Posts Tagged ‘short stories’

Tales for the Troops

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

This collection of ten short stories has been available only to military personnel since it became available in late 2007.  It now is available to everyone in a number of ebook formats.  For more information check out the  website page on this collection.


Tunnel Vision Press Release

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

A recent press release on the Tunnel Vision collection of short stories listed a series of 5-star reviews the book has received.  Read the press release

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army recognition

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

For over a year-and-a-half, I’ve been distributing a package of ten previously published short stories to our armed forces.  All ten are humorous fantasy or scifi stories.  I’ve sent out hundreds of letters and emails ad-

army certificate-smallvising individuals and units how to get a copy of the .PDF file. I’ve often wondered if anyone was reading the stories, but recently my question was answered.  I received a large envelope from the Army and inside was a letter signed by the Secretary of the Army and  the Army Chief-of-Staff.  The letter thanked me for my support of the troops.  I also received a certificate of appreciation at the same time.

All ten stories are available to civilians through Tunnel Vision.  The book contains twenty short stories including the ten sent to the troops.

New Tunnel Vision Review

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

From Nanci Arvizu:

Hank knows how to take the every day ordinary and twist it into a parallel universe of you-never-know-that-could-be sense of humor that keeps me hooked.

Tunnel Vision is a collection of Hank’s short stories, which make it easy to pick up on an e-reader (I use my Black Berry) and read a story during any “wait time”. But be careful where you read; you could find yourself laughing out loud.TV-cover-small

My favorite of the bunch – Practical Experience. When I was younger I wanted to be an accountant. Anyone who works in the numbers crunching world will enjoy this story.

Five out of five stars for this book.

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Tunnel Vision Widget

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Check out this neat widget. It was put together for me by Book Candy Studios.   BCS also made the trailers in the widget.

Tunnel Vision Table of Contents Part 2

Friday, September 11th, 2009

TV-cover-smallListed below are the first ten stories in this collection and a short synopsis of each.  The collection is now available in e-book and print editions. If you want to watch trailers for three of the stories and read the reviews first go to my website.

Rogue Wizard:  Brodwin, a wizard,has trouble following the orders of his hated superior.

Tunnel Vision:  The maestro at a small college fights his nemesis, the Dean of Physics, to maintain the Musicology Department’s share of the budget.

Ballot Blues (and Reds):  A Knight-Accountant investigates possible voter fraud.

Maple Syrup Politics:  The President has started his re-election campaign, but Dan Weber, the Vice-President, isn’t sure he’ll be on the ticket in November.

Rainbow Bridge:   A modern day mortal inadvertently summons Loki and the trickster god moves in with the hapless mortal.

Zaftig the Magnificent: A sequel to The Impresario. Once again, the egomaniacal alien Zaftig returns to Earth to implement his nefarious plans.

Desperate Measures: The wizard Brodwin again. This time he is trying to defend a city and woo the female mayor.

Hell of a Salesman:  A salesman devises a plan to escape from sellers’ Hell.

Mead Cup: The knights of the Round Table are hard pressed to beat off a challenge by invading Saxons.

Saving the Shore: A mayor hires a wizard to protect his village from predatory business-trolls.

Interview with the author of Tunnel Vision

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

This is Marcia Hammerhead, interviewer extraordinaire for the famous Hoboken Sun-Times-Star-News-Post-Ledger-Reporter. Normally, I only interview reknowned authors of literary fiction, but I have been commanded to work with an unknown author of genre fiction. Despite my reservations, I will plunge ahead. I have with me today the author, Hank Quense.  The print edition of his Tunnel Vision collection of short stories has just been unleashed on the unsuspecting world.  Take this interview as your warning.

Marcia:  Can you tell us why anyone in possession of all their faculties would buy Tunnel Vision?

Hank: Sure.  To get some laughs.  To put some humor in their lives.  It’s a tough world and there certainly isn’t anything humorous in the news.  My collection of humorous short stories offers an alternative to reality.  Besides, laughter is good for you.

Marcia: What types of stories will the reader be subjected to?

Hank: Fantasy and science fiction. The stories take place in medieval settings, in the future or in modern times.  The reader will encounter dwarfs, humans, aliens and other bizarre character types.

Marcia: What is the meaning of this dubious title?

Hank: Tunnel vision is the single idiosyncrasy that most of my characters have, in abundance. This tunnel vision leads them to make extraordinary decisions that ordinary beings would never attempt.  Much of the humor in the stories comes from this tunnel vision.

Marcia: Tell us about the protagonists in these stories.

Hank: In the book, the reader will meet; Burga, a warrior-chef; Zaftig the Magnificent, an alien impresario; Ida, an undead chick who plays softball; Shakespeare’s Wyrd Sisters, the three witches from his MacBeth play, Lucretia Borgia; Vatsik, a knight-accountant and also the Knights of the Round Table Soccer Club and many more.  And this doesn’t touch on the minor characters.

Marcia: I can’t take any more of this genre fiction babbling.  I prefer to read works of high literary fiction, works filled with obscure imagery and incomprehensible, dense passages.  We’ll leave you now so I can plot revenge on my editor for insisting I take this assignment.  Until my next interview, with a famous literary author I hope, good-bye.

Top 5 reasons to buy Tunnel Vision:

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

TV-cover-smallHere some very good reasons to buy the book:

1: Live longer.  Relax, have some laughs.  Laughter will relieve stress and lower blood pressure thus allowing you to live longer.

2: Meet new and interesting characters, some of them really bizarre.

3: Visit mythical Gundarland, populated by humans, dwarfs, elves, half-pints and  . . . yuks.

4: Find out what happened to the Ringbearer’s descendants.

5: Met a Zaftan.

Tunnel Vision Table of Contents: Part 1

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

TV-cover-smallListed below are the first ten stories in this collection and a short synopsis of each.

The collection is now available in e-book and print editions. If you want to watch trailers for three of the stories and read the reviews first go to my website


Sponsored By . . .: an army captain struggles to save his rifle company from demented felons.

MacBeth: The Sequel: The Wyrd sisters go on a quest to save their pet mo

nster, Nessie, and to find a few good men.

Lucy in Love: Satan sends Pope Alex VI and his daughter Lucy Borgia to earth to reverse the decline in the market share of souls bound for Hell.

Manhattan Monsters: The undead struggle for survival against government agents while hoping to win their softball tournament in a Central Park league.

Practical Experience: Vatsik, knight-accountant, is on his first adventure

and he quickly discovers he can’t rely on what his teachers told him.

Staphmeyer’s Mantra: an intern in a New York City gets what he wished for and immediately regrets it.

Tunnel Vision: A music professor and self-proclaimed genius fights for his department’s share of the university’s budget.

Recipe for Revenge: Burga, a warrior-cook, joins forces with a sorceress-pastry chef to take revenge on wizard-food-critic for his bad reviews.

Rainbow Bridge: a guy inadvertantly summons Loki to earth and has to put the god up in his apartment.

Mead Cup: The Knights of the Round Table soccer team have to fend off a tough challenge from the invading Saxon team.