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Fiction: Glen Hirshberg, "Hey Now, Melissa Flynn"



Glen Hirshberg's story, Hey Now, Melissa Flynn read by actor David Gelles.

Glen Hirshberg‘s novel, The Book of Bunk: A Fairy Tale of the Federal Writers’ Project (Earthling, 2010), has been hailed by Lucius Shepard as "a miracle of narrative diversity and drive...It's as if Woody Guthrie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez had co-authored a 90,000-word folk song." Glen’s previous novel, The Snowman's Children, received rave reviews from The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, and many others. Each of his acclaimed story collections, American Morons and The Two Sams, received the International Horror Guild Award and was selected by Locus as a best book of the year. He won the 2008 Shirley Jackson Award for his novella, The Janus Tree. The Los Angeles Times calls him "the author of stories that are as unsettling as they are scary, as disturbing as they are profound...Literary, chilling, the next big thing", and Peter Straub describes him as "A writer to watch, and to treasure." He co-founded the Rolling Darkness Revue, a traveling ghost story performance troupe, and he teaches writing at Cal State San Bernardino.



David Gelles has been seen in NY theatre in Graceland (Lincoln Center); White People, Photograph 51, Close Ties, Both, and The True Life Story of Tom Ritchford (all at Ensemble Studio Theatre); Edgewise (Cherry Lane Studio); Shrunken Heads (Peter Jay Sharp); The Dumb Waiter (Under St. Marks); Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Communicable Arts), and As You Like It (Oval House, London). His film and TV credits include Mercy (NBC); Killing the Dog (Six Part Productions); On Hiatus, Valencia (Mettenheimer Film Production); and Sundays with Dad.
 

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