“I love that Mister Negative is not afraid to speak his mind. Most of us go through every day biting our own tongues so as not to offend anyone. I would think it would be highly cathartic to be able to simply say what you want.”–Carolyn Zeller
This is my collection of short stories written from 2008 to 2012, presented in chronological order. The stories explore topics such as mental illness, obsession, the consequences of being candid, perfection, and religion.
The story “Chasing Kerouac” depicts one man’s obsession with finding a lost piece of writing by author Jack Kerouac, an obsession that takes him hundreds of miles with a friend to visit complete strangers.
“Neighbors” revolves around another man’s less constructive obsession with what goes on behind a neighbor’s closed doors.
“A Perfect World” is the story of a girl who travels to a world where everything is perfect. What would that look like? What would it mean?
“The Deity” addresses the question of what a universe with a loving supreme being would look like. What if that being died? How would its creations survive and thrive?
“Mister Negative”, a no-holds barred attack on political correctness, is the story of a man who says what he thinks no matter what happens or whom he offends. Of this story, the longest in the collection, Robert says, “This one was cathartic to write. I got to get out and let go of some ‘negativity’ I’d been holding in for a long time—in a comedic way, of course. If only we could all be as free and bold as Mister Negative, we’d probably all feel a lot better!”
This collection replaces the discontinued Cagey and 2 Others, which featured a story I wrote in 1994 called “Cagey”, “Chasing Kerouac” (2008), and “Neighbors” (2009). Though I still like “Cagey”, the difference between 1994 and 2008 in the writing quality led me to take that volume off the market. Cagey and 2 Others is still available from some sellers.
You may also ask your local independent bookstore to order it for you.