Harvey Stanbrough

Biography

Harvey Stanbrough is an award-winning writer and poet. He’s fond of saying he was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. After 21 years in the US Marine Corps, he managed to sneak up on a BA degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales in 1996. Because he is unable to do otherwise, he splits his writing personality among four personas: Gervasio Arrancado writes magic realism; Nicolas Z “Nick” Porter writes spare, descriptive, Hemingway-style fiction; and Eric Stringer writes the fiction of an unapologetic neurotic. Harvey writes whatever they leave to him. You can see their full bios at HEStanbrough.com.

Where to find Harvey Stanbrough online


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Books

Comanche Fire
Series: The Wes Crowley Novels, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 49,390. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Wes Crowley and Otis "Mac" McFadden have joined the Texas Rangers in Amarillo, in the heart of Comancheria, the traditional Comanche homeland. As they grow into their life as Texas Rangers, they endure hardships and battles, including one all-out attack on Amarillo, and pursue Comanches and banditos across the plains and through the arroyos of the north Texas panhandle. Come along for a wild ride!
Coralín
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western
This is a love story set in Mexico in the late 1800s. Being a lawman takes a toll that former Texas Ranger Wes Crowley knows all too well. He's settled with the notion that he will live and die alone to avoid bringing harm to those he might have loved. But Coralín Martinez de Silva is a force of nature, and she has ideas of her own.
The Brief, Happy Career of Judas Talbot, Circuit Riding Preacher
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Literature » Western
Judas Talbot, the 22 year old youngest of the Talbot boys in the 1860s Texas panhandle, mistakes the primal urges in his gut for a calling to preach the gospel. He hits the circuit where he finds the women amenable and the men bad shots. Thankfully. If you enjoy laugh-out-loud humor, come along.
The Breath Formed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In this intense short-short story, Harvey Stanbrough considers a "big sound," the explosion that accompanies a gunshot from a high-powered rifle, from the POV of the creature whom it most directly affects. How strange that the creature has more respect for humans than they will ever have for anything but themselves.
The Rise of a Warrior
Series: The Wes Crowley Novels, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 60,360. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Wes Crowley and Otis "Mac" McFadden are teenagers in Watson, a town north of Amarillo in the heart of the traditional Comanche homeland. An impressive group of Texas Rangers ride in to the local livery stable to swap horses. After he overhears the Ranger corporal's description of Iron Bear and his trespasses, and Mac decides on the spot he has to join the Rangers.
The Road to Amarillo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
This is a short story culled from the forthcoming prequel to The Wes Crowley Trilogy. In "The Road to Amarillo," 17 year old Mac and 16 year old Wes witness a small troop of Texas Rangers taking care of business. Mac decides he has to become a Ranger, and Wes goes along. In this one, we get to meet Mac's father.
Fascination
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,480. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
In this quirky short story Harvey Stanbrough transports you back in time to a small town, much lower gas prices, and classic vehicles. Unfortunately, he also takes along a guy who just wanted to go meet and talk with his favorite novelist. Humor? Ghost story? Time travel? Redneck Hickville USA? Up to you.
The Unfortunate Case of Agatha Bitters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,630. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Miss Agatha Demon Bitters is an octogenarian who has led a long, fruitful and active life. She isn't about to let not having a driver's license or a minor lack of funds or memory slow her down. She knows what she's about, most of the time.
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,650. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
In this SF/Western spoof, seven wary men make their way on horseback across a severe desert in Mexico. They come upon a village where they are certain they'll find villagers who need to be rescued from banditos or some other malady. What they find is a great deal more.
Curious Tales
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,100. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
This is an intense collection of 5 short stories. A janitor is cleaning an fiction mill full of IBM Selectric typewriters. He's waiting for something... or someone. The unnamed professor wasn't sure. Did he slip and fall or see a vision? A state police officer investigates an eerie, heinous crime at a rest area. What if fish really is brain food? A pretentious director is shooting a horror film.
Brain Food
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,980. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is a psychological fantasy short story. What if an elderly woman gets it in her head that fish really is brain food? And what if she decides if a little of something is good, a lot more would be better?
Tradition
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,910. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In this intense horror short story, a pretentious, abusive director is shooting a horror film outside a small town. To save money, he buys the talents of a Patrick Campbell lookalike. In the lead role, he really is just being himself but takes great offense at the director's presumption that he has cornered the market on what's real and what isn't. You decide.
A Little Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,700. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
In this novella, what would happen if a mafia boss sent one of his best, most loyal men to escort his future wife from Phoenix to Atlanta via Cadillac? A man she specifically requested?
The Wes Crowley Trilogy
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 115,490. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
This trilogy is the complete story of Wes Crowley, Texas Ranger, in the 1870s Panhandle. This is a fast-paced tale of one man discovering what's true in life. Wes battles Comanches, tracks enemies and friends, waxes philosophical, and finds himself in a place where one era hasn't quite ended and the next hasn't quite begun. Finally he learns the value of love, magic, a family, and a good horse.
A Smattering of Angels
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,880. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
In this intensive short story by Harvey Stanbrough, explore the inner workings of a rather odd mind. For a while the unnamed professor wasn't sure. Did he slip and fall on the ice-slicked asphalt running trail? Or did he continue to run and see a vision? Or did he slip and fall and see a vision?
Title Goes Here
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In this intense short story by Harvey Stanbrough, a janitor is cleaning an fiction mill in the wee morning hours. Surrounded by IBM Selectric typewriters, he decides that he could do as well as those who work here. He sits down, turns on a typewriter, and writes. But he's waiting for something... or someone.
The Baby
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In this intense short story by Harvey Stanbrough, a state police officer is called to investigate an eerie, heinous crime at a rest area. It has to do with an infant, a strange crowd of onlookers, and a key witness, all in a maddening, constantly thrumming rain.
South to Mexico
Series: The Wes Crowley Novels, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,700. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western
South to Mexico opens with Wes crossing over into Mexico once again, for what probably will be the final time. It contains a touch of the tall tale, a touch of magic realism, and the wide-open spaces of the sea and the desert, both of which are filled with angry gods who conspire to pit man against himself. Wes learns who he truly is and the value of love, magic, a family, and a good horse.
Longing for Mexico
Series: The Wes Crowley Novels, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,650. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western
Wes Crowley, a veteran Texas Ranger, battles Comanches, falls in love, and loses pretty much everything before he leaves the Rangers to find his faulty ex-friend, Otis McFadden. During his search for Mac, Wes visits Mexico where he finds new friends but also new enemies. Come along to see what happens when Wes finally tracks down Mac.
Last Raid on Amarillo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western
This is a western short story in the Wes Crowley series of novels and stories. Texas Ranger Western Z Crowley has always been able to separate the personal from the professional. He's always done his job, even to ushering out the end of an era. But now a new menace has surfaced, and it will test even Wes' firm resolve.
Leaving Amarillo
Series: The Wes Crowley Novels, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,610. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Wes Crowley and Otis "Mac" McFadden are lifelong friends. Wes is a year younger and has always looked up to Mac, so when Mac joins the Texas Rangers in the 1870s in the Texas Panhandle, Wes goes along as usual. But placing unequivocal trust in anyone is seldom a good idea. Come along as Wes finds himself in a place where one era hasn't quite ended and the next hasn't quite begun.
Poetry Techniques for the Fictionist
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 9,370. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Grammar and punctuation
How writers of fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction can apply the techniques of poetry to make their prose stand out.
Quick Guide to Self-Publishing & FAQs
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
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
Series: StoneThread Anthologies, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 53,220. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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
Series: StoneThread Anthologies, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 98,680. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2013 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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
Series: StoneThread Anthologies, Book 1. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 68,400. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2012 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » General
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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
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks and Manuals
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
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,590. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » War, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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Some things are much larger and more important than the individual, as a rural New Mexico boy learns when he joins the Marine Corps.
The Beholder
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,560. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Digital publishing
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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
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 38,350. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
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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
Price: $15.99 USD. Words: 23,910. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
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
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 25,140. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
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
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 39,060. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
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.
Residua
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
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.
The Magic Cakes: The Story of Little Red Cap Retold, with a Twist... in Blank Verse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
The story of Little Red Cap (Little Red Riding Hood) retold in blank verse, revised to include the magic inherent in all of us and with no need for a woodsman to save the day.
Selected Poems
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 6,620. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
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.
Intimations of the Shapes of Things
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
A poetry collection in the lineage of Frost, Yeats Nemerov and other writers of blank verse.
Concerning Mama's Taste in Men
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A rural New Mexico boy learns joy and pain as his future is washed away in a flash flood.
The Magic Cakes: The Story of Little Red Cap Retold... with a Twist
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The story of Little Red Cap (Little Red Riding Hood) retold with magical, surreal elements and no further need for a woodsman.
Same Ol' Bull Same Ol' Rodeo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In this short literary fiction, a poet struggles with, and finally delivers, the eulogy for his lifelong friend.
On Bullies & Gods
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,800. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A light-hearted short story in which God himself is a major character. Think George Burns in "Oh God!"
Beyond the Masks
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 24,860. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
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
Price: $15.99 USD. Words: 15,970. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
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
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
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.
Writing Dialect
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
When it is written well, dialect informs and enhances the reader’s sense of place and character.
Punctuation for Writers
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,660. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
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.
Narrative in Fiction: Whispers in the Background
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
When writing narrative, there is very little room for error. All narrative must advance the story line, and it must do so as efficiently and interestingly as possible.
Writing Great Beginnings
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 4,310. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2011 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
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.
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