Podcast #1, the short story “The Gift”, by William H. Coles

The Gift

A mother, fearing social disdain, sends her pregnant teenager daughter to a convent in France to deliver the baby for adoption. The infant girl is deformed and adoption fails but the daughter loves the child and must try to raise  her to thrive and succeed despite a parent’s objections.

Award winning short story in both the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

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Podcast #2, the short story “The Amish Girl”, by William H. Coles

The Amish Girl by William H. Coles

At a small Midwest college a failing college student takes summer courses to stay in school and is charmed by the innocent beauty of an Amish girl selling pastries and baked goods on a street in  an adjacent village. The shy girl ignores him at first but as his attraction intensifies they must face inevitable cultural disapproval that may threaten opposition to a future together.

Award winning short story in both the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

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Podcast #3, the short story “Speaking of the Dead”, by William H. Coles

Speaking of the Dead

A story about a man’s anger for his dead wife who he despised for her betrayal and rejection for whom he reluctantly agreed to deliver a eulogy at the burial. He discovers the power of forgiveness, through an unanticipated acquaintance with a college student.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.

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Podcast #4, the short story “The Stonecutter”, by William H. Coles

The Stonecutter

An adolescent boy, the only son of an illiterate gravestone cutter, falls in love with one of his father’s beautiful clients and during his fatuous, one-sided affair he finds admiration and love for a father he’s silently scorned and dishonored for as long as he can remember.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.

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Podcast #5, the short story “Reddog”, by William H. Coles

Reddog

A young white male in prison for murder is the object of a young graduate student’s research—his first female contact since his mother stopped coming years ago. He begins to covet the attention of her sessions and schemes to charm her so she’ll never desist but has difficulty finding a key to open her caring.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.
Winner: Sandhills Writing Competition

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Podcast #7, the short story “Nemesis”, by William H. Coles

Nemesis

An arrogant, self-centered audiovisual technician is fired for incompetence, his wife leaves him and he courts and marries the rich widow of an owner of a used-car lot. When his first and only love becomes ill, he hard-headily makes uninformed decisions about her health care with disastrous consequences for all.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.

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Podcast #8, the short story “Homunculus”, by William H. Coles

Homunculus

The time is late nineteenth century, the place “A Barnum and Bailey’s Circus on tour just ten years after the civil war. DiDi, one of the performing dwarf falls in love with Lazlo, the five-foot one trapeze sensation and rejects the amorous attention of the diminutive attendant of her midway act. She learns about the value of true love when she succumbs to lust that blinds her reasoning.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.

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Podcast #9, the short story “The Miracle of Madame Villard”, by William H. Coles

The Miracle of Madame Villard

During the French Revolution, a fatherless apprentice iron-monger carries his mother, dying of a throat lump, to a cathedral near the sea to find a miracle to save her, and is gifted with many miracles that will shape his future.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.

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Podcast #11, the short story “Facing Grace with Gloria”, by William H. Coles

Facing Grace with Gloria

A half-crazed, homeless con-man meets a young girl grieving for her father killed in a plane crash and is faced with the dilemma whether to persist in a scam when truth is called for.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.

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Podcast #13, the short story “The Necklace”, by William H. Coles

The Necklace

An older couple with deep caring for each other live together unmarried and take an extended tour of India where they befriend a married couple, the wife who insists on wearing an expensive and ostentatious multicarat-diamond necklace on tour that is stolen with repercussive consequences that make the unmarried couple realize the value of love and the urgency of commitment.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.

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Podcast #14, the short story “Suchin’s Escape”, by William H. Coles

Suchins Escape by William H Coles

A Chinese girl abducted and imported illegally into the syndicated New Orleans sex trade befriends one of her handlers scheming to escape and fulfill her dreams of living the American dream—like she knows from seeing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. After many attempts to gain freedom, she finally succeeds in escaping but not to the world of her dream.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.

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Podcast #15, the short story “The Perennial Student”, by William H. Coles

The Perennial Student

An insecure, uptight, assistant professor of English denies his suppressed attraction to a precociously arduous and passionate student in his evening noncredit creative writing course with twisted consequences that could deny his desire to be full professor.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.

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Podcast #16, the short story “The Activist”, by William H. Coles

The Activist

The younger daughter of a mother battling against the society and humanity with misdirected fervor that when her first grandchild dies in the womb of her elder daughter, the mother seeks vengeance on erroneously perceived injustice; her younger daughter realizes she is of age and must make decisions that her mother does not agree.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.

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Podcast #17, the short story “Curse of a Lonely Heart”, by William H. Coles

Curse of a Lonely Heart

A former college roommate Peter comes to university to interview and Tony and his wife Amanda invite the roommate to dinner. Tony’s attraction and always unstated affection for Peter intensifies. The couples, at a sit-down dinner, listen as guest Peter tells a story of sexism and poorly disguised misogyny. Tony must decide whether or not to defend Peter and his decision alters his life.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.

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Podcast #18, the short story “The Thirteen Nudes of Ernest Goings”, by William H. Coles

The Thirteen Nudes of Ernst Goings

The daughter of a well-respected portrait painter confronts the reaction of the community to the series of nude portraits her father painted of a young woman and must respond to rumors the town has disseminated based on more than a few carnal interpretation of the paintings. The daughter, as her father’s business manager, scrambles to squelch the rumors before the grand opening of the show in Boston but discovers truths that result in drastic actions.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.

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Podcast #19, The Surgeon’s Wife, a novel read by the author, installment 1

The Surgeon's Wife

Mike Boudreaux is the chief of surgery at a prominent New Orleans hospital when he is called upon to make tough decisions about his partner, Clayton Otherson, a distinguished and influential surgeon who is making life-threatening mistakes in surgery. Mike owes his career to Clayton and wants to help his colleague and friend. Catherine, Clayton’s wife, finds herself attracted to Mike, and when family life becomes unbearable, she turns to him for help and support; Mike and Catherine fall in love. Clayton become obsessed with revenge as Mike and Catherine struggle to keep their love and future in face of an unforgiving, critical New Orleans society.

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Podcast #20, The Surgeon’s Wife, a novel read by the author, installment 2

The Surgeon's Wife

Mike Boudreaux is the chief of surgery at a prominent New Orleans hospital and his much older partner, Clayton Otherson, is making life-threatening mistakes in surgery. Catherine, Clayton’s wife, finds herself attracted to Mike, and when family life becomes unbearable, she turns to him for help and support; they fall in love. Clayton become obsessed with revenge as Mike and Catherine struggle to keep their love and future in face of an unforgiving, critical New Orleans society.

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Podcast #21, The Surgeon’s Wife, a novel read by the author, installment 3

The Surgeon's Wife

Mike Boudreaux is the chief of surgery at a prominent New Orleans hospital and his much older partner, Clayton Otherson, is making life-threatening mistakes in surgery. Catherine, Clayton’s wife, finds herself attracted to Mike, and when family life becomes unbearable, she turns to him for help and support; they fall in love. Clayton become obsessed with revenge as Mike and Catherine struggle to keep their love and future in face of an unforgiving, critical New Orleans society.

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Podcast #22, the short story “War of the Flies”, by William H. Coles

War of the Flies by William H. Coles

A boy mother takes him to visit his grandparents in upstate New York when the farm is swarmed with hordes of flies from swampland on an adjacent property forcing angry dysfunctional interactions among grandparents and mother that finally presents an opportunity for the boy to see his father, who is estranged from his mother and living in Alaska.

Award winning short story in both the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

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Podcast #23, the short story “Grief”, by William H. Coles

Grief by William H. Coles

A medical student is infatuated with her much older professor and defies her mother’s warnings of disastrous results if she continues an affair with a much older man highly respected for his status and work at university. But the mother’s feelings and advice are complicated by the arrival of a box that has items that intensify her memories of her own similar affair with an older man decades ago.

Award-winning short story in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.

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Podcast #24, the short story “Inside the Matroyshka”, by William H. Coles

Inside the Matryoshka

With consternation, a long-haul big-rig truck driver reluctantly picks up a young woman seemingly injured on the side of an interstate highway and against his will and judgement takes her home to his wife who receives the girl as the child she never had and irreversibly alters the trucker’s future.

Award-winning short story in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.

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Podcast #25, the short story “The Indelible Myth”, by William H. Coles

The Indelible Myth

In a small town in Mississippi, a young boy is bullied by an older girl on the way home from school he retaliates and is blamed as the aggressor. When the families of the two children are on an outing, the girl is found dead. Although there is no proof, and the boy is innocent, suspicions hover that he is responsible for the girl’s death, suspicions that follow him into later life and unfairly affect his chance of happiness.

Award winning short story in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition

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Podcast #26, the short stories “On the Road to Yazoo City / Dr. Greiner’s Day in court”, by William H. Coles

On the Road to Yazoo City

The first story, On the Road to Yazoo City, is about a broke, loveless guitar player walking through Mississippi hoping to find a gig when he comes upon a young aloof waif of a girl who leads him through a day of shocking awareness of the nature of love and life that changes the direction of his obscure future to determination to succeed.

Award winning short story in both the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

The second story is Dr. Greiner’s Day in Court. Three children are on their way with their aunt, their mother’s sister, to attend the arraignment of their father who is charged with killing their mother. The oldest child, a girl, steps up amidst the disarray, fear, and confusion of the group to grasp control of the family’s actions and future.

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Podcast #27, the short story “Captain Wither’s Wife”, by William H. Coles

Captain Wither's Wife

The armed-service wife of an air force Captain stationed in France in the 1960’s stands up to the selfish philandering of her pilot husband and demands justice and compensation for her leaving him and returning to the states. A resistant commanding officer denies her just demands to disastrous consequences.

Award winning short story in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.

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Podcast #28, the short stories “The Bear / Father Ryan / Lost Papers” by William H. Coles

The Bear

Finalists in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.

The first story, the Bear, is about two trappers and a boy in Alaska who anger a bear who seeks revenge with unrelenting rage.

Second Story: Father Ryan. The Bishop is escorting Father Ryan from Boston to his new assignment in Idaho, under mysterious circumstances and salacious rumors.

Third story: Lost Papers, is about Isaac the Jew and Rebecca, his wife of twenty years, who, in the early 1940s stand in line at the checkpoint between Germany and Switzerland for three hours to be allowed to cross into Switzerland to bring home the recently orphaned daughter of his brother. But Rebecca’s papers are lost and she must stay in Germany under fear of arrest as Isaac crosses into Switzerland with dark secrets and betrayal.

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Podcast #29, the short stories “Clouds / Dilemma / Crossing Over” by William H. Coles

Clouds

Clouds
The first story is Clouds, the story of a loving single parent mother who must take her developmentally disabled son to be institutionalized when a trusted caregiver dies. Her grief is intensified by the obstacles her estranged husband presents.
The first . . .”Clouds” is the story of a mother who must take her young disabled son to be institutionalized the the obstacles she must overcome and the emotions of grief she must suppress.

Dilemma
The second story is the short-short dilemma where a physician-father must make a decision to save or let his severely injured son live or die.

Crossing Over
The third story is Crossing over, a story about a healthcare worker on a ward with terminally-ill patients who die prematurely unnoticed on nights when the worker is alone on her shift.

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Podcast #31, the short stories “The Wreck of Amtrak’s Silver Service / Gatemouth Willie Brown on Guitar”, by William H. Coles

The Wreck of Amtrak's Silver Service

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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Podcast #32, The Spirit of Want, a novel read by the author, installment 1

The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles

A successful woman lawyer falls in love with a TV-evangelist accused of sexually molesting a child. She loses the case and while on appeal he escapes the country. She leaves family and new husband and child to follow him to Africa. She is faced with deep questions about who he really is and she returns in penury to try to rebuild her life and career only to discover the devastating effects of unrequited love.

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Podcast #33, The Spirit of Want, a novel read by the author, installment 2

The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles

A successful woman lawyer falls in love with a TV-evangelist accused of sexually molesting a child. She loses the case and while on appeal he escapes the country. She leaves family and new husband and child to follow him to Africa. She is faced with deep questions about who he really is and she returns in penury to try to rebuild her life and career only to discover the devastating effects of unrequited love.

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Podcast #34, The Spirit of Want, a novel read by the author, installment 3

The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles

A successful woman lawyer falls in love with a TV-evangelist accused of sexually molesting a child. She loses the case and while on appeal he escapes the country. She leaves family and new husband and child to follow him to Africa. She is faced with deep questions about who he really is and she returns in penury to try to rebuild her life and career only to discover the devastating effects of unrequited love.

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