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Archives: Shasta Preacher

Paul McHugh Comments Call it creative mountaineering. When the Reverend Douglas Smith decided to live as a hermit atop Mt. Shasta to protest the war in Vietnam, it was a stroke that simultaneously brought him closer to fulfillment of his ideals, and much, much higher...

Archives: Xmas on the Locked Ward

Paul McHugh comments: The meaning of Christmas gets reduced to basics on the locked mental health ward of a veteran's hospital. A day spent there during the holiday season a number of years back still resonates. Sometimes, the rather unhinged don't seem all that much...

Reviews

Reviews August 11, 2010: SF Public Press, Leslie Guevarra Book Review: Journalist spins riveting tale of murder and intrigue along the California coast. August 6, 2010: The Monterey Herald Paul McHugh will present his writing workshop "The Art of the Short Memoir" at...

Deadlines and Dan Rather

“DEADLINES” and Dan Rather October 8, 2009 “Every reporter worth his or her notepad is a sleuth at heart. Paul McHugh brings this truth to life with crackling suspense and a true, ink-stained veteran’s eye for the newsroom.” Click to read how Paul McHugh won an...

Riders on the Storm

Aidan's beat-up kayak rode low in the water. He still kept trying to bail it out with that plastic cup he kept stuffed under his kayak's spraydeck. But the boat’s lumpy patches and cracked seams, tweaked open by all the combined torque of two hours spent riding big...

Archives: BowHunt

Paul McHugh comments: Here! The first freelance story I sold for actual money, in 1979. A bit of background may amuse. For a present, my girlfriend at the time bought me a leather suit coat, a two-button blazer, a garment that would have looked just right on a Vegas...