A fictional memoir of a Confederate Infantryman from
The Long Road is an emotionally rich memoir novel about
a Confederate infantryman Jude Thomas(JT) Bishop who suffers a severe
wound at the Siege of Knoxville in 1863 that haunts him physically,
psychologically and spiritually through an octogenarian’s life reaching
to end of the Roaring 20’s and the Big Crash. Born into a circuit
preacher’s farming family outside the South Georgia town of Warden, JT
Bishop’s memoir reconstructs his life through a chronicle of third and
first person narratives, interwoven with key characters’ letters, diary
entries, sermons, telegrams, newspaper stories and dreams. The fictional
memoir as a textual whole takes on a uniquely-voiced personal life
journey with his childhood sweetheart Louisa Stone, echoing themes
recurrent in Southern family sagas and our shared American history, in
peace and in war, true then and now.
Undisciplined Characters, an Amazon Short
Jim Stallings Speaks About Undisciplined Characters:
I first published a collection of short fictions called
Tales for Commuters & Other Time Travelers
in 2002 and still in print. This was aimed at the busy reader who maybe
had a bit of reading time on a train, plane, vacation or perhaps bedtime
reading. The pieces in this new forthcoming collection, Undisciplined
Characters (working title), also range in reading times from a minute or
two up to perhaps five minutes, yet convey complete tales about troubled
and troubling people. Here the author provides an inexpensive sampler of
eight of the 171 stories, in e-format (.49 cents).
Four Flash Fictions Published by
Inditer.com (formerly an online literary magazine. )
Do not go to the link as it has been taken
over by others. Instead, you can read these publications
4 impromptus: "Harriet", "A Primitive
Replica", "Phillip Green" and "Lizard's Bluff"
"Call them what you will - short stories
for commuters and time travelers, satellite flak - Jim Stallings'
cryptic calling cards are well worth the perusal, but don't miss your
Bill Loeppky, Former Editor & Publisher
Two Babyboomer couples, pseudo-radicals from the 1960s,
reunite in the 1990s to run a summer weekend, respite camp for troubled
kids and their families in Massachusetts.
Seltzer Lake is an original screenplay built around the
idealized dramatic structure of couples in pairs working together to
find a balance in their boundary troubled lives. What we gradually learn
is there is a dance, a kind of liberal social waltz, of twos and fours
desperately seeking a cranky kind of tolerance for the stresses and
strains on parents and young people in modern life. Despite the
bourgeois and working class clashes on all levels, the jazzy energy of
conflict in the end seems to achieve glimpses of redemption and
resolution for those who truly enter the social dance of recovery and
find a stronger center of gravity.
Rabelaisian, coarsely humorous, diary novel written
during the late 1980s by Wolfgang Falstaff, Ph.D., a peripatetic scholar
and philosophical gadfly from England and the Continent; this latter day
roguish Falstaff explores and exploits American culture, while studying
Eastern thought and seeking therapeutic relief for mid-life depression
in a New England meditation center near Boston.
The European academic gadfly Doctor Wolfgang Falstaff
settled in New England and the Boston area in the late 1980s for a
period of treatment and study at the Transcendental Institute (better
known as "The Farm") located in Marktree, Massachusetts. Throughout his
two plus years of Rabelaisian diary notes, the reader may follow his
seemingly erratic path through the dungeons of his depression and coarse
humor, upward to the highlands of clarity and the saint-like balcony of
Far Eastern cosmic views, rebounding into the black holes of nothingness
and enlightenment--these clashes of realization can teach us all
something about the terrains of postmodern consciousness and the
treachery and exhilaration of risking it all for transcendent, nay,
A Necessary Woman is a novel of romance, suspense and escape aboard a
Caribbean cruise ship.
A talented jazz pianist, Colin Doubleday, receives an
invitation for a Caribbean cruise from Deirdre Weathers, one of the
world's legendary femme fatale Hollywood stars. Deirdre wants Colin to
spend a weekend, possibly longer, on her research ship the Ponce de Leon
and collaborate on a song. Colin thinks he may have made a real advance
in his club pianist musical career and wants to compose a song for her,
eventually entitled "A Necessary Woman," an ironic reference to her
iconic role of exemplifying a long creative life.
But Deirdre and her partner, Dr. Jerome Bacon, a Nobel
Prize-winning geneticist, have other plans for Colin and several other
guests at Deirdre's annual fundraiser for the Peak Foundation...a
research institute dedicated to the science of maximum-life extension.
Colin quickly learns he's been invited for much more than his musical
collaboration, and for he and several other passengers, including a
young female Olympian, Elizabeth Thompson, a desperate weekend escape is
In their joint efforts to escape the ship, Colin and
Elizabeth learn the ship has disturbing, even horrifying, secrets
lurking below decks, out of sight of the multimillionaire, international
clientele on the comfortable upper decks. The result of years of
tinkering with the genetic resources of human beings has produced a
family of residual, fractional personality types, as well as other
bizarre, pathetic anomalies. In their attempt to escape the grip of
Deirdre Weathers, this maniacally ambitious show biz legend, Colin and
Elizabeth and other resident victims must struggle for their very lives.
In their incredible escape effort, Colin and Elizabeth discover a
respect and love for each other that carries them beyond this tragic
weekend and redefines the meaning of "a necessary woman."
At Witts Inn, a Kindle twitter novel, weaves personal &
professional tales & gossip about a gang of writers & ghosts on retreat
on foggy Monkfish Island off the coast of Maine.
At Witts Inn is a Kindle twitter novel. This mystery
novel weaves together tales of writers on an island retreat in Maine,
the mystical fog bound Monkfish Island. The improvisational novel began
on about Memorial Day 2010 and ends on Labor Day weekend 2010. Mostly
writers come to Witt's Inn to work on new books. They claim the island
“drifts” under heavy fogs. The Inn's ownership is unknown. Rumors
abound. At Witts Inn, a twitter novel composed of hundreds of small
quantum texts of 149 characters, explores the offbeat island retreat's
agendas of today's ambitious professional writers. Audit the gossip and
sink into the foggy bottom of ghost-ridden Monkfish Island.
These 172 flash fictions are like spontaneous Zen
portrait tales revealing destiny-imbued slice-of-life-moments or whole
lives at a glance.
In writing these flash fictions over the years I’ve
found they are somewhat whimsical, somewhat blue, somewhat comical and
in some cases the tales take a truly edgy, dark tragic turn. With the
inherent need for immediate conflict in a short narrative, many of the
stories scope out the war between the sexes, an endless battlefield of
erotica and cleverness. (Be forewarned, many of these erotic tales
require a tolerant, mature reader; they are not for squeamish or
juvenile readers.) Because of their brevity, the success of the stories
depends in part on seeing the character in depth; that’s why I sometimes
refer to them as karmic tales or biographies or sometimes as karmic
portraits, whether slice-of-life moments or whole life summaries.
Dispatches from Tumbleweed looks at life in the
border region of San Antonio and South Texas through the prism of the
Japanese haiku and finds nature transcending and unifying our
conflicting human dualities.
A long-absent traveler’s return from the snowy
northlands to sunny San Antonio, the capital of South Texas and Northern
Mexico, inspires Dispatches from Tumbleweed. This “rolling stone”
poet and his wife settle in a San Antonio urban barrio he whimsically
nicknames Tumbleweed and through eighty-four prismatic haiku records his
first year’s impressions for amigos left behind throughout America. In
the generation the couple has been away, San Antonio, named for the
patron saint of lost things and souls, has exploded into a large complex
urban area absorbing the new but holding onto the old. Here moderns
regardless of origin can find and celebrate the fiesta of their true
selves and their common humanity.
A man and woman go on what is perhaps one of the most
extreme "blind dates" imaginable as they descend unwillingly into a
In a fast-paced romantic
thriller, a man and woman, first unknowingly and then unwillingly,
starting from Las Vegas go on what is perhaps one of the most extreme
“blind dates” imaginable as they are forced to descend into the Hell of
triple-digit August heat in the Grand Canyon.
Meet Vic Salem, self-help
author, and Shelby Cotton, professional escort woman, as they
desperately fight to save their lives in this tightrope walk of life and
death trauma. In their dramatic effort to escape and seek revenge on
their Vegas enemies, the descent into this exquisite Hades forces them
to open up to each other and to the extraordinary primitive natures
embedded in their survival instincts. Their search for life reaches
vision quest intensity and delivers an astounding series of personal and
mythic discoveries unveiling for them the deeper aspects of love,
commitment, courage and the profundity of free will.
A momentous day catches up with a young South Georgia
police detective whose life lies at a fateful crossroad.
Jelly Lovejoy, a weary young police detective in Warden, Georgia, takes
off a mental health day at the demand of his chief. Jelly decides to
wander about his hometown and county talking with lover, friend and foe,
listening for clues, current and legendary, about the mysteries that
confront him and his hometown.
Near the Florida line, semi-tropical Warden struggles
with festering social problems beneath the postcard veneer of a sleepy
old county courthouse, a restored downtown commercial square and the
apparently prosperous retail franchise sprawl of its outskirts.
Immigration of Mexican field labor has largely replaced black and white
workers on the rich agricultural lands of surrounding Strickland County.
Large farm corporations, remotely owned, are buying small family farms
unable to compete globally. Old and new social issues jockey for local
attention; while overt crimes of racism fall, thefts of property and
acts of personal violence rise; an epidemic of drug use, including
deadly, homemade methamphetamine, scars the police blotter weekly; turf
wars between ethnic drug dealers claim lives in ruthless attacks.
Detective Jelly Lovejoy has reached a professional and
personal crossroads, and commitment questions, long held in suspension,
now fall to earth with the swift relentlessness of gravity.
In the Massachusetts hamlet of Marktree, the discovery
of a colonial era, mummified couple sets off startling discoveries that
threaten to turn the lives of its citizens inside out.
In the new millennium hamlet of Marktree, Massachusetts
(just west of Boston), the Pongawog Indian tribe has gained the right to
dock a Long House casino boat on their sacred territory along the
meandering Charles River. During excavation of the dock, two bodies are
exhumed from a cold spring bog. Their mysterious appearance sets off a
chain of strange events that unravels the history of the town and turns
the lives of its citizens inside out.
Key to this
mystery and its solution are a spirit circle of psychics operating
through the local Unitarian parish; like their spiritualist ancestors
they attempt to solve the mystery of the bog couple through psychic
means combined with historical research. History recapitulates itself
age after age; and as the ancient wisdom warns: the sins of the fathers
will be visited upon the children. Yet carrying on in the old way of
hard scrabble Yankees, these citizens of Marktree muster up like the
Minutemen of old, and press on through the round of four seasons into an
uncertain, but perhaps redeemable, way of life.
Hunters in the Fog is a screenplay that reads like
The Three Musketeers were reborn as P-47 fighter pilots during the
D-Day invasion of WWII.
During WWII my father kept a diary during his 300
combat hours and 81 missions as a decorated P-47 fighter pilot in
England. This book celebrates and honors my father and mother's
participation in that difficult time.
The screenplay Hunters in the Fog looks into the
mysteries of luck and fate in war. Why is it certain pilots, regardless
of their refined skills in war, fall victim to death, chopped short in
youth? My father turns over that question in his diary. He notes the
near misses to himself and other pilots, the mysterious accidents, the
horror of fiery death and the strange beauty and suspense of aerial
warfare. With his advice, and inspired in part by the classic characters
of Dumas' The Three Musketeers, we fashioned a similar set of
personalities who must survive 300 hours of deadly aerial combat to
complete their tour of duty.
A romance of the New Age set in Texas, a screenwriter
and an artist discover through his past life regressions that their past
and future destinies are mysteriously intertwined.
In what Joseph Campbell might call doing creative
mythology, in Neon Nirvana novelist and anthropologist Jim Stallings
entered the popular New Age world of "past life regression" therapy; the
narrative frames the encounter of a man and woman at a New Age summer
retreat in Texas...a screenwriter seeking new directions in his life who
is aided by a psychic artist.
The novel uses the ancient mythic plot of the visit to
the underworld (here the unconscious stored memories of past lives), as
Yvonne Cienfuegos guides Isaac Blackford into his karmic past through
his descent into his "life dreams"...
Through this lucid dreaming journey together Isaac and
Yvonne discover their soulmate destinies are mysteriously and
Buy Tales for Commuters & Other Time Travelers online:
Captivating blues zen-like tales, impromptus and
stories for actual commuters or just life's travelers with only minutes
to devote to insightful destiny-imbued fictions.
In Tales for Commuters & Other Time Travelers all
readers are metaphysical commuters through time and experience; and in
the new millennium's overbooked modernity these blues, zen-like stories,
ranging in reading time from one minute impromptus to quarter-hour
stories, offer wide-ranging reflective pleasure, both whimsical and
serious, during the kaleidoscopic betwixts and betweens of our daily