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Mike Battaglia
Location: Queenstown, new zealand
Gender: Male
Born: 30 october 1971
Interests: writing
Member: Standard
Joined: July 2011
Mike Battaglia has worked as a restaurateur, a chef, a bartender, an aircraft re-fueler, a landscape architect, an usher and popcorn popper at the cinema, a grocer, a gopher, a painter, a stock clerk, a janitor, a promotional bear for a toy store, a newspaper boy, and many other things. ...But he has always been a writer. American by birth, he is currently docked in the port of Queenstown, New Zealand, but he is a resident of the world; a nomad, travelling from adventure to mis-adventure with the sole purpose of living, and collecting stories.

(shameless self promotion):
He has just published his first book - The Legend of Lunar Pines (by Officer Ray Bathurst) - available on

His website is:

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FanStory wrote to Mike Battaglia: Congratulations! The Danforth State Mental Hospital 3 is the new Story of the Month!
July 12, 2014 at 12:13AM
    Michaelk: Bravo! Well done! Congrats!
    July 12, 2014 at 12:16AM
    Linda Engel: well Mike, so happy for you (Rah , Rah)Gooooo, Mike
    July 12, 2014 at 6:29AM
    Twilightspire: Great job, my friend! Keep it up!
    July 12, 2014 at 10:04AM
    Julia.: Congratulations!
    July 12, 2014 at 10:52AM
    Dean Kuch: Hey, that's a two-fer, Mikey boy! Yipee!

    Great job my fellow horror hound. You've really put horror on the map around here! It's about time someone did...


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    July 12, 2014 at 12:01PM
    Phyllis Stewart: Well deserved, Mike! What a brilliant series it was! :)
    July 12, 2014 at 12:48PM
    Mystic Angel 7777: Congratulations! There was no doubt in my mind that you would be the winner - you earned it.
    July 12, 2014 at 1:25PM
    juliaSjames: Congratulations!
    July 12, 2014 at 3:08PM
    boxergirl: Congrats!! 8-)
    July 12, 2014 at 4:31PM
    seaglass: Congratulation on your new win...Great job!
    July 12, 2014 at 8:53PM
    prefabmouse: I am just so enthralled by The Danforth series that I can not get enough. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story and keep writing.
    July 13, 2014 at 4:20PM

Mike Battaglia: The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
--H.P. Lovecraft
July 7, 2014 at 11:19PM
    Acquired Taste: You took the words out of my mouth.....
    July 8, 2014 at 1:45PM
    William Walz: When all is said and done, if we can achieve some ultimate understanding of the universe and all its machinations, this understanding will be a terrifying thing to behold.
    July 8, 2014 at 1:57PM

FanStory wrote to Mike Battaglia: Congratulations! Patient 325 is the new Story of the Month!
July 1, 2014 at 12:13AM
    ravenblack: Congratulations! What a great series!
    July 1, 2014 at 12:32AM
    Dean Kuch: Congratulations, Mike. Way to go, buddy!
    July 1, 2014 at 6:43AM
    JB Lynn: Yay! You so deserved this. Let today be all about your epic win. :)
    July 1, 2014 at 8:27AM
    humpwhistle: Nice going, Mike. Congratulations!
    July 1, 2014 at 8:45AM
    dreamin': Congrats Mike! Well deserved. It was, indeed, a great series.
    July 1, 2014 at 10:49AM
    Captain Jack: Hey Mike, a definite winner and one of the best I've read in a long time.
    July 1, 2014 at 11:14AM
    Mystic Angel 7777: Congratulations! It was very well deserved and you certainly earned it as the competition was tough to beat.
    July 1, 2014 at 11:17AM
    rama devi: Congrats!
    July 1, 2014 at 11:31AM
    Dorothy Farrell: Congratulations Mike - great story - Dorothy
    July 1, 2014 at 11:54AM
    Acquired Taste: Congrats Big Guy - great story which I thoroughly enjoyed.
    July 1, 2014 at 2:42PM
    Michaelk: YES!! Awesome job!! Sign yourself up for a 'vacation' in room 322 to celebrate.
    July 1, 2014 at 4:56PM
    sunnilicious: Great news... You deserve it. Enjoy!
    July 2, 2014 at 3:19AM
    Mike Battaglia: Thank you, everyone. I feel like a deer caught in headlights LOL! The fact that you read and enjoyed something I wrote means more to me than anything. I'll never be able to express it enough. Thank you :)
    July 2, 2014 at 6:45AM
    poetbear: Very Happy for you!!!
    July 2, 2014 at 9:46AM
    boxergirl: Congrats, Mike. I didn't get a chance to read this series, but I know the competition was stiff.
    July 2, 2014 at 1:38PM
    Linda Engel: Sweet dreams for you now that it is over but I trust you do not sleep well, you know your audience wants more, give us hell, give us hell, Congrats to one of my FAB FOUR! well deserved.
    July 2, 2014 at 3:16PM
    faragon: Congratulations for your win!!!! Well deserved...What a great story & book!!!
    July 2, 2014 at 3:23PM
    Twilightspire: Excellent work, my friend. Congrats.
    July 7, 2014 at 12:51AM

Mike Battaglia: If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. If she's worth it, you wont give up. If you give up, you're not worthy. ... Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
--Bob Marley, Guitar Chord Songbook - Bob Marley
June 27, 2014 at 8:58AM
    Linda Engel: I love this!!!!!!! so true!!!!!
    July 2, 2014 at 3:13PM

Mike Battaglia: You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...
--Dr. Seuss
June 25, 2014 at 7:44AM

Mike Battaglia: Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
June 15, 2014 at 9:56AM
    poetbear: Love it!!
    June 17, 2014 at 9:44AM

Mike Battaglia: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
--Theodore Roosevelt
June 15, 2014 at 9:47AM

Mike Battaglia: If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.
--Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
June 13, 2014 at 12:09PM

Mike Battaglia: The better informed you are, the more you realize how much you still don't know.
--Harry Mulligan III
June 11, 2014 at 7:33AM

Mike Battaglia: "Wisdom is the easiest thing in the world to possess, but damn near impossible to apply to one's own life."
--Harry Mulligan III
June 10, 2014 at 6:39AM

Mike Battaglia: Without the one thing that matters most, you are no more than a ghost.
June 5, 2014 at 10:04AM

Mike Battaglia: Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves...
--Henry Ward Beecher

(I stole this from Dean Kuch... Thanks, Dean)

June 2, 2014 at 12:34AM
    Linda Engel: hear, hear, well said. enjoying you work so much,
    June 3, 2014 at 10:49AM

Mike Battaglia: Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation. --Graham Greene

(I stole this quote from A Matter Of Words. It's her favourite quote. I had to have it.)
May 23, 2014 at 10:06AM
    ravenblack: Great quote! I don't see how non-creatives cope either. Then again, I think we creatives are more in-tune or sensitive to the world and experience the human situation on a deeper level which brings on some of the madness, melancholia, etc.
    May 24, 2014 at 10:56AM

Mike Battaglia: Then I take it this place, this Maple Street, is not unique?

By no means. The world is full of Maple Streets. And we'll go from one to the other, and let them destroy themselves...
--The Twilight Zone, Episode 20: 'The Monsters are Due on Maple Street'
May 20, 2014 at 10:04AM

Mike Battaglia: I live by the philosophy that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it requires a little, or a lot, of soul searching. And, sometimes, we have to accept that the reason isn't ours to know. Just because we find ourselves on the stage, doesn't mean the play is about us.
--Debbie Wingate (Dreamin')-- News from the Northwoods
May 12, 2014 at 8:51AM
    Selina Stambi: Treasure Island - congratulations on your placing in the story of the month contest. Shiver me timbers, sir!
    May 12, 2014 at 5:43PM
    Dean Kuch: Hey, Mike. Congratulations on your second place finish for the Story of the Month, with your excellent story, 'That Guy' Excellent work, my friend!

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    May 12, 2014 at 6:42PM
    dreamin': Congrats Mike. It was well deserved. That Guy is an important story, and no one could have told it better.
    May 12, 2014 at 8:09PM
    PetersonWalls: :( That's not fair. Just because of my clumsiness these people got my place. As soon as I saw you had won I came here and left a message, but I put it in the wrong place. Please, I was the first to congratulate you. I'm posting it again. Please, acknowledge that I was the first. Please. PLease!!! "Congratulations on your win with the story 'THAT GUY'!!! I voted for you. Check this out, pirate. You were away from Fanstory for a good while and then you come back and start winning again just like before. My God, Mike, what an excpetional writer you are!!! And I get to watch all this. So proud of you.
    May 12 at 3:25PM
    May 12, 2014 at 8:46PM
    PetersonWalls: LOL! With all due respect to the people above. Way to go, Mike!! Acknowledge right here, right now. Or I'll...LOL
    May 12, 2014 at 8:49PM
    Mike Battaglia: ...I have never in my life felt more self-conscious than I do right now...

    Thank you. All of you
    May 13, 2014 at 9:29AM

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