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 horny merman who meets his fanged match, and Galactic Rangers dealing with kidnapped royals and libidinous cat queens. What do these all have in common? They’re all in Melanie Fletcher’s Random Realities, a compilation of ten speculative fiction tales that cheerfully romp across space, time, and a wide variety of genres.
Featuring an introduction by the award-winning writer Jana Oliver, Random Realities offers 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 two never-before published stories: a dark look at a loveless queen (“All on a Summer’s Day”), 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
- It Takes Brains to Run a Con
- The Padre, the Rabbi, and the Devil His Own Self
- Star Quality
- The Quiet Sound of Bees
- Lusts of the Cat Queen: a Dash Manning Adventure
“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.