Beyond Yonder

by Stephen Morris
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When Darwin Hunter decides to update Over Yonder Hill (Alton Blanchard's history of the tiny Vermont hamlet of Upper Granville), the result is Beyond Yonder, a chronicle of the cultural divide between the entrenched natives and the invaders from the Land of Flat. From "Babysitters" to "Zucchinis" the contrasting world views are examined and skewered.

Beyond Yonder is part one of "Stories and Tunes," Stephen Morris's "four-part" trilogy of life in the rural North.

Beyond Yonder

by Stephen Morris

Awaiting the Muse

The introduction to Beyond Yonder was written in a spasm of creative frenzy the night of the very day that B. J. Bosco came to town. Satisfied that the writing process would be simple, Darwin then devoted himself to the establishment of a proper creative environment.

His first step was the acquisition of a roll-top desk in need of refinishing and repair. After reading a book on the subject, picking the Stallion's brain, and enlisting Townshend Clarke to demonstrate techniques, Darwin created a worthy platform for the ancient Underwood that he purchased from Stella Blanchard. This was the same machine on which she had converted the hand-scribbled notes of Alton Blanchard into Over Yonder Hill. Darwin was overwhelmed by his good fortune.

Desk complete, Darwin bribed Emil with free beer to overhaul the Underwood. For weeks the parts were spread out and labeled on the floor of the Hunters' den. Darwin observed each operation intently, his functional role limited to the procurement of more beer. He would get an hour of useful work from Emil before his motor capabilities became impaired. Then there would be another hour of creating, then undoing, mistakes. Amazingly, although Emil had never worked on anything smaller than a Volkswagen, the Underwood was resurrected, clicking out letters with the snap and precision of a West Point drill team.

"All you need is words now," said a deservedly proud Emil.

"Words are the easy part for me," said Darwin. "Machines are my downfall."

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Beyond Yonder

by Stephen Morris

Critters

"Due to its northerly clime and latitude Vermont is relatively free of the nuisance and pestilence that affect the rest of the world."
-- Alton Blanchard,
from Over Yonder Hill

"Ringworm, head lice, coyote, weasels, black flies, rats, earwigs, skunks, porcupines ... living in Vermont means living with critters."
-- Darwin Hunter,
from Beyond Yonder

In the North one learns to live harmoniously with critters, or one leaves. Darwin Hunter discovered this on his first night in his new home. Upon investigating a commotion in his kitchen, he discovered a nine-hundred pound raccoon nonchalantly munching on his garbage. He went upstairs, stopping to tell Sammi that the situation was well in hand, and got his .22 rifle. His first shot into the coon did not even affect the creature's appetite. Three shots later the beast became severely agitated and charged. Darwin backpedaled frantically, shooting as he went. By the time he managed to kill the raccoon, his kitchen looked like the set for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

The clinching blow for many a would-be ruralite is the confrontation with a swarm of black flies or finding the small city of earwigs in the joints of the picnic table. Here is a glossary of critters in the pristine North

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What is a "Four-Part Trilogy?"

Next up from The Public Press: the first three books, revised and improved, in Stephen Morris's Vermont epic, the four part trilogy.

books in the Four-part Trilogy

Life has a way of interfering with art. Beyond Yonder, The King of Vermont, and Darwin and the Tunnel of Love were always intended by the author to be a single work, telling the epic story of the daily lives and times of the inhabitants of the tiny hamlet of Upper Granville, Vermont.

But life intervenes. It happens! Day jobs take priority. Parents grow old. Little publishers sell to big publishers. Editors move on to different jobs. Opportunities knock. Kids leave home. It happens! It happens! And it happens!

As a result, the epic novel came out in fits and spurts. First, Beyond Yonder. That's when the publisher got sold. Then, King of Vermont, that's when the editor quit. Meanwhile, a real life equivalent to Upper Granville began appearing on the pages of the Vermont Sunday Magazine. Now, the region had a name, Beyonder, to describe that part of Vermont that is next to nothing, but not far away from anywhere. Tales and More Tails is a collection of Beyonder's "Stories and Tunes."

The Public Press is pleased to present Beyonder in its original glory ficticious and non-ficticious. This is the Director's cut, digitally remastered, and in full Dolby sound. This is Beyonder at the peak of foliage, at the depth of Mud Season despair, in the procreational frenzy of the vernal kaboom, and in the enveloping eternity of an August night watching the meteors shower in a part of the world where you can actually still see them.

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