– Books We’ve Designed –

EMMY: MEMOIR OF A FLEMISH IMMIGRANT

By Emma Albertina Bogaerts

Emmy is an autobiographical account of Emma’s life in Belgium at the onset of World War I. This heartwarming tale chronicles her teen years through her difficult marriage with two young children and their survival of World War II. Deeply poignant, it is a personal story that reveals a unique aspect of one family’s immigration to the U.S.A.

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REALISTIC HALLUCINATIONS

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By Jon Christopher

Welcome to the world of Realistic Hallucinations.

On one hand I have an urge to explain this book of poems, but on the other I wish it to be read without any explanation, so take your choice; read this or skip straight to the work itself.

What are these “Realistic Hallucinations” and how did they come about?

The title “Realistic Hallucinations” comes from Peter Max’s photo collages in the 1960’s, and like everything else in this book was appropriated for my own use.

These are word collages.

Just about every line in this work was composed of lines clipped, cut, pasted, and edited from a variety of pre-printed sources. I appropriated these lines from; Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Henry Kane’s Fistful of Death, Sportsman Like Driving (a drivers-ed. handbook), The J. Peterman Catalog, newspaper articles, magazines, junk mail advertisements, etc … And then I added miscellaneous lines of my own poetry into the mix… Read more in the Author’s Notes.

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REAL LIFE FICTION AND OTHER STORIES

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By Jon Christopher

This volume contains three short stories of speculative fiction – Real Life Fiction, In The Heavens As On Earth and Press The Record Button. Each story explores possibilities at the end of our known world. Time travel, manipulation of reality, nuclear war, reincarnation, chance, and a host of other ideas are woven through these various stories.

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HOA**holes

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By Mark Leysen

Recently retired university professor, Lewis Brick, receives a “violation” notice from the HOA. He is instructed that one car must be parked in his garage, something he’s not done for over twenty years because he converted his garage into a painting studio. His question is “why now?” If he complies and alters his studio to accommodate one of his cars, it will wreck the space and no longer function as an art studio. He tells his wife, Annette, “It’s either a garage or a studio, it can’t be both.”

HOA Board members threaten Brick with fines and possible legal action if he fails to comply, which sets off a rancorous debate at two appointed meetings. Brick asks a lawyer friend if there’s a solution to keep the HOA from coming after him. His reply: “don’t live where your home is regulated by an HOA.”

In the end, Lewis Brick finds a solution that no one expected, least of all himself.

NOTE: We designed the book layout for Gulchfish Publishing. Cover design by Mark Leysen

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SOMEWHERE OUT THERE IN THE WEST

A NOVELLA
By Jon Christopher

What happened in 2012?

Where was the big, end of the world event everyone was waiting for?

These questions and more are answered by Billy Hero, who is on the move. He’s recovering from partial amnesia due to his most recent battle with the Nagas.

The story follows him from New Mexico to Denver, through some Deep Underground Bases on his way to Minneapolis to meet with his old friend, the Reverend T.J. Clemons who broadcasts his gospel message from the Holy Mexican Radio Air Wave Ministry from Chihuahua, Mexico.

Meanwhile Avenging Angels are administering cosmic justice. The clock is ticking towards December 21, 2012, the end of the Kali Yuga Age and the beginning of the Age of Aquarius. Revival is breaking out at Reverend Clemons’ radio station and three Hopi indian warriors are tracking Billy Hero.

Available September 21, 2017

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FOOD, CARS, AND GRANDPARENTS

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By Cristi Herbert

Exhibiting a keen insight into the triumphs and tribulations of life, Cristi Hebert delivers a captivating testament of the human experience.

In her debut novel, Hebert shares snapshots of life taken through the eyes of a loving granddaughter, a mischievous older sister, and a strong woman.

This collection of Short-shorts details the pleasures of small victories and the pain of life’s challenges. Food, Cars and Grandparents reminds readers of the commonalities that unite us all.
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FLEMISH FRIES – AN IMMIGRANT’S MEMOIR

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By Mark Leysen

Weapons of mass destruction, Nazi occupation, deprivation, assassination, God, immigration, assimilation, the American Dream, infidelity, success, failure and redemption are just some of the ingredients sprinkled into FLEMISH FRIES – a novel of one family’s journey from Antwerp, Belgium to America.

Intrigued by the promise of year-around sunshine, the Vos family immigrates to California after surviving the dark days of World War II. Assimilation is the new challenge, and Willem, the youngest son, is told by his father to learn English in three months or else. Hugo, the eldest at sixteen, is ordered to find a job immediately.

Heartbreaking, heartwarming, and equally comical, FLEMISH FRIES turns a sharp eye towards Americanization, which brings diametrically different results to each family member.

Late in life, Willem returns to Antwerp for a three week visit to the city of his birth. He is sixty and it has been forty years since his last visit, and now he must face a crucial life altering decision.
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By Jon Christopher

Artist and graphic designer Jon Christopher shares a journey through a collection of graphics artwork done during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, covering his transition to using the computer as a primary means of creating and presenting his art. ONLY shares some of the souvenirs of the graphical journey with you…

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