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Tuesday 19 April 2016

☀ Serpents and Doves - G. Lloyd Helm

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The title “Serpents and Doves” comes from the warning Jesus gave to his disciples as he sent them out to preach the gospel, knowing the dangers they were going into.  He said “I send you out as sheep among wolves, therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

The mid-60's were turbulent: the Vietnam War, Protests, the Civil Rights movement, and the sexual revolution.   Stephen Mitchell, a naive California church boy goes off to school at a small church college in Tennessee where he learns about sex, betrayal, friendship, and what it meant to be black in the segregated South.

Teaser: Excerpt

     Ethan’s suicide rocked the school, but not nearly as much as Stephen expected. The New Jersey and New York folks mostly didn’t know anything about Ethan or the BSU so they noted the suicide as a bit of news, but it didn’t effect them much. There was some anti-homosexual noise and the inevitable nasty jokes, but Ethan Patrick’s passing caused no more than a ripple for the most part.
      There was some noise and protest from the Mason First Baptist Church when Billie Jo asked them to hold the funeral service, but finally they said they would bury him, but not in the church cemetery. They ignored the fact of his suicide and the reasons for it and held a small service. Stephen debated with himself whether he should go. He had about decided not to when Cathy Powell cornered him and asked if he would go with her. “I really don’t have the strength Steve,” she said. “I’m just a wreck. Can’t you please come with me?”
      Stephen seriously thought about saying, Why don’t you go ask David Hall? But didn’t say it. “All right. I’ll meet you at the church.”
      She smiled sadly, but Stephen thought he saw just the smallest glimmer of triumph in it.
      The coffin was set across the aisle in front of the altar. Closed. It was silvery gray and looked more like a large tin can than a coffin. The congregation was small, mostly people from the BSU but a few from Beacon’s faculty including Dr. Conners and Dr. Marchant. Having the Pope there was no surprise. Probably here to make sure the sumbitch is really dead, Stephen thought, and then felt bad about thinking it.

Serpents and Doves
Available May 2016!

About the Author

G. Lloyd Helm has been writing for 40 years, having published poetry in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers including “The New York Poetry Anthology,” “Stars and Stripes News,” “The Los Angeles Times,” “The Antelope Valley Press,” and “The Antelope Valley Anthologies,” among others.

The English journal  “Pilgrimage” published his memoir “Football” in spring 2005, and “4 April, 1968” in the winter of 2008.

 G. Lloyd Helm has published short stories in “Citadel” the literary magazine of Los Angeles City College, “Short Story Library,” The University of S. Illinois’ “Eureka Literary Magazine,” “Tales as like as not,” and London’s “Black Gate Magazine.”   He recently published “Even Up” a Civil War Ghost story at, an English on line magazine, and the short story “A Lovely Elephant” in “Delivered Magazine” an English fiction journal.  He has also published “The Other Fellows Shoes,” Pulp Empire III, Metahuman Press, Cedar Rapids, and most recently a volume of short stories called "Train Wheels, Flying Saucers, and the Ghost of Tiburcio Vasquez".  Many of these stories appear on the Alfie Dog site.

G. Lloyd Helm has published three novels in the Fantasy and Science Fiction field: Other Doors, Design, and World Without End.  He has also published a literary Romance novel called Sometimes in Dreams.

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Greetings Blog travelers-- Hope you enjoy the blog tour as listed above. I'll stop back by off and on for the next couple of weeks. If you have questions or comments please list them and I'll do my best to answer.