Sandcastle and Other Stories - a short story collection by Justin Bog

The fiction debut by Justin Bog.

The ten literary, psychological, and suspense tales in Sandcastle and Other Stories hope to shed light on dark times.

In these ten tales you will meet an old man twisted by fate and a lost love, a young girl playing on the ocean shore who becomes entangled in nets of a mercurial god, a divorced man mired in troubles and coerced into taking a singles cruise, a Hollywood actor in a television drama who is always typecast as the bad boy, a child kept awake by night terrors, other siblings who will never understand one another and the cats who rub up against them, a misanthrope who nevertheless surrounds himself with others going about their day, the mother of twin boys who hasn't learned how to say no, a young adult whose childhood is haunted by unspeakable acts, and a woman who hides her secretive personality from everyone on the beach one sunny day.

"Just as the child in On the Back Staircase existed on the edge of a night rampant with imagined terrors and foreboding realities, this powerful collection of riveting and suspenseful short stories leaves one with the indelible imprint of having been visited by any number of the expertly crafted characters . . . Justin Bog has dipped his pen into the stuff of human minds and succeeded in recreating the human condition in all its potent psychopathy. Sandcastle and Other Stories is a thoroughly enthralling and startlingly powerful debut by this author . . ."

-- Karina Cox Review