Vann Turner


Vann Turner is a recluse. On occasion friends visit him and his dogs in their mountain home. Every two weeks he goes to the market for dairy products, fruits, vegetables and Oreos. You’ll recognize him in Walmart (Newport, TN) by the black armband he wears on the left.

A shy person, I avoid crowds and try to avoid any attention. I am not on Facebook or Twitter. What I have to say publicly, I say in my writings. But I welcome people into my life. People are important. So, if you would like to send me an email, I will answer you. One-on-one works well for me and email has been a bridge to friendships.

Let me hear from you and you’ll hear back. Promise.


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Sometimes Lovin' is Hurtful
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 106,500. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
When two very different lives intersect, all is illumined in blazing light. A novel of heart, grit & lyricism.
To Abandon Rome, AD 593
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 84,670. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
This is a tale about a RAGE that must be kept caged until the moment comes to release it. And about a woman who must sit and watch happen.
The Marine, the Lady & the Hag
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
This loss of innocence fable is set in New York City at the height of the Vietnam war. In it an idealistic Marine confronts the horrors that await him and glimpses the societal structures that enable those horrors and are indifferent to them. It’s a gripping good read (only 3000 words).
To Forestall the Darkness: A Novel of Ancient Rome, AD 589
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 160,400. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
AD 589. In the Sixth Century Italy had been depopulated by plague and laid waste by decades of war. Industry, agriculture, commerce and city life had all stopped. Into this desolation the Germanic Lombards had come marching in, meeting no resistance. Decades later, with things unimproved, a new King appoints Titus Tribonius as his Chief Jurist for Roman Matters.

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  • Prometheus on Dec. 11, 2017

    The ancient Greek poets and playwrights were storytellers, not theologians. And they were expected to display their creativity by adding new twists to well-know stories. Such is what Martin Marais does in his short story, Prometheus, in admirable fashion. I know of no ancient account of mortals visiting Prometheus as he is chained to a rock face where he daily endures an eagle (Zeus himself?) repeatedly ripping him open to devour his liver. That is where the author takes two poor shepherds, and in Marais’s vision, it is not just a rock face, but a glistening black altar. The shepherds find Prometheus chained beside that altar, not on it, because the chains slacken until the time again comes for his torture. In the author’s vision Prometheus is resigned to his fate, fearful for the welfare of the mortals but grateful for the visit. The use of metaphors is skillful and many of the descriptions memorable (such as those of the wolfhound, Brutus). Marais is an author to watch. I give this story (it’s only 5,000 words or so) four stars, not five, because a portion in the middle reads didactically, as if recounting the story to a classroom. But toward the end there is a hint that there may be a continuation which brings in Hercules. I hope so. I want to read more. And I hope he brings back Kleitos, the ancient shepherd to whom Prometheus grants a long and healthy life, although the opening pages has him nearly dying of heart failure. Let’s hear more about it!
  • Hell's Father on July 07, 2018

    Hell's Father is a delightful find! I just stumbled upon this short read by chance and it’s made my afternoon a sheer joy. Half an hour ago I was guffawing out loud. Now spastic chuckles are still gripping me. What an assemblage of characters--Tertullian, Satan, Borges, Shaw! How adroit is the handling of them! How humorous the quirky details! Mark Twain would be proud to call you son.