I tried Book Club Mom’s library book selection game! It goes like this: Close your eyes and run your index finger along the book spines on a library shelf. Stop at a random place and pull out the book. Do this three times on different shelves (so you don’t get the same author), then take … Continue reading The Library Book Selection Game
What’s on my bookshelf.
One-Sentence Reviews: My 4th Quarter 2022 Reads
For the last quarter of 2022, I endeavored to read a book or story from every author whose blog I follow. At first I thought I'd bitten off more than I can chew, but the holidays gave me extra reading time. I enjoyed the variety of genres and writing styles and found some real gems. … Continue reading One-Sentence Reviews: My 4th Quarter 2022 Reads
Review No. 3: Dog Meat by Priscilla Bettis — JF Kaufmann, Author
Priscilla Bettis’s novella is a fascinating journey into the blackness of totalitarian regime—a literary sublimation and a paradigm that we have seen before, from Romania between 1945 and 1989 and Stalin’s gulags to the crazy, murderous dictatorship of Pol Pot in Cambodia and the constant blasting of tenets from the public speakers on the streets […] … Continue reading Review No. 3: Dog Meat by Priscilla Bettis — JF Kaufmann, Author
In the States, it is Thanksgiving week. I am thankful for a lot of things... family, freedom, and faith among them. I'm also thankful for creative people, like the artist who made the collage in today's feature image. It's made of used postage stamps! Find Kay Burrell's work at her Etsy shop. If you have … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s here! DOG MEAT (Plus 10 reasons why you should buy my book even if you don’t read horror.)
I'm excited to announce the publication of my debut novella, Dog Meat! Kalb Ward slaughters dogs for the Colony, a closed, dystopian society where resources are tight, free speech is nonexistent, and those in power have eyes and ears everywhere. Ward desperately wants to quit his grisly job, but he knows he’ll be arrested, or … Continue reading It’s here! DOG MEAT (Plus 10 reasons why you should buy my book even if you don’t read horror.)
An Excerpt, and a Celebration!
My upcoming novella, Dog Meat, is set in the 1980s in a made-up country (the "Colony"), but the following scene happened to real-life family friends of ours (now American citizens). Ward is a little boy at home with his family. His mother and father (“Patro”) are intellectuals, and Revolution soldiers think intellectuals are dangerous. The … Continue reading An Excerpt, and a Celebration!