Posted By Cheryl Gross,
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Z Factor is an illustrated sci-fi novel that depicts a new race of people
that are being persecuted, and will eventually be known as yet another civil
rights movement. Although metaphorically induced, the influence behind the work
is authentic, straightforward, and poignant.
Posted By Helen Sedwick,
Monday, March 11, 2013
Updated: Monday, March 11, 2013
Set on the broad expanse of the prairie, COYOTE
WINDS portrays the unfenced boyhood of Myles Vincent as he hunts rabbits,
snares rattlesnakes, and tames a wild coyote pup in the 1930s, and then watches
the life he loves disappear in the wind. It explores the American spirit that
drew families to the frontier and the consequences of that spirit, both good
and bad. And it asks whether that spirit will survive the over-supervised life
of a modern boy.
Ray and his family have just moved into a small house beside a strange, vacant lot where another house once stood, and where a huge wide hole mysteriously awaits the brave or foolhardy. Ray and his friends consider the empty lot just an exciting playground until Ray hears tales of how the lot’s house burned down years ago, leaving a girl to die in the fire. According to the neighborhood kids, the little girl will come out at night to haunt anyone who dares to jump into the empty lot's hole.Both frightened and intrigued, Ray decides to test the validity of the tale. When he jumps into the hole to challenge the ghost, nothing happens. But in the night, Ray sees a figure emerge from the hole who makes eye contact with him. Soon, Ray is haunted by Candle Face. She visits his dreams and leaves handprints and other terrifying signs for him even when he is awake.