Sunday, July 17, 2016

Author Feature: Stephen V. Ramey

Stephen's short fiction has been published in many places, from the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts and MicroLiterature to Daily Science Fiction. He is best known for his flash fiction, some of which has been gathered into his first collection, Glass Animals, from Pure Slush Books. He lives in beautiful New Castle, Pennsylvania with his wife and two reformed feral cats, Yoko and Ono. Find him at while supplies last.

Glass Animals
Pure Slush Books

Glass Animals is one of those rare short story collections where every story is great. Stephen V Ramey takes the reader on wild adventures, with stories that are hilarious, poignant, and powerful. Ramey is a master of the short craft, and he pulls it off whether the story is a half-page or ten pages. Although the stories aren't strongly connected to each other, Ramey's pacing and prose makes this book addictive.: - Nathanial Tower, Edtior of Bartleby Snopes"

Triangulation: Last Contact (editor)
Parsek Ink

Within these pages, you'll discover the dust of Martian civilization, Rumpelstiltskin's true face, Roanoke’s fate, and much, much more. From marmots with computer problems to boll weevils on steroids, from mermaids to cyborgs. You want an endless party? No problem. How about a perfect dewdrop or a Saudi superhero? Lepers defending Jerusalem? Has your love interest eaten a pharaoh? You'll find it all in this impressive collection. 250 pages of speculative fiction! (27 originals, 1 reprint)

Triangulation: Morning After (editor)
Parsec Ink

Triangulation: Morning After is the 2012 edition of PARSEC Ink's internationally acclaimed anthology featuring 24 original short stories from up and coming authors in speculative fiction. What will your Morning After bring? Metamorphosis? A daunting moonwalk? Un-death? An end to eternal night? How about a squirrel in your shower, Jesus in the lobby, a meeting with Mr. Higgs? Green grass, a child of prophecy, Cthulu in your backyard, a menagerie of beasts, a sacred drum? It's all here, and more, in this thoughtful, touching, entertaining collection of 24 original short stories by today's up and coming writers. The long night since Last Contact is over, friends. Join us for the Morning After.

Stephen will have his wife's books at the festival, as well, although she cannot attend this year:

Susan Urbanek Linville received her PhD in biology from the University of Dayton and has been writing science scripts for Indiana University's "A Moment of Science" PODcasts for several years. She has also written non-fiction books, children's fiction, newspaper and encyclopedia articles, newsletters and short fiction. She currently works part-time as Administrator for the Lawrence County Historical Society.

Books available at Festival:

In Hot Pursuit: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Pokeberry Press

The book includes stories about abolitionists and conductors who operated in Lawrence County during the years preceding the Civil War. It also highlights the Free-Black community, the importance of area ministers in rebuking slavery, and the county’s national participation in the fight against slavery.

A School For My Village
Viking Penguin Book Group

Can one person really make a difference in the world? Twesigye Jackson Kaguri overcame tremendous odds as he followed his dream to build a school for AIDS orphans in his village in Uganda. This is his unforgettable story. 

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