Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories by M.G. Edwards

M.G. Edwards
By M.G. Edwards March 20, 2012 07:23

Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories by M.G. Edwards

Summary:

A French prisoner struggles to survive in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. A delinquent youth is obsessed with a cemetery ghost. Good and evil fight over the soul of a zombie. A grandma thought to suffer from mental illness predicts the future. Car trouble leads to an encounter with an angel. A chief must calm a volcano before it destroys his village. A human tries to dissuade elves and dwarves from going to war. A bride confronts deception in an effort to reunite with her bridegroom. A boy encounters superhuman army ants that escape from a military laboratory and move into his closet. These stories and more are featured in Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories, a collection of 15 short stories written between 1981 and 2011. The stories are from multiple genres with some common themes, including hope, dreams, light, darkness, perseverance, and spirituality, wrapped up in some novel ideas. Enjoy these diverse and timeless works three decades in the making.

Excerpt:

A French prisoner struggles to survive in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. A delinquent youth is obsessed with a cemetery ghost. Good and evil fight over the soul of a zombie. A grandma thought to suffer from mental illness predicts the future. A mysterious maintenance man haunts a college dormitory. Car trouble leads to an encounter with an angel. The Greek god of the unknown fights his nemesis, the god of light. A chief must calm a volcano before it destroys his village. A human tries to dissuade elves and dwarves from going to war. A bride confronts deception in an effort to reunite with her bridegroom. A child dreams of an alien invasion. Humanity races to colonize a moon. A boy encounters superhuman army ants that escape from a military laboratory and move into his closet. A foreign exchange student learns baseball and tries out for a championship team.

These stories and more are featured in Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories, a collection of 15 short stories written between 1981 and 2011. The stories are from multiple genres with some common themes, including hope, dreams, light, darkness, perseverance, and spirituality, wrapped up in some novel ideas. Enjoy these diverse and timeless works three decades in the making.

Story Synopses:

Vichy (1990) tells the epic story of Jean-Marie Daubert, a spy for the French Resistance during World War II who was captured and sent to the Gross-Rosen concentration camp. It’s a sobering story of love and loss told through letters from Daubert to his wife Corinne.

The Ballick Eye (1988) was inspired by my visit as a youth to an old cemetery in Lewiston, Idaho. Although the story itself is fiction, Ballick’s tomb is reminiscent of one tomb in the Lewiston graveyard.

Evil | Live (2011) is a twist on the traditional horror story. It is based on the premise that good triumphs over evil. The story’s name implies that evil and life are mirror opposites. The “paper” is a Bible tract with the image of Jesus and the verses John 3:16-21. The protagonist, Harlan, finds peace when the message cleanses his soul and gives him back his life.

The Grandma Conspiracy (2004) was inspired by a dream I had about an elderly woman whose ability to predict the future is mistaken for mental illness. The story asks whether those who have been diagnosed with mental illness are really misunderstood.

Room G-13 (1993) is a story I wrote in college about a murderer who kills a maintenance man and hides in a dormitory disguised as the victim.

The Factory Worker in the Corner Office (2007) is an allegory about a white-collar worker who is harassed by his supervisor in spite of going beyond the call of duty to help his employer.

Saved by Hope (1988) is a true story based on an encounter I had with an angel during the summer of 1987.

Mysterius, Lord of the Unknown (1987) is a story inspired by Greek mythology. The ancient Greeks dedicated some temple alters to an unknown god. Mysterius is an interpretation of this deity.

How Little Big Chief Calmed the Mountain (1981) is a story I wrote after the May 1981 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The character of Little Big Chief was inspired by a good friend with cerebral palsy.

The Emissary’s Battle (2005) is a story about an envoy who uses diplomacy instead of violence to resolve a conflict. Set in a fantasy world, it is a novel take on the use of negotiation, rather than war, to cool hostilities.

Kirche and the Mirror (1992) is an allegory of the Christian Church. Kirche represents the bride of Christ, while the mirror symbolizes the devil. The groom is a depiction of Christ coming for His bride.

Suits (1989) is based on a dream I had of an invasion of the planet Mars by astronauts from Earth. The story is a nod to The Twilight Zone.

Verda (1997) was inspired by a dream I had about the existence of a moon orbiting the earth capable of sustaining life. The story explores themes ranging from space exploration and colonialism to environmental preservation and the human spirit.

G.I. Ants (1983) is a story I wrote as a youth. It precedes Disney’s A Bug’s Life and Dreamworks’ Antz animated films by over a decade. The story was inspired by a play on the word “giant.” It’s one of my personal favorites.

A friend inspired the story High Flying Deutschman (1988). He was an exchange student at my high school who excelled at sports. Although he never played baseball, he was a remarkable athlete who won several competitions while living in the United States.

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