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I
am
too
much
of
a
sceptic
to
deny
the
possibilty
of
anything.
  -Thomas
    Huxley

 
 
Hell
is
other
people
 -Jean Paul
   Sartre

 
 
Earth
is
the
smallest,
meanest
planet
in
the
universe.
   -Taylor
     Caldwell

 
 
There's
too
much
tendency
to
attribute
to
God
the
evils
that
man
does
of
his
own
free
will.
  -Agatha
    Christie

You Are Here

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The Blood Cake Vendor

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The Blood Cake Vendor and Other Stories: This collection of 43 stories includes pieces published in Cafe Irreal, BIGnews, 3AM, Angeleno Stories, Suspects Thoughts, Shadowkeep, Margin, Aphelion, Bastard Fiction, Gang Related, The Murder Hole, The House of Pain, Blue Food, Savage Night, Apocalypse Fiction, and The Dream People.

The book is 512 pages in length and available  in hardcover, paperback, and eBook formats.  

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The following stories are included:

The Blood Cake Vendor*

Cab 7235

Baby Hulk

Toonerville

A Parable*

Loretta Beasley

Without A Trace

Danny Orkin's Dimpled Smile

Infinity

A Futuristic Tale

Tattoos

The Dead Man*

Orange Groves

The Colonel's Execution

Never Know What You're Gonna Get

Sweet Emily

Motherfucker

The Unreality of Paul Serrano

They Put It In the Water

The House of Gabriel Goez

Alice Bray

The Oval Mirror

Strange Things Happen

Remembering the Crucifixion

On A Lonely Road Near Baker

Old Woman on a Park Bench

2 Very Short Stories

After Creation

The Existentialist

Thirteen from La Boca del Diablo:

Traps*

The Demon Sea

Cantina El Gusano

Countess Adriana Neruda: A Vampire's Tale

Where the Devil Lives

Bone Man

Bad Connection

The Ancient City

Wind and Sand

Zeke's Dilemma

The POD Writer

A Gift from Hell

Unseen Influence

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Give your brain cells a treat.
Stories are better enjoyed with a good smoke.

NORML

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Me in the Virginia City graveyard

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ... "Holy shit... what a ride!"
                                       -Anonymous

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 After the War [written in 1975 as an anti-war allegory. The book is just as relevant today as it was then] should interest fans of Kafka, Castaneda and Rulfo. Navarro's narrative, about a young Vietnam vet adrift in Mexico, moves across the spectrum of genre, from magical realism to surrealism to science fiction and horror, with shades of Western literature: imagine The Twilight Zone setting up, hacienda-style, in the remote village of El Pueblo. Navarro is an extreme risk-taker with his fiction.  WARNING: This book is not for the faint-hearted.

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Mr. Navarro populates the novel with characters that are at once bizarre and recognizable and whose depth comes, ironically, from their very shallowness. There are no happy endings here, no enlightenment or redemption. A Little Bit of Madness [written in 1983] is a sad story, and one that rings true because of it.

 --The Blue Iris Journal

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Blue Day On Main Street, early story collection, 1973

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Get the Facts

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