The Stoner Boys got stoned in Stoner Woods, and that was all that anybody figured they would ever do — including the Stoner Boys.

Missy Churmblo would become a psychologist, Joe Maglietti would take over his father’s construction business, and the Stoner Boys would smoke dope in Stoner Woods. Maybe…


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The boys expected to find the hospital in chaos, with nurses and doctors rushing frantically around Grady. Instead, they walked into sterile white indifference. Grady, pale but otherwise looking the same as always, smiled at them from his bed.

Grady’s mother was there too, her enormous girth…


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12:05 AM, January 1, 1967.
Lower Haight neighborhood, San Francisco, California.

The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” emanates from a dilapidated house on an otherwise quiet street. The house’s windows glow with soft orange light. Darkness bathes the front porch. …


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Today I’m going to discuss a writing mistake that both new and experienced writers often make. I sometimes make it myself. Despite being cognizant of it, I continually find myself editing it out of the first (and sometimes second) drafts of my writing.

The mistake I’m referring to is the…


The Singer File, coming soon from Fifth Planet Books. Copyright Jeff Suwak, Fifth Planet Books.

Alex crossed through the funeral-like silence to a security area that police had cordoned about twenty yards out from the front doors. A stout beat cop with a nametag reading “Serra” stood at the entry point into the metal-gated buffer and smiled at Alex’s confusion.

“Justice is blind,” he said…


The Singer File, coming soon from Fifth Planet Books. Copyright Jeff Suwak, Fifth Planet Books.

Alex noted the wave of growing rage with interest. His graduate study had been in group psychology — or “mob mentality,” as some less-tactful people might prefer to word it. …


Noon in Florida. Available on Amazon.

You don’t find books like this often these days.

Every single line is finely honed. Every word has its place. This is the stuff of Hemingway, Steinbeck, Carver, a throwback to times when prose was admired as an art in itself rather than a mere vehicle to the action of…


The Singer File, coming soon from Fifth Planet Books. Copyright Jeff Suwak, Fifth Planet Books.

SAINT LOUIS, MISSOUIRI
GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE HEADQUARTERS, MIDWEST REGION
6:25 AM

A sea of protestors surrounded the Global Intelligence headquarters. Thousands of them stretched a full two blocks out from the soaring steel-and-glass building, packed together from storefront to storefront like angry sardines. Their pluck was up enough that they wouldn’t…


The Singer File, coming soon from Fifth Planet Books. Copyright Jeff Suwak, Fifth Planet Books.

The one at the lead, shorter of the two, wiry with unkempt brown hair and a dangerous air about him, stopped a couple feet from Alex. He studied the younger agent with open disdain. …


The Singer File, coming soon from Fifth Planet Books. Copyright Jeff Suwak, Fifth Planet Books.

“Funny coincidence, for certain,” Singer said.

Alex nervously watched the old man’s work. Was he really unravelling his own fresh amputation right there in his hospital bed?

“I need to ask you some questions, Doctor Singer. The longer we wait, the better chance the assailant has of getting away.”

Singer…

Jeff Suwak

I’m not in the Matrix. I AM the Matrix. New story “The Archon Hunter” on sale at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B097553LTY/

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