Letter to Ray

Letter To  Ray  From me

E.  E. King                                                                                                            



Dear Ray,                          

It was so lovely talking to you yesterday. I have always thought of you as my Godfather… an English/Irish Godfather, not a Sicilian one.

As I told you, I wrote a book and various short stories, Dirk Snigby’s Guide to the Afterlife (Five ***** rating system for food, accommodation, liquor and entry requirements,) was published in “The Devil’s Bathtub, ten international winning stories and 2 CD’s from Biscuit Press. 

I recently returned from a book talk and reading in NewcastleEngland for “The Devil’s Bathtub.”

I was asked to read and gave a talk on “My American Short Story”, which in the end is all that anyone can truly relate, their story.

Even Hemmingway, if asked, could only tell his story. This would contain a lot of hard liquor, dead animals and dysfunctional relationships. Mine however was happier.

One of my earliest and best memories is of sitting on the living room steps, listening to all of you read.

I heard “The Halloween Tree” and the resonance of your voice still echoes in my mind. I reread it recently and could hear you clearly.

In Newcastle, I talked of these memories.

I began with a bit of the prologue you wrote about the inception of the group. 

When I was a child, daddy would take me on “Buzz Story” walks.

He would begin; take the tale to the pinnacle of excitement and say, “Buzz.”

This mean that I was to continue telling the story, but I could not bear the thought of his not finishing !

I would wrap my tiny body around a lamppost, odd how one was always nearby, and cry,

 “No, Please go on, please, please, please!”

He would struggle, but I held strong! Eventually he’d relent and finish the story.

It wasn’t until I was grown, that I realized I wasn’t actually forcing him to tell tale.

It wasn’t until years later that I realized how lucky I was, to have had him and have mom, you and the group in my life. Thank you.

My book has won some prizes as a short story and I have an agent. So the Sharp story tradition continues.


Thanks for your continued friendship and support. I look forward to attending some of your new plays in October.



About E.E. King

E.E. King’s has published many short stories. Ray Bradbury calls E.E. King a writer “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend her highly enough.” HER NEW COLLECTION new Collection of Short Fiction “Another Happy Ending,” comes out in October 2013. There is a book launch and party @ Ray Bradbury’s favorite Bookstore Mystery and Imagination Bookstore October 20th @ 2:00 -3:00pm Her first novel, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, came out 2010, released in Spanish in 2/2012. She is performing bits of "Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.” (in costume) October 30th @ 7:30-8:30 @Echo Park in “Stories Book and Café.” 1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA [213] 413-3733 The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, launched her anthology, Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends, 1/2012. Sponsor, Barnes & Noble. All her books as well as her children’s book The Adventures of Emily Finfeather or The Feathernail and Other Gifts are currently available on audible. E.E. King is the recipient of various international writing, biology and painting grants. Her murals can be seen in Downtown Los Angeles and Spain. Elizabeth Eve King has a background in teaching, painting, theater, comedy and biology. She will be an artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art June -Sept 2015 Ms. King is the recipient of two International Tides painting fellowships, and two international biology Earthwatch grants. She was an advisor for the J. Paul Getty’s and the Science Center’s, Arts &; Science program. She was the Science and Arts coordinator in Bosnia with Global Children’s Organization (a summer camp for war orphans and refugees) in 2000. She was the founding Arts & Sciences Director for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation . She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and planted butterfly gardens in South Central Los Angeles. The butterflies wish she had chosen a different location. Her short stories have been published widely
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