Macabre, spooky and mysterious tales of West Texas zombies, ghosts, Native American spirits and more---what the harvest moon does to cats, a nostalgic visit back to Halloween 1965, more than a few revenge stories, a vampire spoof and a fanciful tale of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Allan Poe. These are just a few of the strangely gothic tales you'll find in this collection.
This book includes the stories: Best Halloween Ever, 1965 Little Window in the Door Phantom Lover, a Poem Breakfast du Jour Catalyst, a Poem Edgar Allan and Virginia, Forevermore Phone Calls from Dead People Revenge of the Ulagu The Winged Crusader Think of the Snakes Mistaken Identity Vampire Fever Good Neighbors Over 12,000 words in thirteen short stories and two poems. Several short stories included in this collection have been published online in places like Mysterical-E, Kings River Life and The Clockwise Cat. Best Halloween Ever, 1965 was published as a single short story for the Kindle on Amazon.com. Vampire Fever is excerpted from THE JOURNAL OF MINA HARKER (my DRACULA adaptation novella) and published with an alternate ending. All of the other stories and poems are original to this collection, never before seen. I hope you'll enjoy this collection of thirteen of my favorite short stories and poems I've written over the past twenty-five years. Many of them are based on true observations, just turned a bit sideways and fictionalized. I love observing people, the quirkier the better and they frequently end up in my speculative fiction stories. Short and shivery, strange and quirky, they were so much fun to write. Hope they'll be fun for you to read, too. Enjoy! bobbi a. chukran author Readers comment on other stories in the series: "The real star of this clever short story is the town of Nameless, Texas (population 2,354,) where the people and goings on are about as quirky as you'll find. Bank robberies, a Thanksgiving celebration and a quest for a pork loin roast drive the story, but the characters are who you will remember." On Aunt Jewel and the Purloined Pork Loin "What a romp! With quirky characters, secrets large and small, a town with a personality all its own, and a solid plot, I found myself smiling more often than not when reading Dye, Dyeing, Dead. I hope more books about Kendra, Aunt Jewel, and Nameless, Texas are coming soon." On DYE, DYEING, DEAD "I loved this. I am Texas born and bred and this is a wonderful spoof of small town characters. This is in the tradition of the fabulous Greater Tuna." On Aunt Jewel and the Purloined Pork Loin "Throw bungling cross-dressing bank robbers together with quirky small town Texas folks preparing for a community Thanksgiving gathering and you've got a quick, enjoyable comic read." On Aunt Jewel and the Purloined Pork Loin "A zany story about a unique town. I just loved it." On Aunt Jewel and the Purloined Pork Loin "A great read, perfect for summer reading, or a cool, rainy fall day. As a native Texan, I found much of the dialogue familiar and fun. The characters are broadly drawn, but definitely true to the Lone Star mystique. If you're hankering for an engaging mystery with an entertaining cast of characters, this will more than fill the bill. Dying to see what Chukran has up her sleeve next for the folks in Nameless, Texas." On DYE, DYEING, DEAD "Bobbi Chukran's tales of the wonderfully goofy residents of the tiny town of Nameless, Texas creep up on you by surprise. The humor ranges from insightful observations on the follies of our kind, to laugh out loud comedy." On Dewey Laudermilk and the Peckerwood Tree