R.J. Stanchfield



The play is called Mark Twain at The Players. We have changed dates to protect the innocent. The play is a fictional story narrating fictional events, but is loosely based on the lives of the characters depicted. All the works are fictional and are not works of the writers depicted. The play has no connection to or endorsed by any of the depicted writers, their estates, descendants or administrations.

Mark Twain suffered deeply in his last decade. This play is about the first two of ten years of his last decade. Though he was a grand, great, and loving man, he lost close friends and family, his support system. When he fought with himself and his demons, his wife Olivia supported him. But he lost Olivia and two children in the last ten years and the demons returned. In the end he fought Satan himself! Twain won the battle. He died a believer, outwardly Presbyterian and inwardly as a pantheist. Yes, he and Tesla spent many serious hours together and included in the talks was how close time-space theory was with Buddhism.

Mentioned is Twain’s slightly inhabited by a spirit he had the twins. An example is the writing about a boy named Buck in the adventures of Huck Finn, his most popular character and novel. He looked like Huck, was the same age, and they even had the same thoughts and ideas. Twain wrote Buck in his greatest story and took him out of it in one chapter and two days.

Another sub-plot of our story is to advance space-time travel. Hence, Nikola Tesla and Twain became close friends, and whereas humanity went back in time in the days of *A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court*, in *Mark Twain at The Players* the focus is to send people forward after getting access to space-time travel.

From the Connecticut Yankee the following, our favorite quote:
“Bridgeport?” Said I, pointing.
“Camelot,” said he.
It can’t get proven, but Tesla collaborated with ideas at the very least. It’s likely worth a book or two. Here’s a play for you to consider.

Finally, the most important truth of Sam Clemens' life is that it took a full and hard life to rid himself of the worst kind of plague, the plague of the soul, which is only attracted to white men. So the thread we weave is two staggered times as Samuel Clemens changed from white bigot, whose family owned slaves, to become a radical against slavery. The moment he did, it was when he had joined the confederacy and, for two weeks, he marched North toward the fighting and after those two weeks; he turned West and then marched almost three thousand miles to get to his freedom. He’s been marching to freedom for all beings since.


SAMPLES - The Odd Profession of Jeremey Scratch - He is a human taxidermist… and an assassin of serial killers. He is liked by all. The Complex Replication of Lady Teal is about Lady Teal losing her head. The Little Black Book and Other Stories have a black cover. YOU GET ALL THREE! SO GO BELOW AND ORDER



1. Dominick Scalia killed seventy people and, when he went to take a bath one night, Scratch knew where he lived. Dominick now sleeps with his prey. Matteo DiNardo assassinated people with bombs — one hundred and seven of them, to be exact. He’s staying at a Hyatt Hotel in Orlando in room 345. Guess who’s twirling nun chucks in room 346?

2.  Maybe that is the undying hope I have: that the world will change, that people will understand that as they have had the hubris to steal and mishandle the earth and its peoples for selfish pride, that they have also shown great compassion. My hope is that compassion will rule, and Mother Nature will hear the tones of passion and allow the people to repair their misdeeds.

3.  This is a Free Sample of a complete long Short Story. The story is both a part of the novel The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch and yet only part of the story was in the novel. Confused? But of course.. It was designed that way.

1. The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch

2. The Little Black Book and Other Stories

3. The Complex Replication of Lady Teal





          Ronin James Stanchfield, storyteller, has journeyed through life, including opposing the war in Vietnam, being a founder of the United States Green Party, and shutting down two nuclear reactors.

          He was a whistleblower at the Shoreham Nuclear Power Station and, a few years later, found the hidden 'lost pages' describing the radioactive leak at Brookhaven National Lab’s High Flux Beam Reactor when he was Vice Chair of the Suffolk County's Environmental Task Force. In the late 1970s, Stanchfield arranged a network of housing for Iranian Jews who fled Iran.

     Ronin had top secret security clearance for the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system, and for the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) system. The clearance assessment of the deployment of these systems was governed by the strategic theory of mutual assured destruction. His job was twofold: "I was to design and draft the schedule of construction of each site. I also did the structural design and drafting of Electric Boat’s converted Ohio-class (Trident) ballistic missile submarines into SSGNs, a multi-mission platform, optimized for conventional strike and special operations warfare. Spies might seem like a throwback to earlier days of world wars and cold wars, but they are more prolific than ever—and they target our nation’s secrets." He was also responsible to meet with the highest levels of all branches of the military to explain each system. This period was from 1964 through 1986. Throughout the years he received assignments all over the country in situations labelled task force and each one was different from the other. There were times when NRC, DOE, or FBI agents would meet with him so he could discuss with them the potential dangers of espionage.

     Ronin went from military and heavy industrial construction to two decades of high-end residential design and construction, building country homes in Southampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Shelter Island. During these years, he always made time to get involved in creative projects — filmmaking, painting, writing essays, short stories or books.

    He was a staff writer at Billboard Magazine and the Chelsea News, and wrote freelance articles for many of the Hamptons newspapers and magazines. It included Dan’s Papers where, as the headline points out, he wrote the original hoax of the infamous 'Hamptons Subway System'. It became one of Dan's most read sections of his newspapers. For R.J. Stanchfield, writing The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch and The Little Black Book and Other Stories seemed like the next logical step. Stanchfield sums it up by saying, "I’m going to spend my remaining years writing stories. I have a lot of stories to tell.”

About The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch and The Little Black Book, from Reviews in Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble

 This was a fun read, filled with derring-do. A page turner for sure! 

Jan MoorehouseA Swashbuckling Tale, Action-Packed

 Stanchfield, you truly are a compelling storyteller. Loved the Southampton references. For me it made the reading a bit personal, not to mention the August 31 date. One question - did Scratch murder Radji? 

Marylin T. KelleyClose Friend

 The author’s voice is captivating as he developed the characters and storyline. The book is captivating! 

KaityThe book is captivating!

 I enjoyed the read. It was compelling. The story was poignant. Along the way, you experience the protagonist fighting for what he believes in., Jeremy Scratch does it in what is his turbulent world. Not much different from our current climate. Doors open for some people and they talk about it. Others like Scratch walk through doors as if it is what's supposed to happen. He even walks through doors that you or I would walk away. Scratch’s life force is his Chi. His Chi allows him to flow to deal with the obstacles during the journey. His old friend Tunji from Africa, weaves in and out of the story. He is fighting for his own cause. Is he a friend or an enemy? If he is a friend, can their friendship withstand the turbulence? And who is Dada? Who is she? You experience the story as it twists and turns its way through the fast-paced complex life of Jeremy Scratch. This means diamonds, caskets, and felons. Scratch is a criminal, crusader, entrepreneur, or a little of each. Scratch and Dada travel the world of excitement. As the story comes together tension builds to an unexpected explosive climax. 

Marvin SchildOthers like Scratch walk through doors as if it is what's supposed to happen.

 I had the opportunity to read this amazing novel about the life of Jeremy Scratch and be entertained as Scratch’s adventures unfolded. This well written book by R. J. Stanchfield held my attention and I couldn’t wait to see what was next for Scratch. The martial arts that Scratch learned at an early age and his much above average intelligence would play a key role in his thrilling adventures. Scratch went from a young man from a small town to a doctor in NYC. His small act of kindness in the big city was hugely rewarded and would set the stage for this amazing thriller. Of course, there is always a girl involved. I enjoyed it immensely. I give it Five Stars 

Mel HendricksAwesome read by R. J. Stanchfield

 Follow the Life Adventures of Jeremy Scratch The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch" by R. J. Stanchfield caught my attention. I hadn't read a fiction book in 25 years, but the title was interesting, because I once knew someone by the name of Scratch. The first chapter laid the groundwork for what would be coming into the life of a young man who would later pursue his ambitions and profession. From the adventures as a young boy to the day he left home for college and how a few chance encounters along the way would impact the rest of his life. The first of these encounters happened on his very first day away from home when he met a mysterious young French woman on the way to the train station. She would come in and out of his life like the reader could only hope. Then there was the peculiar fellow student from South Africa and the stranger who had fallen on the ice on the streets of the city. All of these encounters seemed incidental at the time, but would eventually play a significant role in the future of Jeremy Scratch and how it led him to a life of international intrigue. 

Paul BusbyI once knew someone by the name of Scratch.

 “The Odd Profession’ is oddly compelling and damn near impossible to put down. Weaving seamlessly across decades, continents, and the imagination, it’s a roller coaster ride without the cheap thrills, an abstract yet human novel that asks the hard questions - and arrives at some most unexpected answers. 

Tom CallahanGreat Read!

 The author is a fantastic storyteller, all the characters were very interesting. Book was very hard to put down and enjoyable to read. 

Michael JovanovicFantastic Storyteller

 Adventures of the unusual life of Jeremy Scratch. Outstanding, full of intrigue and suspense. Excellent build up with many interesting characters that culminates with a surprise ending. R.J. Stanchfield is a masterful storyteller that will keep you turning the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to everyone. 

John FrazerExciting Adventure

 This book captivated my interest from the beginning, perfect characters that intertwined from youth into adulthood, and then the professions and their way of life was superbly illustrated and combined until the end of the story - well done - also, this is the first book I have read for a while, so so glad it wet my appetite for reading - thank you very much, Scratch... 

Maryann ThumbsVery Entertaining From The First Page - Great

 The author is a superb storyteller. This is the best book I have read by him so far. The characters and storyline kept me captivated to the end. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book. 

Frank MartinFun Reading

 Having only read the prologue and on that alone this book is a definite 5 star. The author's ability to entice readers with his wordsmithing alone is amazing...I'm intrigued by the Silk Road, buying dead bodies;, going back to Poland and feeling the DANGER! This is 1976! 

Felicia WoodyINTRIGUING!

 RJ Stanchfield's latest book is a page turner. Well written and fascinating. The story very original and intriguing. If you pick this one up you won't want to put it down. Highly recommended! 

Kris LeClaireRead This Book!

 From the start you realize that Scratch is not any ordinary young boy. The story of his life and the people he meets along the way make for a great story that will keep you wondering how it will all end. 

SharonKeeps you interested till the very end

 This is a fast paced thriller with great story telling. The characters are fleshed out, and highly compelling. Great book. 

LarryA very compelling read.

 Amazon Customer Quirky, Original, Intelligent, well written and above all very entertaining. Not to mention the author, more please. 

LyleVerified Purchase

 The Odd Profession Of Jeremy Scratch - Talk about a wild and strange ride. Beginning with his unusual childhood adventures to his globe trotting adult adventures Jeremy Scratch is one interesting person. He is not a perfect man but he more than makes up for his shortcomings with his generosity, friendship and fierce loyalty. All in all an excellent read. I recommend this product. 

StonylonesomeLaughed Out Loud

 I was captivated from the very first page. This is a very hard book to put down. RJ Stanchfeld is a masterful storyteller. The storyline is very unusual and carries you to places you wouldn't dare. Buy it , you won't regret it. 

Tom PoolA Five Star page turner

 Let me start by saying that I am not one to leave a book review, in fact, this is my first. But the hype around this book was unquestionable and, admittedly made me eager to get my hands on it. It was recommended to me by multiple friends and acquaintances, and boy am I glad I listened. With all the craziness in the world these days, I needed an extraordinary distraction, and "The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch" gave me that much-needed ride. Loved it! I want to sample some more books by this fine author so safe to say I highly recommend you give it a read. 

Paul LemieuxAn Extraordinary Distraction to a Confused World

 Wow. What a book!! I've never been a fiction-book lover. I was turned on to this book by a friend. There are so many twists & turns in this book. The character of Scratch is very well developed through different places & times. Very fascinating and attention to detail. Great read & I highly recommend this book. 

HornswaggleThe Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch

 I have been reading Ron's stories for years! I haven't found a story/book of his that didn't grab your attention from the very first line. You're invested through each of his characters, the rich details of every scene, the well crafted story line.... And this book is one of his very best. This is the best book I have read by him so far. The characters and story line kept me captivated to the end. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book. 

Kindle CustomerAn Amazing Story Teller

 The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is several stories in one. We have the compelling story of how Jeremy, essentially a nobody, inherited a jewelry store through his caring nature—is he really, though? We have the love story with Dada. We have her life of intrigue with Interpol, and we have Jeremy’s dream of Enchantedl Endings--preserving deceased humans in plasticine. I wouldn’t kid about that. Running through it is the international conspiracy group… well I won’t give it away. You get the feeling some of these things actually happened to the author during his years in New York City where absolutely anything can happen if you can pay your rent. Wondering which story will be on the next page is what keeps you turning them. Good luck with putting it down. 

Pam Van Allen, Ph.D.Several Stories in One

 If you are tired of reading fiction that is a based on a theme that has been written on ad nauseum, you’re in for a treat. You’ve never read a book like Ron Stanchfield’s The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch. Scratch is a multi-talented phenomenon, a bit of a mystery. Is he a good guy or a monster? You get to decide. And what is this odd profession? That’s for you to discover. A delightful read. Recommended. 

Harlan HagueA New Theme in Fiction

 If you're looking for a story that is different from the mainstream spy fiction, "The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch" by Ronin J. Stanchfield is the book to pick up and delve into the story taking place in New York City, where corrupt organizations and traitors lurk in the shadows. The political and racial entanglements grip you with its sense of realism and daunting possibility, almost reflecting the happenings occurring in our world. Jeremy Scratch, the protagonist, is good and bad, which showcases that humans are neither entirely and morally good nor evil. People inherent both traits. His compelling character reveals that the choices we make for ourselves can determine who we are as individuals. Although his profession is odd, he stands out. 

M.M.Compelling and Unique

 The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is like living by the ocean and having an amusement park right around the corner. Each and every character became part of the whole story, woven page after page, suddenly gone to reappear a few pages later. Jeremy's choice of work is quite unconventional, described in great detail. Human taxidermist? International spy? Vigilante with a heart of gold? The man is a true enigma. 

Sea's GranThis Book was Written with Exciting and Unpredictable Story :ines

 From his school boy adventures to his adult endeavors, Scratch is always on the go. His chosen profession leads him to meet and befriend an eclectic group of people that are almost as interesting as the man himself. A wild ride, and a very good read. 

Joe NelsIt was amazing

 The prologue takes the reader to the Mongolia area around 1976 and the story winds its way to the American West, New York, Romania and other lesser known regions of the world. While reading, one awaits the next colorful, "odd" character to appear. College professors with an agenda lead to spying, murder and mayhem. A good read if you like a well written, unusual adventure. Captivating and strangely fascinating. 

Jersey Red

 If you like fiction this is a must read. The concept is very original. The characters are very well developed and the plot is cohesive. If you give this book forty will not put it down. This book was recommended to me by several friends. After several months of procrastinating I finally read it in two days..............I'm glad I did. I want to read more from this author. 

Chuck CoxThis is a Must Read

 What an original and fascinating read! Just loved it. Dark, funny, completely engrossing, great characters and plot. I can honestly say I have never read anything quite as strangely crafted and full of surprises. I highly recommend it. If you enjoy the first few pages they let you read on the site, you will love the rest. This is a very unique book. Helpful 

P. ClarkWonderfully Written and Conceived

 Awesome story! Ron is like a brother to me so I was delighted when he asked me to read this book. When I received it, I wasn’t sure this would be the book for me as it was not a genre that I would usually read but when I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I was fascinated. A definite page turner. Just goes to show ya, you can’t tell a book by its cover. I highly recommend it. So proud of you little brother 👏😉 

Lynne MclaughlinAwesome story!

 The prologue takes the reader to the Mongolia area around 1976 and the story winds its way to the American West, New York, Romania and other lesser known regions of the world. While reading, one awaits the next color and "odd" character to appear. College professors with an agenda lead to spying, murder and mayhem. A good read if you like a well written, unusual adventure. Captivating and strangely fascinating. 


 This was a fascinating story line, with very unique characters. My interest was captured immediately and was constantly surprised as the story develops throughout the book. It has an air of mystery and suspense with an international flavor. I appreciate the research involved in the Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch and would recommend it to all. 

Madelyn GrafFascinating Story Line!

 The Little 'Black Book...' spoke to me personally in a way that made the book compelling. I think it would affect most readers the same way. I'm delighted I came across it. Enjoy. 

Abu ben AdamI'm delighted I came across it

 As I read this book more story lines kept appearing to me. I had a ton of questions that I believe will be answered in the next book in this series. There is no way that this would be a one of a kind. I look forward to the next one by this author. To answer some of the questions that arose in my mind as I was reading it. I can't wait. 

boyd 2More Good Work from this Author coming I Believe

 Don't miss this one... Mr Stanchfield takes us on a very strange journey as Jeremy Scratch follows his lifelong dream. Great storytelling with some very unique characters..... Great read!! Jeremy Scratch may truly be the most interesting man in the world. 

James M FulghamDon't miss this one...

 The memories of a man who lived more in his lifetime than most. His words inspire me to think through my own memories. A thought provoking read to say the least. Enjoyed every tale! 

Carlene IversonThe Little Black Book and Other Stories

 The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is an all encompassing, shrewd, very agreeable thriller. Scratch turns out, of dangerous close calls. He murders effortlessly when he must. Then he becomes a heartless spymaster. Forget he practices, human taxidermy. Don’t even mention Dada, his true love when he is telling the truth. They are married; they are not. Who knows? Not to mention the NYPD Chief of Detectives who gives our hero the address of his next hit. What makes this genuine and believable is the writing. You cannot close this book. Even when you are dead tired. If I could have read the book in one day I would have. But the very next morning, and before coffee, I finished off the book, like Scratch’s arch enemy finishes his enemies. R. J. Stanchfield is writing good stories. 

MoonmanLDAll encompassing, shrewd, very agreeable thriller.

 Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020 Verified Purchase If you're a fan of Dexter, you'll enjoy reading about Jeremy Scratch. Moving from rural Wyoming to New York City, Jeremy's off-the-beaten-path passions lead to a complicated life of intrigue. The reader is compelled to follow his journey as he meets a cast of characters and faces a series of moral dilemmas. Highly recommend. 

CaseyhenA quirky book with unexpected twists

 I read this book in one sitting. Stanchfield has a real talent for painting a picture with his prose and creating characters that stay with you, long after you’ve turned the final page. The odd profession of Mr Scratch is odd indeed and the story keeps you engaged from the first page until the last. I was sorry this book ended and look for more from this author, with excitement! 

Nancy KaneEngaging and well-written, Scratch pays off

 I had already read a few of Stanchfield’s books, so I had high expectations. Then I read the prologue and immediately changed my expectations. The prologue is about the purchase of cadavers from a prison and an insane asylum. The setting was on Old Silk Road in Mongolia. I soon realized that the Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is one damned good book. Though somewhat technical, it was made easy by a careful storyline, helped by a few good sub-plots, one hilariously being Lady Teal’s lost head. Dada, the primary female and lover of the title character is very believable, notwithstanding being herself a killer of bad guys. The narration is fast and easy. This is a winner! Bravo. 

RussellI had high expectations... a winner!

 I enjoyed every aspect of this novel. The names of the characters, the titles of the chapters and the outstanding story. Quirky, unique and held my interest end to end. Stanchfield has written a gem and I would love to see this entire book serialized and on Amazon Prime. 

Thomas Ryanit was amazing

 The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is an exciting and fun read. It became clear to me that throughout the book are hints that it is one of a series. It appears that the follow-up takes place in Africa. I can’t wait. Stanchfield’s development of characters is brilliant. The Brenner’s were great and they matured through the book. I held back tears when they died. I love Dada maybe more than Scratch. And who can beat Matty Hooligan the NYPD Chief of Detectives who hands Scratch his targets. The book should be a movie. It is an obvious intention. 

Bryan LuomaIt was amazing

 I first got to know Ron Stanchfield when he came out as a whistleblower of the Shoreham nuclear power plant, where he had worked, and exposed how it was a disaster-waiting-to-happen. Stanchfield's words, in the newspaper accounts I wrote as an investigative reporter, in my book Power Crazy, and in sworn public testimony he gave were important in stopping that nuclear plant from going into commercial operation, sparing Long Island and the rest of the New York Metropolitan Area and beyond from catastrophe --- and ending the utility's scheme to build up to ten more nuclear power plants on Long Island. His The Little Black Book and Other Stories contain the same honesty and courage of Ron, the whistleblower. He's an authentic and extraordinary straight-shooter. 

Karl GrossmanFull Professor of Journalism

 A fascinating series of personal anecdotes including very important recollections re working with nuclear reactors and also the radicalization of a conscripted military man 

Dr. Helen Caldicott"The Earth is in the Intensive Care Unit"

 Ron Stanchfield has been on the inside of places many of us hear about superficially but never get or take the opportunity to experience. Go climb within the frightening towers of a corruptly ‘inspected’ nuclear plant via a confrontation between a threatening man and vulnerable woman, or undergo vicariously the dehumanizing kill-mentality marine bootcamp training at Parris Island. Perhaps you might appreciate the life-sustaining lessons for the children of the father in the title-story Little Black Book? Rewarding and insightful. Places where you might want to venture, now that Stanchfield has provided the literary avenue to journey you there. 

Dr. Conrad MillerStanchfield has provided the literary avenue to journey you there.

 Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020 The Little Black Book and Other Stories Enchanting stories. My goodness, I was captivated by “The Replication of Lady Teal” and I couldn’t stop laughing at “It Was Clarke Smith’s Fault.” The different characters are originally odd and the stories catch you off guard. The chilling “Strange Fruit” reminded me that we have a long way to go. Wonderful reading! Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020 The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch Grabs you in and holds you until the final page A story of kindness, murder, criminal activities, science fiction(??) and love; RJ Stanchfield sure has a wealth of knowledge about so many things, so many people, so many locations. Some subject matter seems different and unworldly however Stanchfield makes you believe. Enjoy! 

Deborah W.Easy, Fun and Captivating Reads

 Hang on to your seat! This story is unique and easily understood. It's odd in it's own sense... Does a taxidermist work on his own killings? Does he stuff the human bodies himself? The story is pretty awesome ☺️. I liked it a lot! 

Steph S.Hang on to your seat!

 I enjoyed the book... The research on embalming, taxidermy, etc. Is impressive. But what most received my attention and validated a long held view is Stanchfield's vivid description of the pasty, waxy, unrealistic appearance of the dearly departed reposing in an outrageously expensive casket. The two phased funerals are a great solution. Currently, funerals are a great disservice to both the deceased and the family. My reaction is really a mix of outrage and tongue in cheek. But this is a sad truth that more folks should consider. Anything new coming along R.J.? I hope so. 

CrosbyThe Research is Impressive!

 The Odd Profession Of Jeremy Scratch - Talk about a wild and strange ride. Beginning with his unusual childhood adventures to his globe trotting adult adventures Jeremy Scratch is one interesting person. He is not a perfect man but he more than makes up for his shortcomings with his generosity, friendship and fierce loyalty. All in all an excellent read. 

StonylonesomeA True Spy Thriller

 Ronin Stanchfield's The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is a blend of many different types of thrillers. It's a spy story, a love story, an assassination thriller, with a dash of science fiction, though it appears Scratch found the solution for human taxidermy. More, it is great storytelling from a great unknown author, now on the scene. The rumor going around is that the novel method of writing... Write the screenplay first, stupid. I could not put this book down. Brilliant. No matter how he did it. 

SevilleWrite the screenplay first, stupid.

 Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020 Verified Purchase This was a fun, suspenseful, and certainly odd read, and all in a good way. If you are looking for something that is offbeat in plot and engaging in writing, then this is the book for you. What a journey that was! 

Kendra Sea FeeleyGem of independent fiction

 Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2020 Verified Purchase Very original story and very entertaining. Scratch is a one of kind character with a thrilling life with many interesting people and events along the way. A captivating story that I could not stop reading and wanting more. 

Harleyrg07Fantastic story teller Rj Stanchfield

 Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021 Haven't travelled for a while? Well, get ready for a trip. Meet Jeremy Scratch and follow him on strange adventures including human taxidermy, misfortune, fortune, espionage, friendship and love, AND saving "Our Lady on the Island". Meet those he encounters along the way... Luke, Dada, Tunji and learn their quests and how they interact and confront conflicts to achieve them. Overall, an enjoyable read and an odd journey. 

GumbomommaAn Odd Journey

 Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2021 Buckle up for a powerful beginning! Join Jeremy Scratch and his cadre of companions as they take you on a tour of NYC & Southampton and across the pond. In a race of oddball episodes, including human taxidermy, cloak and dagger games all leading up to a plot that is totally off the chain. Yes, this slipstream told tale is definitely worth the read! 


Below left is a New York DAILY NEWS story on the left about a mock evacuation from a nuclear accident and RJStanchfield's story about creating a mock nuclear accident on the right.

         When we were opposing Shoreham, I had an idea. 
         Because we have one way to get out of the East End of Long Island, we need to travel West. Sunday evening traffic gets worse because most folks are going back to Manhattan. The traffic is unbearable, not even thinking about the Shoreham nuclear plant. That fact appealed to me. 
         I asked the college radio station manager for two hours at the college station on a Sunday afternoon. I told the manager I would increase his listeners by 1,000%!           
        "Great! I like that," he said. "What are you going to air over the station?" he asked. 
        "We're going to blow up the Shoreham nuclear plant, of course," I told him with a deadpan face. Then I told him what would happen. 
        "Karl Grossman, the journalist, will discuss the problems of evacuation...  From Eastern Long Island with guests." I explained activists would be advertising. It would ask the drivers to tune to the college station.           
        "I love it," he said.           
        We went to work with our local group of activists, the East End Shoreham Opponents Coalition. We met, designed the maneuvers, spent only a day or two preparing for the action and then went out to do what had to be.           
        While investigative reporter Karl Grossman interviewed his guests, we did something else. We stationed ourselves all along the highway.           
        We posted a series of signs made from 4 feet by 8 foot plywood boards. A sign got placed about every two hundred feet.           
        The first said "YOU ARE,"           
        The next said, "IN A."           
        Then the third, "MOCK."           
        And finally, "NUCLEAR EVACUATION."           
        We then sent folks about a half mile and hold the last sign:  "TUNE TO WPBX 102.7."
        The progression of the large signs were more than two football fields in length. They got lettered by an artist, volunteer and the signs got seen and read from over a mile away.            The roads have been already at a near stand still, we sent our folks with their cars in the traffic to make the tie-up worse. Their goal was to make a greater logger jam and create more traffic problems. It was cruel. But we wanted to bring the issue to the forefront. If there was a need to evacuate the East End, it would be next to impossible.
         Phone calls came into the studio from people who had no idea what was happening. The calls demonstrated the caller's deep, fear-based concern. Our street driving activists had a ball "acting."           
         As an organizational tool, it was wonderful because it was plain fun.  
         There was only one person who got bummed out from the event. That person was the student deejay who lost his two-hour time slot on the radio station. According to him we had "Shanghaied it," he said.  
        Although I don’t remember his name, he gave me an even greater idea. He mumbled, "what a waste, how stupid. It sounded like War of the Worlds.” 
         "Bingo," I thought... That's what was missing. 
         It occurred to me the car's radio did tune in to WPBX 102.7 to hear what was going on about Shoreham. They could not be angry at us because they already knew they were going to be in a traffic jam. Indeed, we added a nice little edge from the usual boredom of gridlock. But still, after a while, I imagined they would tune us out and listen to whatever they listen to in traffic jams.  
        What was missing was to rivet them to the radio and highlight the evacuation issue.
        I called Eric Corley at Stony Brook University. Corley was often referred to by his pen name of Emmanuel Goldstein, a figure in the hacker community. The pseudonym comes from the George Orwell book Nineteen Eighty-Four. Corley hosted a radio show Off the Hook on WBAI. He also had a show on WUSB.  
        I explained to Eric what I had in mind. "If you want, you can help us focus on evacuation by producing a play about the Shoreham plant blowing up. It should focus upon the inability to evacuate!" 
        We agreed to meet at the diner in Riverhead. We would discuss the script and the political action surrounding a two hour program. We discussed the groups of activists who will be on the roads when the radio play is airing.          
         I wanted the play to be generic in nature so all political actions could be anywhere. I suggested it should run as "Shadow Over The Island."           
        Eric had a different view and he agreed to write the script and produce it as "Shadow Over Long Island." More, he and others worked out arrangements with a Connecticut station. Stony Brook's WUSB decided to simulcast with WPKN, a Pacifica station in Connecticut.                In the meantime, I got on my horse and started to contact all the anti-nuke groups. SHAD was a primary group who went to the streets and highways with homemade signs. Shoreham Opponents Coalition staged many sign postings as did other groups. Similar demonstrations occurred in Connecticut.  
        The radio play itself was good, and also very data-focused. But there was no real attempt at acting as if there was a real emergency. But it wasn't a concern because the street activists made it feel like there was a need to evacuate. The activists were very demonstrative. 
        Five groups in both Connecticut and Long Island found busy streets and posted the signs. YOU ARE IN A MOCK NUCLEAR EVACUATION TUNE TO WUSB 88.3 or WPKN 89.5.
        You guessed it. As the radio play aired from two radio stations near each other on the dial it gave an added feel of importance. Because the street activist actors were so believable the reaction was incredible. The program caused super reactions. The police stations got called. In turn people called the school officials who in turn called the radio station. 
        There is a little more to the story.  
        I got psyched from the success of the radio play and political action. But I knew the play needed more drama. I enrolled in New York Institute of Technology. I decided to get a master’s degree in communication arts. Why? You guessed it, to create SHADOW OVER THE ISLAND, a video drama.  
        My method was to get straight "A"s, which I did. In the first semester they allowed me to write a full length docudrama. I got an A. I then lobbied to design an entire master's course around the project of producing a full length movie. I used that leverage to get what I wanted. The institute has three professional television studios comparable to most TV stations. About twenty five students enrolled to help make the movie. We auditioned and hired professional actors. There was a cast of over 100.
        Here is what the New York Daily News said:  'NUCLEAR EVACUATIONS' ON L.I. BROADCASTS REMINISCENT of '38 'WAR of THE WORLDS'           
        Hamptons visitors and residents thought they were in the midst of a nuclear disaster. When they turned on their radios over the last few days. 
        Four radio stations on Long Island and Connecticut broadcast 45minute "mock" nuclear evacuations. The action took place on Saturday and Sunday... Designed to explore the impact of a real evacuation from Long Island. 
          The mock evacuation and broadcast mimicked a live news show... Describing an impending nuclear accident on the island.  
        The Coalition against Millstone, an East End antinuclear group, sponsored the broadcast. 
        Our goal was that we want the people to understand the impact of a nuclear accident. It was to feel what it would be like, trying to escape from this island. 
        He said his group is one of several formed on eastern Long Island to try to shut down the two Millstone nuclear plants that reopened last year in Waterford, Conn. 
        "These plants have a history of safety violations and personal problems and, were concerned for the safety and health of our families in eastern Long Island, which is only 15 miles away, but is outside the evacuation zone," Stanchfield said.  
        The broadcast depicted the chaos caused by Long Island residents trying to escape in their cars and boats. 
        The paid program aired at various times on three Connecticut' FM radio stations and WLNG (92.1 FM) in Sag Harbor.  
        Paul Sidney, president of WLNG, said his station received several "frantic calls" from concerned listeners during the 5 p.m. Sunday broadcast, who thought the evacuation was real. 
        "But we took extra precautions not to scare people, by adding extra disclaimers during the broadcast," Stanchfield said. '
        Stanchfield, a former Quality Assurance Engineer and whistleblower at the Shoreham nuclear plant said, "we modeled this broadcast after a similar anti-Shoreham action in the 1980s."
        To create more public awareness, his group, along with STAR, Standing for Truth About Radiation, an East Hampton antinuclear group, put up banners and signs at 10 sites along the Montauk Highway reading, "You Are in a Mock Nuclear Evacuation." 
        "Drivers stopped and talked to us along the highway. They gave their reactions to this broadcast," STAR's Scott Cullen said.
        Stanchfield said his group will run the mock evacuations about every six months. "The story's the same around any nuclear power plant in the world! I will encourage activists to do the same while broadcasting the Docudrama."

                                                    .......BELOW IS THE FULL DOCUDRAMA....... 


The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is a slipstream story that crosses over and under conventional spy fiction genre boundaries. Professor Jeremy Scratch is a human taxidermist … and an assassin of serial killers. His closest friend in college, Professor Tunji Farabi, is now an African revolutionist who is the Chair of African American Studies at NYU. Both men see themselves as being on good and honorable missions. Their personal visions, however, are not viewed through the same glasses. Farabi’s organization, SAGE, kills innocent people in many different countries on five continents. The professors deal with three quite different issues: death and dying, worldwide racism, and human preservation. They arrive at a philosophical crossroads with each other and the question the reader will ponder is how strange are their worlds and is what they are doing good… Together the utopian and dystopian endings may be remarkably just, hopeful, and human.


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The Hamptons Subway System Hoax 7/13/06

Long Lost Subway Tunnels are Found Throughout the Hamptons

By Dan Rattiner
(With a tip of the hat to Ron Stanchfield)

As most people know, the single most spectacular real estate development ever attempted on the East End was that of Carl G. Fisher. In the mid 1920s, he bought the entire peninsula of Montauk, 12,000 acres in all, and during the years between 1925 and 1929 began to build a great city in that community. The centerpiece of it, built on the downtown plaza he created in a field, was the seven-story building that continues to dominate this community to this day. But he also built a polo field, a race track, a yacht club, a gambling casino, a boardwalk and swim club, a 250 room hotel high on a hill — it still stands as the Montauk Manor — the entire network of roads in downtown Montauk, including pink sidewalks which survive in many areas, half a dozen downtown commercial buildings, two churches and an automobile racetrack. He also imported sheep and built a section for the help known as Shepherd’s Neck. (Still in existence.)

His intention from the get-go was to build a big beach resort city, similar to the one he had built in the early 1920s in Miami Beach. Among other things, he had recently been married for the third time, to a 16-year- old named Jane. These were heady times for millionaire Carl Fisher.

What has never been known until now is that while Carl Fisher and some of his wealthy friends were building Montauk (it failed in the crash of ‘29), there was a lesser known and very shady figure by the name of Ivan Kratz, a wealthy builder, who had designs on the creating a transportation monopoly for the Fisher project.

Ivan Kratz, between 1900 and 1925, had made millions by building the New York City Subway System. His work was good, but the way he went about securing contracts was crooked. In 1900, offering up a whole slew of bribes to New York City officials, he had bid high but got the contract to build the New York City Subway System. By paying notoriously low salaries to his workmen, he made huge amounts of money at both ends.

By 1924, however, he was under investigation as part of the Teapot Dome scandal. Amazingly, in 1928 when it came time to look for the money Kratz had made — he was by this time the owner of a vast oceanfront mansion in East Hampton — it all came up empty. Where had the money gone?

Last month, auctioneers selling the contents of the Kratz mansion — only recently sold by his heirs — came upon an extraordinary document. Copies of it were turned over to the Town of Southampton and the Town of East Hampton. And representatives of the New York State Department of Transportation had become involved.

Kratz, between 1925 and 1929, had secretly constructed an enormous underground subway system that he called the South Fork Subway. It has its main terminus right under the open plaza in downtown Montauk. And it is connected up to underground “stations” in Napeague, Amagansett, East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Southampton, Quogue and Westhampton Beach. There is a spur that goes up to Sag Harbor and North Haven, and another that goes up Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton and then splits off to end at Maidstone Park in Three Mile Harbor and Gerard Park at Accabonac Harbor.

“At first,” said Tom Larson of the NY State Department of Transportation, “we thought that the subway map that had turned up at the auction was some kind of joke.”

But then Town bulldozers from the two highway departments were brought in, and the first of the holes was dug — the first just under the large and unused gas ball in Sag Harbor just behind the Post Office. In just four days of digging, the workmen uncovered twin platforms, two sets of rails including a third rail that went down into some dark tunnels, a ticket booth, some turnstiles and a flight of stairs that went up to a steel Bilco door that had been covered up by grass. The Sag Harbor station for the G Train.

“We made three decisions,” Larson said. “We agreed not to go public with whatever this was until we knew what it was, we agreed to send workmen in golf carts down the tunnels, and we agreed to remove the gas ball.”

The gas ball was taken away, piece by piece, in May. And it was inaccurately announced, to throw people off, that the dig where the gas ball was had to do with some sort of underground pollution. Also, it might be necessary to remove some commercial buildings in the area. Indeed, the state is already in negotiations to condemn the first of those buildings.

“It’s all in place,” Larson said at the press conference. His eyes welled up with tears. “The whole thing. We’ve been through it from end to end. And it’s all there. It has the same white ceramic tiles on the walls that they have in the New York Subway. The names of all the stations in blue tiles. There are eighteen stations. And all we have to do to make this whole thing operational has brought in a modern air exchange system to the tunnels, build some escalators to get down to the platforms to bring this up to code — there were no escalators in use in subways until the 1940s although they surely had them — and bring in some subway cars. The track gauge is also from the New York Subway. In fact, we believe that all these materials were FROM the New York Subway system. Stuff supposedly “stolen” by Kratz and brought out here. It’s all amazing. And it is an answer to our prayers. The transportation nightmare in the Hamptons is over.”

Someone asked the locations of all the underground subway stations and he told them. There is one under the parking lot at the Montauk Lighthouse, there is one under the crossroads of Flamingo Road and Westlake Drive at the fishing village there, there is one on Ditch Plains Road where it makes the ninety degree turn to the left, there is one under the Kirk Park Beach parking lot in downtown Montauk named “Montauk Beach” which is what Carl Fisher called the place, there is one just under the Montauk Railroad Station, another behind the restaurant called LUNCH on the Napeague Strip, one at the corner of Montauk Highway and Napeague Lane in Beach Hampton and one in the Amagansett parking lot by the Amagansett railroad station.

Other locations heading further west include under the intersection of Further Lane and Egypt Lane in East Hampton, under the Main Beach parking lot in East Hampton, under the parking lot at South Ferry in North Haven, under the old Alison By the Beach restaurant on Route 27 and Town Line Road, under the Bridgehampton Railroad Station, under Cromer’s Market on Noyac Road, under the field in back of Corrigan’s Service Station at Hayground Road and the Montauk Highway in Water Mill, under the village green in Water Mill, under the back parking lot of the Princess Diner at Hampton Road and County Road 39 in Southampton, under a lot adjacent to the Sandpiper Motel in Shinnecock, under the street in front of the Blue Moon Café in East Quogue, at the corner of Lewis Road and Route 27A in East Quogue and under two different locations along Jessup Avenue in Quogue, one at the corner of Flowers By Lori at Midland, and the other at Jessup and Quogue Street in front of Q Restaurant. In Westhampton Beach, there is a subway stop at the corner of Sunset and Main in front of Lucille’s Beach Barn.

“We don’t know why a station was not built in Hampton Bays,” Larsen said. “Members of the Kratz family say that their grandfather once complained about a yacht he bought in Hampton Bays from a marina owner that sprang a leak and sank. That, we think might be as good a reason as any. Anyway, if we get all this together, we think we will probably put in a Hampton Bays stop.”

A reporter asked Larson, who will be in charge of restoring the system.

“I am pleased to announce today that Governor Pataki has created a Hamptons Transportation Authority, with a base funding of ten million dollars. We will go from there.”

A reporter asked if Peter Kalikow, who heads the Port Authority in New York and has a home in Montauk, might be interested in the job.

“It’s possible,” Larsen said.

Another reporter asked if Carl Fisher himself, who had an excellent and above board reputation, had been involved in this.

“We have dug deep into the Fisher archives,” Larsen said. “Apparently he thought it was some kind of drainage subcontractor. He seems to have been aware of it, but that was about it. He was a big picture sort of guy.”

“Any idea when the South Fork Subway will become operational?”

“We’re looking at the summer of 2008.”

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PUBLISHED           The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch A quirky dark novel of an assassin of mass murderers.
                                The Little Black Book and Other Stories Eclectic collection of stories that are autobiographical in nature.
                                 Scratch on the Stoop Memories of the author growing up in a bifurcated world of NYC street gangs and the bluebloods, artists, and writers of the Hamptons.
                                Chronicle of Construction of a Shingle Style Manor House Journal of the complexities of erecting a system-built shingle style home.
                               Shadow Over the Island Screenplay and production of docudrama broadcast by stations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
                              East End Magazine Staff Writer Feature articles, including book and theater reviews “Kin Craft and the Sea” that examines Men's Lives, by Peter Matthiessen.
                              Southampton Press Numerous articles featuring stories of local personalities and reviews of local theater.
                              Billboard Magazine Full-time writer of reviews and profiles of entertainers and copy for Billboard’s in house advertising agency Think Ink.
                              Dans Papers Staff Writer Created the original famous hoax Hamptons Subway System that ran weekly for fifteen years.

EDUCATION        Master of Arts,   Communication Arts in Writing New York Institute of Technology Dean's List - 4.00 QPA.
                             Bachelor of Science Cultural Studies Writing State University of New York.

AWARDS            Suffolk County Motion Picture and TV Commission Shadow Over the Island at the Suffolk County Film and Video Festival.
                           John J. Theobald Award Labor and Industrial Relations  -  Shadow Over the Island.

INTERVIEWS    WPKN Radio Spalding Gray and Ronin Stanchfield discuss the use of theatre as communication techniques for community and political action.
                          WBAI Radio Stanchfield discusses the High Flux Beam Reactor at Brookhaven National Laboratory as Vice Chair of Suffolk County Environmental Task Force.
                          WNBC Television Today Show with Jane Pauley. Problems of Nuclear Power.

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I am Dada Thunder. And I am Jinxy Perfect Mind. I was sent forth from the power. And I have come to those who reflect upon me. And I have been found among those who seek after me. Look upon me, you who reflect upon me. And you hearers, hear me. You who are waiting for me, take me to yourselves. And do not banish me from your sight. And do not make your voice hate me, nor your hearing. Do not be ignorant of me anywhere or any time. Be on your guard! Do not be ignorant of me. For I am the first and the last. I am the honored one and the scorned one. I am the whore and the holy one. I am the wife and the virgin. I am the mother and the daughter. I am the members of my mother. I am the barren one. And many are her sons. I am she whose wedding is great. And I have not taken a husband. I am the midwife and she who does not bear. I am the solace of my labor pains. I am the bride and the bridegroom. And it is my husband who begot me. I am the mother of my father. And the sister of my husband. And he is my offspring. I am the slave of him who prepared me. I am the ruler of my offspring. But he is the one who begot me before the time on a birthday. And he is my offspring in due time. And my power is from him. I am the staff of his power in his youth. And he is the rod of my old age. And whatever he wills happens to me. I am the silence that is incomprehensible. And the idea whose remembrance is frequent. I am the voice whose sound is manifold. And the word whose appearance is multiple. I am the utterance of my name.

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