R.J.Stanchfield

Storyteller :



The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch



The Little Black Book and Other Stories

THE BOOKS


The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch. Will be out in August or September.




          When it comes to murder, serial killers know they have a big advantage. What the serial killers don’t know… Jeremy Scratch knows where they live.
          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?







          The Little Black Book and Other Stories is a book of short stories. Ronin Stanchfield wrote some of these stories 25 years ago.
          They include 'It Was Clarke Smith’s Fault', 'Pity the Dots', 'A Yuletide Gift to Father', and 'The Parable of the Poodle, Parakeet, and the Ill-tempered Peacock'.
          Recent stories include 'Pen Pals and Prisoners', 'My Close Proximity to Mark Twain' and 'The Replication of Lady Teal'.










THE BOOKS THE BOOKS

SAMPLE ROOM


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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 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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AUDIO SAMPLES


Performed by Actress Drew Arnold

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING


R. J. Stanchfield BIO


R.J. STANCHFIELD WROTE HIS FAVORITE HOAX IN THE EARLY 1970s. THE NOW HISTORIC HOAX OF THE 'HAMPTONS SUBWAY SYSTEM' OCCURRED WHEN RONIN REMINDED DAN RATTINER IN OR AROUND 2004. THE IDEA WAS RESSURECTED BY DAN'S PAPERS WITH DAN RATTINER'S 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.”


"My writing is often autobiographical in nature. What I tell you may be relevant to what actually happened. It’s often a series of exaggerations. That doesn’t stop me from outright lying either. I will do whatever it takes to make the story. I’m from Queens and it's what we do on the stoop. We tell stories."

THE STOOP


What this website is all about.  R. J. Stanchfield, suggests ways to use the site for your own purposes.

MY GICLÉE GALLERY

I made my living as a Pen & Ink Drafter between the ages of twenty and thirty. During this period I was mostly single, would party regularly, and learned I was not employable. If I wanted to go to the beach with my friends, I went. I was a good drafter because I followed in my brother's mentoring, meaning, I was studying under a Master Artist. My older brother, Bruce C. Stanchfield, was one of the greatest artistic drafters who ever picked up a pen or pencil to draw. I include him with some of the greatest artists on the face of the earth. This includes, at that time, Walt Disney's number one artist, Walter Stanchfield, a cousin. When CAD drafting became the state of the art, I learned CAD on VectorWorks, a Mac program that rivaled AutoCad. I got good at it and then learned more graphics on PhotoShop and GIMP. I took my art in a different direction. Below is some of it.

A MOCK NUCLEAR EVACUATION


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

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.

JUKE BOX


We're sure you can find many favorites. The juke box started with a list of top ten songs. Then it became the top twenty-five songs. Then the top hundred songs and now we are shooting for two-hundred. Please suggest a song.

I WANT YOUR STORY IDEAS


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

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: where it takes place, who, what, why, and when. Anything else that makes the story. I'll run with your idea and 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. PLEASE SEND YOUR IDEAS TO THE CONTACT BELOW. THANK YOU.


Here's a short story by Mark Twain!



Contact For Stories & 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! SEND AN EMAIL. LET'S GET STARTED. Send it to the email address below. V

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WE ARE NEVER AWARE OF WHERE HE'S GOING. SOMETIMES ITS HARD FOR STANCHFIELD TO KNOW WHERE HE IS GOING. BUT HE ALWAYS FINDS THE PERFECT END OF THE STORY.

THE ODD PROFESSION OF JEREMY SCRATCH

The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch deals with three quite different issues: death and dying, worldwide racism, and human preservation. It’s a slipstream story that crosses over and under conventional genre boundaries. Professor Jeremy Scratch is a human taxidermist… and the assassin of serial killers. His closest friend in college, Professor Tunji Faribi, is now an African revolutionist. Both men see themselves as being on good and honorable missions. Their personal visions, however, don't view through the same glasses. Faribi’s organization, SAGE, kills innocent people in 53 different countries on five continents — ALL ON THE SAME DAY.   Both professors 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… Both the utopian and dystopian endings may be remarkably just, hopefully, and human. The Storyteller, Ronin James Stanchfield was born in New York City.  He is reminded of the two hundred year-old streets of NYC and the stories the old streets will share if we look and listen hard enough. He is quick to point out that the Five Points Gangs were of the same period and not too many city blocks away from where this movie was shot.

RADIO SPOTS


R.J.Stanchfield spent a few years of his life writing  advertising copy, writing copy for record albums, and  writing and producing copy for radio commercials of  candidates for office. 

My Daughter saw the movie Big Fish and afterward rushed to tell my wife, "Dad is Big Fish." I got it, liked it, and I own it. After the movie's partial screenplay, which is below, added are the Three Endings to Big Fish, the scenes from the movie. It's important to see them in order.

I'm glad my daughter understood that to make good stories you need to be willing and able to grow the truth in all different directions. When crafting a story the creator must be free to enter into it with chaos in mind while keeping their eyes squarely on the cosmos, which keeps the form throughout.

BIG FISH ENDING: PART ONE - REALITY


THE WONDERFUL REALITY OF A SON OR DAUGHTER TELLING A STORY TO A DYING FATHER

BIG FISH ENDING: PART TWO - IDEALITY


THE IDEALITY OF A PERFECT WORLD THAT WE ALL DREAM ABOUT

BIG FISH ENDING: PART THREE - IMMORTALITY


THE IMMORTALITY OF DEATH THAT WE SENSE AND THEN KNOW IS ETERNAL

The Tibetan Buddhists Book of the Dead


WE KNOW WHAT IT's LIKE to BE DEAD

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