SHORT FICTION BY GEORGE WIER
THE TALE OF THE YANKEE TRAVELER
A Short Story
When Jimmy Underwood meets Ray Bradbury, an author he has idolized for most of his adult life, he is traumatized by the encounter. The problem is that Ray Bradbury has been dead and gone for seven years, but this guy looks just like Ray, talks like Ray, writes like Ray, and even signs his name like Ray. Thus begins the stalking of a man who both is and isn't Ray Bradbury. But if he isn't, who—or what—could he be? The truth is sometimes a stone best left unturned. It's the worst problem a human being can have—how can Jimmy not get home to the truth? Because one way or the other, the truth always changes you forever.
The Tale of the Yankee Traveler, a bit longer than the average short story, is a tale of mystery, compulsion, and ultimately a lesson in courtesy from the author dubbed by ArtPlanet as "The Titan of Texas Fiction."
THE FEAST OF ALL SOULS
A Short Story
It's all too near the end of life for Glenn Robinson. He's a man who has lost a great deal over the decades, but when the seemingly hopelessly lost returns once more to him in the form of a pocket knife lost in a creek during a Boy Scout campout hundreds of miles away comes back into his life, it's only the beginning. The marshaled forces of the universe come bearing down upon him, and Glenn must do what he feels he has to, because there's hope, after everything, that it will all come right in the end.
NORBERT THE SUMMONER
A Short Story
Norbert Cooke may have been the high school geek, but he was light years ahead of everyone else in and out of university academe and among the science community. So when he exhausted all the knowledge Earth had to offer, he was forced to turn back to the forgotten sciences of the ancient past. And what he uncovered could help mankind reach the stars or destroy us utterly.
LONE STAR LAWLESS
14 Texas Tales of Crime
a short story anthology by Austin Mystery Writers
14 short tales. Needless to say, everything that can go wrong, will.
With short stories by George Wier, Valerie P Chandler, Alexandra Burt, Mark Pryor, Gale Albright, Janice Hamrick, Laura Oles, Terry Shames, Larry D. Sweazy, Kaye George, Manning Wolfe, Kathy Waller, and Scott Montgomery. Edited by Ramona DeFelice Long.
UNTO THE NIGHT
An Anthology of Short Stories
As dark as midnight and as palpable as a scream, this anthology contains a collection of short stories and poems from master storyteller, the Titan of Texas Fiction, George Wier.
THEY NO HERE
A Short Story
The lonely spaces of West Texas are home to all kinds of people, with every kind of motivation. When Melvin and Judith Cynd go missing, it's years before someone goes to investigate, and what the investigator finds will chill your blood. There is, indeed, justice in the world. Perhaps, in the final analysis, that's all there really is.
A Short Story
Dev Johnson is pushing ninety-five and he's the sweetest old man the town of Burleson has ever known. But the day he walks into District Attorney Billy Truelove's office to relate a tale of grisly murder, the story drags on into the night. Is there justice in the world. Maybe there is, and maybe there isn't, but there is at least truth.
A Short Story
Wolf Dillard lives alone on the edge of town. One night he is awakened by a blood-curdling scream. Someone or something is out there in the night, and it's something that knows Wolf all too well. The past has a way of catching up with everyone. For Wolf, what he and his cousin Farrel did five years ago in the national forest has come home to him, and with a vengeance.
LONE STAR NOIR
THIS IS ACTUALLY AN ANTHOLOGY WRITTEN BY MULTIPLE AUTHORS! It contains George Wier's short story, DUCKWEED (listed separately below).
This anthology of Texas crime fiction from Akashic Books, publisher of the stellar NOIR series, chronicles Texas as it is, was, and maybe should never have been. Edited by Bobby and Johnny Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press.
Featuring brand-new stories by: James Crumley, Joe Lansdale, Claudia Smith, Ito Romo, Luis Alberto Urrea, David Corbett, George Wier, Sarah Cortez, Jesse Sublett, Dean James, Tim Tingle, Milton Burton, Lisa Sandlin, and Bobby Byrd.
Launched with the summer '04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.
From the introduction to Lone Star Noir:
"You can drive around Texas for a long time and never meet J.R. Ewing or Woodrow Call. The real Texas hides out in towns and cities like you'll find in Lone Star Noir, and in that very Texas reality, among the everyday good folks of Texas, you'll find the hard-boiled understanding of guns and dope and blood money and greed and hatred and delusion that makes these fourteen stories come alive on the page. Sure, you might catch a glimpse of J.R. and old Woodrow Call, like a shadow at the edge of your sight, feel their heat at your back, catch a whiff of the dead flowers which are their Texas dreams. This is basic foodstuff for a Texas writer telling a story, but the story must always stay true to its place and the people who live there. That's the strength of these stories in Lone Star Noir--the particular place they come from, the language that the characters speak. Yes, they are pieces of the larger puzzle that is Texas, but they are more true to the pieces of ground they reveal. Texas, in all its many places, bleeds noir fiction . . ."
For Weldon Cole — a man caught in the grip of a nightmare of his own making — his surreal life is on a collision course with Nellie Wertz, the oldest woman in Texas and the keeper of a fateful responsibility.
A haunting tale of redemption and purpose.
Available as a Kindle ebook.
IN THE RADIO
Bobby Armbruster's mother has been at war with the devil for the soul of her son since that time he fell in Hickman's well. But what Bobby found in the well was the entryway to another destiny entirely than either Bobby or his mother ever imagined.
This short story chronicles the right of passage of a young man who must choose between two divergent paths: one leading inexorably downward and other to the light.
This short story is featured in the Lone Star Noir anthology (above).
"Carlos McDaniel was skimming duckweed when the two men came and shot him full of holes..."
Thus begins the cold headlong plunge into the darker side of an otherwise sunny and sizzling Texas backdrop in "Duckweed", the short noir/crime fiction of up-and-coming Austin, Texas author George Wier (The Last Call and Capitol Offense of the Bill Travis Mystery series). Ensues the headlong plunge of ex-con Charles Lyman into the unanswered question of who came gunning for Carlos, and why. Add in a Sheriff's deputy trying to do his duty despite local politics, and mix in two Brooklyn hoodlums and a girl who can't keep her hands to herself, and you've got a recipe for trouble brewing.
Erica DeWare has a problem: She is drawn to the losers of the world. But it all goes from bad to worse when Lonnie The Loser gives her a present that could very well eat her alive.
This brief and macabre tale is not for the faint of heart. Don't say you weren't warned!
Available on Kindle.