Illustrations by Louise Freshman Brown
Denis Bell's stories are short only in length; in insight, vision, humor and style they have a farseeing distance and depth that will keep you wedded to the page, either laughing, marveling, or scratching your head.”- David L. Robbins, author of War of the Rats
“A thought-provoking collection of flashes and longer stories: poignant, strange, humorous and humane. A Box of Dreams should be opened by all.”- Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler, Editors of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine
“The author’s wit and the sense of humor is obvious and there are quite a few scenes that will bring smile to the reader’s face and make a pleasant read. Life dilemmas that the characters in his stories are facing are real and believable. While I am really impressed with A Box of Dreams, I am even more fascinated with the potential that Mr. Bell’s fictional world has for the creation of future adventures, maybe even a whole series of books. With the writing skills that Denis Bell displayed in this collection of short stories, it is quite possible to become a great success.”- Stevan V. Nikolic, Editor of the Adelaide Literary Magazine
“Denis Bell has a subtle hand and a crafter’s light touch; he’s able to tickle the bizarre from the familiarities of reality so smoothly that you are forced to look twice.”
Nancy Stohlman, author of The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories
"You’ll find a number of gems in Denis Bell’s first collection of stories, “A Box of Dreams.” The selections, though comfortably brief, are disturbingly bright, and their buffed shine holds up after repeated readings.” Bob Thurber, author of Nothing But Trouble and Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel
Paperback: 156 pages
Publishing date: August 20, 2017
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
Price: $19.60 (paperback) $7.99 (e-book)
Denis Bell is a professor of Mathematics at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He grew up in London, England and studied at the Universities of Manchester and Warwick, where he obtained a master’s degree in statistics and a doctorate in mathematics. He has received several awards for his scientific work, including an Outstanding Scholarship Award from the University of North Florida and a Research Professorship at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California. A spinner of small tales for many years, he started publishing his fiction five years ago. His work has appeared in many literary magazines and journals, including Grub Street, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, and the Adelaide Literary Awards Anthology. A Box of Dreams is his first published collection.
Louise Freshman Brown is an artist whose works have been featured in museums, galleries and publications in the United States and Europe. Solo exhibits include; Piirto Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, Everson Museum, NY, The Deland Museum of Art, FL, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL and Monique Goldstrom Gallery, NYC.
Group exhibitions include; Galleria Retro & Arte, Venice, Italy, Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna, Sweden, Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC, The William Whipple Art Gallery, MN, New York Academy of Art, NYC, Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL and Childs Gallery, NYC.
Her works are in over 500 collections including the Voorhees Museum, NJ, Queensborough Museum, NY, Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, AL, Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, NY, Montgomery College, MD, Syracuse University, NY, The Federal Reserve, The Cleveland Clinic, Vistakon, The Haskell Collection, City of Orlando, Pan Am, Orlando International Airport and Southern Bell. She completed major commissions for Mayo Clinic, Merck and Co., Arvida Corp and IBM.
Freshman Brown received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Syracuse University. She is a Distinguished Professor of Art at The University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL