Episode 30: Rick Gualtieri


Here’s a treat for all of us today: I’m reading a chapter from Bill the Vampire, Book 1 in the hugely successful The Tome of Bill series by star indie author Rick Gualtieri! Rick’s been in the indie/self-publishing game for a few years, and his backlist shows it. Check out his author rank and the reviews on Bill if you don’t believe me, but this guy is good. Thanks, Rick, for letting me read your work on the show!

You can find Rick here at his website and also here at his Amazon Author Page. As always, this reading does not come from an official audiobook, and is presented here with the author’s permission. Enjoy!

Today’s poem:

Ghazal on a Dream About a Sinking Car

I was marching in the barefoot night for you.
Never wondered if it was alright with you.

We’d been driving out along a forest road
When the darkness melted into light and you

Turned around to show me what your face was like.
I was hearing fog. And to the right, where you

Sat beside the driver, glass was filling the
Windows like a casserole. To fight it, you

Turned into another body—mine—and rolled
Down the gate to get out. It was tight. Then you

Disappeared beneath the bubbling surface. I
Marched in barefoot dreams to find the sight of you

Lost among the paddies and the dragonflies,
Fiery eyes turned skyward from the night of you.


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