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About James Fox

James Fox is a husband, father, former scoutmaster and volunteer canoe docent for the State Parks system. Although he still works for food, it is his off work experiences in the mountains and along the streams and rivers of California that are often the basis for his short stories and poems. He has been published in Scouting Magazine, Pure Inspiration Magazine and the Thin Threads anthology "More Real Stories of Life Changing Moments." A dozen of his short-short stories have appeared in various publications such as The Front Porch periodical and Art & Prose. Usually writing in the creative non-fiction genre, James has recently delved into writing fiction. His one lament is that the late Andy Warhol had promised us all a few minutes of fame; fortune would have been so much better. - foxtale@juno.com -

Stories by James Fox:

1 . Drive-in Banshees
by James Fox
Memoir, 4 pages
An ex-marine aviator takes his seven sons to the drive-in horror show with unintended consequences. Nostalgia and humor.
2 . Sergeant Gus and the Day of Joy
by James Fox
Humor, 2 pages
What if military recruiting Sergeants were free to express their opinions publicly? A humorous spoof of the Berkeley anti-military protests. Quick fun read.
3 . The Woman Who Was Greedy Retelling a tribal tale of the Yaudanchi Yokut
by James Fox
Dark Fantasy, 4 pages
Long ago when the animals could talk, a family set out upon a journey, surviving on owl meat. The retaliation of the owls became a morality lesson for the Yaudanchi.
4 . Mixed Signals
by James Fox
Memoir, 4 pages
Headed off to fight in the Korean War a US Marine Corps pilot discovers a simple photo opportunity quickly became a military "snafu." Humor and a bit of pathos.
5 . Zuk and Zub A Fable For Our Time
by James Fox
Humor, 5 pages
Early mankind wore fur as clothing out of necessity. How did some fur become a fashion statement? This wry tale may be the explanation.
6 . Buzz Cut
by James Fox
Humor, 4 pages
Summer hair cut + hair dye = disaster. The saga of a flaming red hair experiment that later created problems at summercamp!
7 . Aura of Authority
by James Fox
Mainstream, 5 pages
A petite young woman has a big dream; to work as a lifeguard at the lake. 'Coming of age' story portraying persistence, confidence, and a fortunate coincidence.
8 . The Firelight Honor
by James Fox
Mainstream, 4 pages
Firelight flashed on the knife blade as the scoutmaster stepped toward the flag. A murmur of concern rippled through the campers as he slashed the faded blue field, just below a star.
9 . The Hidden Trail
by James Fox
Mainstream, 7 pages
On a campout a marginalized youth discovers a wild habitat and gains the respect of his peers by standing fast against taunts with what he knows to be true.
10 . Smokey's Lesson
by James Fox
Humor, 3 pages
one night at a campsite a Smokey Bear look-alike studied how an anti-bear-bag works & the bear was learning faster than the scoutmasters.
11 . On The Fast Track - Stalking 'gators and Three-legged Critters
by James Fox
Humor, 4 pages
A camping trip & our tracking skills were pitted against a three-legged critter and a giant 'gator... wait, a 'gator in a California river ? Well...
12 . The A-Team Cake and Old Buster Dog
by James Fox
Humor, 3 pages
It would take the skill and ingenuity of the rough-n-tough "A-Team" to wrestle victory from the jaws of... Buster Dog!
13 . Mentor - The Very Cool Mister Rath
by James Fox
Memoir, 4 pages
Amid the turmoil of the space race, civil rights marches and anti-war protests of the 1960's, a demanding teacher sets aside cirriculum to teach a lesson from the heart.