A stalker lets us glimpse into the world of his compulsions.
A woman confronting her convicted rapist becomes obsessed with finding a way to kill him.
A neo-nazi begins to see beyond the hate and violence on which he has based his life.
How do people wind up in prison?
Once there can they change?
What's the aftermath of a violent assault on victims and their families?
What kind of a toll do jails and prisons take on those who work there?
These are a few of the questions confronted by the characters in R.C. Goodwin's collection of stories The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club. The questions don't make for easy answers and the characters don't fall into clear-cut categories.
Taken together the stories illuminate some of society's darkest corners. Goodwin's experience practicing psychiatry in correctional settings for over twenty years adds depth and authenticity to them. His stories offer unexpected turns and endings as well as surprising doses of gallows humor.
Award-winning author R.C. Goodwin graduated from Yale with a degree in history attended medical school in Dublin and completed an internship and psychiatric residency in Connecticut. He has worked in private practice jails and prisons a facility for the criminally insane and the counseling center at a large university. To date he has had seven short stories publishes three have won literary competitions. The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club is his first book of fiction.