Old Wine & Black Hearts

Old Wine & Black Hearts

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Gather 'round for 20 tales of science, magic, and horror from the author of Abattoir in the Aether and the Achilles & Swiss series! Storyteller L. Joseph Shosty delivers new takes on classic themes in this collection of hand-picked tales from a career lasting nearly two decades. The stories are authentic, charming, and at times darkly brutal. Old Wine & Black Hearts is a fine vintage of imagination sure to stay with you long after you've closed the cover. THE DIFFICULTY OF SAVAGES - Patrons at a cafe near Roswell, New Mexico wonder if the oddball among them is an alien with a purpose or just someone slumming through the universe. OF ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS - A Vietnam vet stricken with PTSD meets a mysterious woman who holds the key to the gates of Paradise. WORMS - Religious dissension develops among worms in a graveyard when the gravedigger runs out of decaying bodies to feed them. STRINGS - A dark retelling of Pinocchio is the backdrop for introspection on the relationship between father and son. THE SOUL OF THE SEA - An ancient myth merges with the 20th Century in a capitalist- fueled fairy tale when a man with a destiny returns to an island resort near the Bahamas. THE GRACKLE'S PLAN - This Aesop fable goes off the rails when a bird decides morality does not apply to his ambition to be popular. THAT TIME OF THE MONTH - Three rowdy pipeline workers hook up with a good-time girl only to learn the rent has come due on a sinister contract.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 13mm | 249g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514743701
  • 9781514743706

About L Joseph Shosty

L. Joseph Shosty is the author of nearly one hundred short stories and several novels and story collections, including Abattoir in the Aether, Old Wine & Black Hearts, and Swallow the Evil. He is also the creator of the Johnny Hardwood mystery series, which begins with the novella, Herbie's Diner, and the Achilles & Swiss science fiction series (Operational Costs). He lives in Beaumont, Texas with his wife and son.show more