Art by Mike Youngman
On the walls of Sueño Street, a young Latino artist paints murals that come to life with tales of horror, suspense and nightmare.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. A graphic novel in homage to”Tales From The Crypt” and “Night Gallery” but with Latino flavor, culture and characters. Parental Discretion Is Advised
VERDICT IN THE DESERT
In the summer of 1959, everyone knows his place in Arizona. Michael Shaw is an alcoholic lawyer struggling with his reputation as the son of one of Mitchell County’s wealthiest, most successful attorneys. Toni Garcia, the first in her family to obtain a college degree, has returned to Borden, Arizona, because she’s worried about her father’s health. But as a Mexican American, she can’t get a teaching job in spite of her education and intellect. Their worlds collide when Michael is assigned to represent Maria Sanchez Curry in the bloody murder of her husband and Toni, desperate for work, accepts a job as the defendant s interpreter.
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HORROR ADDICTS GUIDE TO LIFE (Edited by David Watson)- One of my stories was featured in this anthology.
RED RIDIN’ IN THE HOOD AND OTHER CUENTOS
RED RIDIN’ IN THE HOOD AND OTHER CUENTOS
Eleven classic tales are retold with an injection of Latino culture, providing a twist on the traditional forms while sustaining a freshness all their own. The title story, “Red Ridin’ in the Hood,” moves the setting to the barrio, where Red decides to brave dangerous Forest Street in order to reach her abuelita and encounters the menacing wolf in a thumping Chevy lowrider. Some stories are set in the Mexican countryside; in “Belleza y La Bestia,” the beautiful heroine is a defender of the Revolution and teaches the beast about the righteousness of the freedom fighters. “El Día de los Muertos,” a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, takes place in the time of the Aztecs and casts Orpheus as the feather-maker Nochehuatl.
These and the other cuentos in this book are further brought to life by abundant illustrations, by turns comical and poignant.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York
Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award
Commended Title — Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Starred review — American Library Association
Best Collections to Share — 2005 Wilde Awards
Included “Book Sense Picks Children’s Books 240 Favorites for All Ages Recommended by Independent Booksellers”
Recommendations from: Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books,Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
THE GHOST SISTERS AND THE GIRL IN HALLWAY B
Kat and Marie Bench love anything to do with the supernatural. They soon find their new school is haunted by the ghost of a girl in Hallway B.
TEARS FOR LLORONA (A ONE-ACT PLAY)
The Play was performed through the Magic Valley Arts Council in Twin Falls in August 2011
BILLIE NEVILLE TAKES A LEAP
Billie Neville wants to be a daredevil, like her hero Evel Knievel, but learns there is much more than jumping a canyon. An Idaho Author Award Winner
THE WEEPING WOMAN
A San Antonio police detective discovers a series of child kidnappings echo an old Mexican ghost story
VOICES FROM THE SNAKE RIVER PLAIN
An old Mexican ghost story, haunting landscapes and a road trip with Louis Amour and Zane Grey. These are some of the tales you will read in Voices from the Snake River Plain, a collection of short stories, poems and essays from award-winning writers, Bonnie Dodge and Patricia Santos Marcantonio.We tell stories about people who haven’t yet found their own voice, or of those who have lost their voices along their travels. Sometimes our stories rise out of the landscape and from dreams. Sometimes they reach into the past, or into the future, but mostly, our stories echo the human heart.
Many of the selections have been printed in other publications or have won writing awards. The foreword was written Diane Josephy Peavey, author of Bitterbrush Country: Living on the Edge of the Land, and an essayist on Boise Public Radio.
“This book is a small treasure… In Voices from the Snake River Plain we learn there is beauty in the landscape around us and people with stories to tell. And much to learn from both,” Peavey wrote.
ON HOLY GROUND by Patricia Santos Marcantonio
Catholics have always enjoyed beautiful churches and St. Edward’s is no exception. It has been called the most beautiful church in Idaho. Award winning author Marcantonio celebrates its beauty, history, art and faith through the words of the parishioners, priests and visitors to the church. She details the stained glass windows, angels, bells, pillars, cornices. ceilings and all the other architectural details that went into creating the beauty of the structure which helps sustain the faith of the people who call St. Edward’s home.
Twin Falls came into being with the coming of irrigation water in 1904. Early Catholics met in various places around town. The Twin Falls Canal Company donated land at the corner of Second Avenue and Fifth Street and ground was broken on the church building in 1920. The St. Edward Catholic Church building was completed and consecrated in 1921. Marcantonio interweaves the history of St. Edward’s building and congregation with the history of the city from the beginning to the present.