Introduction to Murder, Fantasy, and Weird Tales, Eighteen Short Stories
by Larry and Rosemary Mild

These eighteen short stories of Murder, Fantasy, and Weird Tales explore the strange obsessions and compulsions gnawing away within most of us. Whether to commit murder, dream wildly, or just wander out of the box, we’re all tempted, but who acts on these urges and why? Meet the Novice Killers, the Hits and Misses, the Fantasizers and Dreamers, and the Art Lovers. Join them as they venture into these eerie and forsaken realms.

Meet the Novice Killers:

Those finding revenge sweet and sour. What turns these perfectly amiable citizens away from their peaceful existence and makes one-time murderers of them? Is it a need to pay back for a miserable relationship? Is it a desire to possess greater riches in life? Or is it an overwhelming whim to steal a special prize? And what else does greed, envy, and spite spawn?

1. “The Perfect Poison,”  2. “Assault and Battery,”  3. “Seeing Red,”  4. “Adrift on Kaneohe Bay,” and 5. “The Busybody.”

Meet the Hits and Misses:

The deadlier of the species, the female professional hit person: Dr. Robin Priestly, Psychiatrist, and Dr. Jennifer Anne Willmont, Dentist. Neither is mob-related. Don’t let their professions mislead you. These two kill for reasons you’d never imagine.

6. “Deadly Remedies” and  7. “Standby.”

Meet the Fantasizers and Dreamers:

We all learned about fantasy when we were younger. It was a happy experience because our own inventiveness navigated us through that wonderful world of whimsy. But, as adults, we dare not lay down our guard, for who knows what escapes from that other world? Is it chance, a challenge, revenge, or pure magic? That’s for you to decide.

8. “The Joss at Table Twelve,”  9. “In the Grip of Time,”  10. “Picture Imperfect,”  11. “Dream Channels,”
12. “Artificial Affection,”  13. “Just a Little Bite, Please,”  14. “José and Garminita,” and  15. “Fortified.”

Meet the Art Lovers:

All of us appreciate some art for various reasons, but there are those among us who turn to extremes to possess civilization’s treasures. One might collect to satisfy a private sense of communing with the arts. Others might acquire a work to add a toy-like trophy to their status. Giving art may gain favor with someone you care deeply about, and stealing art might indulge a recluse’s craving. Of course, there’s also the profit of resale. So which is it?

16. “The Telltale Art,”  17. “The Lost Art of Lake Como,” and  18. “Portrait in Peril.”

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