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Enjoy what you read!  And thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to tell your family and friends about my stories.

And, by the way, I’m looking for an agent. If you are if you know a good one who might be interested in representing some or all of what I write, please let me know or have him or her contact me directly. Thanks!

Lester Ray.

“Lester Ray” isn’t my whole name.  It’s my first two names.  You know, like “Bobby Joe.”  It’s what my mother called me when I was a little kid – and what she shouted outside our front door when I was late for dinner.  For most of my life, my name – as you’ll see on materials I’ve written – is Les Cohen and I live and write in Maryland.

P.S.  Two important notes…

All original materials on this website – including content, stories and books I have written – are copyrighted by me, Les Cohen, Ellicott City, MD as of when they were first written.  All rights reserved by the author.

As of June 1, 2023, the short-short stories I have written – ebook versions of which are included below – have been read a total of 25,333 times since they were first published, individually, in the Baltimore Post-Examiner.


*****  FREE ebook!  *****

The Legend of Zippy the Fish
A short story for early readers
– and their older siblings and parents.

I know it’s hard to believe, but this is a true story.  …Well, not really, but what is true is that Zippy was an honest-to-goodness real fish, so that should count for something.

In any case, it’s a great story with important messages about courage and fitting in.  The PDF version has only 1,837 words on 5 pages and is yours to read or download using the ebook reader below.  When you’re done, be sure to email me so I know whether you liked it or not…  and, if you’re interested, in learning more about Zippy and the other fish.

The Legend of Zippy the Fish Slide

Note that some of my books are for sale at Apple Books and affiliated online book stores. Look them up by searching for the title or my name, Les Cohen.  Thanks!