Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Of The Beast

September 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Fiction, Secrets of NYC, Stories

(“Passage of the troops to Long Island” (actually to Gravesend, Bklyn) in 1776, NYPL digital collection) Gray clouds roiled over the darkened Brooklyn shoreline. Every few seconds sunburst colors flashed out through the clouds toward our sloop on the choppy Narrows. I couldn’t hear properly, but each colorful burst produced a thud in my chest. I knew it was cannon fire. The balls were surely raining down over Brooklyn. Aided […]

Vessels Of The Night

July 26, 2014 by  
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(Rossville Boatyard – Photo/shopped by Joe) It was a two mile walk from the party, until we came off the road across from a nightclub fronted by sleek cars and loud patrons. I followed Benny, “the cigar store Indian,” down through an abandoned cemetery and along a trail sided by cattails, toward the placid Arthur Kill. It was lit by the moon and stars and lights from […]

Notes on my Max Beckley novels

September 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Fiction, Secrets of NYC, Staten Island, Stories

(*Old Mill Road, Richmond Town – Photos by Joe) The most exciting thing about starting the novel process for me is that the impetus forms completely outside of my control. That is to say, I could never write a novel, but there’s something outside of my scope of understanding that can. In the beginning, silly, abstract thoughts form the basis for what I believe […]

Chapter One: “God is Forgiveness”

September 1, 2011 by  
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 (Most Holy Redeemer Church, NYC – Photo/Photoshopped by Joe)   Chapter One      Late one morning Karl became aware of a subtle change in the air. He had been sitting in a car, stationed outside a Miami orphanage. Through the back window, he spotted a taxi that had just turned onto the street. An uncanny, […]

Max’s Story

August 30, 2011 by  
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(Max Beckley – Uncredited picture Photoshopped by Joe) For way too long I’ve been yakking about how I wrote two books about Max Beckley’s plight. He’s a Revolutionary War soldier who was abducted during the Battle of Brooklyn by the same demons that haunt me now. I’m gonna share the first few chapters of the first novel. They are still a bit rough. The working […]

Inside Me

March 24, 2010 by  
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(Rockland Ave in Staten Island – Photos by Bald Punk) A violent storm two days ago had felled trees, power lines, and left many streets throughout NYC still closed. Driving in Staten Island to a job estimate, I exited the highway and soon after rolled into a traffic jam on Rockland Avenue. It’s a two lane road enshrouded […]

Old Stone House and Prospect Park

August 17, 2009 by  
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   (Photos by Bald Punk – Old Stone House) After I finished posting THE IMMORTALS, my lady friend and myself along with the pizza and Chinese delivery guys, paid a visit to the Old Stone House. It’s at 336 3rd St between 4th and 5th Avenue in Brooklyn. I was there before, though this time I wanted to get some pictures for you. […]

THE IMMORTALS

August 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Brooklyn Bridge, Photos, Secrets of NYC, Stories

Being in the right place is important: mind, body, soul, and location. It’s not a guarantee of fame and fortune or riches–but doors will open, good and bad. For some, like the homeless man in LIFE IN TWO HOURS AND FIFTEEN MINUTES, he was at the right “place.” Near perfect in one sense, and in […]