Tuesday, July 11, 2017


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There's no literary value here, just color.  I took this yesterday east of Mt. Mitchell along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It's either the non-native Tiger Lily or the native Turk's Cap Lily (lilium superbum).  Probably the latter.

Monday, July 10, 2017

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This below is what I posted on Patreon yesterday.  The idea is to invite a friendly audience of vehicular passersby to support us and my writing.
    You may have seen me “protesting” in front of Planned Parenthood’s abortion site on McDowell Street in Asheville, North Carolina. Maybe you gave a friendly honk and a thumbs up. (Thanks!)  Or maybe you flipped us the bird and shouted a degrading insult or obscenity. Or maybe you saw an advertisement somewhere for Chaotic Terrain Press. Whoever you are and however you got here, Welcome!
    My friends call me Mick and everyone else knows me as Meredith Eugene Hunt.
    The word “protest” doesn’t really capture what we are trying to do out there. Our signs that say “Let Your Baby Live, We Will Help” express the essence of our intention. Because we are in a public place, there is an element of protest, but that’s not at the heart of what we do. Our first audience is people who come for abortion. 
In nearly 30 years of anti-abortion work I’ve gone through a number of stages, including a decade of informally debating the subject of abortion on university campuses all over the southeast <st1>U.S. and elsewhere. At some point I got tired of debate. I won’t go into the why of it right now, except to say that debate has its limits because people erect barriers to reason. Everyone does. Logic breaks down into determined fallacy or else it’s built on weak, immutable presuppositions. Then there’s simply raw emotion. This is part of why I started writing stories in year 2000.
    I’ve published a three-part novel titled Universal Man (Graceful RunnerThe Chinook Assembly and Then, a Soldier) and also I’ve published 26 short stories in a collection titled When Earth Whispers & Other Mostly Speculative Tales. I’ve written on my Chaotic Terrain Press blog what these stories and the novel are about. Abortion is a factor in several of them. The connection may seem to be obscure, but only when viewed on the surface. Look deeper. Think of the implications of, for example, physics running backward for your husband or wife and then read “Ships Passing in the Night: Romance and Marriage Between Lovers from Anti-synchronous Worlds” that I wrote for the Mad Scientist Journal. 
    You can read all 26 stories totally for free on my blog. Patreon is a way you can support my writing work. Or you can buy the books. And I need reviews: Good, bad, and even ugly. If the second and third option, expect a rebuttal, maybe. Or another story. Or silence. (Or a revision.) If you appreciate one of the short stories, try a long story—the novel. You can buy an electronic version cheap to read on your computer. I’ve taken almost all the photographs in the novel and those that accompany the short stories. The e-versions have the pictures in color.
    We endure a lot of verbal abuse on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood. It’s a fish bowl out there. We have a narrow sidewalk, dangerous, noisy traffic, and hostility on all sides. But, we have passersby who are friends, too. Once in a while someone will stop and give us a little cash money, and when that happened yesterday (7/7/2017), I thought maybe others would support us if it were easier and convenient. Hence, here we are on Patreon. The stories help you get to know me and us better. They are what I have to say. I hope they’re fun. They might lead you to think in a new way. They might even, perhaps, lead you to join us to a degree you haven’t before now.
    I’ve put together a plan for monthly Patreon patrons to receive various free books, and I’ll also post some special things here, like working chapters of a novel in progress. Or sketches from unfinished short stories. Or my frog fishing story from junior high. (About shipping books internationally, I can only do this when Amazon permits.)
    Patreon suggests accompanying this text with a video introduction. I have posted such a two minute video HERE, but it’s not what you might expect. Like everyone else, I want to think about what’s beautiful or just entertaining. Maybe after 30 years of thinking about death, blood, and baby body parts, I’m more escapist than most people. Check out my other videos on my YouTube channel, UniversalDirt, especially the monarch butterfly ones. There’s a connection to abortion there, too. But I’ll leave you to work it out for yourself.
Happy traveling!*
    (P.S. If you feel like arguing with me, first read the two pro-life apologetics books by Francis J. Beckwith, then perhaps we’ll talk. If you’re thinking of attacking me, then read a couple stories first. Try “Attack of the Gravid Amazons.” It’s thought provoking. Remember, anyone can read the short stories for free at the Chaotic Terrain Press blog.)

*A reference to my ascending "reward" tiers Friendly Passerby, Kindred Spirit, Fellow Traveler, Trail Runner, Through Hiker, Wilderness Trekker, and Himalayan Climber.  
To become a patron, go HERE.  Thanks!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Background on the Novel, Universal Man: III. The Leadbetter Estate

When I was a sophomore in high school back in 1970 or so, I had often heard of the Leadbetter Estate, a large tract of wooded land with derelict buildings on the south side of LaCamas Lake.  Part of the legend was the caretaker who would shoot at trespassers with a shotgun loaded with rock salt.  It was a place that adventuresome, party-minded high schoolers would sneak into on a Friday night.  

One such night I was part of such a group.  Maybe it was after a football game and a dance.  It could have been a dozen people.  I only remember one thing: climbing the stairs of an abandoned, three story log mansion in the dark without flashlights and grabbing the foot of one of the most beautiful girls in the school.  She was on the steps directly above me and I reached up though the gaps between the treads.  She screamed.  We never saw a caretaker.  The girl became a girlfriend for a while later on.

That was the first time I visited the Leadbetter Estate.  There were numerous subsequent times.  Usually I would ride my bike to the property with a girlfriend (not the one on the steps).  Once or twice we would row a canoe across the lake, land at the dock, and walk up the trail.  Once I slept overnight in a field, waking up in the morning to see the unconcerned caretaker mowing the grass.  A few times I’d sit for hours on a sunny balcony and read.  Not all of the buildings were abandoned.  Once a friend and I crawled through an unlocked window into a long, one story cabin and rummaged through the drawers to find some letters, which told about the owners, people who traveled the world and owned orange plantations in Florida.  The story about those people was that they would land their plane on LaCamas Lake and spend weekends there,

All the buildings of the Leadbetter Estate are gone now.  All the giant Douglas Fir trees are gone.  In their place are hundreds of what surely are million dollar homes, belonging to what surely are people who commute to Portland.  I’ve driven through the neighborhood of all those houses.  I think my parents once said an NBA Trailblazer player owned a house there.  One of the important supporting characters in the novel lives there.  (I won’t say who in this blog. You’ll have to read the book.)  The only remaining vestige of the old Estate, if it is related to the Estate at all, is a house on Leadbetter Road on the opposite side of the lake, a house that somewhat resembles the Pittock Mansion in Portland, though much smaller.

Another vestige, a fictional one, is that I re-created the entire Estate in the novel, gave the place a new, yet historically significant name, and located it somewhere else.  I’ve even included a photo of the log mansion in my book.  My photo above is of a walkway on the Estate. I’ll say more about all this in a later post.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Background on the Novel, Universal Man: II. A Brief Correspondence with Abortionist Assassin, Paul Hill

Toward the end of September, 1994, I sent out letters to people (mostly all men) in jail who had been convicted of shooting abortionists or bombing abortion centers.  I got their addresses from a pro-life man who kept a “Prisoners of Christ” list and newsletter.  By that time few were in jail for non-violent rescue.  The main purpose of the letter was to learn about the prisoners' lives in jail.  I was also interested in finding out how the people expressed themselves and if they had a capacity to write.

As I recall, without checking my files, I ended up exchanging letters with two or three.  One of them, Joe Grace, wrote long, practically inscrutable analyses of the end times according to the Bible. He filled every square centimeter of both sides of multiple sheets of paper with tiny print.  He had a lot of time on his hands. I tried to read a letter, but couldn’t follow his reasoning.  No doubt part of the deficit was my lack of patience.  I sent his letters back to him because I didn’t want to just throw away his hard work, even it seemed like erudite nonsense.  He could send them on to someone else.

You probably never heard of Joe Grace, but you may have heard of another correspondent, Paul Jennings Hill.  Paul was convicted of murdering abortionist John Britton and his bodyguard, retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel James H. Barrett at the “Ladies Center” in PensacolaFL in July, 1994.

Paul sent me three handwritten letters over the course of several months.  What follows is the second letter.  I have preserved his punctuation. Something of this letter exists in my novel, Universal Man.
Sunday Nov 13, 94
 Dear Brother Mick,
      Thank you for your letter of Oct 21.  Sorry to be so slow in getting back to you.
      Bless you for going out to your local “clinics”.  If a few more did so things would be different.  You get a perspective in front of the killing centers you don’t get any where else. – Im sure the pro-aborts are sorry things are tense at your clinic.  I’m sure they wish it were tranquil and calm outside the womb.
      As for my hope of being executed –Im at the point now where I can truly say –Its in Gods hands whether I get a life sentence or the chair.  I am content either way.  “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
      You asked about day to day life in prison.  For me, my work in jail is to do my duty and keep a good frame of mind.  There are burdens and struggles in and out of jail.
      Im told jail and solitary confinement is designed to force the criminal to reflect on his crimes and repent.  There is no question jail affords an opportunity for personal reflection, or prayer and devotion.
      Personally I find it a challenge to be content and joyful and somewhat productive in jail.  I have the stress and encouragement of knowing many people are “watching” me and my reactions to everything.  Thus, I have lots of incentive not to let sin have dominion over me.  To be honest Im the reflective meditative devotional type of person – Thus I have, in one sense, had the time of my life since being put in jail.  The Lord is helping me to have joy in my trials.  My conscience approves me and encourages me.  You mentioned men reflecting on killing other men.  I read today about Samuel hewing Agag to pieces before the Lord and David carrying Goliaths head around.  I wonder how they felt?
      -Anyway, God is pouring out His grace upon me and holding me up.
      Thanks for your interest.
      By the way, please pray for a friend of mine –Lori-  She has a 18 week preborn and the doctors say the child won’t live as Loris womb is full of tumors.
      Thank you for your prayers
 In Him, Paul

 The State of Florida executed Paul Hill in September, 2003 by lethal injection.  Governor Jeb Bush signed the order.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Background on the Novel, Universal Man: I. Visits with the Hutterites

In Charles Frazier’s “award winning” Civil War novel, Cold Mountain, the main character, Inman, walks from a field hospital in Raleigh to Waynesville in an arching route that takes him near Boone. Along the way he encounters a variety of people, both evil and noble.  It’s been a long time since I read the book, but I remember he spent time with an elderly goat herder lady where he was able to rest and recover from his wound.

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This fictional, modestly-epic journey was an influence on my novel, Universal Man.  I won’t say what parts, or characters in the novel, but I’d like to tell you something of the novel’s background--personal experiences that I used as resources.

The Hutterites are spiritual and historical cousins to the Amish.  Both groups grew out of the Anabaptist movement of the Protestant Reformation.  Both are somewhat insular and “non-resistant” that is they keep separate from the larger culture and they are pacifistic, and generally not involved in political matters.  Hutterites differ from Amish in that, not believing in holding private property, they live in small “colonies” on large farms, they are located primarily in the western states and provinces, and they use modern farming practices.  They understand their communal lifestyle as imitating the early Christians.

I have visited Hutterite colonies on a few occasions, the first time when I was an Agriculture Education student at Washington State University in Pullman. I had heard there was a colony near Spokane and I asked around campus and found a professor that knew approximately where they were.  One Saturday I found it and spent the day there.  I used the visit to fulfill an Educational Psychology assignment.

A couple years later, for our wedding trip, Edie and I spent a few days on a colony of the Hutterian Society of Brothers (the Woodcrest Bruderhof) near Rifton, New York.  The Bruderhof (I call them the Arnoldleut), whose origin was the during the 1930s in Germany, has had a rocky off-and-on-again relationship with the Old Hutterites, as I call them, but they both are communal and they both look to the same historical antecedents. 

Last then, on a trip to the West Coast and back in our green 12-passenger van pulling a small cargo trailer, we with our six children stopped at two Hutterite colonies in Canada, one in the Schmiedeleut branch and the other a Dariusleut, I believe.* The first was welcoming and gave us a tour.  They seemed enchanted with our singing of rounds, because they never used harmony in their music, which was vocal only.  The second colony was in the middle of a vast, open prairie.   The minister, the colony leader, was standoffish, though to give him excuse, we did drop in on a Sunday, their rest day.  As we were leaving, we found some children outdoors visiting with an older brother, a young man who had come for the afternoon. He apparently had left the colony to live a more independent life and he was happy to talk with us. 

All this experience is background for my novel.  I’ll reveal only that Hutterites occupy several chapters.  I wish I could have included photographs of them in the book, but since Hutterites prefer in principle not to have their pictures taken, I don’t have any of my own at all.  In my library, however, is the stunning book of photographs (and informative, sympathetic text), The Hutterites of Montana, by Laura Wilson.

Post Script: I must say as an afterthought that I hated the book Cold Mountain.  The movie was even worse, having been filmed in Romania and not here in Western NC.  I do love the real Cold Mountain, itself, having spent a lot of time exploring in the Shining Rock Wilderness.

*The fourth branch is the Lehrerleut.  The “leut’s or “peoples” are named for their founders.  Hutterites who emigrated to North America and did not resume the communal lifestyle are called Praireleut.

Monday, June 26, 2017

14% Book Discounts Available

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Books are expensive, which is why whenever possible, I buy them at the local used book store, Mr. Ks.  Or, I buy used books on Amazon.  Some Amazon re-sellers offer my new books lower than retail, and some, amazingly, offer them higher. The other day I saw When Earth Whispers for sale for $42 Australian! (But shipping is free.)  

If you buy any of the three Universal Man volumes, or When Earth Whispers,at the Create Space store, I have a 14%-off-retail discount code available. If you buy the books at the regular Amazon site, you get the Kindle e-versions free.  They have most of the photographs in color.

Speaking of photographs, this one I took last Saturday is of a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth (hemaris diffinis) on Rose Milkweed (asclepias incarnta).  Here's another article on the moth.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The "Abortion in UM" ad in World Magazine

I only have a few minutes now because Edie and I are about to go sidewalk counseling at our local Planned Parenthood abortion site, but I wanted to say a few words this morning and then get back to this later.

The novel Universal Man starts slowly because it immerses the reader into the lives of the characters who later are key characters in the much larger drama.  The novel explores the question of what might happen if the resolution of abortion, hopefully the end of legal abortion and the granting of legal protection to pre-natal children—what might happen if abortion resolved like slavery did in this country.  That is, civil war.  I have long believed that we can not end the large scale murder of children in the womb unless we have the same kind of commitment and level of sacrifice that people gave to save civilization back in the 1940s.  The novel delves into those ideas and their consequences through the devices contained in Story.

I’ll expand on this later today, though I may have said all that’s needed.

The illustration in the ad is a detail of the third volume's cover.  The cover image itself is of the US Marine Corps War Memorial representing the famous photo from the WWII battle of Iwo Jima.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The World Magazine "Missing Elements" Ad

As I began typing the first letters of this blog post, I was thinking about monarch butterflies, and I glanced up to see how many chrysalises I have on our bay window and saw a 5th instar larva that had been hanging in the J-form overnight had just split its skin and was transforming.  Now it is an elongated jade-green teardrop twisting and shrinking toward the compact gold-flecked pupa it will be for the next 10 days or so.

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The Missing Elements ad with a monarch butterfly on a zinnia flower is enigmatic, I think.  When writing fiction it’s usually more elegant to avoid hitting the plot points too much “on the nose” as some critiquers say.  How can I interest readers about a mystery, or a twist in the story ahead of time without revealing those things?

In the early months of 1976, I was working on the green chain of a lumber mill along the Columbia River.  The green chain was in a long shed open on the north side, toward the yard, but closed on the riverside, so I couldn’t see Mt. Hood towering in the east.  Pulling lumber, some of it 12”x 12” by 10 feet long was an eight-hour weight lifting marathon every day, so by evening I was exhausted.  I’d fall asleep in an easy chair while listening to classical music on the radio.  But one night on the news, I heard about flooding in Bangladesh and how people were starving, and I decided to go there and help.  I then studied Agriculture in college.

In short I never went to Bangladesh, but I ended up working in an area where the people are as needy, and maybe more so.  My idea was to go where the human need is greatest and the people trying to meet that need were the fewest.  Thirty years ago that place was in the realm of abortion, and it is now, I believe.  

My stories often follow the same principle that guided my life work.  You might say my stories, most of them, are agenda driven.  They begin with an idea.  But the story must be a story, that is, to appear as much as possible to represent real life, and not be a tract.  A breeze in the face, and not a hammer to the thumb.  Maybe even a stiff gust of wind that throws you off balance for a moment, or possibly changes the course of your life.

I’ll give one example of a buried agenda.  “The Tragedy of Bernie the Homeless” is not about animals or beekeepers.  It’s about transgenderism.  I’m sure you wouldn’t have guessed that if you just read the story.  I’m sure that the UK based, post-environmentalist Dark Mountain Project wouldn’t have published the story if they knew what my agenda was.  They certainly noted the agenda that I presented, one with which I am sympathetic.  The story works in many ways, I hope.  But it should raise the question, “If maleness and femaleness, which exists in every single cell of every single person, is fluid, then isn’t species also fluid?”

Some of my stories are breezy and fun, I hope.  One or two are horrific.  I’m tempted to tell you which is what so that you’ll want to read them, but I’ve said enough for now.  Except… “Spark” explores the idea of a finite universe.  It’s tale of scale.  A short, short, short story—even the title is short—about next-to-the-hugest concept we can imagine.

Go HERE to read brief blubs of the stories in When Earth Whispers & Other Mostly Speculative Tales.  You may find in one of these stories and elsewhere in my writing that monarch butterflies are an argument against abortion.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Welcome World Readers!

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[UPDATE 7/11/17: Check out my Creator Page at PATREON]

“Chaotic terrain” is an astrogeologic term to describe a jumbled landscape on a planet, such as Mars.  It’s a type of landscape not really seen on Earth, but I think it's appropriate for our world on spiritual, cultural, and political levels.  At the same time, there’s incredible beauty everywhere.  I write stories that attempt to capture both the chaos and the beauty of life by embodying ideas that are often neglected or missing in literature—what I call, the missing elements.

After being a prolife/antiabortion activist since 1988 or so and writing countless letters to the editor and guest commentaries, in year 2000, I decided to write a novel.  It took a long time to rewrite and revise.  I didn’t finalize the current covers until a month ago.  And early this year I hired a recent seminary graduate to proofread the book again. The title is Universal Man, which is a turn on the concept of the holy, catholic (universal) church we ascribe to in the creeds.  Do I give away too much by saying that the main character, Stanley Timmons, represents the visible Church?  At least he does in my mind.  It was my intention to give him that role, though I hope I’ve made him to be a true-to-life person and not anything like an archetype. The primary characters, including Timmons, take their beliefs to the logical, often disturbing conclusions.

The book is in three volumes. An early reader called it a contemplative thriller.

My dear wife told me once that publishing short stories would bring attention to my novel.  That never came true.  Not yet anyway.  After the novel was more or less complete, I wrote about 30 short stories and got a number of them published in small places here and there.  But I got tired of rejection letters.  At about 250 rejections, I quit “submitting” stories, deciding rather to “dominate” them, hence my book When Earth Whispers & Other Mostly Speculative Tales, speculative meaning not strictly real-world, and that would include horror, contemporary fantasy, and science-fiction.  You can buy the book at Amazon, but since you probably don’t know me, I suggest you first read a couple stories here on my blog.  All of them are published or linked here and you can read them totally for free.  For this purpose I recommend one of the flash stories—complete stories in 1000 words or less.  Maybe try “Deprescience”.  A now retired editor at God’s World Publications said about it in the comments section at Every Day Fiction:

“This story is filled with surprises, the main surprise being its consistent and profound surprises themselves from beginning to end. Very well written, bolstered by obvious wisdom and literary panache. I was captivated by the scope of this quite brief masterpiece.”

So, you can find story titles and links on the blog column on the right.

If you like it, or are at least intrigued by “Deprescience”, try “Genius” or “Not the Wrong Planet”.  My almost shortest story is “Spark” at 544 words.  Then if you wish, try something longer, and when you’re ready, tackle the novel.  Or start with the novel.   After all, I wrote it first.  It is filled with surprises, too.  One interesting thing is that the novel contains numerous photographs of the real locations in the story, or locations that served as models for writing the scenes.  For ordering books, go to my “official website” ChaoticTerrain.com. It’s far more straightforward than this messy blog.

By the way, the monarch butterfly in the photograph is a male I raised in my house, and it’s perched on a milkweed plant (asclepias tuberosa) I grew from seed.  I had just released the butterfly and it had not yet taken its first flight.  But then it did and flew up into the wide world, perhaps to travel a thousand miles. Of course I hope that’s a metaphor for my stories, all of them and the novel, homegrown.

            -Meredith Eugene (Mickey) Hunt

(Not to distract you, but if you are fascinated by insects, watch my HD close-up video of a monarch butterfly emerging from its chryrsalis shell.)


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Husband of one wife and father of six children, Hunt has been an anti-abortion activist for 30 years. He lives in western North Carolina.

Works in progress include the science-fiction novel, Clouds Fall to Earth, which is about a people who have lived in dirigibles for a thousand years, and a unique non-fiction guide about Monarch Butterflies.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Final Cover of UM 3/ Then a Soldier

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The text on the back cover is the "All the World's a Stage" speech from the play "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare.  I may not have mentioned it elsewhere, but the monarch butterfly in the "logo" of Chaotic Terrain Press is feeding on zinnias in our garden, our vegetable garden of the fall of 2016. I grow three types of milkweed on our modest gentleman's farm we call Windfall, and raise monarchs in our house. The photo captures the butterfly in motion.

The Cover of UM 2/ The Chinook Assembly

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The final version of the cover, in black and white. There's a lot of meaning to this cover image. You'll have to read the book and study the interior photographs to discover what and why.  All the photos in the novel are actual location shots, or at least of places that served as models for the writing. Those are real places, transposed into the story's geography.

The Cover of UM1/ Graceful Runner

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This is the final cover of Universal Man 1/Graceful Runner.  For a long time I had it in color and then later it just seemed to create a better mood and unify the three volumes in my black & white experiments.  Note how the background image shows through on the back cover, and there it is still in color.  I thought this a nice touch.

Monday, June 12, 2017

I'm Not Homeless & I'm Not Poor

A couple weeks ago I tried a sales/marketing experiment using my sign-making and sidewalk-wise communication skills.  I stood out near our local Ingles with the above sign.  In sum, in two hours I gave out five of my short story books and collected $35 in cash and about $15 worth of edible food.  Not terribly profitable, but I’d like to try it downtown Asheville.  I plan to add “I am NOT homeless.” to the sign because a couple people, including a middle school age boy, offered me zip lock bags containing personal hygine supplies, like wipes, a comb, toothbrush etc.  That was embarrassing.  I told them, “Thank you for your kindness, but I'm not homeless and I’m not poor. I’m trying a creative approach to selling my books.”  It's literary busking.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Universal Man/ 3. Then a Soldier

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This is the underlying cover photo for Universal Man/ 3.Then a Soldier. I took the photo in Arlington, VA in May, 2011. If you look closely at the cover on Amazon or a copy of the paperback, you'll see that the photo is in color behind the screen on the back, while the photo on the front is in black & white.  UM/3 is now available, and today I rebuilt our simple website from scratch and linked from it to where you can purchase the book either with a significant discount or with a free Kindle Edition, which is readable on any computer.  The Kindle version has nearly all the interior photographs in color. The CTP website link is HERE, and in the upper right corner of this page, below the banner photo.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


As of today I have changed the print version covers of UM 1 and UM 2 to black & white on the front, but I've maintained the screen over color on the back.  I'm also keeping the full color cover on the Kindle versions.  

UPDATE (2/20/17):  The short stories here on the blog have been updated to incorporate the changes and corrections that went into the book and Kindle forms.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Chinook Assembly is Available NOW!

In the electronic Kindle version, which includes color photographs of location shots or of places that guided me in the writing. Order it HERE. The print version should be available in a week from now.  If you order the paperback, the Kindle version comes with it for free.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


My novel Universal Man will SOON be back in print.  I plan to have the first volume, Graceful Runner available no later than January 22nd. Then, The Chinook Assembly will be available by Ash Wednesday. Lastly, Then a Soldier, will be available by Easter. One feature in this new, second edition will be a number of original black & white photographs of story locations. See the new cover!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Note: Editing Currently in Progress

During the production of the collection When Earth Whispers and Other Mostly Speculative Tales, I literally made hundreds of changes--some in the way of small improvements and some on the order of simple corrections.  So, the stories that appear here on this blog site have improved, but I haven't had time yet to change the online text.

Monday, October 24, 2016


I have just now posted all my short stories. Notice that the four Jonathan T. Barron paranormal fantasy stories are all here and listed in order on the right column of my main page. (They each won Honorable Mentions in a huge, international contest.)  Also, I've posted some links to my related videos on my YouTube channels.  Actually, the one channel UniversalDirt, is as about as intimate a profile of "the author" as it decently can be.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

NEWS! "The Shoreless Ocean of Eternity" is Available

"Shoreless" (9962 words) transcribes one of the astonishing voyages of Captain Therreal mentioned in "Ships Passing in the Night".

From the published notes of "Ships Passing": [2] This is the same Therreal who commanded the starship UNS Chariot in the first intentional time-transcendence excursions based on the theories of Nobel Prize winning propulsionist, Dr. Pachero-Nanez, who discovered that as a vessel neared the speed of light, its mass decreased, enabling it to break the light barrier and escape the limitations of the material-energy-chronos universe.

Read "Shoreless" HERE.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Mad Scientist Journal Cover, Autumn 2016

Welcome new readers. You can actually read my story "Ships Passing in the Night, Etc." free in the sample Kindle pages on Amazon. Please review the story there, or leave a comment below.  Thanks!

Cover art by Ariel Alian Wilson
Cover layout by Katie Nyborg

The art for the story is by Errow Collins.

Update (10/10/16): The story is now available online at the MSJ.

Update (2/2/17):  I have posted it now HERE on the blog, too. Note the footnote links will take you to the MSJ site.

Monday, September 19, 2016

NEWS! "Ships Passing in the Night: Romance and Marriage between Lovers from Anti-Synchronous Worlds" is coming out in October in the Mad Scientist Journal

I just recently learned that "Ships Passing..." will be published in its real quarterly book in Autumn 2016 (October) rather than only online.  The Mad Scientist Journal bills itself as "The Academic Journal for the Misunderstood Genius" and "The World's Only Reliable Newspaper."

The “Ships Passing” title is a reference to a lines from happy romance contained within the epic poem “Tales of a Wayside Inn” by Longfellow. The lines are:

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So, on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Skirmishing for Food

The honey spill was an accident this morning, but it fits my story [404 words] perfectly. (The story of the title of this post.) UPDATE 10/16/16: Read the story HERE.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

NEWS: My story "The Tragedy of Bernie the Homeless" Comes Out Tomorrow in Dark Mountain, Issue 9.

This is my copy that just arrived in the mail today from the United Kingdom. The story works on several levels, environmental, social, and political. It might be more relevant than it first appears. Scroll down to the photo of the bear cubs for more information.

Friday, April 8, 2016

NEWS: "Just Cold", Just Published at the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature

Scroll down to see more information, in particular the link to the TV news story about the real Jeffrey Reynolds. "Just Cold" was supposed to come out on January 1 of this year, and when the magazine had some delaying glitches, rather that this spring, I asked that it wait until December to be in time for Christmas. Well, we're having Christmas in April.

UPDATE 10/24/16:  I can't find the story anymore at the Dead Mule, but my cool bio, called a Southern Legitimacy Statement, may be read HERE.

Read the story HERE.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Denying the Signs

This 500 word story in the Harold Stumbo series was given an Honorable Mention in Rapid River Magazine's flash fiction contest. You may read it HERE. Check out my story "Homesick" that's featured a few inches below. I won't spoil the surprise.

Watch the 11 second video this image was lifted from HERE.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Leaving Roanoke Island

Another flash length story in the Harold Stumbo series. "Homesick" is the first one, and this is the last. This image is from "The Asphalt Jungle," Harold's favorite movie. UPDATE 10/21/16: Read it HERE.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Dreaming is Believing

Starlight illuminated the crests of the crashing waves. Rob's SEAL team members crept like wisps of black fog toward the campfires among the palm trees ahead. He lay down his M4, unsaddled himself from the ammo cases, waded into the surf, and dove into an oncoming wave, striking out for the lovely, lush island not far offshore. The freshness of the water woke him.

"How was your nap, honey?"...

"Dreaming is Believing" (800 words) was submitted to various publications and as a result of feedback is now being given a significant rework.  UPDATE (2/20/17): The rework is done.

Saturday, June 20, 2015


by Mickey Hunt
A flash-length story in the Harold Stumbo series. Harold was an illegal horse race bookie, and he's trying to stay retired and out of jail. He lives with his autistic wife on Roanoke Island, North Carolina. "Homesick" was published by Every Day Fiction on 10/10/15. The story is about 1000 words long, so it should only take you five minutes or so, if you’d like to read it. Leave a comment and a rating. Thanks so much!
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Tragedy of Bernie the Homeless

     After his mother chased him away, Bernie enjoyed a simple life off the grid, but acorns, berries, and grubs grew boring and harder to find, and they didn’t always suit his digestion. Then winter struck and froze his butt. Also, he thought he’d eventually find company in the wild, but others who shared his freegan, opportunivore ways shunned him. Ran from him, in fact. Were afraid and thought him loony.
So, Bernie finally quit living in the forest...

"Bernie" [1000 words] was accepted for a April 15, 2016 publication by the Dark Mountain Protect, an international post-environmentalist/artistic network, in their bi-annual journal, in particular, Issue 9. Read a DMP description of the volume and find ordering information HERE.  You can read the story free HERE. UPDATE: 9/19/16: The story was published again, this time at the Rapid River Magazine.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Literary Advocacy in Susan Glaspell's Play "Trifles"


by Mickey Hunt
While Glaspell’s frequently performed 1916 play Trifles as literary advocacy conveys a valid message within its historical period, and raises issues regarding the legal system, it does so at the cost of casting men as being arrogant, foolish, and bound to a certain narrow set of interests, a negative stereotype with potential to create its own injustice.
Read in full HERE.  (2323 words)

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Greenlandic Windows

by Mickey Hunt

Jonathan T. Barron takes his new bride Isobel, a former police officer, and her toddler Scotty for a month long "honey and moon" at a mysterious stone house on the remote, frozen east coast of Greenland. The house, designed in trapezoids and possibly built before the first Europeans arrived, isn't the only mystery however, because the elderly caretaker's wife babbles on and on about space ships... in Greenlandic.  Fourth in the JTB short story series, "Greenlandic Windows" at about 11,000 words, received an Honorable Mention in a 2016 Writers of the Future Contest.  (Update 10/22/16: Read "GW" HERE.)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Board & Ivy

The photos tell a story of an abandoned house along the railroad tracks in Swannanoa, North Carolina.  I took them on 12/28/2014. Nothing in the rooms was touched, it's all as I found it. The photos appeared April 2015 in UNCA's creative arts magazine, Headwaters, pages 69 and 70. Click to enlarge.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Truth, War, & Story


by Mickey Hunt

A creative essay on the auto-biographical short story "How to Tell a Truth War Story" by Tim O'Brien. I recently wrote the essay for a literature class at the University of NC-Asheville.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Attack of the Gravid Amazons

A mid-30ish couple's marriage is on the rocks. He's an acoustical architect and she's an ob-gyn. About the only thing they have in common is a love of bug watching, so they are taking an entomological expedition to Indonesia to try to patch things up. Then Earth is invaded by pregnant green women. Among other inexplicable places around the planet, they attack in Singapore where the couple is staying for a few nights.

"Gravid Amazons" [8050 words] was revised in September 2016.  

Read HERE.

See my related Monarch Butterfly Photos from the Blue Ridge Parkway SW of Asheville NC, September 25, 2016.  Watch my 32 Second HD Video of them.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Odd Fellows

by Mickey Hunt

A boy with extraordinary powers of smell, his girl cousin who can perform impossible mountain bike stunts and never crash, a truck driver uncle who figures complex math problems in his head, and a grandma who always guesses right. These and other odd family members team up one summer with paranormal investigator and radio personality Jonathan T. Barron to stop a state governor’s sex trafficking syndicate and the blackmailing of big winners of the South Carolina Education Lottery.

“Odd Fellows,” third in the JTB contemporary fantasy series and nearly at 17,000 words, received an Honorable Mention in the Writer's of the Future Contest in the 3rd quarter of 2015.  Read it HERE.

Thursday, February 6, 2014


by Mickey Hunt
    Brad heaved what might be a truncated stainless steel water heater onto his table under the ancient live oaks.
    "Still peddling your miraculous apparatus?" Marquis said and plucked a dog-eared brochure from Brad's stack. "Looks dubious, old man. Hmm... Lead lining and rechargeable battery."
    "If I was a person of color like yourself..."
    "What? Bullscat. Everybody got a color."
    Cars swished by on the road. Breezy. Hot. Seagulls gliding overhead. Marquis stood behind his van, handing out bags of fresh shrimp and ice, taking in cash, improvising rhymes. Brad sagged in a chair at his tailgate while massaging the small of his back...

"Genius" (1090 words) was published at Stupefying Stories Showcase on March 25, 2015.  It was republished in March, 2016 and can also be read HERE at AntipodeanSF, based in Australia. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Cruller Twist

by Mickey Hunt
     A bright spring noon and there’s Nicole, sitting at the cafĂ© table along the sidewalk. “Lauren!” she says and jumps up. “Wow. So glad you came. A wonderful reunion for my birthday.”
     We hug and I say, “You look so good, Nicole.”
     “You do, too.”
     “I can’t believe it’s been, how many? Five years since graduation?”
     “Yeah!” Nicole says. “We’re really looking forward to your concert tonight.”
     “My first in Asheville. Here’s a . . . Here’s a present for you. I hope it's not too big.”
     Nicole reaches into the decorative bag and lifts out a snowy white hoodie emblazoned with a Duke Blue Devil. “Perfect, it’s perfect!” she says, holding it up...

"The Cruller Twist" (956 words) a "literary" story, is available for publication. It was a finalist in the 2016 Neoverse writing competition. Read it HERE.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Just Cold

by Mickey Hunt
     When the doorbell rang, Mr. Reynolds went to answer. The young man on the front steps popped open a beer can he had pulled from his ragged, oversized coat. “Are you on the wagon?” he asked, and offered Mr. Reynolds the first slug.
     “Lee,” Mrs. Reynolds called from behind her husband. “It’s freezing outside. The chowder? The children are hungry.”
     “We’re sitting down for supper,” Mr. Reynolds said to the boy. “What, what’s your name?”
     “Jeffrey. I’ve got some peanuts. Give them to your kids.” He set the beer down and fumbled at his coat. “That’s a nice manger scene in your yard. It’s like real.”

"Just Cold" (1000 words) has been accepted for a December, 2016 release by an online magazine with an improbable name.

The story of the real Jeffrey (as shown on a WLOS Television News story).

UPDATE 10/24/16: Read "Just Cold" HERE.