Twenty years, twenty stories. L. Joseph Shosty looks back on two decades as an indie author, with the best of his early work (old wine) and the bleaker, more sinister, offerings which represent his current output (black hearts). More
Gather ‘round for 20 tales of science, magic, and horror from the author of Abattoir in the Aether and the Achilles & Swiss series! Storyteller L. Joseph Shosty delivers new takes on classic themes in this collection of hand-picked tales from a career lasting nearly two decades. The stories are authentic, charming, and at times darkly brutal. Old Wine & Black Hearts is a fine vintage of imagination sure to stay with you long after you’ve closed the cover.
THE DIFFICULTY OF SAVAGES – Patrons at a cafe near Roswell, New Mexico wonder if the oddball among them is an alien with a purpose or just someone slumming through the universe.
OF ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS - A Vietnam vet stricken with PTSD meets a mysterious woman who holds the key to the gates of Paradise. WORMS - Religious dissension develops among worms in a graveyard when the gravedigger runs out of decaying bodies to feed them.
STRINGS – A dark retelling of Pinocchio is the backdrop for introspection on the relationship between father and son.
THE SOUL OF THE SEA – An ancient myth merges with the 20th Century in a capitalist- fueled fairy tale when a man with a destiny returns to an island resort near the Bahamas.
THE GRACKLE’S PLAN – This Aesop fable goes off the rails when a bird decides morality does not apply to his ambition to be popular.
THAT TIME OF THE MONTH – Three rowdy pipeline workers hook up with a good-time girl only to learn the rent has come due on a sinister contract.
L. Joseph Shosty is a self-described neo-pulp author who writes in a variety of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, western, mystery, and weird tales. He lives in Beaumont, Texas with his wife and son.