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Off Center in the Attic - Over the Top Stories
Mary Deal
"Humor and nonsense, flights of fancy into other realms, fright, disgust and disappointment, silliness and wonderment, and the sadness of reality and heartache. It’s all here and more in stories that may leave you a little Off Center in the Attic, conjured through a mind that may be a little Off Center in the Attic. "

The complete list of thirty over-the-top stories included in Off Center in the Attic, with their descriptions, meant to bend the mind:

Acting in a Coffin - A director plays a prank that backfires on a movie set.
The Wallflower - A woman compares herself to one who is the life of the party.
Pupule - A neighborhood gets a lesson in humility from a crazy old Hawaiian man.
To Soar - What a bird drops.
Out of Body - A man is shot and his brain goes through a metamorphosis.
Looking for Life - Never the right one.
Most Wanted - The killer of young boys remains at large.
Grandpappy’s Cows - Antics of backward backwoods relatives.
Boy at the Crossroad - The making of a monster.
Cafeteria Science - How to lose your lunch.
Indoctrination - A daring woman gets her wish to experience something different.
Explosive Day - No escape.
The Smell of Death - A clue to the dying.
Legacy - A woman in mourning changes her life to follow in her mother’s footsteps.
An Urgent Message - A plea to a writer.
Rituals - Neurosis as a way of life.
Watched - Being watched can kill.
The Swimmer - A man losing his sanity.
Thanatos - The urge to die.
Alien Footprints - An invisible perpetrator.
Vibratory Rates - Visitations from heaven and hell.
The Voodoo Kit - A Jamaican hex follows a woman home.
Pekoe - A newborn kitten abandoned in a portable toilet.
Great Lady of Wisdom - A holy goat.
The Last Thing I Do - The end of making memories.
Future Winner - A little-known artist gets a break.
Innocence - A high school girl on the verge of betrayal by her innocence.
Sister Fly - Karma
Homeless, Not Heartless - A man and his dog.
Roots - What you may find when tracing your family tree.

Reviews to come.

Read an Excerpt

The making of a monster.

My housemate Hal touched the back of his hand to his forehead. “Retirement’s hard work,” he said, feigning fatigue. “Let’s go to the beach.”

I slipped into my bathing suit and wrapped a short sarong over that and tied it off at the hip. We love to swim. Not only does it keep us tanned and healthy, it also keeps us thin and young looking in mid-life. Never mind we both have graying hair.

We loaded up his van with snorkeling and beach gear and took off just as dawn came filtering in. Other than town and residential streetlights, the rural areas on the island of Kauai, as in rural areas on all islands in Hawaii, are dark at night.

As we approached an intersection in our small neighborhood, a boy about eight years old came into view. He moved about like he might be following something in an erratic pattern on the ground. He was alone.

Short Fiction Anthology Length: 91 Pages

Release Date: September 8, 2011

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Mary Deal is an award-winning author of six suspense/thrillers, a short story collection, and three volumes of writers’ references. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, former Associate and Contributing Editor of a magazine and a newspaper columnist. She is also an artist and photographer. A native of California’s Sacramento River Delta, she has lived in England and the Caribbean and now resides in Hawaii.

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