Drinking WIth Dead Friends and other stories by Walter Lockwood
The stories in this book deal with singular and life-altering experiences of an assortment of characters. An adolescent girl with a super star older sister finds her way into a world to which her sister has no key; a retired college president encounters an angel in his gardens; an old man meets his two best friends, both long dead, in a bar on “hymns and beer night”; a journalist pursues a dream woman who has haunted him since adolescence; a young pastor is left a large and troublesome inheritance by an eccentric parishioner; a married woman is tempted by a seminary student; a neophyte screenwriter learns Hollywood’s realities from an aging actress. These stories and others, most published for the first time, make up this volume of eighteen short stories by Walter Lockwood.
Walter Lockwood has five children (one deceased), eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Pam. He worked as professor of creative writing, literature, and film for many years at Grand Rapids Community College. Among his published or produced works are Jones Unbound (novel, Prentice Hall Inc.), The Green Room (novel, Chapbook Press), Finnegan, Begin Again (HBO Feature Film, ACE award winner), Runaway Heart (CBS Movie of the Week), Dyslexia, the Hidden Disability (PBS documentary), Open Door (100 year history of Grand Rapids Community College), and Open Door and Blackbird (stage plays produced for local theaters).