When a young man finds a rare comic book in his late grandfather’s attic, he dreams of the fortune that will soon be coming his way, but he soon discovers that life doesn’t always work out the way we plan.
No. 38 is a coming-of-age short story by Kevin G. Summers, the author of The Bell Curse and The Paladin.
THE BELL CURSE
Set in the World of Kurt Vonnegut, The Bell Curse is a story about a meeting of two American authors in a hotel near Baltimore, Maryland. One is Elijah Bell, a nobody with only a single writing credit to his name. The other is Kilgore Trout, an octogenarian science fiction writer with a terrible reputation. Will the old science fiction writer be able to encourage the young man who idolizes him, or will he make him feel like something the cat drug in? And who is the mysterious figure waiting for Elijah Bell in the hotel bar?
This is a tale, told by an idiot, about heroes and families and responsibilities and dreams and choices and sacrifice. It is also about love.
Devastated by the loss of his older brother, teenaged Jared Weiss dons a mask and cape in pursuit of vengeance. He becomes The Paladin. Unfortunately, the real world isn’t like the pages of a comic book, and wherever The Paladin goes, disaster is never far behind. Will Jared be able to avenge his brother before he winds up in a grave beside him?
A HEART IS JUDGED
“A Heart Is Judged” is a short story set before Dorothy Gale’s original visit to the Land of Oz, during the time when the Wicked Witch of the East enslaved Munchkinland. It’s a little known fact that the Witch actually demanded living sacrifices from her subjects. “A Heart Is Judged” is the story of one Munchkin who fought back against his oppressor and caused the destruction of his town and, indirectly, the redemption of the Munchkins.