Specializing in minimalist fiction and creative non-
Gadfly Tales: Chinese Short Stories is a collection of fourteen stories covering a variety of themes, including fantasy, love, culture, revenge, assassination, terrorism, and bravery. They take place during ancient times, the eighteenth century, the nineteen eighties, or present day.
1. A Divination For Her is a modern tale of an oracle from The Book of Changes used to guide a romance.
2. It Was Easier At The Time is a tale of revenge in the mountains of Sichuan shortly after the cultural revolution.
3. Terror In Two Worlds is a fantasy of dreams and magic in ancient China.
4. His Conscience Was Eaten By A Dog is a present-
5. The Eighteenth Layer of Hell Behind the Dark Mountain is a Qing Dynasty story told by a master of dreams, divination, and stories. He tells of a young dreammaster’s visit to the eighteenth level of the Underworld to learn sorcery from a damned queen.
6. In A Small Village Somewhere describes the experience of a Westerner in a remote village after the cultural revolution.
7. The Qur’an That Binds is a story of terrorism and the current conflict between the native Uyghurs and Chinese in Xinjiang.
8. Jūnzĭ describes the encounters of an American-
9. The Dream Healer is a Qing Dynasty story of a skilled peasant’s dangerous attempt to heal an arrogant, vindictive Baroness through dreams.
10. Love With Chinese Characteristics follows the difficulties of love between a white man and Chinese woman after the cultural revolution.
11. Wakened Vengeance is a story of payback for the assassination of a prominent CIA official by Chinese security agents.
12. The Girl And The Moon Bear is a simple fantasy of a girl and her unusual companion during ancient times.
13. An Assassin’s Mace describes the tracking and killing of a right-
14. The Dragon Gate Gang is a tale of a man’s attempted rescue of his wife and daughter from slavers during the Qing Dynasty.
Memories of tradition, poverty, and humiliation are
older and fresher in China than any other country.