When someone finally pulled the gunnysack off Father Ray Marotta’s head, the first thing he thought was, “Let there be light.”
And there was. And it wasn’t good at all.
A murderous Queen of Hearts, the problems of time-traveling mail, a predatory merman who meets his fanged match, and Galactic Rangers dealing with kidnapped royals and libidinous cat queens. What do these stories have in common? They’re all in Random Realities, a compilation of twenty speculative fiction tales by Melanie Fletcher, author of A Most Malicious Murder.
Featuring an introduction by the award-winning author Jana Oliver, Random Realities includes a disturbing take on the future of acting (“Star Quality”), a bubba-heavy paranormal black comedy (“The Padre, the Rabbi, and the Devil His Own Self”), and a flamboyant riff on 50’s space opera that predates Captain Jack Harkness by two years (“Lusts of the Cat Queen: a Dash Manning Adventure”).
In addition to previously published material, Random Realities also includes three never-before published stories; a dark look at a loveless queen (“All on a Summer’s Day”), discussions in the divine workplace (“A Conversation Among Aspects of the Supreme Being”), and two dear friends spending their final days together (“The Quiet Sound of Bees).
- Lost in Whitby
- All on a Summer’s Day
- Happily Ever After
- Think Small
- A Touch of Ginger
- A Conversation Among Aspects of the Supreme Being
- A Hell of a Note
- The Padre, the Rabbi, and the Devil His Own Self
- That Time of the Month
- Le Gardien
- The Quiet Sound of Bees
- It Takes Brains to Run a Con
- Female of the Species
- Star Quality
- Bartok and the Unicorn
- The Groom Wore Wings
- Thar She Blows!
- Lusts of the Cat Queen: a Dash Manning Adventure
- The Lark Ascending
“Laughter, tears, suspense, heart-racing twists.”
— R.J. Dennis
“Damn, I wish I’d written these stories. Every one is a treasure and I hope to see another collection from her soon.
— Jim Reader
“Such a wonderful diverse collection of fantastic tales.”
— D. Scott McQuiston
“I came away from reading this collection of ten short stories feeling as if I’d been sampling from the best box of assorted chocolates I’d ever been given.”
— Sandra G.
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