The Fruits of Summerhays

The erotic haiku collected here comprise the final echoes of 20th-century romantic fiction's most improbable voice. Neal Summerhays made a gentle love with his typewriter and his rejection notices (see above) for decades, redefining tenderness from his decrepit trailer nestled deep in the remote green wilderness of Trinity County, CA.

Summerhays lived and created from "off the grid" in every imaginable sense.

Summerhays authored at least 2 complete romance novels, a number of short stories, and several half-finished manuscripts before his tragic death in 1999.

Our Summerhays archive preserves the few remaining texts for future generations.
We scanned the legible pages, but many were nearly consumed by virulent black mold.
These toxic fragments were painstakingly transcribed and reproduced here exactly as Summerhays wrote them.

The answers are in the paperwork- but so are the questions!

We will not hear from him again.




Yvette Jorgansson is shocked and devistated to learn she is almost three months pregnant. When she collapses in tears into a bus stop bench Sadie Thomas, a retired nurse who is now a volunteer with the Women's Resource Center, befriends her and takes her home to console her.
Sadie slowly draws Yvette's story out. Her husband died suddenly of a heart attack just over two months ago and Yvette has been struggling to hold the rehabilitation program he started going: teaching theater arts to the mentally handicapped. Sadie sends her off feeling better - almost hopeful - but she finds her charges in pandemonium. Victoria, her graduate student aide, lost control of them.
After Yvette restores order, Victoria tells her there's someone to see her. It's Reston Harper, Executive Director for the Katherine Van de Meitter Foundation, the project's major funding source and owner of the building they use. He tells her the board of directors voted to sever their relationship with the project because of Yvette's lack of education. Her will collapses. She disolves into tears.
Reston consoles her, telling her he is impressed with how quickly she restored order so he will see if he can convince the board to change their minds. She has to get ready for that evening's performance, which comes off flawlessly, warming the hearts of the small audience that came to watch them. Reston is enthusiastic and invites Yvette to dinner to talk about how he can help.
At dinner he spouts plans and ideas. Yvette tells him her next goal is to get professional performers to work with her company. If she can get the singing star Mel Tilson, who is coming to town in two months to perform at the music circus, to make a guest appearance with her company, she is sure other entertainers will be more willing to appear when they come to town. Reston offers to take her to San Francisco, where Tilson is performing, to see if they can convince him to appear. He promises to make all the arrangements so they can spend the night.
Tilson's supper club performance doesn't give them any opportunity to meet him so they rush to the stage door and try to bribe their way in when that fails they disconsolately go back to the restaurant for dinner. A section of the dance floor has been roped off. Tilson brings a date in and starts to dance. Yvette hops the barrier, cuts in and gets Tilson to agree to come to Sacramento to see their show. Reston booked the Imperial Suite - for both of them. Yvette almost succumbs to his elegant seduction but finally banishes him to the couch and spends a restless night wondering why she did did and feeling guilty that she almost didn't.
Reston drops by midweek to say the board agreed Yvette could stay in the building and keep her funding for a three month trial. Following a nightcap in his room, Yvette gives in. At the last minute she backs out sobbing (and disgusted with herself that she is) but refuses to tell him what's wrong (in part because she doesn't understand herself). She seeks Sadie out the nest day and pours her heart out. Sadie assures her that lovemaking will not hurt the baby.
Tilson loves the performance and agrees to appear. Reston calls to find out how it went but is distant. Yvette doesn't see him again until the night of Tilson's performance. Fortunately she has been busy lining up performers and sharpening the skills of her players, so the lonely ache has mostly only bothered her at night. She wants Reston and dresses to conceal her pregnancy until they are alone together. At first he is agast her condition and afraid to touch her. Soon they are both unable to control themselves. They make passionate - but very tense - love. Afterwards Yvette feels like she betrayed her late husband. Reston phones the next week to tell her the board will grant her funding to hire an assistant and he is sending an [...] named Monica for her to interview. Yvette is certain she will hate Monica but finds her everything she could hope for. And Yvette does need help. Tilson's performance packed the house and sparked a rush of other guest appearances so she is swamped. Still feeling guilty, she refuses to take Reston's calls.
In the middle of the rush Yvette goes into very painful labor, and is rushed to the hospital. She insists that Sadie assist. Yvette is terrified that something is wrong when after the delivery, the attendants busy themselves feverishly with the baby, refusing to show it to her, and she is rushed from the room. Her doctor came in to tell her they did everything they could but lost the baby. He leaves her alone with her grief. The doctor doesn't even tell her what she had.
Yvette feels betrayed that Sadie hasn't come to be with her. Sadie enters, wheeling an incubator. After the doctor gave up she applied her old fashioned methods to Yvette's son and he sputtered back to life. The doctor is too embarassed to show his face (Note this is taken from an actual case history). Sadie has arranged to take Yvette and the baby home so they can care for it together.
Reston brings gifts for Yvette and the baby. She shows him a newspaper clipping she picked up at the hospital announcing that he is replacing his father as President of VDM Industries. He confesses that he is Katharine Van de Meitter's grandson and heir to the family fortune. He never actually lied to her about the board votes, but he manipulated the board to give him an opening because he fell in love with her the first time he met her - even before her husband died. She feels betrayed and asks him to leave.
Yvette cries on Sadie's shoulder after he leaves. Sadie tells her he'll come back but she insists she won't see him if he does. After being refused several times he insists he will camp on her doorstep until she at least sees him. She lets him stay out until midnight before inviting him in. After a stormy confrontation they agree to marry.



"Wow, this amsement park is everything you said it was and more," Brad chortled to his cousin Geoffrey. "It's neato!"
Geoff, cleaning the last remains of a chocolate bar off his fingers watched Brad score 10,000 points on the undersea warriors game. "Wait 'till you you see the Mystereum," Geoff answered. "It's the neatest ride here. Keep going like you're going and you'll get to ride it today. You might even win a free pass."
The park was different from any Brad had ever seen. It was all indoors in the old Nat'l Guard Armory. All the rides were in little rooms, behind closed doors. The strangest thing was, in order to ride the rides you had to win at the videogames. Even tho these were some of the hardest [toughest?] and most challenging games Brad had ever played, the rides were worth it. He'd been on 3 already, and boy was it different.
Once inside the room, you sat in a padded chair. A plastic hood was slipped over your head. Then the chair started to move. It took Brad places he had never been before. [It was like a movie, but it wasn't a movie.] In the mountain train ride brad actually was on an open railroad car. He felt the wind on his body. He smelled the smoke from the engine. When he got up, walked to the side and looked over, he could see the ground rushing past. He could even just barely catch a glimpse of the wheels rolling [speeding] down the track. When the car broke loose near the top of the hill, rocking backward out of control, all the sensations were so real Brad even thought he would die of fright [let out a screech of fear]. Yet when the ride was over, somehow Brad knew that he had never left the seat.
It was the same with the other two rides. On Star Trip Brad could actually feel the spaceship move under his feet as he guided the ship safely thru [on] the near collision course thru the asteroid belt. On the Old West ride the chair actually became a hores [sic][an indian pony]. Brad could actually smell the animal and feel it's persperation [sweat] rising up into his legs.
"You only need to win one more game to get your Mystereum ticket," Geoff reminded Brad.
Geoff had already won his Mystereum ticket.
But, then, Geoff was a