“A horse story for riders. A gun story for shooters. A love story for lovers.”
A year in the life of Orin Kraybill and his wife Isabel, professional dressage competitors and trainers who follow the horseshow circuit to Florida every winter. They are friends with Joel Katz, a highly ranked jumper rider and champion sharpshooter, whose girlfriend, Jane Kline, is a concert pianist and fellow shooter.
The story winds through the big shows and hours of training, along with the unusual atmosphere of gun ranges and cowboy fast draw contests, where two brothers from the farms around Belle Glade are Joel’s rivals and adversaries.
Love in the Time of Horses is an inside look at the tony, cabalistic world of international horse showing and coaching that returns to Florida every winter for the ruling class and famous to entertain, compete, and play in the sun parlors of Palm Beach County.
“Are you sure the voice in your head is always your own?”
A modern-day Odyssey. A modern-day romance. Shades of A Clockwork Orange with a shocking end and a surprising view from inside a man’s split mind. Shallcross tells the story of a middle-aged car dealer who entertains and haunts himself in a heated hatchery of colorful phanera, film, and music, spawned in the auditory and visual hallucinations he’s experienced since childhood.
Aubrey Shallcross feels lost after selling his business, but conventional cures do not seem to help. In his retirement without executive routine, he and Triple Suiter, his mind’s other voice, ride the good times and bad, going on long hauls through the sawgrass of his psyche and engaging in a scary retrospect of Catholicism after journeying from religious to secular man.
Determined to stay sane and happy on his South Florida farm, he resumes a lifelong passion for training horses, surfing, and music in his oceanfront county, where big cattle ranches stretch inland to Lake Okeechobee.
Aubrey falls in love with an unusual woman, and they lead a life of devotion and magic until a rabid stalker, jealous of this love, shoots out the sun.
Half a love story from the 20th century, its foot on the gas of American existentialism.
The South Florida life of Aubrey Shallcross—car dealer / saloon singer / rodeo rider / poet, with his anthology of friends called the Blue Goose Bunch.
Born predisposed to a split mind or what medicine calls schizophrenia, he is nevertheless high functioning and appears normal like many people with hallucinations. Through the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, Aubrey walks over the music, drugs, love life, impressionism and upsurges of gorgeous accompanied by occasional hellish founders when a figure called the Slim Hand raids his mind.
Follow him from the Belle Glade cane fields to the Indian River on the coast, where he goes under his wing with the spoonbills to dream. Experience his ontic struggle with Catholicism and atheism trying to understand who he is, tutored as a child by the voice in his head he mistakes for a Catholic angel, but then is transitioned into a separate non-religious phenomena he is able to see.
At the edge of town is his older friend, Sonny, adamantly protective of Aubrey and the Blue Goose Bunch. Sonny is a secretive man, who lives a life addicted to huffing Freon and vigilante murder.
From the cloud lands of South Florida – from the novels, Shallcross, and Flame Vine comes another story in the life of Aubrey Shallcross. What happens when nature turns into super nature? In this eco-warrior tale, two bull alligators, The Dragon and Two-toed Tom, are formidable living vessels inhabited by the ghosts of Jules Verne and the famous Seminole, Osceola.
They are discovered on a remote creek by Aubrey, someone medicine would call schizophrenic. Aubrey can see and hear the spirits that captain the huge reptiles and together they form an alliance. Vern and Osceola collaborate with a Seminole medicine man, Billie Monday and his soldier, Freddie Tommie to stop runaway development, and the giant gators are soon sent to destroy certain building projects with toxic trails. Aubrey joins them in creating chaos and misery when the bulldozers come to fill the wetlands and level the woods.