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The idea for the anthology came to me in early 2012 during the throes and ecstasy of planning my own wedding.
The irony of this is not lost on me.
I had just finished reading “Many Presents” by Mike Heartz, which is included in the anthology, and decided to go for a run. Somehow, running down the road at full-tilt in an endorphin-fueled state, the words “love” and “hurts” mingled, and I knew I had my idea for an anthology, a humorous look at the ups and downs of love and how it affects our lives.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the collection of stories that came together as a result. The first of line of William Klein’s “Hallelujah” is capable of stopping three conversations in your local Kinko’s, guaranteed. It grabbed me, and the delightfully erotic and comic journey thrilled me to the end.
“Doorways” by Jamie Mason is easily the most creative of the stories, and proves that love is waiting for us all, no matter how difficult the journey, if only we keep our eyes and ears open.
“I’ll Love You Forever, but…” by April Gray, is the story of how love transcends all logic and, sometimes, even death.
Carla Sarett’s “Career Girl” is a delightful story about a hardworking girl in
New York just looking for a guy who doesn’t have a type. She’s a phenomenal, hard-working writer, and I expect to see great things from her in the future.
Mike Heartz really is a primary school teacher, and it shows. I’ve read a fair amount of his writing and in “Many Presents” his kindness, empathy, and compassion—traits that make him an incredible writer—show through and illuminates for the reader how early our need for love as people, as a society, is rooted in our psyche.
“Overcoming Debbie Gilroy” by Wayne Scheer, is a delightful little story about how life goes on, and how no matter where we are in our lives, there’s always the chance for love. Sometimes, we have to take that chance.
“In her Shoes” by Lizzy Huitson allows us to laugh at our own quirks, and to know that somewhere out there is a person perfect for us; someone who can even deal with the really bonkers stuff.
My mother-in-law raved about Gabrielle Hovendon’s “Morning After Monologue” when she read it, and for good reason. It truly captures our insecurity, and the profound effect worrying about love can have.
“Falling” by Stone Showers, is just freaking hilarious. Sometimes, we get what we deserve.
D.T. Kastn’s “Cabra” is another one of those stories that is just too cute for its own good. Beware of goats in dorms, and be on the lookout for love anywhere.
Michael Kimball’s excerpt from “Unselfpublished, a Memoir of Michael Kimball, by Michael Kimball” is hilarious, through and through. His control of language makes me envious.
There’s no reason for passion to ever die. Not if we’re willing to work on it, like in Jim Harrington’s “Ralph’s
John Moran’s “Herbert’s First Job” is simply divine—no, profane. It is excellently written and warns us to be careful what we wish for.
“I <3 Lesbians” by Gabrielle Knock, is hilarious, and sad all at the same time. Love and lust are not often the same thing, but are often confused.
“Bragging Rights” by Sharon Goldberg examines the lengths we will go to for love, and how low we can sink.
Lisa Douglass’s story, “Red Starbucks Girl” is a ridiculous story about how sometimes in love and in life we are our own worst enemies.
“Walter and Gabriella” by Catherine Austin Alexander, is a cute and funny tale of romance fixed by circumstance from across the pond.
Michael A. Tashjian’s story, “Of Women’s Wiles and Underwear,” is a coming of age story that pokes fun at courtship behavior and all the ways we attract mates.
Lastly, Payne Ratner’s “Fish Story,” is a story like no other that is by turns mischievous, poignant, beautiful, dark, and truthful in its fiction. Sometimes, something miraculous happens that shows we as human beings, and our relationships, are salvageable.
I hope you enjoy the stories and that reading them enriches your life as much as it has mine.
Eric M. Bosarge, Editor