I’ve published over fifty short stories and three novels: The Road to the Island, In the City of the Disappeared, and Last Chance for First, as well as a book of nonfiction, A Method to March Madness: An Insider’s Look at the Final Four (co-written with former Central Connecticut State University Athletics Director C.J. Jones). A former editor of Quarterly West magazine at the University of Utah, I have edited or co-edited six anthologies of short stories: Flash Fiction; Sudden Flash Youth; Flash Fiction Funny; You Have Time for This; A Celestial Omnibus; and Best American Flash Fiction of the 21st Century (Shanghai, China). I’m currently working on three new anthologies: Flash Nonfiction Funny; Flash Nonfiction Youth; and High on Honey, or Short on Sugar? Seven to Thirteen Word Love Stories.
Last Chance for First
Robby doesn’t smile so much when Jim, his best friend and co-captain of the team, is suspended from the team for drinking, the sadistic coach finally crosses the line in practice, and the girl he’s interested in turns out to be eccentric and unpredictable, with a bad secret.
And Robby’s got to lead his team to the State championships to win a soccer scholarship for college.
An exciting, realistic coming of age novel of a smart star athlete surviving in high school.
In the City of the Disappeared
A 23-year-old Peace Corps volunteer confronts love and conscience in revolutionary Chile.
The Road to the Island
A young man returns to his Conntecticut hometown to seek his father's hit and run killer, and confronts the secrets of his own past.
Flash Fiction Funny
Tom Hazuka’s Flash Fiction Funny is a delight. Comical, silly, absurd, slapstick, quirky and always fun, it tickles. Well-crafted flashes by established and up-and-coming authors find humour in a wonderful array of characters and scenarios: waitresses, teachers, musicians, dentists, gynaecologists, Barbie dolls and superheroes; first dates, sexual fantasies, walks with ABBA and swimming with chickens. There are also porcelain weiner dogs. Some flashes reboot Shakespearean tragedy, Bible stories and fairy tales, others refresh the on-screen world of Google and PowerPoint. Ranging from Prince Charming’s shoe fetish to a male model’s emotional investment in yoga pants, this endlessly surprising anthology is light-hearted but also warm-hearted; its humour doesn’t mock or belittle but offers moments of insight into growing up, growing old, loving and living. Enjoy!
SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGIES
Sudden Flash Youth
In these stories of no more than 1000 words, well-known and emerging American authors spotlight crucial moments of change during coming-of-age. Their young protagonists face matters of great consequence, such as the death of a parent, unwanted pregnancy, and bullying, as well as lighter, if perplexing circumstances: how to hold a prom when being home-schooled; what to do when the babysitter suddenly sees the Rapture. The stories are of this moment--a girl who falls in love and then is pressured to lose her virginity in a cyberspace world--and they also remember the past: the Nixon era, the Vietnam War, slavery. Here is a glimpse into the way we live now from the point of view of those who will determine the future.
You Have Time for This
Welcome to the book that satiates your craving for quality literature without taxing your schedule. Inside you'll find fifty-three stories of love, death, fantasy, and foreign lands, collected by two of the top names in short-short fiction. Co-editors Mark Budman and Tom Hazuka have brought together forty-four diverse writers and stories with topics ranging from Buddha to beer and sex to headless angels.
Enjoy. You Have Time for This.
A Celestial Omnibus: Short Fiction on Faith
Luminous fiction on themes of faith and meaning from favorite writers, including Sandra Cisneros, Andre Dubus, Louise Erdrich, Stephen King, Flannery O'Connor, Philip Roth, E. M. Forster and others.
The anthology that gave a name to a literary genre that has steadily grown in reputation and popularity over the years. No story in the book is longer than 750 words. As DeWitt Henry says, “These stories are not merely flashes in the pan; there’s pay dirt here!”