Richard R. Karlen,
author of SATURDAY LUNCH and other stories, grew up in Newark, NJ, where he
practiced dentistry for thirty-five years. He currently lives in Scotch
Plains, NJ with his wife, daughter, son and twin grandchildren.
Dr. Karlen’s sixth
work of fiction, the novel, WOLFE’S CHOICE will be published by Ironbound
Press in the Spring of 2004.
The majority of these stories are
memoir metamorphosed into fiction, which will be readily discernible to the
reader. Writers with their big egos believe that what happens to them
must necessarily be interesting to the rest of the world. This is
risky business since the reader may be just as inclined to see the writer as
considerably less than the brilliant creative artist that he fancies himself
It is, however, with some pride
that two of these stories Anatole and the Pigeon and Appointment
at Ascom were recipients of the Aaron Rubinfeld prize as the best
short stories of the year at the New School in New York.
A month before publication of
this book, I wrote two new stories Dinga Goes to Court and Sonata
Facile and was delighted to rediscover the joy of writing shorter
fiction since in the past six years I had written only novels.
Two stories, Sebastian and
Anopheles were chapters that I extracted from fragments of a novel I had
written while serving in Korea forty-five years ago. With a little
twisting and turning I created the chapters into short fiction, which
demonstrates that one never knows when discarded junk might turn into