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Two short stories by Shelly Lowenkopf and Max Talley“Struts & Frets” by Shelly Lowenkopf. Matt Bender has a problem. He’s winning acting roles all accross the country. The only catch? It’s not him. Someone is impersonating him to win auditions. It’s time for Bender to call his pal Lessing to get to the bottom of this theatrical doppelganger. When Bender comes home to find teddy bears and flowers outside his apartment, he’s informed that he’s dead, as far as the newspapers are concerned. What fate for the Shakespearian actor? Will it be King Lear or another stint as the chicken in the regrettable Chik n’ Waf commericals?


Shelly Lowenkopf is the author of Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out at Night and The Fiction Writer's Handbook: The definitive guide to McGuffins, red herrings, shaggy dogs, and other literary revelations from a master.


“Santa Fe Psychosis” by Max Talley. “I need you,” Jenny said, her voice breathy. “Made a big mistake leaving you, leaving California. I'm lost now. It's never been the same.”One phone call, and private investigator Jackson Bardo is drawn into the criminal corners of Santa Fe, searching for a missing blonde bombshell of a certain age. Jenny is mixed up with the wrong people, and a shallow grave is assured, but for her or Bardo?


Max Talley is the author of Yesterday We Forget Tomorrow, fiction and essays in Santa Fe Literary Review, Fiction Southeast, Gravel, Hofstra University – Windmill, Bridge Eight, Litro, and The Opiate.


  • Paperback: 71 pages
  • Publisher November 5, 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1705913911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1705913918
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces 

Dames & Doppelgangers: Two Short Stories

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