‘The Bartender’ By J. A. Stapleton

Hollywood. V-J Day – 1945.

A nutjob derails a streetcar. A detective investigates.

Stumbling across a shuttered speakeasy, Det. Jake Lacey, with a few questions of his own, encounters a familar-looking bartender.

Then the questioning becomes more than procedure. It becomes personal.

Vote for this Short Story

  • *One Vote per person - duplicate and suspect votes will be deleted
  • Your vote authorizes SOOP to inform you about the progress of this literary work, along with exclusive content and services for your consideration.

Voting Status

Countdown to 500


votes remaining

  • 20 Votes – Manuscript evaluation completed by curator with editorial comments
  • 25 Votes – Publishing contract offer
  • 200 Votes – Eligibility for a reader newsletter feature
  • 500 Votes – Eligibility for a double royalty

*More than 25 votes are not needed, but are encouraged, and will earn you additional benefits


Something or Other Publishing, LLC