BN.com Gift Guide

Paraskavedekatriaphobia

( 1 )

Overview

Sometimes things are not as they seem.

“Paraskavedekatriaphobia: A Collection of Short Stories” takes you to surprising places … unexpected places that nonetheless are perfectly right and poetic in their justness. In this collection of short tales, author James Driscoll's spins riveting short stories that revolve around shocking inciting incidents, each one wending its way to unanticipated conclusions:

• an innocent trapped in a murder investigation by a cunning criminal

• a domineering wife and a husband who ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $8.53   
  • New (5) from $8.53   
  • Used (1) from $11.56   
Sending request ...

More About This Book

Overview

Sometimes things are not as they seem.

“Paraskavedekatriaphobia: A Collection of Short Stories” takes you to surprising places … unexpected places that nonetheless are perfectly right and poetic in their justness. In this collection of short tales, author James Driscoll's spins riveting short stories that revolve around shocking inciting incidents, each one wending its way to unanticipated conclusions:

• an innocent trapped in a murder investigation by a cunning criminal

• a domineering wife and a husband who turns up dead

• an elderly woman bent on revenge

• two career outlaws in a deadly clash

• a heartbroken man driven to suicide

Like literary optical illusions, Driscoll's tales trick the mind's eye with clever plot twists and focus shifts, ones the reader will savor in new ways with each reading. Go along for the ride, but brace yourself …

Your destination may shock you.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432769932
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 118
  • Sales rank: 421,517
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted June 7, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite For readers who don't

    Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite

    For readers who don't like to get into long novels, "Paraskavedekatriaphobia" (fear of Friday the 13th) may be the ideal read. Author James Driscoll takes the reader on many journeys and most of them are dark journeys, journeys that most of us hope we will never encounter. In 'A Rainy Night', a man has car trouble and stumbles upon an out of the way gas station in which the unexpected occurs. In '714', two old men compete for knowledge and when the perpetually "one down" in intellect is finally correct, he seeks to set his always correct friend straight. 'Hoodlums' has a gambler experiencing a good luck streak and 'The Railing' has a man trying out new prescribed medication while having a paranormal experience. We then have a bank robber and a woman afraid to leave her house on Friday the 13th. And then, there is 16 year old Sally who appears to be a borderline personality punishing herself because of a boyfriend who jilted her. In 'Interference', a subway rider mistakenly attempts to assist someone who is threatened by an escaped psychopath, and lastly, we have a story about dead birds.

    I liked the variation in the stories, even though some were predictable. The author does allow the reader a fascinating glimpse into the psyche of the main character, although most of the characters appear to be rather dark creatures. These stories will stay with you for a while as they do force human knowledge upon the reader in a predominantly non-obtrusive manner.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)