The Periwinkle Boy: A Quoddy Story

From the author of “Judith: A Quoddy Tale”, “The Periwinkle Boy” is the latest in a series of stories titled “Quoddy Tales”, an eclectic collection of short stories set in the farthest reaches of Down East Maine.
Frankie had ventured onto the clam flats of Holmes Bay countless times in search of periwinkles, but on this night, he becomes lost in a strange fog with the powerful tide surging in. More
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Words: 1,560
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311669926
About John R. Cobb

John R. Cobb (1965-So far, so good) is a proud Mainer with a great affection for the woods and waters. John is a U.S. Army veteran and has worked in various technology fields for thirty years, including electrical, telecommunications, and data networks.

Presently, employed as an IT Infrastructure Analyst, John is a regular contributor to his company newsletter with articles about family outings in Maine.

After several years of writing, John's debut novel, "Judith: A Quoddy Tale", was released March 2012. The story has been mostly well received by readers and professional critics alike and selling modestly well in book and e-Book formats. Reviews can be found on Amazon and his website at

In July 2013, John released his second book, "Tales of the Cemetery Trees", an eclectic collection of short stories, including crime, fantasy, mystery, and the supernatural. Early reader buzz has been very favorable.

Earlier this winter, John uploaded an e-Story, "The Pact", to Amazon Kindle. The story revisits two popular characters, Jasper Mann and Russ Ireland, from John's first book, "Judith: A Quoddy Tale". A prequel of sorts, we learn of an ugly event alluded to in the book, which reinforces an unlikely and indelible bond between these men.

Recently, John uploaded a free e-Story, "The Periwinkle Boy", to Smashwords, the latest in a series titled “Quoddy Tales”, another collection of short stories set in the farthest reaches of Down East Maine.

And, during the summer of 2014, John may release a children's book. "A Turtle Tale" is about a Spotted Turtle named Clemmie. This little known turtle species is endangered due to human wrought habitat loss, natural and unnatural predation, and reckless pet owners. Originally written some forty years ago when John was around eight years old, his mother safeguarded his story, but unfortunately, it was lost over the years. Recently, John searched his memories and has retold the tale in a rhyming, singsong prose, which should appeal to children of different ages, especially when read aloud.

Presently, John is working on his next manuscript, tentatively titled, "Birdmen", part family saga, fantasy, and the supernatural. Regrettably, writing is still a part-time vocation for John, so it may be a long while before this story is finished.

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Review by: MaysaB on May 30, 2014 : (no rating)
Mr. Cobb writes a compelling tale. His descriptions of the Maine coast and the emotions of this young man are very intriguing and draw you into that dark event. i enjoy his work and would recommend anyone to read his other two books, Judith and Tales of the Cemetery Trees - both include humor, drama and excellent descriptions.
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