Short stories by Bruce McAllister

Bruce McAllister is an award-winning West-Coast-based writing coach, writer in a wide range of genres, consultant in the fields of publishing and Hollywood, workshop leader and an "agent finder" for both new and established writers. As a writing coach, he specializes in all kinds of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and screenplays.  Bruce's literary and genre fiction has appeared in national magazines, literary quarterlies, college textbooks and 'year's best' anthologies. His second novel, Dream Baby, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship winner, was called a "stunning tour de force" by Publishers Weekly. His most recent novel, the autobiographical The Village Sang to the Sea: A Memoir of Magic, was a Cibils and Locus nominee. His fiction has been translated widely and received national awards and notable mentions in the New York Times, other U.S. newspapers, U.S. and foreign magazines and journals, and reference works for major publishers and literary presses. His poetry and experimental work have appeared in literary quarterlies and anthologies; he has co-edited magazines and anthologies; and his articles on popular science, writing craft and sports have appeared in publications like LifeInternational WildlifeThe Writer and newspapers across the country. In 2011 the Paris Review did a story on a symbolism questionnaire Bruce sent to 150 famous writers in high school, and the story went viral on social media and continues to periodically. In 2017 actor LeVar Burton (Star Trek, Reading Rainbow) chose a story of Bruce’s to launch his new podcast, with an interview shortly after that; and that same year the BBC did a story on another project from Bruce’s formative years as a writer.  Bruce has been a writing coach and consultant on a wide range of popular books for major and smaller publishers and scientific books published by scholarly presses, including Pulitzer and National Book Award nominees; and a facilitator of autobiography and memoir workshops. At a private university in southern California, where he taught writing for twenty-four years, he helped establish and direct the Creative Writing Program, directed both the Professional Writing Track of that program and its Communications Internship program, received various teaching and service awards, and was Distinguished Professor of Literature and Writing. His interests include cultural anthropology, creativity theory, storytelling, popular culture and popular fiction, Early Man archeology, advertising and the media, science and multicultural education, theory and methodology in the social and natural sciences, the Vietnam War, U.S. foreign policy, oceanography. The son of a career Navy officer and an anthropologist mother, he grew up in Washington, D.C., Florida, California and Italy; attended middle school and art school in Italy; received degrees in English and writing from Claremont McKenna College and the University of California at Irvine; has three wonderful grown children (Annie, Ben and Liz); and is married to choreographer Amelie Hunter. He lives in Orange, California.

Listing 4 stories.

When a young couple spend a few months in Mexico to learn Spanish for their teaching jobs, they're surprised to receive warnings and threats about the country's dogs.

In a future Los Angeles burdened by overpopulation, a twelve-year-old boy hires an alien assassin to kill the man forcing an abortion on his mother.

A retired covert operative speaks to a class, detailing the ways he “protected” his country and how protection came at the cost of danger.

An American boy in an Italian village continues to unravel the rumors surrounding a neighboring village until he learns the dark truth behind the village's monsters and rituals.