The Wreck of Amtrak’s Silver Service
A surgeon in a small town lives with his garrulous socially adept but childless wife. He blames her for his failed career and anger mounts to where he plots to be rid of her, seeking help to remove her from his life, but his plans go horribly awry.
Gatemouth Willie Brown on Guitar
An escaped convicted felon arrives in New Orleans and lives on the street to avoid apprehension. In Jackson Square he plays harmonica for tips on a bench occupied by a guitar player, unhappy with his presence and competitive music. Despite their quarrels, music binds them as wary friends to the benefit of both.
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Illustrated print versions are available: Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles; 2000-2016