A big-city escapee, I live in the quiet hinterlands of northeast Pennsylvania. Former editor of the alternative paper now known as The Philadelphia Weekly, I've published over 60 short stories and and wrote a book-length history of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Did a bunch of freelance editing, such as running the SAP Americas customer magazine, interviews with the likes of Noam Chomsky, and smoothing English translations of German PR.
I had the most fun collaborating on a screenplay with my daughter, Caitlin and writing a cycle of eight local-history plays up here – as well as vaudeville routines. My favorite activity (other than writing) is turning trees into firewood for the wood stove that provides our "central" heating.
My wife is the most wonderful potter I've ever known.
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by Derek Davis
They had set the wire across the road, three dead-eyed riders. Had they meant to kill him or just sever his legs? His hog is wrecked, his arm is broken, but his anger is intact – always. Turkle will track them down. Along the way, he has to play down his intelligence, put his mind in temporary storage to be one of them. Some things are worth the hunt. But it doesn't always pay to find them.
Gifts of a Dead Man
by Derek Davis
A man steers a 1953 Chevy pickup onto the lot at Marilyn’s Cafe and drops dead on the gravel. Who is he? What does he mean for a forgotten Midwestern town and The Heavenly Choir? It takes much travel for Millie and Pete to find what they’re not sure they’re looking for. In the end what counts is what the dead man has given to all the lives and places he’s touched.
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