Jack R. Stanley

Biography

Jack R. Stanley is a native Texan born two blocks inside Texas and raised six blocks inside Arkansas in Texarkana, Arkansas/Texas. He received his B.F.A. from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth in Radio-TV-Film. As an officer in the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam as a TV-Film Director, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He says when you’re in a firefight and you have a camera when everybody else on both side have guns, you get to change your pants a lot.

After his military service he earned both his M.A. and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in Radio-TV-Film. He also received two of Michigan¹s most prestigious creative writing awards, The Hopwood Award, one for a one-act play and the second for a novel. His novel, Campus Confidential is available to Amazon.com.

Stanley’s first academic position was TV Area Head at The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Radio-TV-Film. He later moved to deep south Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley for a challenging position with The University of Texas-Pan American. Here he taught Theatre-TV-Film for 30 years in the Department of Communication serving as Department Chair at U.T.P.A. for 11 years. He did take one year out to work for The University of Alaska Anchorage as a visiting professor. Back in Texas, Stanley directed for stage at The University Theatre, produced and directed fifteen student staffed, cast, and crewed feature films, writing most of the original screenplays. A very few of his credits are available on IMDB.com. Among the courses Stanley taught were Script Writing for Stage and Screen, Beginning TV/Film Production, Advanced TV/Film Production, Basic Video/Film Editing, Advanced Video/Film Editing, as well as Directing I and II for Stage and Screen. He also co-wrote with Dr. Marian Monta, the textbook Directing for Stage and Screen.

Stanley, still happily married to his high school sweetheart, now lives in the cool of Wisconsin where he writes his fiction and runs his blog, www.TheFictionWritersNotebook.com. His e-mail address is jacks@thefictionwritersnotebook.com

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Books

The Lovecraft Murders
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Series: The Scott Kaven Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,130. Language: American English. Published: August 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
“A love for sex and poetry were the only things my daughter got out of college,” an elderly lady says. “Now, she runs an escort service. One of her girls was murdered last year. Did my daughter have anything to do with it?”
The Winds of Skagway
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Series: Tales of the Alaskan Gold Rush, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
The howling winds of winter are no where worce than in the Alaskan town of Skagway, the threshold to the gold fields of the Klondike of the 1890’s. When the savage North wind gusts and shrieks up to seventy miles per hour from weeks to months, no one can move out doors. It’s a time for stories and retelling of Skagway’s hero and it’s criminal mastermind.
Love, Lust, and Life
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 30. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,250. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Drama
Imagine having to tell your childhood best friend that her husband has been killed in a traffic accident – and he wasn’t along – and the women in the car with him at the time of the wreck was naked? That’s where Garrett, a graduate teaching assistant finds himself.
The Thing About Love
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 29. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,850. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Romance
Even if you understand the biology, the chemeistry, and the psychology of love, does that make your love life any easier? A college course, “Love Amoung Human Beings,” is the center of this story involving several couple in college and after. Screenwriting grad student Jake reconnects with an old love from high school, Maggie, the younger sister Assistant Professor Vega who teaches the course.
Seven Reasons Why
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 28. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,550. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Mystery
Bryce, a graduate student doing historical research, is enlisted by a Korean War Medal of Honor winner to find out the truth about the death of his beloved granddaughter. No one in the family will tell him how the high school cheerleader died --- her body was discovered in a field behind her parent’s home. The police and the media have dropped the case and the old man cannot get the truth.
Reservations
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 27. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,430. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Romance
Relationships are not easy. We all have our reservations. At The Reatta Hotel on South Padre Island, Texas, Barton, the young senior assistant manager and his significant other, Erika, another assistant manager, experience this on a typical day as other couples check in and out, bringing their relationships and their problems with them.
Horse Theif Hollow
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 26. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,760. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Comedy
When some unique horses are purchased from mountains of Russia by a modern day Texas rancher, mistakenly the favoriate of a 13 year old boy who loves and helps care for them, is in the mix. When the boy and his mother fly to the U.S. to get the special horse back, three michevious faries use their magic to go along and just make everything worse.
Hollowpoint
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 25. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,530. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Mystery
Toward the end of of the cold war a Soviet agent defects to a U.S and starts the hunt in U.S. intelligence for a mole. At N.A.T.O, U.S. Air Force intelligence officer Col. Keith Shaddix, a joins a C.I.A. agent, Burl Matlock, for a search which seems to point back to Shaddix.
Hell In Paradise
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 24. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,180. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Action Adventure
Nadia Tanner, a young bride, arrives with her husband, Phillip, near a tribal village in post World War II New Guinea. Here she becomes the obsession of a convicted murder who believes she is his sister he killed returned from the dead. He escapes comfignment and kidnappes the young woman dragging her naked through the jungle as the authorities give chase.
The 7th Luger
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 23. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,940. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Action Adventure
The key to Nazi WWII gold is in the possession of 4 of 7 golden pistols given away by Hitler. By the 1960’s, no one controls more than 3. An American Peace Corps worker in Brazil, Griff, stumbles across the missing 7th Luger. Neo-Nazis and world class criminals are soon on the trail of Griff and Alena, a beautiful Brazilian graduate student, from South America to modern day Germany.
Gideon: The Horse That Saved Texas
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 22. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,050. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Category: Screenplays » History
Based on a true story of early Texas, a 13-year-old Brady Powell and the strange but important horse named Gideon in 1836. As Santa Anna sweeps through Texas on his way to The Alamo, Mexican soldiers comendeir the boy’s horse. But Gideon turns up at the Battle of San Jacinto, where Texas won it’s indepencence partly because of this horse.
Fatty and Hearst
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 21. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,240. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Crime
A bigger silent movie star than Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is accused of the murder of a Hollywood starlet in 1921. Overweight newspaper magnet William Randolph Hearst is living a life of excess with his demunitive screen star mistress, Marian Davies, as he tries and convicts Fatty in Hearst’s tabloid newspapers. Fatty must stand trial three times before his fate is decided.
The Vampire Rose
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 20. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,610. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Horror
A vampire rises in modern day Houston. Detective Aylyne Bartok encounters a TV talk-show host who may be a suspect or a helper in the investigation.
Dangerous Camp On the Kenai
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Series: Tales of the Alaskan Gold Rush, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
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“Bitterroot” Lodlow Rothrock didn’t come to Alaska for the gold in the year 1899. He had a government job and was happy just to be a part of the last frontier. Doing a little surveying on the Kenia Peninsula a good hundred miles southwest of Anchorage, he sets up camp for the night in the hunting grounds of a killer.
Antigone In Texas
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Series: Read A Play, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,450. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Category: Plays » Ancient & Classical
Sophocles classic Greek tragedy is retold in the time of the Texas War against Mexico. Antigone, one of two remaining sisters of the incestuous marriage of their father and his mother, decides to bury her beaten and disgraced brother, the general and emperor of Mexico, against the orders of her uncle, General Creon.
Cyrano
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Series: Read A Play, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,320. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2013. Category: Plays » European / French
Gallant but poor French swordsman and gifted poet, Cyrano de Bergerac, is in love with the beautiful Roxane. She, however, is taken by the handsome young cadet, Christian, instead of Cyrano and his huge nose. Christian cannot express his love and so Cyrano becomes the voice and the poet to the love he can never claim.
Angel's Revenge
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 18. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,350. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Romance
Angel Diaz is a disc jockey on South Padre Island, Texas, because her ex-boy friend, dumped her the night before she took the exam for medical school five years ago. She flunked the test and never made it into med school. When she sees her ex show up at the island airport she decides to get even.
A Violent End
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 17. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,120. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Crime
Javi really doesn’t care that his father has been murdered because thanks to Javi’s testimony at the age of seven, his father went to prison for killing of his mother. Now, it’s up to Javi to I.D. the body and sees to the funeral arrangements. But he finds that the man everyone else seems to have known is not the same man he knew. Only by picking up his father’s last case as a P.I.
The Prometheus Peril
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 16. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,310. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Mystery
The mayor of Houston, Amon Burlingame, receives a recorded message from someone calling themselves, “Prometheus.” He threatens to nuke the city. With the help and an attractive physics professor from the university, the mayor must decide if this threat is real and if so, what to do.
The Unwed Widow
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Series: Read A Play, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,410. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Category: Plays » American / African American
Young widow Ann Kidd arrives at Brenda’s Caribbean private beach resort to meet the newest member of Brenda’s “Scandal Survivor” club. He’s Travis Masterson a young TV star who has recently been trashed by the media for sexcapades which are not true. And Travis is also Ann’s husband, not her widow.
Too Good To Be True
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 15. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,980. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Drama
A law student about to marry his fiancée gets an anonymous message on his answering machine that says, “You can’t marry your fiancée – she’s your sister.” Being a scrupulous and meticulous young man, he does a little checking and discovers he is not the biological son of his father as he had always believed. It’s just days before the wedding, so what does he do?
Death Scene
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 14. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,390. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Horror
A university’s theatre complex as a reputation of having a curse on it because of several unexplained deaths there. When a new professor and renowned playwright who is trying to rebuild the program is murdered on the eve of the opening of her new play, rumors of the curse resurface. The theatre students decide to pull an all-nighter to make sure the show goes on much to the death of many.
Holiday For An Assassin
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 13. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,750. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Romance
Professional hitman Warren Langhammer and college English and poetry instructor Joanna Youngblood don’t have a thing in common in this life. That’s the catch – “this life.” They have known, loved and lost each other countless times before in other lives. Will this one be any different?
The Virgin Casanova
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 12. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,940. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Comedy
Rudy Kosti, a library major whom most coeds treat as if he has leprosy, is supposed to possess the “family gift|”--- the gift of Don Juan, Valintino, and all the great ladies men of history. His Uncle Don knows it’s true. But if Rudy really has the gift, he will lose the one girl he loves.
The Defection of Grigori Dorsky
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 11. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,790. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The kidnapping of a six-year old child and the murder of her mother, may be the work of a U.S. intelligence agency because the child, under hypnosis, claims to be a former KGV spy master. A defected Soviet spy is the only one who sees the events for what they truly are.
Blood Drive
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,740. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Horror
Olin Caylor is a widower with a 12-year-old daughter, and he’s a down-on-his-luck private investigator in Houston. A job finding a missing person turns into vampire hunt. His assertive young daughter, Darcie, becomes the ultimate target of the vampire. Her father’s skills may be the only things that can save his daughter’s life.
Between Love And Murder
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,340. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Mystery
Best selling mystery/comedy novelist, Dalt Glass and his lovely and sexy wife Ceiana decide to get a divorce because the spark seems to be gone from the marriage. It was a very happy divorce until Ceiana becomes the prime suspect in a murder. She begs Dalt to use his imagination to prove her innocence.
The Evil Eye
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,240. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Mystery
“The River of Tears” is the Rio Grande. This screenplay, set South Texas, is about refugees from the Americas and the people who both support and oppose what is called “the sanctuary movement” and illegal immigration.
6 And 10
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,670. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Coed Mara Foley takes a summer internship with a South Texas TV station. Teamed with a reluctant photo journalist with little formal education but several years of the experience in the fast moving and competitive world of local TV news, the pair stumble on a murder story. Mara quickly discovers the real world of broadcast journalism is very different from what she’s been taught.
Rivers of Tears
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,590. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
“The River of Tears” is the Rio Grande. This screenplay, set South Texas, is about refugees from the Americas and the people who both support and oppose what is called “the sanctuary movement” and illegal immigration.
The Seven Keys
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Series: Read A Play, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,470. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Bestselling novelist William Hollowell McGee makes a $50,000.00 bet that he can write a novel in one night. His best friend supplies the place, a summer mountain resort closed for the winter, and supplies him with the only key. However as he tries to work, he is interrupted by a variety of characters including an attractive TV reporter, and criminals trying to make a secret payoff.
The Tarnished Christmas Bell
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
Raspbob, a cranky old elf, stuffed Anabelle, one of St. Nick’s special little Christmas bells back into a dark and cold drawer. He did the same to all the other tarnished bells. Anabelle suffered with the other neglected bells until she found her true spirit.
Incident At Lajatis
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 120,060. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
The stallion Trafalgar is the culmination of is the best of British thoroughbreds and American mustangs. The horse has been stolen from Texas by Mexican Comancheroes to a bandits’ stronghold across the Rio Grande. Lord Wilford Bristol’s $2 a week cowhands aren’t interested in venturing across the border to raid the outlaws recover the prize horse. So the duke seeks out gunfighter Clay Maxwell to
The Last Virgin From Las Vegas
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Series: Read A Play, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,600. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The female lead of the top rated TV sitcom, “The Last Virgin From Las Vegas” is on her honeymoon. Her handsome leading man and co-star gave all the women in the cast a garter with his picture on it as a present for the 200th episode. The new bride thinks her jock husband will be jealous if he finds it and she sent her co-star an e-mail demanding the come get it. Thinking she meant, “Right now!”
The Strike of The Christmas Toys
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Price: Free! Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
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A poem about the toys on strike at Christmas time tries to help children see about caring for their gifts.
The Texas Rattlesnake Murders
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Series: Read A Movie, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,360. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
Three seemingly unconnected murder share only the link of the manner of death – by rattlesnake bites. The Texas Rangers get the help of a young female TV reporter who is psychic and a carnival snake handler to solve these bizarre killings
Guns Along The Rio
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Series: The Texas Ranger Chronicals, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,510. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Texas never had a law against being stupid. Young Trace LaFon counted that a good thing or he’d never have lived long enough to become a Texas Ranger at 17 or partnered up with Xavier Falcon. But the two become a part of history the very first time the Rangers were ever used as an arm of law enforcement in the Lone Star state. Guns Along The Rio is the first of the pair’s adventures.
Klondike Justice
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Series: Tales of the Alaskan Gold Rush, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,400. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Did gambler “Fair Deal” Doak Logan empty “Quicksilver” Riggs DeGraf’s brain pan with a .44 shot to the head along the frozen Yukon River? A miner’s court is convened in the Golden Mecca saloon on the Alaskan/Canadian frontier during the Klondike gold rush of the early 1900’s to decide the issue. It's a life or death kangaroo court.

Smashwords book reviews by Jack R. Stanley

  • Secret Schooling on Sep. 10, 2014

    Interesting take on the basement and all our at school sexual desires. A fun read