Books & Stories

Fred’s story “A Honeymoon’s End” will appear in the April issue of the Ignatian Literary Magazine published by the University of San Francisco.

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“An Invasive Species” has just been published in New English Review.

“The Judge, the Law Clerk, and the Hippogriff” has been published by New English Review. The title and the image above it on the site should be enough to entice you.

“Light From Light,” a story about the search for information about Soviet mathematician Dmitri Baklanov in the files of the Soviet secret police, has appeared in Evening Street Review. You can buy a hard copy of Issue 29 or a Kindle copy for $1 by visiting Evening Street Press and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

“Lawyer Assisted Suicide,” the story of an imaginative attorney who knows how to make the will he writes prevail over competing wills, has been republished by Defuncted Journal.

“The Programmer,” a story about a programmer’s struggle to contain his computer, has appeared in Idle Ink.

“Erebus Kincaid and the Devil,” a story about a devil’s struggle to drag an unrepentant old man to hell, has appeared in  New English Review.

The Vanishing Point,” a story about unraveling a math professor’s last words, has appeared in Spank the Carp.

Confessions of a Department Chair,” a satire of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree and of academic politics, was published in Euphonia Spring 2019.

“The Landfill,” a story about waste management technology bringing about the end of the world, has just appeared in  Forge Journal.

“Beethoven’s 10th,” about a man who discovers he has Beethoven’s 10th Symphony embedded in his genome, has just appeared in Spank the Carp.

“Endangered Species,” about chasing iguanas during a cold snap in Florida, has appeared in Storgy.

“The Water Trap” about clearing a golf course water trap of snapping turtles with dynamite, has appeared in Medusa Laughs Press’ Twisted anthology. The anthology is available on

“King Solomon’s Ring” about a link between heaven and earth that connects the chapel in an American church with an ancient church in Croatia, has appeared in Alcyone I. The anthology is available on

Recycled Glass

In Recycled Glass, his new collection of stories, Fred McGavran extends his fictional territory beyond the subtleties of The Butterfly Collector, introducing further twists and turns into otherwise normal urban behavior, astutely observed with a touch of satirical humor. William M. Pratt, Professor of English Emeritus, Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)


An ancient painting of the Dormition of the Blessed Mary may or may not procure the salvation of a Russian gangster in the Midwest.

The Butterfly Collector

Butterfly Collector, Fred McGavran

The Butterfly Collector is full of people you know: a beautician, a lawyer, a man with Alzheimer’s who takes his first nightcap at three in the afternoon. But each of these thoroughly knowable protagonists is faced with a situation that causes them to become extraordinary. In these stories, Fred McGavran is both author and investigator, out to prove that every person has at least one really good story to tell.

“A Start Up” about raising marijuana in the front gardens of a wealthy suburb has appeared in Fiction on the Web at

“Gone,” a fable about the annihilating power of indifference, was published by Spank the Carp.

“A Homecoming,” about a mother’s return after a mysterious 30 year absence, was published by Storgy Magazine.

“Corrine, or a Journey of the Magi,” published in Crux Literary Journal, is about an eye doctor, a priest, a madman, and a dead woman, who meet in a hospital a few days before Christmas.