What does an alien, an android, the Devil, a vampire, a mad scientist, and a DNA altered cat with an extremely bad attitude have in common? They want to be the center of attention instead of the pesky humans for a change. In this collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories, they finally get top billing. These short stories will make you think, laugh, shiver, and probably reconsider the next time you go after the dust bunnies under the bed. Some things in life are not to be messed with.
Amber Quill Press
Sample of stories: INVASION OR SUBVERSION: A pre-invasion reconnaissance mission turns into disaster when Kerna, one of the best intelligence agents from the planet Ishibod, returns from Earth a mental wreck. Craxus, the leader of the invasion committee must determine what has happened and how, so he can submit his final report to the members of the Council of Ishibod. He reviews the message logs from Kerna during his six months on the planet Earth. He can slowly see the mental deterioration of Kerna, and learns some startling and menacing things about the female species of Earth and Ishibod.
LUCKY LUCIFER'S CAR EMPORIUM: Gabe's tired and frustrated with life's drudgery and now he needs to replace his car. He dreads the thought of dealing with those car salesmen from…well you can imagine where. He hears an ad on the radio for a new place called 'Lucky Lucifer's Car Emporium' and decides the advertisement is so amusing he may as well check it out. Once there, he finds the car of his dreams and meets the colorful owner, Lucky Lucifer himself. They sit down to strike a deal that is a bit different from the usual sales contract you might find offered, but then again, does anyone or anything really appear to be who or what they really are?
REAP WHAT YOU SOW: Tad Threhern at Carbide Chemicals has an unusual relationship with a man named Ivan, who mysteriously provides him with the perfect seed, totally pest resistant. Carbide Chemical mass produces the seed and world food production increases to the point of total annihilation of all hunger everywhere. Years later, the same man returns to visit Tad again and gives him the cure to every disease known to man, life span averages increase into the 90's. Each time, Ivan does not ask for any compensation for these miracle substances. Tad totally confused, accepts them for the betterment of his company and the world. Ivan returns years later for what he calls payback, his world has run out of food and now needs a new source and he wants some of the well fed and disease free humans.
TO PROTECT AND SERVE: Being one of the safest cities in the country has it benefits; it's called tourism and the money that comes along with it. Atlantic City, New Jersey wants to learn how Norfolk, Virginia went from the bottom of the list, to almost the top with its extinguishing of virtually all crime in one years time. Two Atlantic City police officers, Tony and Chris, are sent to learn this miraculous method but are only answered with vague innuendos and illogical assertions from the mysterious lead detective, Dimitri. Deciding to look into matters on their own, the visiting police officers find the answer, but now wish they had left when they had their chance.
CAT WITH A PAST: Rene wants a cat. Milt hates cats especially because unaltered cats are very expensive. Today's cats are altered by the splicing of human DNA into theirs making them "more human". Rene insists that she must have a normal and unaltered cat. Giving in, Milt gets Rene the cat but from a back alley and from a man who sells at a significant cost savings those cats that failed the DNA splicing, or at least that is what the man believes. This cat has received the DNA from one of the most notorious criminals the world has ever known and is ready to begin again.
ALL ABOARD: A little girl and her father take a train trip, but they are not alone. Along with the goodness of the innocent child, comes along evil in its truest form, the hunter of a morally weak human to steal its body to join mankind and spread its evil amongst those that would listen. And what if the two should meet…
ELECTRONIC BLISS: He works too much, she works too much, and the relationship has gone to hell. What's next? Divorce and the messy legal stuff to divide up those precious assets that cost them the relationship to begin with? The thought of the legal mess sours his stomach as he sits at the computer unable to sleep. This is how she makes a living, staying home all day and designing games or whatever it is she does. Sonya is very good at what she does, perhaps even a genius that can design computer programs that can solve problems. Problems like getting out of a relationship with a touch of the keyboard.