Nine Inches: Stories by Tom Perrotta – A Book Review

I’m ashamed to admit that this is my first Perrotta book.  A friend recommended it to me, and I took his advice mostly because I respect his opinion and I enjoy short stories. Well, I can honestly say that Perrotta instantly made me a fan for life with this collection.

Nine Inches is comprised of several short stories, none of which overtly link together.  Thematically, however, each are very similar in how things can go so, so wrong in the blink of an eye. 

Not that it’s a depressing book.  At times, in fact, it’s quite funny.  Perrotta simply doesn’t back off from those dark thoughts we all occasionally entertain.  His characters—sometimes deliberately, sometimes accidentally—act upon those dark thoughts, and Perrotta then throws their lives out of control.

It’s been a long time since I read an author who fundamentally understands people.  He knows us when we’re good, he knows us when we’re bad, and he captures those moments on the page exquisitely. 

His characters are not always likable, but they are real … they are you … they are me.  They are the versions of us after our lives unravel. 

I cannot wait to read Perrotta’s other works.



Love, Lies, and Pumpkin Pies – An October Romance

Though it originally appeared in the October, 2009, issue of News and Views for the Young At Heart, I’m excited to offer “Love, Lies, and Pumpkin Pies” once again through digital means.

In this short October love story, Ramona Stocks, a retired science teacher, and Matthew Campbell, a widower, find romance amidst a torrent of lies and pumpkin pies.

Click the link to download your copy!

Over My Dead Body – A Humorous Halloween Tale

I have a humorous Halloween tale available to download.  It’s entitled “Over My Dead Body” and originally appeared in the October, 2008 issue of News and Views for the Young at Heart.

In this short story, Preston, Jared, Reggie, and Dale thought they’d be the first to successfully pull a prank on their math teacher, Mr. Washington. But when Mr. Washington catches them in the act, he runs down his front porch, takes a terrible tumble upon his front walk, and doesn’t get up. The boys soon discover their Halloween prank won’t be unraveling as planned.

Now Only Available In Happy, Sad, Funny, Mad: Stories

Childhood Demons – A Halloween Short Story

I’m pleased to announce that I have an original short story available for your Amazon Kindle or Kindle App.  Never before published, “Childhood Demons” is a disturbing tale to help you get in the Halloween mood.

Here is what you can expect …

“Henry Mansell must return to his boyhood home to handle some unfortunate business. Henry brings his wife and four year old son along, and when Henry reads his child a bedtime story in the bedroom from his youth, old demons arise.”

You can download your copy now by visiting the link: