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Ophelia's Breasts
What use were breasts if they were hard? The world was hard enough, she said, and without this sensation of softness men were doomed: "When women become hard, there is no hope.
Ophelia's Breasts
Ofelia's Breasts was originally published in Black Ice

The Burning City
It is only now that the meaning comes to her: knots of angry black people at corners, fires burning, rocks shattering windshields, a body beaten on a street...

Burning City
The Burning City was originally published in The Spitting Image (1996).

The Night Dreaming Alms Peddler and his Uncle in the Mirror
You are never too old to learn, she said. Besides, you can play chess. I opened with a queen's gambit pawn...

Night Dreaming
The Night-Dreaming Alms Peddler
, written in about 1967, was published in Degenerate Prose: Writing Beyond Category (FC2/Black Ice Books, 1995)

The Store
It is true that I am lost and alone, etc., a fatal condition, there is no escape...

The Store
The Store was originally published in Black Ice #14

The Village
I had thought I was alone, the village deserted...

The Village
The Village was written in 1959, while I worked on a fishing boat in the south seas. I was twenty years old. It was first published in Santa Monica Review in 1995, thirty-six years later…

The Man Who Drank the Night
Near a village in Borneo there lived a man with a tremendous thirst...
The Man Who Drank the Night
The Man Who Drank the Night was written in 1963, in British North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia) where I ran a small mining company. It was published in Meanjin, the UCR literary magazine, a few years later.

She is a pretty girl, of course. In the context of this story she must be pretty...

Apertures was published in Flashpoint #2, in 1998.

Journey to Ethiopia
The Carnival in Ethiopia began at one in the morning...


Journey to Ethiopia, one of my Ethiopian stories, was published in Flashpoint in 2001.

The Naked Detective

The Naked Detective is clad only in the remnants of her profession...

naked detective
The Naked Detective was published in the Japanese literary magazine, Dead Sheep, in 2014.


1985 - Present
Starting in about 1985, I began wandering around Mexico. I essentially lived half of each year there. During that time I wrote six novels and a handful of short stories, including these:

In the Lair of the Goddess
Nightlife in the City Resplendent
The Two-Headed Woman

1960 - 1985
In 1960, as a fresh-faced 21-year-old boy, I went off to Australia and then wandered through Asia and Africa. I returned to the U.S. in 1964 with my first novel strarted. I then traveled some more through Central and South America, and in 1976 went wandering around the world again, this time with a bicycle. During these years I wrote my first five novels and a dozen or so short stories. Here are some:

The Anteroom
Motherburial #1
Shadows From A Broken Tree
Some Different Worlds
The Spanish Torturer
Will You Come With Us?

Before 1960
I began writing stories at age seven—little "books," actually, folded pieces of paper on which I scrawled sentences acolor: #CCC;nd drawings about magical cities. They have all vanished, unfortunately. The earliest story I still have I wrote at age 12. These are childish stories. The stories I wrote in my later teens, however, may have some merit, and are included here.

The Birds
The Black Forest
The Garden
The Long Night
The Master of My House
Nathan and the Whale
The Secret
Six Cents a Sack
The Town
Walk All Night
White Hill
The Wilderness


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