• Featured,  Short Stories,  Works

    Death Wish

    The rush of wind forms into words. “If you could know what it is to die, to experience it, to be one with it, would you?” The shadows draw together into the long strands of nimble shape. Cloaked at once, but then reveals the face. Fine lines betray not an age.

  • Blog,  Updates

    Author Photos by Adrienne Lauren Photography

    Cedar Hill Cemetery in Port Jefferson, NY was the location for long overdue author shoot (ten years waiting). I was incredibly blessed to get my author photos updated by Adrienne Lauren Photography. We strolled up and down the rolling hills passing by rusted iron in various levels of decay amidst the leaning ruins of lives long past. What better place to feel inspired to write than the restless home of the departed If you ever need photos of any kind done (artistic or otherwise)? I highly recommend her work. You can see a sampling of photos from the shoot at the Facebook Album: Adrienne Lauren Photography I created. Please let…

  • Poems,  Works

    An Idea of Tomorrow

    Pencil drop, A teacher provides Out of pocket. It’s their own dime. Yet, passed amidst discord, She cannot see nor sneer Upon such meager coin. She holds too dear Without fear Her own dime. Now is the time To live…WITHIN our time To see that which plagues Or fellow’s friend And to welcome those Who learn strife Is always the days bitter end. Why not be better? We are better. Open our arms. Open your arms. Do not let inequity rule Nor the golden house Once white fall To this gilded flame Of populist rancor Fueled By a divide bled between us. Remember first who we are. American First? That is…

  • Aroph Short Stories,  Podcast,  Season 1

    Episode 8 – Devin DeMarco

    A new story by Devin DeMarco entitled “Payton Trent, Son of God” narrated by guest actor Lorien Reese. Short Bio: “Devin DeMarco is from a small town in upstate New York that you’ve never heard of.  Or maybe you have.  She doesn’t know your life.  Anyway, she recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University.  She also writes fiction that’s sometimes really weird, and sometimes only lowkey weird.  Her story Happy Birthday, Beatrice appeared in The Southampton Review.  It was about a dead cat.  Her own cat, in contrast, will never die.” Also, available on the Judah Mahay App, iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher Radio.

  • Aroph Short Stories,  Podcast,  Season 1

    Episode 7 – Jeffrey Landgraf

    Episode 7 features the story In His Own Image by Jeffrey Landgraf. A twisted look into the mind of the self aware created self. Short Bio: Dr. Jeffrey Landgraf is a physicist who employs paradox to find the perspective from which false things that are true, the common is ridiculous, and the ridiculous makes plain and simple sense. Also, available on the Judah Mahay App, iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher Radio.

  • Aroph Short Stories,  Podcast,  Season 1

    Episode 5 – Matthew Hall

    Here we have Bumps by Matthew Hall. If anyone is interested in a twist of reality and a look at the end of things with a thrill, please listen into this story. Short Bio: Matthew Hall, beard aficionado and semi-pro eccentric, tries to find time to write in between meetings at the office.  He writes to dispel the ennui endemic in his daily life of accountancy, and to explore worlds without spreadsheets and deadlines. Also, available on the Judah Mahay App, iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher Radio.

  • Aroph Short Stories,  Podcast,  Season 1

    Episode 4 – Devin DeMarco

    This twisted story entitled Root by Devin DeMarco was a pleasure to read. Enjoy. Short Bio: “Devin DeMarco is from a small town in upstate New York that you’ve never heard of.  Or maybe you have.  She doesn’t know your life.  Anyway, she recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University.  She also writes fiction that’s sometimes really weird, and sometimes only lowkey weird.  Her story Happy Birthday, Beatrice appeared in The Southampton Review.  It was about a dead cat.  Her own cat, in contrast, will never die.” Also, available on the Judah Mahay App, iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher Radio.

  • Aroph Short Stories,  Podcast,  Season 1

    Episode 3 – The Legends of Arthur

    This was just too much fun to pass up. As promised, every third episode will be a classic. In this case we have The Legends of King Arthur by Sir James Knowles. We will be focusing on Chapter 1, The Prophecies of Merlin, and the Birth of Arthur. Enjoy. Also, available on the Judah Mahay App, iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher Radio.

  • Aroph Short Stories,  Podcast,  Season 1

    Episode 2 – Evan Pickering

    Our second episode features “Music Box” by Evan Pickering the author of Hood. Short Bio: Evan Pickering is the author of Amazon bestselling novel Hood and a longtime professional poker player. Born and raised in Long Island New York before being transplanted to South Florida, Evan once again resides in Long Island and is currently working on the next book in the American Rebirth Series. As a writer, Evan first started writing at the age of eighteen, penning his first novel (unpublished) entitled Lore. He later placed 7th in the 76th annual Writer’s Digest competition for his short story Serenaded in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category. He would go on…

  • Aroph Short Stories,  Podcast,  Season 1

    Episode 1 – Jason Sanford

    Our first story Blue Room is from the highly acclaimed author Jason Sanford. Short Bio: Jason Sanford is an award-winning author of short stories, essays, and articles and an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. A finalist for the Nebula Award, Jason has published more than a dozen stories in the British SF magazine Interzone, which also devoted a special issue to his fiction. He has also published numerous stories in magazines and anthologies such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Year’s Best SF, Analog, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and other places. In 2001 Jason founded the online magazine storySouth, through which he ran the Million Writer Award…

  • Aroph Short Stories,  Blog,  Podcast

    Episode 0 – Introduction

    Here is an introduction to Aroph Short Stories. For the next nine weeks a new story will appear every Friday, available from the Judah Mahay App, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher Radio, or your favorite RSS feed. We will feature new and upcoming writers as well as classics, all that take science to plausible extremes or reality to the magical. Please review and enjoy the stories. Thank you.

  • Blog,  Updates

    Aroph Short Stories – Update

    Novel finished and now with agents. Back to recording the #ArophShortStories podcast. On episode 5 story “Bumps” by Matthew Hall. Planning on the first episode going live on the first of October. After which, episodes will be released weekly. To note, it will be available on this site, iTunes, and other podcast sites.

  • Featured,  Short Stories,  Works

    In The Beginning Was Logos

    Published: Sick Lit Magazine, 7/27/2016. In the beginning was not a primordial mass. In the beginning was knowledge. In the beginning was logos. And in the end, there was nothing. All knowledge is outside time. What if in the beginning, you were logos? What if you knew that if you told anyone you would finally die? Would you even want to live if everyone you met could not retain the knowledge of ever meeting you? This is your life. You are still alive. Different eyes, different skin, different scents, but you are you, and you are logos. Can you live? Do you want to live? Will you tell them the…

  • Blog,  Updates

    Judah Mahay, Author App Walkthrough

    I had a lot fun putting this together. Took a bit of tweaking, but I’m happy with the results. In the future I will be adding a podcast called Aroph Audio Shorts to the app as well where I’ll be reading short stories in the realm of near future and magical realism. All in all good fun. Download @ http://goo.gl/bwl6P8 App Features: – Read a handful of short stories and poems on the fly. – Track Judah’s blog posts to keep in the in. – Easily send him messages or questions. – Keep up on his twitter feed. Who doesn’t tweet after all. – Track any news about his travels…

  • Featured,  Short Stories,  Works

    The Human Quotient

    The human quotient fractures, lost, pitted against itself. Time repeats. The past and the present are the future. The hum of dissecting life reverberates. :: Replay core protocol :: We found new life. We left behind ourselves. Look back. Never forget. :: stop playback ::

  • Featured,  Poems,  Works

    When a Bullet Strikes the Rain

    When a Bullet Strikes the Rain Vanishing, one following the next Eyes squint at the dark Droplets sizzle with staccato Speed equates to the sear A path laced with intent Quaking, she envisioning the casket Finger flicks from the trigger Fabric unweaves with requiescence Choices lead to outcomes Are all paths laced with intent Shattering, both losing the memory Air blasts from lungs Skin rends without discourse Pain asks what is between What paths are not laced with intent Hating, he admonishing the regret Pistol falls from grip Lead digs without remorse Fragments dissolve to void Intent pervades even after death

  • Articles,  Blog,  Reading Recaps

    Reading Recap: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

    So I decided I might throw up one of these on occasion. Let the world know what I think of my reading explorations. First, let’s give props where props are deserved. Published in 2008, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman won numerous accolades including the British Carnegie Medal and the American Newbery Medal in children’s literature along with the Hugo Award and the Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book. The illustrations in the British children’s edition by Chris Riddell were shortlisted for the Kate Greenway Medal. The artwork for the US edition by Dave McKean are stellar, but I have to say I prefer the British illustration by Chris…

  • Multimedia Art,  Poems,  Works

    Jazz at 5AM

    I had fun relearning cursive for this one. Hope you enjoyed it. The text is below.  Jazz at 5AM Jazz at 5 AM Creaking bones These rusty hinges conjoined Weighted down, this solid ground Grinding another man’s toil While ink dries in the pen The muse withers and petrifies Like a raisin misplaced on a darkened shelf My appetite wanes Under the pressure of banker gains To find my feet To relearn the intrepid burn Repeat  

  • Articles,  Blog,  Creative Writing

    Assumptions Abound: Dialogue with Jose Rivera

    Our dear friend Jose Rivera is well know in the theatre community and he’s earned that honor. Over the years he’s guided budding playwrights in their craft. After a decade or so he finally imparted to a wider audience some of his insights in “36 Assumptions About Writing.” Here in this little piece, I’ll pull Mr. Rivera into the realm of fiction, showing how some of his sagacity might be a little more universal than first perceived. First I will begin by presenting the assumption and then I’ll analyze it. Let’s take a look.

  • Blog,  Press

    Author App Featured

    My author smartphone app was reviewed as an app of the day on the site droidappoftheday.com. Link posted below. Hope you enjoy. http://www.droidappoftheday.com/2013/09/judah-mahay-author.html P.S. My app is also available on the iPhone.   Download: iPhone | Android  

  • Blog

    eBook Short Stories Arrive

    After much discussion with my friends and colleagues, I’ve decided to post a few of my short stories for free on major ebook retailers including Google Books and the iBookstore for the iPad. My first story up is “The Trees of Evermore.” Designing the ebooks have been a lot of fun (it also helps me procrastinate with my writing) and more importantly it has the potential to start producing a bit of income for me through my art. We’re just talking about pennies, but who knows maybe a million people out their will love it. Doesn’t hurt to try. Please consider getting my stories for your eReading devices and submit reviews.…

  • Blog,  Events

    Honored as An Advocate for the Arts

    I recently was contacted by the Long Island Council for the Arts in Freeport to be honored for an annual event. They are recognizing people for their work as advocates in the arts. In all honesty I was a bit shocked and disbelieving, but all said and done I’m going to the event, which is at Adelphi University on March 13th. The organization helps promote the arts throughout Long Island and somehow my name appeared when they were selecting potential candidates. I’m humbled to receive this honor and if anyone can go you can purchase tickets below. Purchase Tickets / Donate to the Arts Council | Long Island Council for…

  • Poems,  Works

    I Believe

    Water of night Ever bright Glimmering iridescent With vague dreams Of heavenly seas Ever bright Splendid lights See into me Without fear I weep Splendid lights What a sight Simmering hope With eternal thoughts Of fragrant thee What a sight Serene height Tepid heart Without doubt I believe  

  • Short Stories,  Works

    Fly Catcher’s Children

    Arieth glanced each way up the road to check for cars. All clear. Now or never, she told herself. With a deep breath, she inched her way towards the door of the Fly Catcher’s shop, her small frame shivering in her tightly buttoned peacoat, only partly due to the autumn chill. She blew a rogue strand of her curly red hair from her eyes. Why did she forget her hat again? Can’t remember everything. The shop was an unobtrusive place, nestled between a barber shop and an art gallery, having no windows, just a single aged sign, made of brass lettering, faded as if the hand of polish had not…

  • Short Stories,  Works

    Wisteria Needs

    “I’m sorry.” “It’s OK, Ann, I’ll be fine.” “Are you sure?” “Do I have much of a choice?” “Mom, you can’t think like that…Well anyways, I hear Jim coming downstairs, I need to get the kids ready.” “Taking them to the zoo again?” “No, Annie has ballet. It’s strange…but life somehow still goes on.” “It has to dear.” “Call me if you need anything.” “I will.” Liz held the receiver long after her daughter’s voice clicked off as if she yearned to find another sound within the soft static of the empty line. Noticing the absurdity of what she was doing, she quickly hung up the phone. Two weeks since…

  • Short Stories,  Works

    Lights Out

    Fredrick sat on his king size bed in his apartment tucked into the lush countryside of the Hamptons, tapping the front cover of his October issue of playboy magazine. His wife wasn’t home yet. How was he going to get fucked? A quick glance at his red oak nightstand proved it to be eight o’clock already. How long had he been trying to catch some occasional ass on Showtime? Man, the bitch never took this long. He tossed the magazine on the bed, a sharp contrast to the pink flowers arrayed on the down comforter. He hated them.

  • Blog

    The Judah Mahay, Author App is Here!

    Explore the fantastical fiction, poetry, and musings of Judah Mahay in this free smartphone app with over ten short stories and fifteen poems. Bored on the subway? Fall into another world for a few minutes. You know you want to. Download the Judah Mahay, Author app for either Android or Mobile at judahmahay.ninja!

  • Poems,  Works

    Splintered Glass of Mind

    Splintered glass of mind Shattered mine Memories like quicksilver slip from my thoughts Playfully dancing in pools of words It dares to reflect, my painful game So to learn that which brings A bit of cohesion Memory of me It melds this mirror of my mind What is it that I own that is mine That which was That which is That which will None shall be Nor shall I recall Most when they think before they are They smile or cry at the glimmer of past Mine is none to find Vague hints of a life Splintered glass of mind Forever mine It gives no fear It gives no…

  • Blog,  Events,  Projects

    Watermill Grimoire Project

    In January of 2010, I was blessed to be selected by an internationally acclaimed group of artists including Robert Wilson for a residency at the Watermill Center. The New York Foundation for the Arts through the East End Arts Council provided me with a grant, which made the residency possible. To date I’ve posted a series of vignettes about the characters. The Watermill Center was also kind enough to create a video and photo gallery of the event which closed out my residency. Documentation Watermill’s Event Page | Character Vignettes | My Photo Gallery | Watermill’s Photo Gallery | Event Video

  • Blog

    Watermill Grimoire Video

    Judah Mahay | The Watermill Grimoire | January 30, 2010 from Watermill Center on Vimeo. The Watermill Center presented the work of the Spring season’s first artist-in-residence, the American writer Judah Mahay on January 30, 2010. Over the course of two weeks, with support from the East End Arts Council, Mahay created The Watermill Grimoire, a short fairy tale about artifacts from the Watermill Center. For the public showing of his work, Mahay lead a tour of the Center, read from his story and discussed the Watermill Collection’s objects that have inspired it. This video is an excerpt of the public presentation on January 30, 2010 filmed and edited by…

  • Short Stories,  Works

    Gift of a Soul

    Alfred gingerly squeezed his granddaughter’s shoulder, a hollow assurance, he knew. “The hour is old and yet this wretched siege still bays its horn.” “When is it going to end, Grandpa?” “Soon I think.” “Really?” Elsa perked up with a bright smile, a contrast to the dark hour. “Do not let joy win your heart yet.” “Why?” “We are losing.” “Should we pray, Grandpa?” “It’s past the time for prayer.” “But, isn’t that what you do?”

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