Two Short Shorts

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About the author

Mark Fine

Variety magazine named former Universal record label chief, Mark Fine, ‘Music Executive with 20/20 Vision’. Good thing too as Mark admits to being tone-deaf. This explains his failed effort to write a song (despite decades in the music biz). Exasperated, Mark wrote instead a stout 86,000-word saga: the critically acclaimed novel, The Zebra Affaire. Hence Mark’s fondness for short stories; they are shorter than an epic novel, yet longer than a song.

An incorrigible researcher, Mark immigrated to America from South Africa, in an effort to understand what it means to be ‘a stranger in a strange land’. The stories in this folio are not autobiographical, nevertheless they reflect Mark’s stated belief, “Whether you are a square peg out of water or a fish in a round hole; at best it feels awkward, or worse, it can be deadly.”

Due to his African roots, Mark remains a strong advocate for wildlife conservation and the protection of elephant and rhino.

The author would like to thank the following publications where these stories first appeared, in slightly different form: “Karmic Odds” in Twisted Tales, “Mark of the Hyena” in Crooked Tales.

Readers may follow Mark Fine’s efforts to compose his first song and write his next book, at the links below:

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