Where to buy a copy of Flashes of Lightning
* In Humboldt County:
Eureka (Old Town): at Booklegger; at Eureka Books
Eureka (Henderson Center): at Pacific Paper
Arcata: at Northtown Books
McKinleyville: at Blakes' Books.
* From your local bookseller
* From the publisher, Fithian Press, at (800) 662-8351 or www.danielpublishing.com
* From online bookstores (e.g., Amazon Books)
The wide range of settings for the stories in Flashes of Lightning include a desert, forest, cliff, ocean beach, bayou, funeral home, basement, bar, motel room, churches, counseling session, job interview, yard sale, funeral home, campgrounds, wedding receptions, Ireland, New York City and Paris.
Neil Tarpey perfoms a story from Flashes of Lightning @ Booklegger in Old Town, Eureka. (Photo courtesy of Stilson Snow)
Part of the crowd @ Booklegger in Old Town, Eureka, for Neil Tarpey's book reading & signing event. (Photo courtesy of Stilson Snow)
Flashes of Lightning
comprises 52 micro/flash fiction stories--20 of them already published in print or online. These tales primarily focus on addiction, love & death, mystery & murder, coincidence and myth. Famous Humboldt County artist Laura Zerzan Jones has created the cover and 14 spot-on illustrations of characters and stories.
"There are a lot of scoundrels in your stories," Mrs. T told Neil. It's true, there are many rascals in Flashes of Lightning, including liars, cheats, adulterers, hit men, murderers, gunslingers, desperadoes, alcoholics and addicts, dysfunctional families, a suspicious sleepwalker and evil faeries. But there's also a wily homicide inspector, two Native American healers, a psychic, a loving ghost, dogs, cats, horses and a skunk.