James Ellis Thomas


James Ellis Thomas’ debut publication, The Saturday Morning Car Wash Club, appeared in The New Yorker, followed by Triumph of The Southside Ladyjacks, his second piece for the magazine. Didn't Mama Ruthie Say Daawgh, a short story, is his latest work.


Didn't Mama Ruthie Say Daawgh
Price: Free! Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Little Ruthie is an impoverished southern grandmother. Her recently deceased grandson, Curtis, was a very bad man, a very bad man who wanted to do his grandmother a very good deed. If love is an act, can present actions of love undo the evil that men have done in the past? Ride with Little Ruthie as she journeys from a history of hate and oppression to perhaps a present day of heavenly bliss.
Knuckleheads Save a Baby
Price: Free! Words: 5,120. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Marquis and Rahlo are two knuckleheads up to no good on the hottest day of the year. A chance to be heroes presents itself when they come upon a baby trapped in a sweltering car. Will this good deed in the present erase bad behavior from the past? Put your ethics on trial with a horror story too real, a religious story too fateful, a redemption story too human for judgement on this Earth.
A Candy Donna
Price: Free! Words: 4,690. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Annabelle is the leader of a criminal crew that targets unfaithful men. A “Candy Donna” is the bait girl they use to lure their targets. On this night, on this job, an unfaithful man will test Annabelle’s conscience. What happens when a cheating husband turns killer to cover his secrets? Can Annabelle change her evil ways in time to stop the evil of others?
Pure Hearts: Rock 'N' Roll Children
Price: Free! Words: 13,440. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Inspirational
Meet Bhanna and Jessie, two partners in love, in schemes, in scams and out in these streets. Two Heavy Metal heads in a Hip Hop world. Bhanna must confront her deadly drinking problem, her racist upbringing, her love for a beautiful loser. Jessie's pure heart is tested by a racially charged street fight. When fortune grants a chance at change, will they make the right choice? 13,398 word novelette
The Last Days of Play Play
Price: Free! Words: 51,180. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Comedy in the hour of chaos. Meet Benji, an aspiring comic book writer. He jeopardizes his last week before college by injuring the town bully, a popular football player. Further threatening escape from his impoverished neighborhood is Benji's trainwreck of a mother. Enters a mysterious girl. Will Benji's pals, a ragtag band of street fighters known as The Jump Out Boys, swoop in and save the day?
Triumph of The Southside Ladyjacks
Price: Free! Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A single black mom and her precocious young son find acceptance among her rowdy softball teammates. Short story (5,062 words).
The Saturday Morning Car Wash Club
Price: Free! Words: 3,510. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Old school throwback to the Hip Hop days of hanging out at the neighborhood car wash. Comedic short story (3,505 words).

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