Paul F. Gleeson was a successful Chicago lawyer who died in 2012, at the age of
70. He was also my father. Among his belongings we found a boxful of typed
manuscripts from the 1970s and 80s. It turned out they were short stories he had
written. These were great stories in the “pulp fiction” tradition, tales of
crime and punishment, and strange characters committing dark deeds.
in the box were rejection letters from publishers. Dad was unable to get past
the literary gatekeepers of those days. Discouraged, he stuck to his day job,
and gave up his dream of entertaining the readers of America. The stories sat,
unread, for three decades in a dusty heap.
But my sister, my two
brothers, and I are making his dream come true now. We are finally sharing these
stories with the world, the way he always wanted. His anthology, Screams from My Father: Stories by Paul F. Gleeson
, includes these ten wickedly witty original
TEN SHORT STORIES:
"One Bet Too Many": Howard Timmins is betting his
life that what happened in Vegas will stay in Vegas.
"All in the
Family": A little boy and his young mother enjoy playing in the park. But they
are being watched.
"Unhappy Hour": When you drink at the Literal Club,
you get exactly what you order.
"What a Difference a Day Makes": How did
April 10, 1861, manage to get erased from history?
"Scab": When Kellman
crosses the picket line, his friends have to show him some tough love.
"Don't Touch That Dial": Martha has a surprise waiting for Carl when he
gets home. Carl might have something for Martha too.
"Reunited We Fall":
Crashing college reunions is a good way to score a free meal. Or become one.
"Going the Distance": What happens when a man pushes himself to the
limit? And what happens when he pushes further than that?
started as a lunch hour quickly devolved into a blurry swirl of intrigue and
"Weight and See": Margaret has to lose weight, or die.
Roger can help.
Also in the book are five humorous
columns by Paul Gleeson, a foreword by Kevin Gleeson, and terrific cover art by