A young wife copes with a new baby, a philandering husband, and an eerie presence in a recently purchased old house; African-American residents go overboard in primping and preening –both themselves and their small town – when rumors circulate that a popular national magazine will be featuring them in an upcoming issue; an aged performer draws on his fifty year repertoire in his swan song performance at a local boys’ club; an ancient curse befalls a kingdom. These are just a few tidbits in Marbles Within The Circle, twenty stories about culturally diverse characters from ancient to modern times whose commonality is bonded by their fears, foibles, and fantasies. Glenn D. Hayes is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. He moved to New York City, where he still resides. His stories have appeared in: The Lamp-Post of the C.S. Lewis Society of Southern California, The Pink Chameleon, Dark Moon Rising, Inkburns, and The Western Online.