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January 6, 2019

Following numerous headaches and false starts, I have published my first trilogy. I give you Ira Beard, books one, two and three.

Here is the back blurb.

Here are books one, two, and three of the Ira Beard saga.

Ira goes west because he's had enough of the New York Police...

September 12, 2017

After a considerable absence, my tale JOURNEY TO RHYOLITE has returned. In 1908, Nathaniel Strange travels to Rhyolite, greatest gold mining boom town in the west. He searches for his true love, stolen from him by Snallygaster, who takes everything of value. He must al...

April 14, 2017

This post is another in my series of book reviews of books no longer in print or available. You can find most of them in digital form at https://archive.org/. Why, may you ask, review books that are no longer for sale? My answer is that some of them are great stories i...

March 14, 2017

I have decided to write some book reviews. These will not be your usual type of review, meant to sell books. Instead, these will be reviews of books mostly out of print and unobtainable. Why review them? Because I find them incredibly interesting, addicted to history a...

July 19, 2016

The Cottage Physician

a sort of book review

Umberto Eco once said that if you want to know what people were really up to in a previous era, look at what was against the law. He might have added that you can also read their user's manuals.

I have been perusing a book title...

June 22, 2016

A new book! Hyram Courtenay and his wife Lisbeth have lived in San Francisco since it was Yerba Buena. They have some strange tales to tell. If you would like to hear some, they are short enough to read while waiting for your horse drawn street car. Now on Amazon, as w...

January 11, 2016

Flash fiction is, I believe, a new literary form in the English language. I  don't know about other ethnic traditions. A flash is usually defined as a complete short story told in less than a thousand words. Japanese has parallel forms in poetry, as in the haiku and ta...

October 8, 2015

 

 

My latest book, Spirit Catcher, has just come out and is available on line. I’ve been asked to say a few words about it, but first I’m going to mention Singapore.

 

As I write this Singapore is in the news due to the recent death of its modern founder, or inventor, Pri...

August 28, 2015

 

One of the oddest and most forgotten episodes in California history was that of the “Ingot Lottery” of France in 1851. As sources for this story I rely mainly on that excellent book, The Madams of San Francisco by Curt Gentry, © 1964 by Curt Gentry. I also draw upon T...

August 28, 2015

 

 

Elsewhere I have made some comments on the dangers and discomforts of travel by sea during the Nineteenth Century. Indeed, from a modern perspective, it seems almost incomprehensible that ordinary citizens would have taken such risks to get from one place to another....

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