The Short Story America Prize listed two of my stories, L.A. Siren and The Sainted Aunt, in their heap of Honorable Mentions — some time ago and just discovered this morning. There is a minuscule chance that one of them will appear in Short Story America, Volume 6.
Jupiter and Gilgamesh took First Finalist in Two Categories in the Eric Hoffer Award, Legacy Fiction and First Horizon. The US Review gives us a flash review as our big moment, and here it is!
Jupiter and Gilgamesh: A Novel of Sumeria and Texas, Scott Archer Jones, Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) Publishing – The root idea of this book, that a Texas businessman-cum-hermit and a 5,000 year old Sumerian king could be in mutually beneficial conversation with each other, might be absurd to some, but as in any fanciful tale, it all comes down to the author’s skill in enabling the reader to suspend disbelief and enter into the strange journey being projected. Archer is skilled to an exceptional degree. His writing is terse; he respects the reader’s ability to read between the lines and form the picturesque: “As he sat there, the sky turned black and rolled past the tower, carrying winter back into the plains.” There is an implied spirituality to the story that turns the bleakness of a deterministic world into one of unexpected possibility. Matt Devon’s life seemed locked down upon a tragedy until he ‘met’ Gilgamesh, and it spun upon its axis to one of unforseen possibility. Beyond the simple pleasure of a tale told well, the playfulness and joy beneath the surface of this unlikely yarn is the author’s gift to the reader.
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