one day in august

yet to be accepted for publication


A collection of imaginative, surreal, dream-like, whimsical, absurd, and strange fairy tale, fantasy, and sci-fi adventures of longing, discovery, surprises, secrets, escape, wonder, awe, eeriness, unusual gadgets, exploration, change, and strange happenings in everyday life. These fables will make great story starters for young adults and reluctant readers.

–  a giant embryo walks into a bar.

–  worms in a rooming house form together to become a little person.

–  a man finds a small woman inside a wall in his house.

–  a group of students uncover some unusual objects on an archeological dig.

–  a couple return home from a night out, only to find several cavemen milling about their house.

–  a man crawls into his mailbox to discover another world.

–  a group of students are frozen by aliens, leaving only a few friends left to free them.

–  two people find a strange void while out wandering and decide to explore it.

–  a pair of siblings follow their parents out one night, to discover they are actually fish-like people.

With underlying themes of fragility, uncertainty, impermanence, the mysteries hidden in everyday life, discovery, escape, concealment, ennui, sadness, loneliness, technology run amok, eerie vibes, irresponsible behavior, confusion, change, absurd situations, Tony Rauch is a worthy successor to the artistry and imagination of Barry Yourgrau and Ray Bradbury.

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