Davis Horner has been a freelance writer for many years as well, as a staff features writer for The Edge, Creative Loafing, The Point, the Travelers Rest Monitor, and other publications. He has published poetry and short stories in regional and national literary journals.
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The Palmetto: Adventures with the Southern Underground
by Davis Horner
Lonely and disillusioned, a young history teacher is swept into a strange party one summer night, meeting some of the oddest people he has ever known. It is the counterculture, which this teacher was only dimly aware existed in this city of the deep South. Feeling an outcast himself, he becomes one of them, and begins a personal journey and several intense relationships, changing his life forever.
Sun and Shadow
by Davis Horner
Poems written by Davis Horner between 1981 and 1990. Several have been published in regional and national literary journals.
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Smashwords book reviews by Davis Horner
on July 29, 2014
This is an engaging story of a young man’s formation during a turbulent period of history. We meet Patrick Summers as he reels from a profound personal tragedy at fourteen years. We follow his teenage struggles living with his bachelor uncle, who has instinctual talents for bringing up this exceptional boy that neither had imagined. We observe his young adulthood as his confidence and skills begin to flourish, his relationships build upon one another, and he slowly envisions what sort of contribution he might be able to make with his peculiar skills and view of the world. As an attorney and business entrepreneur, he is able to observe the world around him – the 1960’s in the American Midwest – and to see there is no end to the situations to which he can bring his intelligence, his imagination, and his sense of justice and fairness to make a difference.
Peter D. Miller has written about what he knows, which is rule # 1 for writers. Beyond this, he has written about things he cares about, and has done so convincingly. For readers accustomed to high speed chases and explosions, Differential probably is not for you. But if you want to delve into the way human relationships develop, into the world of ideas and ideals, and a look into things that were actually going on and beginning during the 60’s that weren’t simply outtakes from a Cheech and Chong movie, this story could be quite revealing and most interesting. And, one more thing. It’s got sex!
- The Autobiography of a Granada Cat as told to Harley White
on Dec. 19, 2014
This story goes a long way toward answering the question many of us cat fanciers have asked through the ages: What is she thinking? What is in that mind of his? To our good fortune this book is based on the premise that cat and human were able to connect on a telepathic level so that “Mama Cat” – the feline protagonist – is able to convey her innermost thoughts and impressions of life in the Spanish city of Grenada to be transcribed for our reading enjoyment. This Grenada Cat relates her life story in a loose chronology, with numerous tangents and asides, from her youth and young motherhood negotiating the perils and discomforts of being a street cat, to the safety, warmth and serenity of being adopted by two adoring humans. This enchanting story could only have been written by someone who has closely observed and intensely loved cats, and any of us who treasure these creatures will be charmed and inspired by this story.
- Second Summers
on Dec. 22, 2014
A boy awakens on a hospital bed. He has the body of a fourteen year old, but the memories of a brilliant middle-aged man, Patrick Summers. Patrick was the hero/protagonist of the author’s earlier novel – Differential. Because of the potentially transforming nature of his work, members of his medical research facility decide to clone him, the result being the handsome, well-formed and even more mentally acute Perry Summers. Thus the story continues as we step into the realm of science fiction.
PeterDMiller has woven another fascinating story about a boy with prodigious gifts who, like any teenager, is having to navigate through some unpredictable waters. In his case he has woken up as the world has entered the “post- 9/11 age”, a challenge for him as eventual heir to Patrick Summers’ concerns worldwide and especially in the Middle East. There are many differing elements to this story, but among other things it may be read as a coming-of-age story of a teenager trying to figure out who he is. In Perry’s case the struggle is quite literal: is he Perry or is he the man of his memory – Patrick Summers? Along the way there are adventures and intrigue, and many, many women, all of whom seem irresistibly attracted to him and willing to demonstrate it.
Anyone who enjoyed Differential should read this one. And apparently, there will be more to come!