The award-winning stories and novels of William H. Coles. Each unique, character-based with dramatic plots, and written as an art form to engage, entertain, and enlighten. Read by the author. Produced by storyinliteraryfiction.com.
Podcast #1, the short story “The Gift”, by William H. Coles
A mother, fearing social disdain, sends her pregnant teenager daughter to a convent in France to deliver the baby for adoption. The infant girl is deformed and adoption fails but the daughter loves the child and must try to raise her to thrive and succeed despite a parent’s objections. Award winning short story in both ... Go To Episode
Podcast #2, the short story “The Amish Girl”, by William H. Coles
At a small Midwest college a failing college student takes summer courses to stay in school and is charmed by the innocent beauty of an Amish girl selling pastries and baked goods on a street in an adjacent village. The shy girl ignores him at first but as his attraction intensifies they must face inevitable ... Go To Episode
Podcast #3, the short story “Speaking of the Dead”, by William H. Coles
A story about a man’s anger for his dead wife who he despised for her betrayal and rejection for whom he reluctantly agreed to deliver a eulogy at the burial. He discovers the power of forgiveness, through an unanticipated acquaintance with a college student. Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. This story and ... Go To Episode
Podcast #4, the short story “The Stonecutter”, by William H. Coles
An adolescent boy, the only son of an illiterate gravestone cutter, falls in love with one of his father’s beautiful clients and during his fatuous, one-sided affair he finds admiration and love for a father he’s silently scorned and dishonored for as long as he can remember. Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. ... Go To Episode
Podcast #5, the short story “Reddog”, by William H. Coles
A young white male in prison for murder is the object of a young graduate student’s research—his first female contact since his mother stopped coming years ago. He begins to covet the attention of her sessions and schemes to charm her so she’ll never desist but has difficulty finding a key to open her caring. ... Go To Episode
Podcast #6, the short story “Big Gene”, by William H. Coles
Following the teachings of non-violence by Dr. Martin Luther King, a low-down blues piano player befriends a white-farmer of the Klu Klux Klan at a truck stop gig in Maryland. His activism saves lives but destroys his family. Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. This story and thirty-two others are available online free ... Go To Episode
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I was left wanting more at the end of each story. What a pleasant voice the host has. I will play them all.
Throughly enjoyed your reading of the story.I feel the positive uplifting nature of the story but can’t help being left with a
slight ache in my heart for the situation.