every other week as usual. Love, Mom, Dad.

August 20
MARK: Happy birthday with all our love. We hope to hear from you soon. A warm, loving welcome awaits you. Love, Mom, Dad.


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