Short Story Reading: NOISES IN THE CEMETERY by Mari Tamez.

 

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

 Get to know the writer:

What is your story story about?

My story is about the spinetingling events that took place in a cemetery before the embalmment process was universally practiced. These events were witnessed by my grandfather, a gravedigger, during the Great Depression.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Non-fiction mystery that takes place during a historical time.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Unbelievable and horrific

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Can’t Take my Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Beloved by Toni Morrison

What motivated you to write this story?

My grandfather was a great story teller. Every Friday night, he stopped by for a visit and told his grandchildren stories about his childhood and life experiences. He also told us ghost stories and legends. This particular story is one that I never forgot. I know that it may be hard to believe but grandfather insisted that it was true. I saw tension and anxiety on his face when he told the story.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

I miss my grandfather. His stories truly made an impact on me. Because of him, I am now an award-winning writer with 12 traditionally published picture books and 20+ picture books in English and Spanish/Bilingual. In addition, I have published 14 short stories, including one published by Chicken Soup for the Soul. My husband, A. M. Vela, has contributed immensely as a co-writer. You are welcome to see our picture books at http://www.readingforfun.net. (Note: I write for children under the name Mary Esparza-Vela and ho

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am also the inventor of three plush dolls that are “out of this world.” They are so unique that they stop traffic. You may also see them on my website.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

WildSound previously contacted me about submitting a story and I am thrilled to learn that they accepted “Noises in the Cemetery.”

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write what you know. This worked for me, thanks to my Grandfather.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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Short Story Reading: GOD’S HANDS by Michael Coleman

Watch the August 2017 Winning Short Story Reading.

Performed by actor Peter-Mark Raphael

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

My story is similar to the Fly & Face-Off. Its Gothic Sci-fi medical horror.

Why should this story be read by people?

I think the right reader might make the story live.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Scary future!

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Crow

How long have you been working on this story?

10years+ – It was accessed by NIScreen & got a favourable report. Prob is I am not a scriptwriter!

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mila 18.

What motivated you to write this story?

The idea came to me when reading about the 1st Heart Transplant.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

William Butler Yeats!!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Restoring the Irish language and watersports and family.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

There is a great movie in this story!

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Be persistent – I need to try and heed my own good advice.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Short Story Reading of Flatulent Fred by Bill Lawrence

Performed by Val Cole

 What is your short story about?

Supernatural vengeance against a corporate bully

What genres would you say this story is in?

Horror, business, computers

How would you describe this story in two words?

Supernatural vengeance

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

High Plains Drifter (That’s for real and I never thought about it until you asked that question. I like the spooky coincidence considering my last answer)

What is your favorite song?

(Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Thunder Road (Springsteen)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

August 1914 by Solzhenitsyn. It’s been a long time since I read it though.

What motivated you to write this story?

Niece and nephew wanted a ghost story with a hint of childish humor.

. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Jesus. Of course, I have it every Sunday so no big deal.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Freedom

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

An email

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Not until I have success.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Story Transcript Reading of They Drove on Streets Paved with Kindness by John Bauer

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

They Drove on Streets Paved with Kindness narrates how God operates in strange ways. He never pounds the table, showing who He really is. Instead, He seats the table with a cast of arguing brothers, their irreligious father and Roman Catholic mother, decrepit nuns, and a car ready for the junk heap, named Lucy. Oh yeah, there’s this white-haired man who’s not related to anyone who flits in and out. In the end, well, I’m not going to tell you the end. Simply, though, God blesses individuals whether they deserve it or not. Strange God.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Family, Inspirational, Christian, Contemporary Adult

How would you describe this story in two words?

God’s Grace

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Tie-It’s A Wonderful Life and the Big Lebowski

What is your favorite song?
(Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Suzanne by Leonard Cohen

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Everything written by Ernest Hemingway. His prose was pure.
Farewell to Arms; The Sun Also Rises.

What motivated you to write this story?

Maybe, as a result of hearing or reading this story, it moves others to love others a little bit more, and show their love in positive ways.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Jesus Christ, of course – but since he was God and you are asking for a person— I would like to have dinner with Muhammad Ali, several evenings after he’d recover from the Thrilla in Manila with Joe Frazier.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Grandkids come first. Being a productive human being, second.
Notre Dame football, NY Jets, Mets, and Knicks, a masochistic third.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I would like to eventually write a screenplay and see it brought to film. This was a first step. To subject it to public criticism and critique which will only refine it and make it better. Maybe a producer will hear it and be interested.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

There’s only a puddle of sweat awaiting you as a writer.
Drink plenty of water so you don’t get dehydrated.
And, if you are old, like me, have a toilet nearby.

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Short Story Reading of ARYAN BLOOD by Albert Russo

Performed by Val Cole

 Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

A German woman married to a Jewish American learns years later that her biological mother whom she is told to meet was forced to copulate with a blond man in the Lebensborn politics during the Nazi era, in order to insure the so-called purity of the aryan race.

What genres would you say this story is in?

mainstream – historical

How would you describe this story in two words?

the discovery of a painful past: the protagonist’s mother was part of a Nazi fertility selection.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘King Solomon’s mines’ – shot not far from where I lived, in the hills of Rwanda-Urundi, at the source of the Nile.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

There are so many: La Cumparsita was the first one, for my parents used to dance to it.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

‘In search of lost time’, by Marcel Proust (in it’s original French version)

What motivated you to write this story?

The real story that was recounted to me by a relative.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Jesus, for I would really want to know what he thought of the atrocious way his people – the Jews – were treated for over 2000 years, in the name of Christianity. I’m sure he would be devastated by the manner in which his followers have distorted his teachings.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Photography, art: classical and modern, reading, the cinema, all kinds of music

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I had already submitted two novels made into films and was very pleased with their result.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

To write as if your life depended on it.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Short Story Reading: There are no lights in Naples by Dennis L Havlin

Story performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Genre:  Suspense

 

Jeanelle C Havlin, CAP, CTC

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Winning Short Story: Before and After by S. Pfeiffer

Story performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

The story’s about a woman facing the impact a shocking experience from childhood has had on her life.

What genres would you say this story is in?

It’s mostly a thriller with a hint of film noir i suppose.

How would you describe this story in two words?

I’d say odd and uncomfortable 🙂 Someone described it as Lynchian which i find evocative.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I tend to forget movies i’ve seen:( Even the ones I really loved. Casablanca stands out though.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

hmmm. Tubthumping or Paper Planes by MIA maybe.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Jane Eyre

What motivated you to write this story?

A deadline for a workshop! I don’t really know what motivated me to write it to be honest. I write intuitively and it usually comes from whatever current fixation I’m on that comes and goes after a few weeks or so.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Gertrude Stein or Buckminster Fuller. Georgia O’Keefe. That’s 3, sorry.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Progressive Politics and Astrology.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I thought it would be cool to see it performed because it’s got a cinematic feel to it.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Learn to trust yourself and your own process.