Anthony J Fuchs
I am a Philadelphian by birth, a North Carolinian by choice, and a writer by nature. And I have baseball in my blood, having come into this world right around the time that Manny Trillo hit that famous single to drive in Del Unser and give the Phillies a 4-3 lead in Game 5 of the World Series.
I have been a teller of stories for as long as I have been able to brandish the force of language. One of my clearest, earliest memories is of watching Michael J. Fox on a 40-foot movie screen as he pushed that Delorean up to 88 miles-and-hour and barreled into the past on a pair of flaming tiretracks.
A few years later, I went to a sleepover birthday party at a classmate's apartment, and as midnight gave way to the next day, those of us who dared to brave the darkness began telling horror stories, each determined to terrify everyone else. The next afternoon, my mother received a phone call from my friend's mother: whatever tale I had spun had given him nightmares.
Since that day, I have never stopped chasing the intoxicating thrill that comes from the power of fiction. He is the author of "The Danger of Being Me," as well as a growing body of short fiction and poetry. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow me at www.facebook.com/anthonyjfuchs
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The Danger of Being Me
Michael Everett prides himself on making sense of the absurd and the arbitrary. He writes. But daring to make himself into the author of his own life will propel him down a blind path of dangerous secrets after one impulsive decision plunges him to the bottom of his own fractured psyche, and all the way back to the beginning of his own story.
To the one place he could never escape.
Rage Against the Dying
When Gabriel Hensley learns the horrible truth about his wife's traumatic past, he hurls himself into a deadly mission to find the man responsible and exact his own terrible revenge. But when he finds much more than that, he'll have to face a much deeper darkness in order to save not only his own life, but the life of a complete stranger.
Rose Brewer survived a vicious attack years ago, but she's never been able to remember how, until a chance encounter with a dark stranger in a parking garage brings back more than just her terrifying memories.
The Angels Are Crying
Samantha Kingsley woke up this morning with a peculiar sense that things were somehow out of true. And she should. Because the man she loves has seen what could happen today, and he's not sure he knows how to stop it.
Seven stories by Anthony J Fuchs -- "Anywhen," "Dawn," "After/Thought," "Unstuck," "That Final Darkness," "Coming Home," and "Out of Joint" -- are included in this first collection, along with an Afterword by the author.
Jack Finnegan possesses a rare talent that makes him a unique asset to the police department: he can see the past with one touch. But when he and his partner are assigned to locate a missing teenager, Jack will have to stretch the limits of his abilities further than he has ever dared.
That Final Darkness
When two men and a boy take refuge in an abandoned movie theater during a blinding blizzard, the snow will be the least of their worries.
First published in Vol 6, Issue 24 of Flash Me Magazine, April 2009.
When the World Series is cancelled for the first time in 90 years, Mike Everett organizes a friendly pick-up game to get his baseball fix. But 42 innings into a deadlocked grudge-match, a fortunate accident is going to give him a new insight into the meaning of the game.
Timothy Lineman and Mickey Comiskey are both freshly seventeen and convinced of their own immortality. But even they cannot imagine the repercussions of a chance encounter with a friendly stranger, or the implications of the gift he bears.
Eric Guilding undertakes the journey to find the most precious prize in existence: his own mind. How many times must he travel this path?
Adam Westing is an ardent skeptic in a world of believers, but when he witnesses a tragedy on Christmas Eve, he inherits a trinket that makes him reconsider his perspective.
Out of Joint
Jeromy Pratt is a haunted man living in a haunted house, and since his wife's death, his broken world has made a lot less sense.
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