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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Judge, 28th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards


Judge’s Commentary*:


SECRET WARRIORS, PSYCHIC SPIES: REDUX by Roger Mannon is an intriguing book primarily about the author's experience with the Monroe Institute. The purpose of the institute is to work with the mind to help people discover their true selves. Before encountering this book, this reviewer had no idea the military used this institute, or these tactics, for training. Anyone who wants to know more about the military, about the author, and what it's like to undergo this type of training, will find this book a must-read.

Production-wise, the book is lovely. The cover has a wonderful texture. The silhouette of a wolf is appropriate to the author's account. The back cover copy enlightens the reader about the book, and the book lives up to its promise. The author's photo and bio are great. Endorsements would have been welcome, but because of the sensitive nature of the story, it's understandable why the author didn't seek those. However, they still would have been nice to have.

The author mentions that this copy is a redux, shortened by 20,000 words from the original. The account still holds together well. Though this reviewer didn't read the first book, the missing words aren't evident, and there don’t seem to be holes in the story. All in all, a great account that only this author could write. And, yes, this reviewer believes his story.


Secret Warriors, Psychic Spies: Redux

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Strange Stories II - The Empty Earth

This is the way the world ends. That could’ve been the name of this book.

Most of the stories I write start as fragmented visions and ideas, birthed by a dream. As soon as I wake, the dreams begin to crumble and fall apart like clouds shredded by the wind What remains is little more than a seed, a small, fragile thing that might, with a little imagination, become a story. That’s how the Strange Stories II collection came about.

Strange Stories II is a book of three stories, two of them about possible climate crisis scenarios. Both are rather long for a short story. If word count counts (and I’m not sure it does), they are almost, but not quite, long enough to for us to call them novellas.

The climate change tales are stories of how the world ends told by one person who lived through it all. Reading science articles about the climate crisis, the ways it might kill the world, sparked a dream that, in turn, became the seeds of a story.

The scenarios examined here are remote and almost certainly will never happen. Still, the idea of very rapid global warming or an unknown virus emerging from a frozen sleep as the permafrost thaws were just too good to pass up.

Strange Stories II - The Empty Earth

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Another Book Review for Strange Stories

Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2020 
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This is part of what is actually happening in our world today. I really liked this "strange" book. Part real, part fiction. Hope there's another one of these story books from Mr. Mannon some day.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Writers of the Future - Honorable Mention

One of my short stories in the Strange Stories collection, Outsider, got Honorable Mention from the Writers of the Future 4th Quarter 2019 contest.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Homecoming Advances to Quarter Finals

Hi Roger,

Good news: your script, Homecoming, is advancing to the quarterfinalist round of the 2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest.. Congratulations!

Thank you for sharing your writing with us.

Monday, December 16, 2019

The Wolf and Me

This is a true story of a remarkable adventure in altered states of consciousness, out-of-body experiences and time travel.

It is also the true story of my companion, the wolf.

He introduced himself to me one winter day when I was on a solitary hunting trip in the Boston Mountians of northwest Arkansas. He came to me in person that day, met me again atop Roberts Mountain years later. This time he came in spirit and returned, as needed, over the years of my life.

He is my spirit companion, the steady guide who reminds me of who I am and who I can be.