Former 911 operator writing fiction. His work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Detroit News, Monarch Review, Lunch Ticket, Zodiac Review, Barbaric Yawp and Bull. His books include Children of the Enemy, Maggie Elizabeth Harrington, Alpha Wolves, The Death of Anyone and The Pool Boy’s Beatitude. You can find him at: www.magicmasterminds.com/djswykert. He is a wolf expert.
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Maggie Elizabeth Harrington
(5.00 from 1 review)
By David Swykert
Published: June 24, 2013 by
Maggie Elizabeth Harrington is the story of a young woman in a remote 1890's northern Michigan mining town trying to save a pack of young wolves from a bounty hunter. A terse historical love story of a young woman's struggle with environmental and moral issues concerning the slaughter of wolves, and the churches condemnation of her love for a young man, are as real in today's global world as they
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- Screwing the Pooch
on March 05, 2013
Just when I thought the art of the short story was as vanished as Rod Serling and his Twilight Zone, I ran across Screwing the Pooch. This little tome, with the curious title, restored my faith. J. B. Bergstad has given us a collection of stories with characters we can all understand; from the vulnerable youth of Milton Sonntag and teenage bravado of Zeke Celinski to the evil incarnate Vincent Pollazo. Inside Bergstad’s stories you learn who these characters are and what makes them tick. I found this collection a refreshing change from the esoteric themes where the beauty of language and use of dictionary words always trump just good old fashioned storytelling. I highly recommend this collection to any fan of short fiction.
- Hyde's Corner - Book I - No Man's Land
on July 25, 2013
I knew after reading the first page this book was something special, the kind of story where the characters would stick with you long after you’re through turning the pages and the plot would suck you in like light falling into a black hole. The characterization of Dr. Beaman that opens the book is truly brilliant, but just a prelude to the in depth textural characters that follow as the saga of Hyde’s Corner unfolds. Selmer Burks, the central protagonist is compelling. He’s a mixture of Matt Dillon and Paladin with a healthy dose of Ray Milland in his Lost Weekend thrown in for good measure. He’s the kind of character you’ll love to hate and hate to love, but he is as compelling as he is frightening. If you like stories with historical flavor and authentic detail, with absorbing complex characters in situations and conflicts that command your attention, you’ll love this book, will be unable to put it down. The first installment of The Hyde’s Corner Trilogy left me anxious to read the next one.
- Doors to Perdition
on July 29, 2013
The Doors to Perdition are a fine collection of stories in the tradition of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone. As I read I imagined Rod standing there with the eerie music playing and a trail of cigarette smoke wafting into the air. Each unique story is well written and interconnected by exceptional characterization and clever endings. Bergstad truly brings his eclectic characters to life in these stories, putting them in conflicting situations that further the suspense. I highly recommend the collection, this is what short story writing is all about.
- Hyde's Corner - Book II - In the Name of Vengeance
on Aug. 21, 2013
I just finished Book II in the Hyde’s Trilogy, In the Name of Vengeance. If you like textural stories with in depth characterization, you’ll love this book. I was truly impressed with its historical detail and the continued development of his main protagonist, Selmer Burks. The story, set in the first half of the twentieth century, is flush with history and literally paints on canvas the life and politics of a small Oklahoma town of the period. I’m a fan of period stories, and this element only furthers my appreciation of Bergstad’s literary work. The intricate details and dichotomy of his multi-faceted character, Selmer Burks, is engrossing and just nails down this solid, action packed, western drama. I started it, couldn’t put it down, and am looking forward to reading Book III in the series.