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

 

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Winning Short Story: The Paperboy by George G Moore

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

It’s about a teenager taking a step towards adulthood.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

General fiction or YA.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Teenage goals.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

That’s a tough call. Star Wars, National Treasure, or Men in Black. Probably Star Wars edges out all others out.

How long have you been working on this story?

Total time, about sixteen hours. It started as a writing prompt a few years ago, and I adapted the last portion of that story for this contest.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Atlas Shrugged-Rand. A close second is Contact-Sagan.

What motivated you to write this story?

It was a writing prompt for a writers’ group I belong to.

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

Ben Franklin.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading and software design and development.

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

The idea of having my story performed sounded very cool.

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

Write. Learn about craft, especially story structure, from credible sources.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Story: Supermarket Savagery by Joan Grindley

Performed by Hugh Ritchie


 

 Get to know the winning writer:

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

A confrontation in the super market.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Drama/comedy

How would you describe this story in two words?

happy confrontation

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Gone with the Wind

How long have you been working on this story?

A few months

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Jane Eyre

What motivated you to write this story?

Seeing people with a multitude of items if the express line

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Daphne DeMaurier

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

playing bridge

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

Have stopped writing novels now that I am 84 and trying short stores

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

Keep writing as long as you can

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Winning Short Story: Problems With My Mastercard by Richard Kearns

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

It’s about the desperate loneliness of some folks who latch onto tv marketplaces and the karma of the guy answering the phone. He’s sympathetic but flustered and tired. It happens every year but he doesn’t know what to do. One of the millions of similar scenes signaling the slow and ugly death of capitalism.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Flash fiction.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Alone together

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Kurowsawa’s “Dreams”‘

How long have you been working on this story?

I wrote most of it in 20 minutes then returned to it a year later and tweaked it a bit.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Don Quixote

What motivated you to write this story?

Something very similar happened to me and I couldn’t get it out of my head. Then I got the idea of it happening over and over again, reminded me of a short poem I wrote 20 years ago called

“Security”
Security
She locks the doors twice
at night
after hearing the voices
calling her.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Neil Young

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Journalism and music.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I received an email notice about it and loved the idea.

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

Read, read, read and go to readings too. Send your work out there and try to get reactions, good, bad or indifferent.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Short Story: A Toxic Game by Marianne Hagadorn

Watch the October 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

Reading performed by actor Michelle Alexander

A Toxic Game  by Marianne Hagadorn

What is your short story about?

An over privileged bully

What genres would you say this story story is in?

YA

How would you describe this story in two words?

Alarmingly relevant

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

This is hard- I would have to say probably an animated Disney movie. Sleeping Beauty probably.

How long have you been working on this story?

I’ve been toying around with the idea for a month or so.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

This is so difficult. If I had to pick just one I would say Confessions of an Ugly Step Sister by Gregory Maguire.

What motivated you to write this story?

We see so many stories in the news about bullies, kids committing suicide because of it. If I expand the story I would want to focus on the narrators consequences

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Van Gough

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Photography, news and politics

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I thought it would be awesome to see my idea come to life.

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

Write, every day. No idea is a bad idea. Always put yourself out there.

Short Story: Goblin by J F Capps

Performed by Michelle Alexander

October 2016 Winning Short Story

Goblin  by J F  Capps

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your short story about?

It’s about waking up in the middle of the night to an inexplicable sight that culminates in something that horrifies every parent on the planet; the loss of a child.

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Horror

How would you describe this story in two words?

Flash Horror

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Probably “Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974)”. I was obsessed with this movie as a child.

How long have you been working on this story?

It just kind of came to me when I saw the ad for the short story competition. I wrote and edited it in about two hours.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Yes! Richard Matheson’s “I Am Legend”. It’s been my favorite book since I was 15.

What motivated you to write this story?

I just like to write, and when I get an idea I want to get some part of it on paper. The concept itself was so short I just did the entire thing in one sitting.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Wow, what a broad question. Really, I don’t know. I’ve been pretty caught up in the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series lately (yes, the originals from 1981), so Stephen Gammell comes to mind immediately.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My family, horticulture, and designing my own card and board games.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old, and I’ve always wanted to publish something, anything really, so I saw my opportunity for one of my stories to be read/heard, so I jumped at it. I guess I’m a “go getter”.

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

Well, it’s cliche but…read a lot and write a lot. Work what you can into your schedule every day and try to be consistent with your minimum amount. It also doesn’t hurt to read some of those advise books from published authors like Stephen King’s “On Writing” or Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style”, but just remember that you don’t have to follow their formula precisely. Find what works for you as long as you’re not breaking the rules of grammar. Be true to your own style.