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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