R.J.Stanchfield

The
Odd Profession of
Jeremy
Scratch

THE BOOK


THE ODD PROFESSION OF JEREMY SCRATCH

Professor Jeremy Scratch is a human taxidermist … and an assassin of serial killers. The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch is a slipstream story that crosses over and under conventional spy fiction genre boundaries.

His closest friend in college, Professor Tunji Farabi, is now an African revolutionist who is the Chair of African 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 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.









THE BOOK

SAMPLE ROOM


SAMPLES FROM TWO BOOKS

THE ODD PROFESSION OF JEREMY SCRATCH

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 nunchucks in room 346?

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LITTLE BLACK BOOK and OTHER STORIES

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.

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THE CITY WHERE R.J. STANCHFIELD GREW UP

HE LIVED IN A BLUE COLOR NEIGHBORHOOD

BIOGRAPHY


R.J. STANCHFIELD WROTE A HOAX IN THE EARLY 1970s. THE NOW HISTORIC HOAX OF THE 'HAMPTONS SUBWAY SYSTEM' OCCURRED WHEN RONIN REMINDED DAN RATTINER IN OR AROUND 2004 OF HIS STORY. THE IDEA WAS RESSURECTED BY DAN'S PAPERS WITH DAN RATTINER THANKING RONIN WITH "A TIP OF THE HAT TO STANCHFIELD."

          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 went from 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 — film-making, 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, including 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.”


WHAT THEY SAY


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

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"

Karl Grossman:Full Professor of Journalism

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 Grossman

Dr. Conrad Miller:

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 Miller

Joseph Carson, PE, multiple-time prevailing whistleblower in Department of Energy:

I am a nuclear safety whistleblower in the Department of Energy. Ron’s advocacy for public health and safety, helped shut down a research reactor at Brookhaven National Lab, after I risked my career to expose a cover-up of its safety violations that resulted in a fire and radioactive release.

Joseph Carson, PE, multiple-time prevailing whistleblower in Department of Energy

Deborah Weber, Former Director Bursar at New York Institute of Technology:

Easy, fun and captivating read. 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!

Deborah Weber, Former Director Bursar at New York Institute of Technology

Great old school, true to life storytelling! I met Ron years ago and can certainly say while getting to know him, his true to life stories, many of which made it into this very captivating book of shorts kept me riveted. Pun intended, R.S. He even wrote about me personally as one of his Gangster Bosses, which fits me very well actually, especially having grown up in Cicero, IL, which was one of Al Capone's stomping grounds. Here included is my envisioned shared image of what I think R.S. must have looked like back then, that's if I had worked alongside and known him 50 years ago. All the great stories I could have enjoyed and partaken in Just imagine the stories this guy could tell/share. Why image them... now go get this book! You can't go wrong with this one! Rus aka... Mr. LIM

abu ben adam:

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 adam

LET'S COLLABORATE


There is a need for new, unique stories! Make no mistake about it. You have a few good stories in you! So share them.

LET'S COLLABORATE

Here’s my proposal: 

                  I'd like ideas for stories.  I want your stories! 

           You don’t have to create the narrative; I’ll do that. You describe an event, or a strange notion that weighs on you. I need the following: who, what, where, when, and why the story took place. Also desired is anything else that makes the story. I'll run with your idea and we will produce a story.

            I’ll take the picture you paint and will work to draft it into a short story. Give me the essentials. We will share the credits. I'll compile the short stories.

          We can do one, two or up to twenty stories together. After every twenty stories are written I will submit our work to my publisher. Between us, you will earn 25% royalties and your name will be featured with mine on the story title.

          More, if the story idea sounds like we could make a novel, we can do that as well. 

          PLEASE SEND YOUR IDEAS TO THE CONTACT BELOW. THANK YOU.





LET'S COLLABORATE ON YOUR YOUR STORY IDEAS


I need the following for your story: Where it takes place, when, who, what, and anything else that makes the story. We can make it happen! LET'S GET STARTED IMMEDIATELY. Send it to the email address below. V

A MOCK NUCLEAR EVACUATION


Below 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.

A MOCK NUCLEAR EVACUATION
          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 director 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 will discuss the problems of evacuation from Eastern Long Island with guests." I explained activists would be advertising directed at 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 then, "NUCLEAR EVACUATION."
          The last, "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.
          Although the roads were already at a near standstill, 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. Yes, 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 the political action could be used 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.
          Wow!
          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 may have 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 eastern Long Island and in Connecticut broadcast 45minute "mock nuclear evacuation" dramas on Saturday and Sunday to explore the impact of a real evacuation from Long Island.
          
Called, "Shadow over the Island," the mock evacuation broadcast, reminiscent of Orson Welles’ 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, mimicked a live news show describing an impending nuclear accident on the island.
          It was sponsored by the Coalition against Millstone, an East End antinuclear group.
          Ronin Stanchfield, a member of the coalition who wrote and produced the mock evacuation broadcast, said, "We wanted to make people understand the impact of a nuclear accident, and to feel what that 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 Long Island's Shoreham nuclear plant said, he "modeled this fictitious broadcast after a similar anti-Shoreham one 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, all along the highway, about their reactions to this broadcast," said STAR's Scott Cullen. "Some of them thought that was pretty scary.
          
Stanchfield said his group intends to run the mock evacuations about every six months.

                                                    .......BELOW IS THE FULL DOCUDRAMA IN FOUR PARTS....... 

SHADOW OVER THE ISLAND 1


CALLING ALL ACTIVISTS Please use this film to help stop nuclear power. Use it to raise money. Play it on local television to get donations. Use it to present to other organizations to make them aware.

SHADOW OVER THE ISLAND 2


CALLING ALL ACTIVISTS Please use this film to help stop nuclear power. Use it to raise money. Play it on local television to get donations. Use it to present to other organizations to make them aware.

SHADOW OVER THE ISLAND 3


CALLING ALL ACTIVISTS Please use this film to help stop nuclear power. Use it to raise money. Play it on local television to get donations. Use it to present to other organizations to make them aware.

SHADOW OVER THE ISLAND 4


CALLING ALL ACTIVISTS Please use this film to help stop nuclear power. Use it to raise money. Play it on local television to get donations. Use it to present to other organizations to make them aware.

THE ODD PROFESSION OF JEREMY SCRATCH

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.

BLOGS


WE'RE NEVER AWARE OF WHERE HE'S GOING, BUT HE ALWAYS FINDS THE PERFECT END OF THE STORY.

R.J. STANCHFIELD'S GICLÉE GALLERY

I made my living as a Pen & Ink Drafter between the ages of twenty and thirty. I was a good drafter because I followed my brother's mentoring, meaning, I was studying under a Master Artist. My brother, Bruce C. Stanchfield, was one of the great artistic drafters. I include him with some of the greatest artists. This includes, at that time, Walt Disney's number one artist, Walter Stanchfield. To my knowledge they never met. When CAD drafting became the state of the art, I learned CAD on VectorWorks, a Mac program that rivals AutoCad. Then learned more graphics on PhotoShop and GIMP. I took my art in a different direction.