Surreal, poetic, and unforgettable: a truly original voice. In this one-of-a-kind novel, a South Florida man living with hallucinations falls in love and meets danger along the way. 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.
Meet the Author
CHARLES PORTER continually frequents Bed, Bath and Beyond and is unhappy that the “Beyond” section does not exist—he feels it is false advertising—much like the church. From a young age, Porter rode and trained western horses, working on cattle ranches, competing in reining and rodeos while he fed a deep love of music and poetry that put him on stage for a time, as a singer/ songwriter. In 1988, he sold the family lumber company he had taken over at the death of his father and became interested in the sport of dressage. Now he devotes much of his time schooling and coaching dressage, as well as buying and selling imported horses.
Porter lives in Loxahatchee, Florida and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He has one son, Michael, who is a circus performer and lives in Las Vegas. Shallcross is Porter’s first novel.