Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories Stephen Leary

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Published: August 10th 2014

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146 pages


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Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories  by  Stephen Leary

Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories by Stephen Leary
August 10th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 146 pages | ISBN: | 9.75 Mb

This bakers dozen presents the game of chess, its stage and actors, as symbols of an incomprehensible world, a means of communication beyond language, an unreachable ideal, a trap, a disease, a salvation. These stories are literary, hallucinatory,MoreThis bakers dozen presents the game of chess, its stage and actors, as symbols of an incomprehensible world, a means of communication beyond language, an unreachable ideal, a trap, a disease, a salvation.

These stories are literary, hallucinatory, and mystifying, resisting easy conclusions or explanations.ContentsForewordNotes on writing short stories and the ideas behind this chess-themed collection.Queen of the Chess CultThe search for a beautiful queen who presides over a cult with a sacred book listing the moves of the perfect chess game.Pawn StormFalling from the sky are snowflakes like chess pieces.A Wasted LifeA man gives up chess but is continually reminded of it to his chagrin.KloosterA sunny day at a lake house reclining in beach chairs with chess, sandwiches, beer, and a pretty girl.The Chess PlagueA mysterious plague devastates a town and especially its chess players.A Bowl of StewA man and woman enter a cafe and discuss their personal interests while waiting for their dishes to arrive.City of a Thousand Chess ClubsA town with many unusual chess clubs unlike anywhere else.A Dimly-Lighted CafeAn old man waits vainly for chess opponents at a cafe.A Legacy for Jim ZornA chess player from the 1970s dies in a small Ohio town and the locals recollect what they knew about him.The Prisoners TaleTerrorists capture a prisoner who explains his life story to his cellmate using chess pieces instead of words.The Screaming Cry of the ChessbirdA giant bird terrorizes a metropolis.The UnwrappingFriends unwrap gifts at a Christmas dinner.The Infinite ChessboardThis world is a chessboard whose squares change in size, number, and color.



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