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DeMarinis, Rick 1934-

Works: 38 works in 138 publications in 3 languages and 5,805 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Bildungsromans  Short stories  Short stories, American  Noir fiction  Psychological fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Fantasy fiction  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Creator
Classifications: PS3554.E4554, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Rick DeMarinis
Most widely held works by Rick DeMarinis
The art & craft of the short story by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Veteran story-writer DeMarinis provides his thoughts on various aspects of writing--plot, character, point of view--and also on not writing, which he claims is part of every writer's life and should be accepted as such. DeMarinis illustrates his insights with numerous examples from many different kinds of short stories, and includes exercises for aspiring writers. - Publisher
The year of the zinc penny by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and German and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pre-teen boy narrates the story of his reunion with his mother following a three-year separation, set in 1930s Los Angeles
The best American short stories, 1989( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"100 other distinguished short stories of the year 1988": p. [326]-329
The voice of America : stories by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under the wheat by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mortician's apprentice by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in French and English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Ozzie Santee, a boy ready to spend the rest of his life on a beach, listening to jazz. Unfortunately for him, he falls in love with Colleen Vogel, the daughter of a wealthy mortician who tries to steer him on the right path, that of marriage and steady work in the funeral business. The novel chronicles Santee's efforts to remain free. By the author of The Voice of America
Borrowed hearts : new and selected stories by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2017 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-one stories on men and manhood. One is on the physical sensation of aging, another is on being the son of a lady gangster, while in a third, a small boy kills his teddy bear with a kitchen knife
The coming triumph of the free world : stories by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apocalypse then : stories by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the cause is found and corrected, father and son find themselves rethinking "normal." In "Birds of the Mountain West," a man goes to comfort his friend, a suicidal drunk, and recalls seeing birds intoxicated on fermented berries. "Then, at sunset, the mob of wasted waxwings settled in a single tree and faced the setting sun, trilling long plaintive notes for the dying of the light - a fine feathered choir of happily pious drunks ... ""--Jacket
Sky full of sand : a novel by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2020 in German and English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When aging bodybuilder Uriah Walkinghorse runs afoul of the corrupt El Paso elite, he finds himself pursued by narco traficantes, a suburban dominatrix, his ex-wife, tenants of his sleazy apartment building, and bankers. Behind this noir-inflected border tale of a good man in bad trouble lurks a touching meditation on the tenacity of life in the face of all odds"--Page 4 of cover
Cinder by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

5 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in English and French and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A softhearted old wino meets a naked Arab giant. The giant's name is Sadass. The alleged wino's name is Ulysses Cinder, a retired orange grower. The giant is a genie--straight out of the Arabian nights and he can conjure anything your heart desires. Ulysses Cinder is no dummy and he has a wish
The burning women of Far Cry : a novel by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in English and French and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It doesn't matter where or when, growing up is hard to do. And for young Jack, coming of age in the small town of Far Cry in the early 1950s, the challenges are especially daunting. First of all, there's his sensuous, exotic looking mother, Jade, ... with an unfortunate habit of driving her men to drink--and, occasionally, to suicide. Then there's LaDonna, Jack's sassy and precocious sister, whose passionate curiosity embraces everthing from the intricacies of Einsteinian physics to the mysteries of sex"--Jacket
Scimitar : a novel by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

7 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and French and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Meet Arjay Ponce--technical copywriter for Dynablast, the mammoth aerospace company--a typical family man, about to confront the killer whale of suburban boredom...about to aim his very own heat-seeking human missile at the perfectly formed girl next door...about to discover the obscene power behind the hush-hush superweapon, Scimitar. Follow his outrageous quest, from San Clemente to Tijuana, from all-night orgy to Sahara Challenge--the desert retreat where he encounters Skylor Blue, the billionaire genius with a computer-driven body. And only our hero stands between Blue and the achievement of his dream; naked power, immortality, congress with the stars..."--P. 4 of cover
Mama's boy : a novel by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joining the Air Force to get away from his parents, Gus Reppo is shocked when they decide to follow him, and he must endure the constant pressure by his father to become a dentist as he finds himself constantly getting into trouble at a remote base in Montana
A clod of wayward Marl by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Guido Tarkenen, an author of "slasher trash," takes a job teaching English literature, "it's up to a reluctant Guido to untangle the sleazy and murderous skein that runs just beneath the surface of La Siberia's entrenched institutional banality."--Jacket
Jack & Jill : two novellas and a story by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, the author has created three wonderfully imaginative fables for our time. Man, machine, and animal converge and blend into one another in these comic and magical stories
A lovely monster : the adventures of Claude Rains and Dr. Tellenbeck: a novel by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

8 editions published between 1975 and 1977 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frankensteinian first novel about a monster (who calls himself Claude Rains) put together from various body parts by his creator, Kraft Tellenbeck, who lives in a Southern California singles condominium
El Paso twilight by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of political manners and debauchery masquerading as pulp fiction, this novel shows us a world inhabited by the likes of Luther Penrose, a 290-pound, drug-dependent novelist with marital fidelity problems, and Luther's old army buddy, J.P. Morgan, an insurance fraud investigator who has reluctantly agreed to lend his friend a hand. Given the tumultuous, bloody, and unpredictable events that follow, it's a decision that Morgan will come to ruefully regret
Coeurs d'emprunt : nouvelles by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in French and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans ces nouvelles, R. Demarinis décrit avec compassion mais non sans humour les relations entre les membres d'une famille ou d'un couple, des personnages jamais vraiment maîtres de leur destin et fatalistes. Il saisit dans ces histoires les névroses de la société américaine (Dieu, l'argent, le sexe ...), passant au crible tous les avatars : la dépression, l'alcool, l'adultère
Götterdämmerung in El Paso by Rick DeMarinis( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El-Paso-Homeboy J.P. Morgan will nichts mit den Eheproblemen seines exzentrischen Schriftsteller-Kumpels Luther Penrose, eines Ex-Desert-Storm-Kameraden, zu tun haben. Carla Penrose sei mit einem Mexikaner durchgebrannt, heisst es, und J.P. solle sie suchen und zur Rede stellen. Als Luther in seiner Verzweiflung Profis anheuern will, lässt sich J.P. doch noch breitschlagen, den Turteltäubchen nach Vegas zu folgen. Als ihm plötzlich Kopfgeldjäger, Texas Ranger und Nazi-Schläger auf die Füsse treten, dämmert es J.P allmählich, dass es hier um mehr geht als um eine bilaterale Kopulation ... Rick DeMarinis legt nach KAPUTT IN EL PASO einen weiteren schwarzen Gesellschaftsroman vor, der Hardcore mit Metaphysik versöhnt und sich abermals der US-Grenzregion im Süden widmet, wo ein Hochsicherheitszaun gleichermassen amerikanische Hilflosigkeit und Front markiert. Rick DeMarinis, geboren 1934 in New York, lehrte über mehrere Dekaden an der University of Texas in El Paso, bevor es ihn nach Missoula, Montana verschlug. Er ist Autor von nunmehr acht Romanen und sechs Short-Story-Sammlungen und wurde 1999 mit dem Independent Book Publishers Award ausgezeichnet. Mit seinem Noir-Thriller KAPUTT IN EL PASO enterte er 2007 mit Platz 3 auf Anhieb die KrimiWelt Bestenliste auf "Ein Meisterwerk." Literaturen
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Audience level: 0.34 (from 0.14 for El Paso tw ... to 0.95 for Rick DeMar ...)

The art & craft of the short story
The year of the zinc pennyUnder the wheatBorrowed hearts : new and selected storiesThe coming triumph of the free world : storiesApocalypse then : storiesSky full of sand : a novelMama's boy : a novel
Alternative Names
De Marinis, Rick 1934-

Demarinis, Rick 1934-

Marinis, Rick de 1934-

Rick DeMarinis American writer

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Rick DeMarinis écrivain américain

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Rick DeMarinis escritor estadounidense

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English (101)

French (12)

German (9)