Jack R. Stanley

Biography

Jack R. Stanley is an award winning novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. As an officer and combat photographer in Vietnam he earned the Bronze Star. Yet he says, “When you’re in a firefight and everybody else on both side have guns while you have a camera --- you get to change your pants a lot.”
After his military service he received both his M.A. and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in Radio-TV-Film. His doctoral dissertation was on the long running TV series GUNSMOKE. Stanley also received two of Michigan¹s most prestigious creative writing awards, The Hopwood Award, one for a one-act play and the second for a novel.
Still married to his gifted high school sweetheart, Stanley’s first academic position was TV Area Head at The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Radio-TV-Film. He later moved to deep-south Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley for a challenging position with The University of Texas-Pan American. Here he taught Theatre-TV-Film for 30 years in the Department of Communication serving as Department Chair at U.T.P.A. for 11 years. He did take one year out to work for The University of Alaska Anchorage as a visiting professor. Back in Texas, Stanley directed for stage at The University Theatre, produced and directed fifteen student staffed, cast, and crewed feature films, writing most of the original screenplays. Just a few of his credits are available on IMDB.com.
He now lives in the Texas Panhandle where he writes his fiction and runs his blog, www.TheFictionWritersNotebook.com . His webpage is www.jackrstanley.com.

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Books

Through A Lens Darkly: Vietnam
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,910. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Filming a real war isn’t at all like making a Hollywood movie. The danger, the blood, the humor, friendships, the heroism, and the tragedies are very real. A newly minted 2nd Lt., a butter bar, relives his tour of duty in those turbulent days --- days some have never --- nor can ever --- move beyond. It’s also a tale of the absurdities and realities of what war was like behind a camera.
Murder in Muleshoe
You set the price! Words: 45,860. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Classics
Jarvis Dickle was one of the last mule farriers still around --- at least he was till he was murdered. Three mule shoe nails in the top of his head. In the West Texas town of Muleshoe, nobody much cared. But then Jarvis wasn't the man everybody thought he was. The investigation into his murder in this modern day small Texas town is full of quirky Texas characters and humor. Only in Texas.
The Lovecraft Murders
You set the price! Words: 41,130. Language: American English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
“A love for sex and poetry were the only things my daughter got out of college,” an elderly lady says. “Now, she runs an escort service. One of her girls was murdered last year. Did my daughter have anything to do with it?”
The Winds of Skagway
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
The howling winds of winter are no where worce than in the Alaskan town of Skagway, the threshold to the gold fields of the Klondike of the 1890’s. When the savage North wind gusts and shrieks up to seventy miles per hour from weeks to months, no one can move out doors. It’s a time for stories and retelling of Skagway’s hero and it’s criminal mastermind.
Love, Lust, and Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,250. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Drama, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Imagine having to tell your childhood best friend that her husband has been killed in a traffic accident – and he wasn’t along – and the women in the car with him at the time of the wreck was naked? That’s where Garrett, a graduate teaching assistant finds himself.
The Thing About Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,850. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Even if you understand the biology, the chemeistry, and the psychology of love, does that make your love life any easier? A college course, “Love Amoung Human Beings,” is the center of this story involving several couple in college and after. Screenwriting grad student Jake reconnects with an old love from high school, Maggie, the younger sister Assistant Professor Vega who teaches the course.
Seven Reasons Why
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,550. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Mystery, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Bryce, a graduate student doing historical research, is enlisted by a Korean War Medal of Honor winner to find out the truth about the death of his beloved granddaughter. No one in the family will tell him how the high school cheerleader died --- her body was discovered in a field behind her parent’s home. The police and the media have dropped the case and the old man cannot get the truth.
Reservations
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,430. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Relationships are not easy. We all have our reservations. At The Reatta Hotel on South Padre Island, Texas, Barton, the young senior assistant manager and his significant other, Erika, another assistant manager, experience this on a typical day as other couples check in and out, bringing their relationships and their problems with them.
Horse Theif Hollow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,760. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
When some unique horses are purchased from mountains of Russia by a modern day Texas rancher, mistakenly the favoriate of a 13 year old boy who loves and helps care for them, is in the mix. When the boy and his mother fly to the U.S. to get the special horse back, three michevious faries use their magic to go along and just make everything worse.
Hollowpoint
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,530. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Mystery, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Toward the end of of the cold war a Soviet agent defects to a U.S and starts the hunt in U.S. intelligence for a mole. At N.A.T.O, U.S. Air Force intelligence officer Col. Keith Shaddix, a joins a C.I.A. agent, Burl Matlock, for a search which seems to point back to Shaddix.
Hell In Paradise
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,130. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Action Adventure, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Nadia Tanner, a young bride, arrives with her husband, Phillip, near a tribal village in post World War II New Guinea. Here she becomes the obsession of a convicted murder who believes she is his sister he killed returned from the dead. He escapes comfignment and kidnappes the young woman dragging her naked through the jungle as the authorities give chase.
Gideon: The Horse That Saved Texas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,050. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » History, Screenplays » Western
Based on a true story of early Texas, a 13-year-old Brady Powell and the strange but important horse named Gideon in 1836. As Santa Anna sweeps through Texas on his way to The Alamo, Mexican soldiers comendeir the boy’s horse. But Gideon turns up at the Battle of San Jacinto, where Texas won it’s indepencence partly because of this horse.
Fatty and Hearst
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,240. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Crime, Screenplays » History
A bigger silent movie star than Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is accused of the murder of a Hollywood starlet in 1921. Overweight newspaper magnet William Randolph Hearst is living a life of excess with his demunitive screen star mistress, Marian Davies, as he tries and convicts Fatty in Hearst’s tabloid newspapers. Fatty must stand trial three times before his fate is decided.
The Vampire Rose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,610. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Horror
A vampire rises in modern day Houston. Detective Aylyne Bartok encounters a TV talk-show host who may be a suspect or a helper in the investigation.
Dangerous Camp On the Kenai
Price: Free! Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Historical » USA
(3.00 from 1 review)
“Bitterroot” Lodlow Rothrock didn’t come to Alaska for the gold in the year 1899. He had a government job and was happy just to be a part of the last frontier. Doing a little surveying on the Kenia Peninsula a good hundred miles southwest of Anchorage, he sets up camp for the night in the hunting grounds of a killer.
Afternoon Delight
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,940. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Screenplays » Romance
Thane is a successful Hollywood screenwriter who gets his chance to become a producer. His wife Robyn, a world class landscape artist, and he have an open marriage because sex is painful for Robyn and off the table for them as a couple. While Thane is goes on location to produce his first film, Robyn decides to have vaginal surgery to solve their problem. Will it work?
Antigone In Texas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,450. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Plays » Ancient & Classical, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Sophocles classic Greek tragedy is retold in the time of the Texas War against Mexico. Antigone, one of two remaining sisters of the incestuous marriage of their father and his mother, decides to bury her beaten and disgraced brother, the general and emperor of Mexico, against the orders of her uncle, General Creon.
Cyrano
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,320. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2013. Categories: Plays » European / French, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Gallant but poor French swordsman and gifted poet, Cyrano de Bergerac, is in love with the beautiful Roxane. She, however, is taken by the handsome young cadet, Christian, instead of Cyrano and his huge nose. Christian cannot express his love and so Cyrano becomes the voice and the poet to the love he can never claim.
Angel's Revenge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,350. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Romance, Screenplays » Comedy
Angel Diaz is a disc jockey on South Padre Island, Texas, because her ex-boy friend, dumped her the night before she took the exam for medical school five years ago. She flunked the test and never made it into med school. When she sees her ex show up at the island airport she decides to get even.
A Violent End
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,120. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Javi really doesn’t care that his father has been murdered because thanks to Javi’s testimony at the age of seven, his father went to prison for killing of his mother. Now, it’s up to Javi to I.D. the body and sees to the funeral arrangements. But he finds that the man everyone else seems to have known is not the same man he knew. Only by picking up his father’s last case as a P.I.
The Prometheus Peril
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,310. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Mystery, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
The mayor of Houston, Amon Burlingame, receives a recorded message from someone calling themselves, “Prometheus.” He threatens to nuke the city. With the help and an attractive physics professor from the university, the mayor must decide if this threat is real and if so, what to do.
The Unwed Widow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,410. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Young widow Ann Kidd arrives at Brenda’s Caribbean private beach resort to meet the newest member of Brenda’s “Scandal Survivor” club. He’s Travis Masterson a young TV star who has recently been trashed by the media for sexcapades which are not true. And Travis is also Ann’s husband, not her widow.
Too Good To Be True
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,980. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Drama, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A law student about to marry his fiancée gets an anonymous message on his answering machine that says, “You can’t marry your fiancée – she’s your sister.” Being a scrupulous and meticulous young man, he does a little checking and discovers he is not the biological son of his father as he had always believed. It’s just days before the wedding, so what does he do?
Death Scene
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,390. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Horror, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A university’s theatre complex as a reputation of having a curse on it because of several unexplained deaths there. When a new professor and renowned playwright who is trying to rebuild the program is murdered on the eve of the opening of her new play, rumors of the curse resurface. The theatre students decide to pull an all-nighter to make sure the show goes on much to the death of many.
Holiday For An Assassin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,750. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Professional hitman Warren Langhammer and college English and poetry instructor Joanna Youngblood don’t have a thing in common in this life. That’s the catch – “this life.” They have known, loved and lost each other countless times before in other lives. Will this one be any different?
The Virgin Casanova
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,940. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Rudy Kosti, a library major whom most coeds treat as if he has leprosy, is supposed to possess the “family gift|”--- the gift of Don Juan, Valintino, and all the great ladies men of history. His Uncle Don knows it’s true. But if Rudy really has the gift, he will lose the one girl he loves.
The Defection of Grigori Dorsky
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,820. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The kidnapping of a six-year old child and the murder of her mother, may be the work of a U.S. intelligence agency because the child, under hypnosis, claims to be a former KGV spy master. A defected Soviet spy is the only one who sees the events for what they truly are.
Between Love And Murder
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,190. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Mystery, Screenplays » Comedy
Best selling mystery/comedy novelist, Dalt Glass and his lovely and sexy wife Ceiana decide to get a divorce because the spark seems to be gone from the marriage. It was a very happy divorce until Ceiana becomes the prime suspect in a murder. She begs Dalt to use his imagination to prove her innocence.
The Evil Eye
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,120. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Mystery, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
“The River of Tears” is the Rio Grande. This screenplay, set South Texas, is about refugees from the Americas and the people who both support and oppose what is called “the sanctuary movement” and illegal immigration.
6 And 10
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,690. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Coed Mara Foley takes a summer internship with a South Texas TV station. Teamed with a reluctant photo journalist with little formal education but several years of the experience in the fast moving and competitive world of local TV news, the pair stumble on a murder story. Mara quickly discovers the real world of broadcast journalism is very different from what she’s been taught.
The Tarnished Christmas Bell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
Raspbob, a cranky old elf, stuffed Anabelle, one of St. Nick’s special little Christmas bells back into a dark and cold drawer. He did the same to all the other tarnished bells. Anabelle suffered with the other neglected bells until she found her true spirit.
The Last Virgin From Las Vegas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,610. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The female lead of the top rated TV sitcom, “The Last Virgin From Las Vegas” is on her honeymoon. Her handsome leading man and co-star gave all the women in the cast a garter with his picture on it as a present for the 200th episode. The new bride thinks her jock husband will be jealous if he finds it and she sent her co-star an e-mail demanding the come get it. Thinking she meant, “Right now!”
Mom and Apple Pye
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,280. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2012. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Farin, the owner of a Galveston cat house, has a chance to rekindle his long shattered high school romance with the woman who is married to the bordello’s biggest and most regular clients. Mom, who adopted the motherless Farin as a child as she continued to work in the red light districts of Texas. Today, Apple Pye is Mom’s number one girl and Farin’s best money maker. But Apple is in love with
The Texas Rattlesnake Murders
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,320. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Three seemingly unconnected murder share only the link of the manner of death – by rattlesnake bites. The Texas Rangers get the help of a young female TV reporter who is psychic and a carnival snake handler to solve these bizarre killings
Klondike Justice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,430. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
Did gambler “Fair Deal” Doak Logan empty “Quicksilver” Riggs DeGraf’s brain pan with a .44 shot to the head along the frozen Yukon River? A miner’s court is convened in the Golden Mecca saloon on the Alaskan/Canadian frontier during the Klondike gold rush of the early 1900’s to decide the issue. It's a life or death kangaroo court.

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  • Secret Schooling on Sep. 10, 2014

    Interesting take on the basement and all our at school sexual desires. A fun read