Because he is unable to do otherwise, Harvey Stanbrough splits his writing personality among four personas. When asked why, he most often replies, "Hey, Roses are red and violets are blue; I'm schizophrenic and so am I."
As Harvey Stanbrough, he writes poetry and nonfiction, various publications of which have been nominated the Frankfurt (Germany) Book Fair Award, the Foreword Magazine Engraver’s Award, the Pushcart Prize, the BEA (NY) Book of the Year Award and the National Book Award. Harvey also copyedits for other writers and teaches writing in Southeast Arizona and (soon) online. Harvey was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. After a 21-year stint in the US Marine Corps, he managed to sneak up on a bachelor’s degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales in 1996. Oh, and he also writes a little fiction under his own name (see below).
As his alter egos—Gervasio Arrancado, Nicolas Z "Nick" Porter, and Eric Stringer, all of whom are close friends except maybe Eric—he writes (respectively) magic realism, spare Hemingway fiction, and the fiction of an unapologetic neurotic. You can see the full bios of Gervasio, Nick and Eric—including their photos (hey, a persona needs a life of its own)—on their own respective Smashwords pages. Thanks for stopping by.
Where to find Harvey Stanbrough online
Where to buy in print
Quick Guide to Self-Publishing & FAQs
This is a quick guide that answers the most important and most often asked questions posed by authors who are considering self-publishing in either ebooks or print books (POD). It's free. Whaddya got to lose?
The Least He Could Do And Eleven Other Stories
Harvey Stanbrough is the editor. This is an eclectic collection of twelve short stories containing professional and amateur detectives, strung-out criminals and a kindly neighborhood grandmother, a moonlighting real estate agent, absurdity, quiet terror and a great deal more. At times you’ll laugh out loud, and at times you’ll have to stop reading to let your heart calm down. Enjoy!
Things You Can Create
Edited by Harvey Stanbrough. Here you will find everything from humor to spirituality to fear; artificial intelligence and alter egos; Kirlian auras and clowns and otherworldly beings and circuitous, post-apocalyptic journeys; bakers, bassoons and sleep-induced space travelers; changelings and entwives; faerie gardens and forests tangled with vines; detectives and ghosts and a pixelated murderer.
Body-Smith 401 And Twenty Other Stories
(5.00 from 7 reviews)
Edited (not authored) by Harvey Stanbrough. Body-Smith 401 and twenty other stories is dedicated to the memory of Ray Bradbury, who passed from among us on June 5, 2012, after having taught many of us a simple truth: “Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.” You were right. Thanks, Ray.
Self-Editing for Writers
Avoid the most common errors this editor has seen over 15 years of freelance editing. This is a compilation of notes on punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, usage, etc. that cover the most common errors I've seen in over 15 years of editing. This, combined with The Seven Writerly Sins, would comprise what not to do if you want to be a successful writer.
Vignettes from a C-130
(5.00 from 1 review)
Some things are much larger and more important than the individual, as a rural New Mexico boy learns when he joins the Marine Corps.
There's a lot to be said for being who you are... storm chaser or just storm. Watch as a storm chaser in Oklahoma remembers who he really is and becomes an integral part of a unique electrical storm... being steered by aliens... then helps his ancient friends feed.
The Essentials of Digital Publishing
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
This book discusses manuscript preparation for submission to Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Includes screenshots, cover design tips, marketing tips and much more.
Six Years in May: Thirteen Stories from a Very Odd Mind
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
These tales range from the almost normal to the fantastic, from the tragic to the comedic, from dark to light and from dark tale to fairytale.
Interspersed among these tales is an extra story marked in chapters and not indicated in the table of contents. It is at once a story, a recollection, a history and a confession. It is truth and fiction, reality and fantasy. You decided which is which.
Notes from Writing the World
This compilation contains the full text of my shorter nonfiction works in a single book: Writing Narrative; Seven Writerly Sins; Creating Characters; Writing Dialect; Writing Great Beginnings; Writing Flash Fiction; and Self-Editing for Writers. You will not get Writing Realistic Dioalogue, Punctuation for Writers, and The Craft of Poetry. You must purchase those separately.
Lessons for a Barren Population
This is an eclectic collection of poetry. The first edition of this collection was the first-ever full-length original poetry collection published as an ebook back in 1999. Nominated for a Frankfurt Book Fair Award.
Writing Realistic Dialogue & Flash Fiction
This book explores why and how authentic, realistic dialogue works to engage the emotions of the reader. In it, we discuss even the nuances and sounds of individual letters and words and the effect of those nuances on the reader, and explains why and how narrative is effective when used in conjunction with realistic dialogue.Includes a chapter on writing flash fiction.
This is single, long, autobiographical poem that is included in other collections of Harvey Stanbrough's poetry. This represents a sampling of blank verse that should appeal to those who seek poetry that is accessible on the surface.
These Selected Poems are not included in other collections of Harvey Stanbrough's poetry. These represent a sampling of blank verse poems that should appeal to those who seek poetry that is accessible on the surface.
Same Ol' Bull Same Ol' Rodeo
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
This is an intense short story, a contemporary rodeo western psychological horror. What do a 1500 pound rodeo bull and a raven-haired Cajun beauty have in common? Maybe nightmares....
Requiem for a Bard
In this short literary fiction, a poet struggles with, and finally delivers, the eulogy for his lifelong friend.
On Bullies & Gods
A light-hearted short story in which God himself is a major character. Think George Burns in "Oh God!"
Beyond the Masks
Stanbrough's poetry derives from the real world. If you want milquetoast poetry, this is not for you. If you want poetry that you have to "interpret" to understand, this is not for you. If you want brain-twisting reality and gut-wrenching emotional depth---if you want poetry that will make you get up and pour yourself a brandy---you want this collection
The Craft of Poetry: Structure and Sound
The structure of the poem, canto, stanza, and line, even to the molecular level, discussing how the sounds of certain letters or letter combinations in certain words affect the reader; whether and why the length or brevity of a line or stanza has a certain effect on the reader; how to construct sentences within the poem so they are most effective.
Creating Realistic Characters
A realistic character is just like a real human being, and the reader should be able to identify with the protagonist, the antagonist, and a minor character or two as soon as he meets them. The more quickly the reader identifies with the character, the more quickly he will become engaged in the story line.
When it is written well, dialect informs and enhances the reader’s sense of place and character.
Punctuation for Writers
Punctuation for Writers is a completely unique approach to punctuation. It teaches writers to wield punctuation as a tool rather than treating it as just one more thing they have to look up and "get right." Once you've read and understood PFW, you will no longer need rules-regurgitating books. This thin volume makes "rules" obsolete. Includes an essential grammar refresher.
Writing Great Beginnings
The beginning of a fiction should convey a sense of immediacy, a sense of urgency, that gives the reader no choice but to read the next sentence and the next and the next.
The Seven Writerly Sins
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This nonfiction booklet explains seven common snags committed by many writers when writing narrative.
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