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"The Abomination," set in present-day Syria, published in the UK literary magazine Wasafiri

“The Abomination,” a  short story set in present-day Syria, is recently published in the UK magazine Wasafiri, for 30 years well known as the leading British literary magazine for contemporary writing. It features Bashar al-Assad’s Shabiha (Ghost Killers) who terrorize parts of Syria. Europe faces the dire situation of the Syrian refugees in Greece, at the borders with Macedonia, in Serbia, and other places. The refugees  do anything to reach Europe and start a new life. When you've read "The Abomination," you will better understand their determination to flee their country, where barbarian terror reigns.

 There is a print edition, but you can also read my story for free online:

Short Story Collection "Dangerous Obsessions" published in the US


The Anaphora Literary Press published the short story collection Dangerous Obsessions in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. Dangerous Obsessions is available in paperback and e-book. The collection is is distributed by Ingram, Lightning Source, Coutts Information Services, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and various other distributors.

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Book blurb:

Tight, taut and shocking, these stories all have warped love as the source of violence.Belgian/Flemish author, Bob Van Laerhoven, winner of the USA Best Book Award 2014 in the category “Mystery/Suspense” and the Hercule Poirot Prize with his controversial novel, Baudelaire’s Revenge, connects the fate of individuals with profound social changes. Van Laerhoven has been a travel writer in conflict-zones from 1990 until 2003 and echos of his experiences trickle through these confronting and thrilling tales, set in civil war-torn Algeria in the fifties, in a gypsy populated Polish concentration-camp during WWII, in a Peruvian border-town where stealing is a deadly art, in Liberia during the civil war in the nineties, and in Belgian Congo during the bloody uproar in the sixties. Omnia vincit amor—Love conquers allthe saying goes. But not our Dangerous Obsessions

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