Novels are listed in random order. All works are complete and available in word or pdf files. Most of the links point to pages published on my blogs. I have already adapted Lorenzo's Fat Head, Tarby Manor and The Stinky Bomber to screenplays, and could do the same to any other work in two to four weeks. I recently (fall '17) wrote the draft of an original screenplay in three weeks, a horror comedy called The Thug Life Unicorn Posse. I am also in the process of editing and making all my books available on amazon and have provided links to the ones I have published.
LORENZO'S FAT HEAD is a tale of cocaine smuggling set in the milieu of a modern art museum. Click the title for the first few chapters and a more detailed synopsis or purchase in paperback or for kindle from amazon.
DRIFTING WITH JESUS chronicles a Catholic priest's penniless journey around America. As he travels the country Father Jeremy explores the histories and doctrines of various Christian denominations--the Amish, Quakers, Shakers, Baptists, Christian Scientists, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Seventh Day Adventists, Fundamentalists and Mennonites, as well as Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses. Along the way Jeremy re-evaluates his relationship with Catholicism. Click the title to preview. Available in paperback and for kindle on amazon.
TARBY MANOR is a romantic comedy set in a haunted London mansion that tells the story of Ned and Nell Tarby, trapped irascible married ghosts who loathe each other and fall in love with living people when the Darbinger family takes up residence in their manor. Click the title to read a more detailed synopsis and the first four chapters.
PEPPERCORN CAFE is a semi autobiographical literary fantasy set in the restaurant world of Manhattan. Click the title for the preview and if you like it is available here at amazon.com.
Chapter 27 is a stand alone piece, The Shakespeare Rejection Letters.
CAPTIVITY is a prison drama about Raddy Veen, a diminutive homeless man who is wrongfully incarcerated based on charges fabricated by a phony preacher and a corrupt cop. Click the title for a preview or purchase here at amazon.com.
The Deak Trilogy (until it grows)
The Deak Trilogy is the absurd autobiography of an all time great rock superstar and musical legend, written in the spirit of the films This Is Spinal Tap and Bad News Tour. The fact is that I played tuba and electric bass for many years and the Deak novels are me enjoying myself at a rock and roll fantasy camp in my imagination.
THE DEAK is the first novel of the series. It is set in New Orleans and chronicles Deak's life from birth in 1960 until the tragic ending of his first marriage in 1981. Click the title for a preview and to visit the blog I have created for all things Deak.
THE SECOND BOOK OF DEAK picks up the thread in New Orleans in 1981 but relocates to Los Angeles, where Deak buys a Laurel Canyon mansion. The arc of the novel is Deak's comically accidental and altogether unwanted several year feud with Michael Jackson that began while Jackson was rocketing to international super stardom on the wings of Thriller. The novel and the feud culminate at the Wembley Stadium portion of the massive Live Aid benefit concert, on July 13th 1985. Click the link for a very detailed synopsis and sample chapters.
DEAK THE THIRD is the third installment in the series. It is more of the anecdotal ongoing rock star adventures and culminates in Las Vegas and a confrontation with Frank Sinatra over a stolen girlfriend and a half built hotel. Incredibly, all three members of Deak's band are injured within the same hour--Desmond is shot, Jonesy is stabbed Deak falls thirty feet through the roof of a construction trailer. The novel concludes with the three main characters occupying rooms 201, 202 and 203 of a Las Vegas hospital.
DEAK IV 1987: THE EARLY MONTHS is the fourth novel of the Deak series and is complete. The first half of the novel is a string of unrelated rock and roll stories. The second half of the novel focuses on the band's European tour in the summer of 1987 and culminates with a confrontation with Ronald Reagan in Berlin, Germany on June 12, 1987--the day Reagan made his famous speech wherein he demanded that Mr. Gorbachev 'tear down this wall.' A fifth Deak novel is in the works.
THE GAZPACHO CONSPIRACY is based on some of my strange family history and could be described as a romantic revenge novel. The manuscript was very recently completed and I am preparing an online sample and synopsis.
NEW CLEAR DAYS is a novel about the Second Coming of Christ that tells the story of a modern day prophet of the earth, a sort of environmental Jesus. Click the title for a more details.
RESURRECTION is a political novel about a corrupt young lawyer who becomes a state congressman and is running for the same national office when he suffers through a profound weekend blinded in the woods that transforms his heart. Click the title for more.
THE MASTERS OF MARSTON is the story of a young man's passage into adulthood in a small New England town. Click the title for more.
I am currently working on the fifth Deak novel, the sixth Pillow Talk novella and another novel.
THE PILLOW TALK NOVELLAS is a collection comprised of The Biographer, The Guns, Dear Madam Gilda and The Play Actors. The link leads to a more detailed explanation of the concept and the openings of the novellas.
THE BIOGRAPHER was inspired by the David Petraeus scandal, and is a cocktail of impulsive sexuality heightened by criminal activity and finished with a delicious twist of irony.
THE GUNS is a tragedy about a beautiful young Yale English professor and her newlywed husband, an aspiring novelist, and what transpires when he overcomes writer's block by purchasing a handgun.
DEAR MADAM GILDA is the tale of a poker player who falls in love with the madam of an exclusive New York City escort service.
THE PLAY ACTORS is the story of two aspiring young actors who fall in love and sign a suicide pact in blood before starring together as Romeo and Juliet.
THE VIRGIN AND THE RAPIST is the fifth pillow talk novella and is the story of a rapist who later seduces and falls in love with his victim, who never saw the face of her attacker.
THE PEDDLER OF SPIRITS is the four month diary of an anonymous man who runs a speakeasy. His writings begin on New Year's Day and end on the Passover day he is observing Christ's crucifixion.
NATHANIEL CHAUNCEY is what ensues when a boy breaks into a colonial era mausoleum and removes a skull.
A TRAGEDY OF CIRCUMSTANCE is written in the format of a Shakespeare play--five chapters with scene divisions--and is the tragedy of the star-crossed young lovers, Colin and Caroline.
SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
BOB IS THE MACHINE is a series of six stories starring a wacky cast of characters with the main character being me, their author.
THE STINKY BOMBER is a collection of stories highlighted by the five that tell the oddball and comical dealings of the bumbling, self-absorbed and goofy cop named Robert Bombalini--aka the Bomber.