Monday, August 25, 2014

AN OLD WOUND – A STORY OF THE POLICE & RACIAL CONFLICT

An Old Wound, the first story in the “No Place For Mercy” anthology, touches on a timely subject: police racial violence. But this is not your usual kind of police racial violence story. This is the story of a man who made a mistake a long time ago, and despite doing what he could to make up for it, he remains haunted by the knowledge that he can never really "make it right."

Profiling and intolerance continue to plague our modern world, where human beings too often look for what is different in others before considering what we all have in common. Racial discrimination is purely a product of ignorance and intolerance, and has no place in the modern world, yet it remains the menacing dragon that cannot be slain.

In “An Old Wound,” an African-American police officer who lived through the Detroit Race Riots as a teenager is haunted by a mistake from those times. A mistake he made when he reacted violently in concert with the exploding world around him.

This Detroit cop, just a week from retirement, is feeling the heavy weight of his actions from those bad old days. He's trying to avoid trouble his last week on the job and dreams of a peaceful retirement, reading in solitude and spending more time with his grandson. In seeking the shadows, his past is about to be brought straight out into the illuminating glare of his personal spotlight where he will face his moment of truth.

AN OLD WOUND is one of the short stories in the anthology "No Place For Mercy," available at Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/No-Place-Mercy-Eclectic-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00MT4CEZY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1408880205&sr=1-1&keywords=no+place+for+mercy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

THE HUNT FOR JACK-THE-RIPPER'S KNIFE

Jack-the-Ripper's knife has a life of its own...

Who was the man behind the knife?

There have been many theories put forth regarding this fiend's true identity, with many plausible thesis furnished, but none have been overwhelmingly convincing. There is no real "smoking gun," but there are several compelling clues that point towards various suspects.

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The story is well-known, so I sought an alternate approach to my own little "Jack-the-Ripper" short story, focusing on the murder weapon used by the world's first well-known serial killer.

In "Bloody Olde Knife," a short story in my anthology "No Place For Mercy," Jack's identity is hinted as being that of an American who traveled to England and was present in the Whitechapel area in 1888. This story intimates that "Jack" committed more than the five murders currently accepted as "canon" regarding the infamous serial killer.

Others have suggested that Jack-the-Ripper may actually have been an American, or that he traveled to America shortly after the last Ripper murder to ply his bloody trade in the New World. American Doctor Francis Tumblety, a quack and charlatan, was considered a prime Ripper suspect by British Police Inspector John G. Littlechild. The inspector was not assigned to the case, but he was acquainted with the authorities who were.

In fiction, too, the Ripper has been portrayed as an American. In the "Knife in the Darkness" episode of "Cimarron Strip," starring Stuart Whitman, a young Tom Skerrit plays a visitor to Cimarron who turns out to be Jack-the-Ripper.

In "Bloody Olde Knife," it's suggested that Jack's knife possesses a supernatural control over its owner, compelling the individual holding that knife to murderous intensity. The actual murder weapon in the 1888 serial killings was never recovered, of course, so I have focused my story on its discovery and the release of its power that will usher in a new wave of Ripper Murders beginning in Jackson, Michigan, and ending who knows where?

The first Ripper Murder of the 21st Century will begin a new killing spree from this vicious predator, unless we can stop him. The search is on for the murder weapon -- a knife -- the knife that took the lives of several prostitutes in Whitechapel in 1888.

Jack-the-Ripper's "bloody olde knife" is somewhere in Jackson, Michigan, last seen outside the historic train depot.

The search is on to find this hellish implement before it compels its user to strike again.

Do you dare accompany me on a hunt that may end in murder?

Monday, August 18, 2014

"No Place For Mercy" short story anthology Kindle book published on Amazon.com

Welcome to my author blog. I will be sharing news, information and insights, along with some compelling stories, on these pages in the days to come.

My debut book, a short story anthology, was published today as a Kindle book on Amazon.com

12 tales for those with a taste for the eclectic. Ranging from the mysterious power of Jack-the-Ripper's knife, to the ironic justice fate has in store for an African-American Detroit police officer who has lived his life trying to make up for one tragic mistake during the Detroit Race Riots.

Purchase this anthology at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/No-Place-Mercy-Eclectic-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00MT4CEZY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1408361686&sr=1-1&keywords=no+place+for+mercy

The 12 stories include:

1. Bloody Olde Knife: Jack-the-Ripper is dead, but his knife has a life of its own...

2. An Old Wound: An aging Detroit cop trying to escape his past faces a delayed justice...

3. Christmas Bells: A lonely lighthouse keeper ready to commit suicide discovers intruders on Christmas Day...

4. Fear of Darkness: Chained to a wall, a nameless prisoner is helpless to avoid a shapeless terror floating towards him...

5. Freedom Has A Price: Humans born in an alien prison camp learn that freedom has a price...

6. Never Let Them See You Cry: What do you say to two small children whose father has just been murdered? Especially when their father is the President of the United States...

7. No Place For Mercy: The leader of a pack of wolves being hunted leads his pursuers to the point of no return, then turns back to face them...

8. One Justice: It's World War II France, and four Nazi war criminals at a university are missing, and one American sergeant knows why...

9. Soldier-Boy: World War II on the Eastern Front, where the last surviving Russian soldier has the approaching Germans in his sight, but his hands are frozen to his weapon and he can't pull the trigger...

10. The Other Side of the Night: World War II on the Eastern Front again, this time the retreating German troops look to their teenage sniper to rescue them. The war is lost for Germany, but these soldiers have one chance to escape, if they can just make it back home...

11. The Rider: A dying old man recalls his part in killing the Czar of Russia and his family...

12. Toy Soldiers: There are survivors defending the Bosnian village a former schoolteacher-turned-soldier has been ordered to destroy – two small children.