Live Free or Ride: Tales of the Concord Coach

An Anthology

Featuring “Animals” by E. Christopher Clark, Live Free or Ride is the fifth in Plaidswede Publishing Co.'s New Hampshire Pulp Fiction series. Edited by Elaine Isaak, these twenty-three stories include contemporary works where the Concord Coach stands as the vehicle of imagination, and true-grit Western tales of loves betrayed and outlaw encounters. You'll find local ghost stories, historical tales of near and far, horror stories, and magical romances, as intrepid writers hitch their talent to New Hampshire's contribution to the Wild West, and take us for a ride we'd never imagined. Climb on in, and let's ride!

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River Muse: Tales of Lowell & The Merrimack Valley

An Anthology

Featuring “Hard to Find” by E. Christopher Clark, River Muse was described by David Capella of Central Connecticut University as, “a wide-ranging anthology of stories from various Merrimack Valley area writers, including unpublished work by Jack Kerouac, [which] deftly illustrates this fact: fertile literary imaginations continue to grow along the Merrimack River Valley. The writers in these pages, grounded in a literary tradition as deep as those along the Hudson River Valley and the Connecticut River Valley, reflect a uniquely modern aspect of the New England character, one shaped by grave-yard shifts, neighborhood dives, comic book stores, immigrants, and railroad yards. Their stories give us the unvarnished life of a people and a place steeped in lore yet brimming with new mysteries. In doing so, they herald the region’s latest revival.”

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All He Left Behind

by E. Christopher Clark

First released in 2010, All He Left Behind is a collection of eleven short stories by E. Christopher Clark, an expansion of the shared universe first uncovered in Those Little Bastards. “Ian” tells the story of the fat best friend, and the father who made him that way. “The Silver Family Singers” offers a glimpse behind the music that was the soundtrack for a young girl’s childhood. “After the Prom” and “One Last Time” tell the tale of tragic would-be writer Matthew Silver. And, in “The Tale of Old Silas,” you’ll find the story of the crotchety old man whose seeming disdain for his children set the stage for every heartache that followed.

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Those Little Bastards

by E. Christopher Clark

First released in 2002, Those Little Bastards is a collection of sixteen short stories, the introduction to a shared universe that is populated by characters both heartwarming and disturbing. Here you will find a sweet old landlady chafing under the rule of a false god; a twisted and lonely man who talks to computers with his mind; a piano instructor who sleeps with his students, but wonders whether his daughter is safe from men like him; and a husband sent to the doghouse, who discovers two weirdoes, a shovel, and lots of open land.

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