BioCharles W. Harvey is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Houston. He has studied fiction under the guidance of Rosellen Brown and Chitra Divakaruni. In 1987, Charles was a 1st place prize recipient of PEN/Discovery for his short story Cheeseburger, which went on to be published in the Ontario Review. In 1989 Charles Harvey was awarded the Cultural Arts Council of Houston Grant for Writers and Artists. Charles has been published in Soulfires, Story Magazine SHADE, High Infidelity, The James White Review, and others. He is the author of the novels The Butterfly Killer, Promise Goodday, Boy For Hire, and Maura and Her Two Husbands. He is also the author of several story and poetry collections.
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Four Crazy Short Stories
There actually more than four stories in this collection. So imagine a world where you are constantly monitored, a world ruled by a large weapon, and a world where a citizen runs into trouble for trying to mail an alarm clock to his Senator, and you have a dystopian weirdness. Well, we're almost there. These stories will let you know what's coming aka Orwellian future.
Poems can be reflective or reactionary. In a reflective mood, the poet comments on past events. His or her voice may be calm, wistful, and longing. They are preservers of the moment. When poets put on their reactionary mantle, they are more vocal and want to move themselves and others to action In this small collection, Harvey has both the reflective voice and the force of the reactionary.
Viewing the Vietnam War, race relations, and the cultural renaissance of the 1960's and 1970's through the prism of a child's eye shaped Harvey's views and points of view. The poets Allen Ginsburg, Amiri Baraka, Langston Hughes, and Ai shaped his voice.
When Dogs Bark the Short Story
You may think with a name like Jethro, our story is a simple tale of a country bumpkin visiting New York City. It's deeper than that. There's a restlessness in Jethro's soul. Plus, he has the quirky habit of barking when he's nervous. It starts with a low growl when he's mildly agitated, to a ferocious bark when he feels endangered.
Jethro gets fed up with his wife and her cousin after being cooped up in the cousin's tiny apartment. He came to New York to see things, he declares and steps out to explore the city on his own. As he rides the subway he growls under his breath to keep the creeps away (just imagine).
He catches the attention of Toni a cross-dresser recently released from the army. It becomes a wild weekend of sex and self-discovery.
The Butterfly Killer
Elliot Cross is a serial killer. His victims are about to achieve a long-sought goal or dream of a lifetime. Along comes Elliot to snatch their lives away at the cusp of their achievement. The victim might be a schoolboy about to take his driver's test or a woman about to give birth. All the victim has to do in Elliot's eyes is be more focused on themselves at the moment than Elliot's God. After all, Elliot's God says, thou shall put no other god's before me. And he has chosen Elliot to enforce that first commandment. So Elliot Cross says.
A tale of lust, bitterness, and betrayal. Sister Gloria, a young black woman, is the newest member of Mosque Number Eight. She secretly lusts after the young fiery Minister Q. He pays her scant attention, focusing all of his energy on his caustic sermons of black pride and nationalism.
During one of the Minister's sermons, a napkin with an address falls from his pocket, leading Sister Gloria to learn of the Minister's secret life.
The Blue Train to Heaven
Under the backdrop of the wacky world of Ghana coffin makers, comes this tale of two brothers, Elijah and Ashong.
Humor masks the subtle undertones of envy, jealousy, and mockery as Elijah tells the story of how his brother comes to be buried in the elaborate train coffin.
How I Got Over
These poems tell the story of love gone bad. There are no chocolates, roses, or cupids in these "love stories." These poems tell the bitter truth about love. Romance is for dreamers. In these poems, the candy has turned bitter and the roses have dried up.The narrator in "How I got Over" shares with us her unrequited with a man cool to her affections. She pushes through all of the pain until the bitter end when she visits his grave and delivers her own brand of sweet revenge.
David, Jonathan, and Sylvester
Through hard work and good luck David "Big Nose" Calloway navigates through the Jim Crow South and into the plush chandeliered Walnut Grove Country Club. There he meets Jonathan Knapp a fellow businessman. Jonathan tries hard to befriend David. However, David remains aloof and distant. Jonathan's anger sends him on a quest for revenge and exposes a secret both men share.
The Power Plant
A young man's coming of age story. Innocent and sweet with menacing undertones. In the Power Plant our protagonist works in his University's boiler and chiller facility typing reports and running errands. He's nineteen and trying to deal with his attraction to men while feeling he should be in love with women.
The Holey Sweets Underwear Manufacturing Company
New York attitude clashes with small Texas town values is the best way to describe The Holey Sweets Underwear Manufacturing Company. Holey Sweets run by its notorious lying President, needs cheap labor and land for its factory to make its new line of sexy male and female lingerie. Edna Glaspey needs a job. However, the conniving president in cahoots with local authorities to rake the town for all its worth, a serial killer on the loose, and a notorious prostitution ring run by the 500 pound bedridden “Blind Pudding causes quite a bit of havoc for Butler's Butt.”
Urban Tales are made up of long and short stories. These stories and excerpts are streetwise and heart touching. Characters speak in elegant voices and raw urban tongues. The raw truth can make you uncomfortable, make you, and maybe make you cry. But it will never bore you.
Catnip Gray Cat Detective: The Tabitha Davenport Affair
Catnip Gray is no ordinary house cat. At first glance, you might be fooled. He sleeps late, stays up all night tomcatting, eats birds, and seems to care less about his human’s shenanigans. However, unlike most cats, Catnip has a taste for Slim-Fast and runs a detective agency. He also has a soft spot for beautiful female cats in distress.
Buck Wile is Punk'd Out on Da Downlow
Buck Wile's cousin takes him to a gay bar for the first time. A little drink and and a little smoke puts Buck in a mellow mood. He meets Jake. A ride on the motorcycle and more herb breaks down all of Buck's inhibitions. All is going good until Jake's "girl" steps in the picture. She's not the lady Buck thought she was. A couple of gunshots and Buck's roaring out butt naked on the ol' Kawasaki.
The Dean's List
Sorrow indeed turns to joy as Ekundayo a young student at State University pays a visit to the Dean. He seeks help from Dean Porter to "fix" his failing grades before his Nigerian Mother arrives for visit, and he has to face her disappointment and scolding. Dean Porter knows just what this young man needs. Ekundayo spends an afternoon bent over the Dean's desk and is grateful for the experience.
Is the party over at thirty-nine? Cleon doesn't think so. He's about to turn forty and desires to hold onto his youthful days. He buys a new computer, downloads the latest dating apps, and goes on a quest to find the love that has eluded him. Will he find love or disappointment?
Red Underwear is the story of a single man's quest for love before the age of cell phones and the internet. Henry a lonely writer has just won a writing prize. He decides to place a personal ad in the local paper to find a woman to help him celebrate his good fortune. Ruth calls Henry after finding his ad while she was cleaning out her cat's litter box. Henry gets a lot more than he bargained for when Ruth shows up at the door.
Betty is a take-charge woman with a weakness for men down in their luck. Her men soon prove themselves to be unfaithful and suffer Betty's wrath. Her latest nameless lover who Betty met in the "Chicken N Biskit" is no different. He cheats on Betty with her best friend after Bonnie. He very much the dog he says he is. What else would you be if you make love to a woman in a cemetery?
Boy For Hire
Antoine Rucker leads a double life. During the day, he's a young twenty-something up and coming Black IT Executive for a major insurance company in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. On weekend nights, he's a street hustler turning tricks near the infamous Bulldogs Bar. He's smart, a graduate of Morehouse College. He's being groomed for for his company's new CIO (Chief Information Officer) However, Antoine wrestles with inner demons that drive him to the streets and into the arms of misfit and wounded men. Will Antoine's sordid nightlife catch up with him? Will he ever get the monkey off his back?
For gay men and, women who love gay erotic stories
Who needs sleep when you can read something hot? The picture on the cover isn’t the only thing sizzling. And you thought you were too old for books with pictures? The stories are nice too.
Omar and Rock Hardwood share an apartment in Atlanta, the Black Gay capitol. Omar is the goody two-shoes young college student and a member of "Rebirth" Baptist Church headed by Pastor Daddy Longlegs. Rock Hardwood is his stripper roomie. Despite being "opposites," the young men seem to always wind up in some very erotic hijinks in their tiny apartment. Of course, Omar plays the innocent one. You get your chance to determine who's leading who to the bedroom as you "eavesdrop" on their hot conversations.