Herodotus Shapiro has had an unbelievably bad week. His wife left him. The IRS is after him for thousands of dollars. His home/bookstore burned down. On his way to take refuge at his brother's place, he got a speeding ticket. And now his car has broken down in the middle of the desert in front of a large mansion. What more can go wrong?
But now his world takes a turn for the weird. The mansion has a snowman on the front lawn--in the desert, in July. The house, which is bigger on the inside than on the outside, is owned by Polly, the most preternaturally beautiful young woman he's ever met. Polly is an acrobat, a gourmet chef, a psychologist, an international financial consultant, a physicist and a woman of who-knows how many other incredible talents. She has an unbelievable library, an art collection of all the world's great masterpieces, and a print of a previously unknown Marx Brothers film. Her toilet paper is actually silk.
And she seems to have some mysterious plans for him ....
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Born in Philadelphia in 1947, Stephen Goldin has lived in California since 1960. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy from UCLA and worked as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy for a few years after leaving college, but has made his living as a writer/editor most of his life.
His first wife was fellow author Kathleen Sky, with whom he co-wrote the first edition of the highly acclaimed nonfiction book The Business of Being a Writer. His current wife is fellow author Mary Mason. So far they have co-authored two books in the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series.
He served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as editor of the SFWA Bulletin and as the organization’s Western Regional Director. He has lived with cats all his adult life. Artistically, he enjoys Broadway musicals and surrealist art.
Learn more about him at his Web site, http://stephengoldin.com.
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It's Nessy's duty to tend this castle. It's a lot of work, but she manages, taking pride in housekeeping talents that keep the castle from collapsing into chaos. But when Margle suddenly dies, everything begins to unravel. Nessy finds herself surrounded by monsters, curses, a door that should never be opened, and one very deadly dark wizardess.
Nessy doesn't have might or magic on her side; she's just a kobold: short, furry, and sensible. Her allies aren't much better: a voice without a body, an angry fruit bat, a monster under her bed, a wizard in a jar (or some of him, anyway), and a one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple, people eater. It would be smarter to walk away, but taking care of the castle is Nessy's job, and that's just what she intends to do.
If only she could find time to polish the silver while beating back the forces of darkness.
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After Mr. Wispell, his ham-operator tenant, dies from radio electrocution and another dead body is discovered in unit #7, a mysterious radio message from Outer Space guides Tirebiter on a quizzical quest for the murderers. From the Follies Burlesque and Strip City to the desolate shores of the Salton Sea, he and companion, Mrs. Music, follow a twisting trail of clues. Ever-tightening plot strands weave Marilyn Monroe, Tempest Storm, Lenny Bruce, and Sgt. Cummings of the LAPD Murder Squad into a crazy quilt of intrigue that only an alien abduction, the arrival of Venusians, and the First Church of Science Fiction can resolve.
Can you stand the exhausting hilarity or the final shocking revelations?
About the author: David Ossman was a member of the Firesign Theatre, dubbed “the Beatles of Comedy” by the Library of Congress. He is a pioneer FM and public broadcaster, three-time Grammy nominee, honored for Lifetime Achievement with the Norman Corwin Award and the Mystery Writers Angie. As a voice actor, he is best known as Cornelius in A Bug’s Life. His recent books include Marshmallows & Despair; The Sullen Art – Recording the Revolution in American Poetry; The Ronald Reagan Murder Case – A George Tirebiter Mystery, Dr. Firesign’s Follies – Radio, Comedy, Mystery, History; The Firesign Theatre’s Anythynge You Want To; Exorcism In Your Daily Life; Profiles In Barbeque Sauce.
Shadow dreamed of nothing but leaving prison and starting a new life. But the day before his release, his wife and best friend are killed in an accident. On the plane home to the funeral, he meets Mr. Wednesday—a beguiling stranger who seems to know everything about him. A trickster and rogue, Mr. Wednesday offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. With nowhere left to go, Shadow accepts, and soon learns that his role in Mr. Wednesday’s schemes will be far more dangerous and dark than he could have ever imagined. For beneath the placid surface of everyday life a war is being fought —and the prize is the very soul of America.