Books written and in progress.  by Raúl daSilva
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       New Haven County, Connecticut
This 245pp collection of short stories was inspired and encouraged by pioneering television writer, Rod Serling, (The Twilight Zone and prizewinning dramatic teleplays).  Rod was my friend and co-worker.  The preface to this book was published as My Friend, Rod Serling and His Legacy, in the July/August 2008 issue of FATE Magazine.  In it I explain how this collection came to be during a 25 year development period.  

The Corner Where Night Begins collects my stories about our continuous often fruitless battle to maintain partitions between reality, dream and nightmare.  This anthology is about the dream and the nightmare but mostly about the dream---awake or lost to the mystery of sleep.  Both change us forever in a great or some small way.  The stories are about those who dared to dream yet taking the risk of the nightmare while doing so.
The book is a natural for Airport Book Shop spinners.  As a former .ad agency writer and creative director, I designed this high impact cover rendered by my brother, Ray daSilva, formerly with the Walt Disney Company.   The secondary market for the seventeen stories is the Screen Trade.  

Every story in the collection can be developed into a series episode or feature film by a good scenarist for national or international production.
In progress:
HEAVEN, HELL AND HOLLYWOOD:  The working title was given to me by my friend, John White, of Cheshire, CT, an author of many books, primarily on the subject of human consciousnss.  

This novel is about a young filmmaker, Reed Owen, who is called for a possible feature film assignment by a celebrity producer in Hollywood.   Upon his arrival at the studio, after a 3,000 mile flight from New England, Reed is informed that his meeting has been postponed for five days due to an emergency.  During the five days that ensue, Reed probes the enigma of Hollywood and reflects upon his own life and the mystery of his existence:  In the end, Reed is changed forever in ways that he could not have possibly imagined.
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SPIRIT GUIDES:  WHY WE ARE NEVER ALONE.
A personal experience with the special human event entitled, "Spiritual Channeling from source,"*** as in the cases of Jane Roberts, Helen Schucman, Esther Hicks, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and the rest of humanity that does not realize that ideas and inspiration do not come from the brain.  

"The soul is not contained in the body; the body is contained in the soul.  In fact, the body is an incident in the life of the soul, on which it is, for a few years, concentrating its attention.""    Whitley Strieber.

*** The process of receiving information or inspirtation from realms beyond our physical reality.
Now, just over one hundred years after she originated them, Rose O’Neill is known primarily for the little cherubs that she called the Kewpies. Originally, starting in 1909, they were found in comic frames in Ladies' Home Journal, but in time, they made their way into advertising ads and eventually as dolls of various sizes, sold internationally. 
           What some who are familiar with the Kewpies might not know, however, is that Rose was a highly rated illustrator in her time, the Golden Age of Illustration, before most periodical art was replaced by photography.  Rose was on par with her contemporary, great advertising illustrators, such as Charles Dana Gibson, Joseph Christian Leyendecker, and Maxfield Parrish. This was a decade or so before women could vote, much less compete with men in the fields of illustration and in literature, both of which she did, successfully.  
           My novel, Rose of Washington Square, celebrates her brief time in New York City, when she returned to Manhattan in 1914, wealthy, somewhat famous.  It is also about her accomplishments both as a humanitarian and as an illustrator. We find out how she came across the idea of the Kewpies and what happened thereafter. 

Cover:
Despite typical non interest in covers from publishers, I generally complete project covers before completion of text, for personal objectification and inspiritaton.   This montage of Rose and the nameplates and logos of some of her clients, including the coloration of Rose's illustration, was rendered by my brother, Ray daSilva, according to my design.  The elements for it, including the original art by Rose O’Neill, depicting her first vision of the Kewpies, one morning, upon awakening, were generously shared with us by the Bonniebrook Museum and Gallery in Walnut Shade, Missouri, with special recognition for the help of Martha Melton at the Museum.  

          According to Rose: “The first I knew, they were all over my bedspread, hopping about, or sitting along the bed frame at the foot like a row of chickadees.?
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Rose of Washington Square:  
How Rose O'Neill brought the Kewpies to Earth in the Early 20th Century.
The Corner Where Night Begins
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