Getting in was easy. Getting out was impossible.
Prime Minister-Elect David Maharaj is on the run. Desperate to be free of the Fraternity of the Consecrated that has made him the most powerful man in the land, he abandons the life that they created for him.
The ancient cult isn’t taking David’s betrayal lightly. As he bolts from one country to another, the powers that seek him begin to systematically target the loved ones he left behind in order to flush him out.
Now David must decide. Should he keep running until they inevitably catch up with him? Or return and deliver himself into the hands of this demonic order?
Unseemly Behavior is set in the Caribbean - not the scenic Caribbean of sun, sand and carefree living but a Caribbean beset with troubling realities born of a bloody history and nurtured by generational trauma. In these tales, Stanford selects diverse strands of his society and paints them in their stark realism. A school teacher must confront a student who attempts to rape another; an adult survivor of childhood sex abuse faces her tormentor; overbearing parents drive their son to madness; young men take extreme action to deal with runaway crime on their island. There are simmering racial tensions, crises of faith and betrayals on a grand and intimate scale. Yet here and there, like tropical sunlight filtering through a rotted roof, the human spirit triumphs.
Mysteria...a place of beauty and innocence…a magical land where humans and animals live in harmony—until something sinister comes along.
—Fabien the Fish teaches himself to walk bringing the ridicule of his family down on his head.
—Little Bird risks his life by going to war with Big Bird over a meal.
—Sana the cow jumps to conclusions—and into danger.
—Dart the horse challenges the gods.
TALES FROM MYSTERIA is a collection of animal stories in which readers of all ages are drawn into a fantasy world where difference, acceptance, loyalty and betrayal are explored.
DESIRE is the story of Everyteacher as he faces the students whose youth, beauty and promise are constantly at war with the damage inflicted on them by their toxic, convulsing society. Teacher Adrian Greene is one of the nicest guys at a secondary school on the island of Trinidad, but when one of his juniors is attacked by a senior he loses his famous cool. Things get out of hand when he confronts the boy about the incident and the two end up in a scuffle in the schoolyard...
First published in the anthology DESIRES: A COLLECTION OF CARIBBEAN SHORT STORIES.
"I feel this man doesn't love me." The ugly thought raised its head as they stood outside the church taking wedding pictures. But she dismissed it. After all, all brides had their doubts. But she should have listened to her gut.