Larry Hochwald Not From Around Here

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Not From Around Here

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"Sometimes things go better than you think, and sometimes they go
worse.  But they never go the way you expect." ---Alan Trente 

Walk into a world where very real people find themselves in unreal situations, and witness: a young man is sitting in a salon getting his haircut, when he sees someone waving to him in the mirror.  He looks around and realizes...the man waving is not in the room.....  A college student meets a beautiful girl that wants to fulfill all his fantasies, but first he must join her club, and the initiation...is a horror.  A man reaches out to his mother, he tries to connect, but she's just not the same anymore. 
This is the stuff of dreams and nightmares, including:  One man's life is in a shambles until a little boy with a special gift reminds him of healing power of friendship.  Aliens plan a tryst in a lovely mountain
setting, but can Earth stand the bliss? A doctor stumbles upon a world-wide conspiracy, but his murder leaves it in the hands of his close friend to get the secret to the government.  An African curse threatens to end a family's bloodline, but the ancient horror, once unleashed, won't stop there....  
From meeting yourself walking down the street to surviving a homicidal groundhog, you'll go places and meet people that are more familiar than you might expect.  You'll go on 18 journeys filled with excitement, suspense and laughter. And it all comes together when you get to know Alan Trente...he's...Not From Around Here.

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I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. That may not seem particularly special because a lot of people are from Brooklyn, but Brooklyn isn't like anywhere else. There is a dynamism and sense of community here. It's vibrant and diverse and the epitome of what people think of when they imagine the great things about the city. These qualities in your landscape help to develop a writer. Then, I had the good sense to grow up poor, with parents who had an unhappy marriage. That's like author's gold, a writer's Nirvana! Growing up happy might allow one in a hundred thousand to write well, if they even try to write, in between soccer practice and the prom. But growing up poor and in chaos, ensures that your artistic impulses are built on a strong foundation of anger and misery. A writer couldn't ask for much more than that!
While it's true I actually started writing years ago, it wasn't on stone tablets, we didn't use a quill and inkwell, and when I wrote at night I didn't need to use candles. But, when I started, computers were called "Typewriters"and my word processing programs were called "Wite Out" and "Ko-rec-type"
Besides writing fiction, I write about improving healthcare and am a health care advocate; speaking, writing and acting on behalf of those challenged by mental illness and other chronic disease. My writing on those subjects has been published in print and on blogs.
My fiction and OpEd pieces have been published on some popular websites since 2011. Some of my fiction has been featured content. I've had thousands of readers and scores of fans online, which prompted me to take the plunge and come out with my first book.  Not From Around Here is that book; my first collection of short fiction.

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Editor's Pick!  Each story has a unique and solid character in which you find the interactions to be stimulating and at times amusing. Then he takes his setting and either makes them dreamlike, or creepy, or just out of this world. Yet his descriptions draw a vivid picture that is often difficult with short stories.
---Blogcritics.org

Larry Hochwald's "Not From Around Here" was as exciting as it was scary. The book is a collection of 18 short stories-- with occasional threads of connection between them--which elude any single or specific genre.... Hochwald provides the reader with different lenses through which to observe the mysteries of the universe. Moreover, these variations in style are a refreshing contrast to the overwrought themes of typical science-fiction and horror literature....
---The Kingsman Newspaper

Not From Around Here by Larry Hochwald. Inventiveness is definitely what sets Larry Hochwald's sf/horror anthology apart.
---Vanessa-Morgan.blogspot

Hochwald does a great job of building his protagonists with believable characteristics, as well as making them memorable.... Each story is unique.... In some there is a thread of humor that keeps you chuckling as you move to the next.
---Seattle Post Intelligencer (seattlepi.com)

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