Gregory Bernard Banks Receives High Praise for His Short Story Collection, “Phoenix Tales: Stories of Death & Life.”

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In his second short story collection, Atlanta, Georgia native Gregory Bernard Banks explores mankindÂ?s eternal quest to understand life and deathÂ?Phoenix Tales: Stories of Death & Life (1-4116-2035-6, Trade paperback, 248 pp, 6 x 9, $16.95).

From The L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Semi-Finalist, “Avatar,” about a man with Osteogenesis Imperfecta who is desperate to escape the imprisonment of his frail body, to the brief and lyrical piece in which a child’s fate lies in the hands of “The Soul Man,” Phoenix Tales: Stories of Death & Life by Gregory Bernard Banks, explores mankind’s eternal quest to understand life and death. These dark, thought-provoking, and sometimes humorous tales masterfully blend elements of science fiction, fantasy, and horror to delve into humanity’s never-ending struggle to master Death and achieve eternal Life.

The collection, with stories ranging from flash fiction to novelettes, is about people dealing with life or death situations in unique and moving ways. Piers Anthony, author of the hugely popular Xanth series, recently commented in his FeBlueberry 2005 newsletter that “(Banks) has marvelous figures of speech; I don't think I've seen it as thick and apt since the early career of Roger Zelazny...” Author C.D. Moulton says of the book, “The subject matter is both varied and consistent. The style is captivating. Unlike most things I’ve reviewed, I wanted to read past the first page...Truth be told, I wanted to read past the end of the book.” Author Angela Hooper says, “(This is a) brilliant collection of short stories of life and death, each one very different and individual, a separate story adding to make a truly awesome book.”

Gregory Bernard Banks’ first love was art, using crayon, pencil, and ink pens to create his personal “masterpieces.” He was also an avid reader who grew up with the greats like Tolkien and Heinlein, but at the time never conceived of becoming a writer himself. The advent of the home computer opened up the world to him, rendering Osteogenesis Imperfecta no longer an obstacle in the way of pursuing his dreams. One day, after showing a poem to online friends, he was encouraged to write more. Shortly after, his writing career began.

Banks has since served as moderator for the original Zoetrope All-Story Writers Workshop, been webmaster and administrator for Scrawl: The Writer's Asylum, and webmaster for the Writer and Market Literary Search Engine. Besides his current duties as a LuluMaster, a community leader/support aid at, he’s also co-Webmaster for the Speculative Literature Foundation. He’s been published in various places, including The Rose & Thorn, Story House,, Creative Brother's Sci-Fi Magazine, The Writers Post Journal, AlienSkin Magazine, and most recently Vision: A Resource for Writers. His first short story collection, Crossroads and Other Tales, debuted in January 2004.

Phoenix Tales: Stories of Death & Life, published by WheelMan Press via the services of, is available directly from ( for a discounted price of $13.25, and will soon be available through major bookstores worldwide.

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