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1997 Stories by Randall Patterson

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  • Pat Greene Has a Marvelous Scheme to Conquer the World!

    published November 20, 1997

    To make a long story short, burst spontaneously to life last spring. It was not the... More >>

  • A Church Divided

    published October 30, 1997

    On the seventh day of the last full week of September, Almighty God in Heaven was said to be working overtime on a labor dispute at New Evergreen... More >>

  • Trauma Mama

    published October 16, 1997

    The assistant head nurse stared through the trees outside Ben Taub, waiting for the lights and the sirens to bring something to do. People die,... More >>

  • Skin Deep

    published August 21, 1997

    The miles passed and a world slipped away, and it was late afternoon when we entered the land of livestock. Somewhere between Brenham and... More >>

  • The Legend

    published August 14, 1997

    The pros come home in the summer like returning kings, in Cadillacs, Lexuses and Mercedes-Benzes -- tall, disdainful men with gold chains around... More >>

  • A Boy and His Toys

    published June 19, 1997

    Toward the end of the day, when the Cy-Fair streets had cleared somewhat, Earl Tucker climbed behind the wheel. "Stand back," said... More >>

  • Sherwood's Rules

    published May 15, 1997

    Sherwood Cryer turned left off of Spencer Highway and bounced over the tall weeds growing through the cracks. He stopped his old pickup, got out... More >>

  • Momma's Girl

    published April 17, 1997

    Past the azaleas, the crape myrtle and magnolia, there's a guesthouse in River Oaks of many windows and much sunlight. In the late morning, a... More >>

  • Would You Buy a Revolution From This Man?

    published April 3, 1997

    Quanell X used to sell drugs for a living, and now he sold revolution. Sitting alone beneath African flags, he still seemed to match his... More >>

  • The Lion in Manvel

    published January 30, 1997

    There were deep rumbling sounds outside, as though from the depths of a cave. Do you want to see her? Paula Tholen asked. She opened her... More >>

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