Author Archives: Patricia Santos Marcantonio

Thank you, Stan Lee


As a kid, I loved Spider-Man comics. He was a cool web slinger who not only took on and cleverly defeated “normal” criminals, but also those crazed ones like the Green Goblin, Venom,  and Doctor Octopus.

But one of the big reasons I loved the comics was because of Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s alter ego or vice versa. Peter was a nerdy teenager who looked after his elderly Aunt May. He was smart and always broke and didn’t live in a mansion. To make extra bucks he even sold photographs of himself as Spider-Man to Daily Bugle publisher,  J. Jonah Jameson. Peter was just an everyday kid, but when he put on that suit–POW. He became slick, fast and funny. A bringer of justice. He became the Amazing Spider-Man.

With the news of Stan Lee’s death on Nov. 12, I began remembering those days when I read Spider-Man comics in my bedroom and regularly escaped into the world of the web slinger.

Spidey was the creation of writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko. The hero was first seen on the pages of the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy  in 1962. So popular, Spider-Man got his own comics.

By the time I got around to reading them in elementary school, I was buying the comics second hand.  I bought new issues when I could afford them which wasn’t often but still managed to collect lots of them to read and reread. Not being wealthy and kind of nerdy myself, Peter was someone to whom I could relate. I felt myself an outsider then and was drawn to them in comics. Not only Peter, but Superman—the ultimate outsider, and Bruce Wayne. I guess I loved how the nerdy and outsiders could do the extraordinary.

From Lee’s imagination and in partnership with other comic book innovators arose a diverse and wonderful range of heroes from Thor to X-Men, Iron Man to Daredevil, Dr. Strange to Black Panther. Enough to fill the Marvel universe. The characters were often flawed but very human in their fight against evil.

When the Marvel movies started, it was a kick to see the heroes on the huge screen. Needless to say, I was a big fan of the Spider-Man films. Even though he swung around the city thanks to CGI, the heart of the stories were about Peter, his relationships and dealing with being a hero.

Over the past few days, I’ve been reading about Lee’s successes, troubles, and setbacks in the comic book industry and over his long career. According to some articles, Steve Ditko and comic book writer and artist Jack Kirby claimed the lion’s share of credit for the creation of Spider-Man, saying Lee’s part was minimal. Even with that, Lee’s accomplishments are still pretty awesome.

But I still go back to my memories of being a kid, sitting on my bed reading comics. Back then I didn’t think about who wrote them or illustrated them, I just thought about the characters, the story and the action.

I just thought about how much I loved them. And I’d like to believe Stan Lee wouldn’t have asked for more than that.


‘Arizona Moon’ wins screenplay award


So happy to announce that my screenplay, ARIZONA MOON won first place in the
Willamette Writers Kay Snow award for Grades Screenplay.

The script was inspired by my novel VERDICT IN THE DESERT, published by Arte Público Press, in Houston, Texas,  the largest US publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by US Hispanic authors, and part of the University of Houston.

The story:

While defending a Mexican woman accused of murdering her white abusive husband, a rich alcoholic attorney falls in love with the Latina interpreter in a sleepy Arizona town in 1959. When the trial begins, he must find strength to help his client and himself.


Victorian-era mystery book sold to Crooked Lanes


I’m so happy to announce that Crooked Lanes Books has bought my mystery, “FELICITY CARROL AND THE LADY OF THE LAKE.”

The novel is about a brilliant and eccentric Victorian-era heiress investigating the murder of a friend. Felicity uses the latest in forensics, all the while challenged by a neglectful father who only wants her married, a stubborn but handsome Scotland Yard Inspector, and a case that could shake the kingdom.

Will keep you posted about the book.

Thanks so much to my great agent Elizabeth K. Kracht at Kimberey Cameron & Associates Literary Agency for making this possible.



Please enjoy sample story from SUEÑO STREET



A young Latino artist turns down Sueño Street. The walls along the abandoned street are canvases for his murals, which come alive with tales of horror, suspense, and nightmare.

SUEÑO STREET is a graphic novel in homage to “Night Gallery” and “Tales from the Crypt” but with Latino flavor, culture and characters.

The stories include fresh telling of traditional Latino scares like La Llorona, the weeping woman, a doomed specter seeking her lost children in the night, and the Cucuy, the boogeyman who preys on children and fear.

Other stories range in time and space.

The real price of dead man’s shoes. New and ancient betrayals in a canyon of ancient petroglyphs. Space explorers discovering evil on an alien planet and in themselves. A wife beater who gets what he deserves. A woman willing to challenge a horrible evil for love.

Differing in artistic style, the stories are weaved together by the consequences of actions, some deserved, others not.

Parental discretion is advised.

Writer Patricia Santos Marcantonio wrote “Red Ridin’ In The Hood And Other Cuentos,” which earned an Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award and was named an Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Commended Title and one of the Wilde Awards Best Collections to Share. Arte Público Press, the largest US publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by US Hispanic authors, published her novel “Verdict In The Desert.” She also has won awards for her short stories, screenplays and as a journalist. Her play “Tears for Llorona” was produced by the Magic Valley Arts Council in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Artist Mike Youngman is a Professor of Fine Art at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho where he has taught for 39 years. His work has been featured in more than 70 competitive exhibits, commissions, and public projects. His body of art work in drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media approaches 1,000 pieces. He has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University and a Bachelors of Arts from Brigham Young University.  Figure drawing is his favorite discipline.


The book is available on and




‘Verdict in the Desert’ Kirkus Review: A fine read


The upcoming book is also mentioned on La Bloga.


Verdict in the Desert