My friend Kelly Scott Franklin has published his first book!

The Shattered Fountain showcases the literary genius and spiritual power of the distinguished American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne through ten of his best short stories. Featuring prominently in the American Romance movement, Hawthorne eschews the vapid optimism in the human spirit and affairs espoused by many of his contemporaries. Instead, as these selected tales show, Hawthorne honed his craft to depict as powerfully as possible the reality that the human heart is as capable of immense good as it is of indescribable wickedness. Awash in equal measures of madness, tragedy, and beauty, these ten tales from the pen of an American master hauntingly reveal the shape and sense of our world in all its shattered, still-sparkling glory.

Check thou it out!

Oh, and by the way, Kelly also has a great piece in Catholic World Report reminding us that the devil always leaves us in the lurch.

Or as I have been warning Christianist Trump worshippers, Uncle Screwtape says: “To get a man’s soul and give him nothing in return–that is what truly gladdens the heart of Our Father Below.”

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