The Phone and Other Short Stories by Gary Paul Bryant

“Gary Paul Bryant will wheel your gurney down the paranormal corridors of Life Everlasting, whether you’re willing or not. A must-read short story collection for vivisectionist aficionados, fantasy enthusiasts and all the rest of us hanging on to dear life.” – Jack Archibald

The Phone and Other Short Stories is a collection of nine short reads that in all, creates a battleground between the likes of Hitchcock and Twain. It’s a compromise of satire and science, of time travel and tall tale, but mostly just good fun. Titles include: The Phone, A Man of Proverbs, A Bitter Climb, Stall, Gleason Snickell and the Search for Love, In the Woods Where the Widow Sings, Sweet Tooth, Awkward and The First Ride: The Real Story of Santa Claus.  As a special bonus, The Phone and Other Short Stories includes  The First Ride and Awkward!     Get it Now!


first rideDo you believe in Santa Claus? “If it weren’t for my grandfather Max, I might have become a non-believer as well.” So begins the tale of how Nicolas Claus came to join the family of Max Pepin for a time in this warm, nostalgic story of life on a real-life farm in the 1870s. Readers will grin at this candid peek into Max’s diary, where an undercover Santa Claus is judged as “too fat to be much good for farm work” and the Kringle children sneak into the chicken coop in the middle of the night. But where, exactly, did this strange Claus family come from? Was it Hungary? Finland? Max and his tender-hearted wife, Rose, begin to have their suspicions. Something just wasn’t adding up… What kind of children didn’t grow taller than three feet? What kind of family never seemed to sleep? None of that mattered, though, when Max discovered that his son’s life was in danger. The only question was, would Max, Nicolas, and eight fleet-footed reindeer make it to him in time?  Available at


Awkward by Gary Paul Bryant

You won’t need a medical dictionary for this seriously funny and imaginative short story by author and songwriter Gary Paul Bryant. When a prominent Massachusetts chemist Robert Levenplatter finally succumbs to lung cancer, his adult children Nina and Luke, along with his favorite nephew RPL setup a makeshift operating room in Levenplatter’s garage.

Employing a couple of trusted friends to get the necessary medical equipment from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and before the state of Massachusetts can issue a death certificate, Luke, Nina and RPL put their considerable biomedical talents together to bring dear old dad back from the dead. His wife had other ideas.  Available at