Can hot space sex save planet Earth? With the world about to end, a desperate team of humans mounts a last-ditch effort to find alien help at the interplanetary Worlds' Fair. Captain Alec Strayhorn and his crew offer up everything Earth has left, only to be rejected by one bizarre alien lifeform after another. But the aliens turn out to have a craving for an unexpected treasure: human sex. The aliens like to watch, and the humans will do anything to save their world...or will they? And what happens when a secret from beyond the stars changes the whole horny equation? Don't miss this exciting tale by award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected science fiction that really packs a punch.
Captain Picard, Commander Riker, and Lieutenant Data made history on the bridge of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation...but what about the crewmen of the lower decks? Captain Sisko, Commander Worf, and the crew of Deep Space Nine were posted on a space station...so how did time travel become such a big part of their greatest adventures? And what was the key to the Starship Voyager getting home safe and sound from the Delta Quadrant? Is Captain Kathryn Janeway the greatest of all Star Trek captains because of her decisive command style? Find the answers to these questions and more in Trek Off! In this collection of short essays, award-winning Star Trek writer Robert Jeschonek explores the worlds of Trek, from The Next Generation to Voyager. Join him on a journey through time and space in a search for the secrets of the Trek universe. This volume, a tribute to the greatest science fiction epic of our age, includes four essays: "Lower Decks," "Past Tense," "Final Authority," and "To Boldly Go Where No Comic Book Has Gone Before: 10 Star Trek Comic Book Lost Treasures." These essays are collected here for the first time. Robert Jeschonek knows his Trek. He won the national grand prize in the Strange New Worlds writing contest. He is one of a handful of authors chosen to write stories in the Star Trek: New Frontier universe. His latest Trek fiction appears in Star Trek Corps of Engineers: Out of the Cocoon. Now he invites you to ponder some of the cool questions of Trek, explore some exciting lost comic book treasures, and boldly follow in the footsteps of the legion of Trek fans who have gone before.
How can a teenage girl who’s afraid of the water become queen of a kingdom above and beneath the sea? Raised on savage Shark Island, Cryssa Seachild escapes to her true home, a tropical Camelot protected by talking dolphin knights in shining armor. A dolphin knight named Seek helps Cryssa overcome her fear of the water and forge a new destiny as queen of land and sea...but Cryssa struggles with her dual heritage, torn between the ways of dolphins and sharks. When the people of Shark Island spring a trap to steal back Cryssa, her world explodes in a war between armies of human warriors and sea creatures. Cryssa must risk everything to end the war single-handedly, save the dolphin knight she loves, and forge a brighter tomorrow for the clashing kingdoms. A thrilling fantasy of adventure, love, coming of age, and talking dolphins by award-winner Robert Jeschonek, author of the young readers' novel My Favorite Band Does Not Exist.
Can a gnarly lab assistant find love with his smoking hot mad scientist boss? Faithful lab lackey Glugor lusts after sexy Dr. Medici, but Dr. M only cares about taking over the world. She uses him like a glorified guinea pig, turning him into rampaging monsters and strapping him into inventions gone horribly wrong. Poor Glugor takes the heat when the doomsday schemes blow up in his face...but can even the power of his secret passion stand between Dr. M and the deadliest doom of all? It might take a monster of an experiment to build the heart Glugor needs to save his heart's desire. Don't miss this exciting tale by award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected science fiction and fantasy that really packs a punch.
Who killed Polish Lou, the famous Prince of Polka Music? His daughter, musicologist Lottie Kachowski, comes home to the polka heartland of New Krakow, Pennsylvania, to find the answer. Lottie has an unbeatable talent for using music to solve crimes, and she does just that on the trail of her father's killer. But the stakes turn deadlier than ever when another polka legend comes to a tragic end. As the danger rises, Lottie recruits her father's wacky girlfriend, Polish Peg, to help her dig deeper into the wild world of small town polka. The investigation takes some fancy footwork, as Lottie dances her way through a maze of local rivalries and alliances to unearth the darkest secrets of friends and neighbors. At the same time, she fights to keep from getting dragged back into the polka scene she left behind long ago, though her father's will names her his successor as head of his polka empire. Ducking her legacy while catching a killer is the challenge of a lifetime, but with help from Polish Peg, an old boyfriend, and a mysterious cat called Ghost, Lottie might just stand a chance of cracking the case. She puts everything on the line, even as the killer puts her in his sights, and she won't give up. Because when you've got polka in your blood, you just know the bad guy's going to face the music. Don't miss this thrilling tale from the master of mystery, Robert Jeschonek. Expect the unexpected in the first book in the Lottie Kachowski series.
Jazz star Bobby Ball sees the future when he plays his sax. The music of his dying idol, Omar Wild, throws open the door to tomorrow, but Bobby doesn't like what he sees. A faded torch singer will die unless Bobby plays an impossible song, one that reveals the secrets of a terrible crime. One that will force him to go solo in a race against time and the fight of his life. Even if he plays like there's no tomorrow, can he save yesterday's brightest star from today's darkest evil? Or will the biggest number of his career also be his last? Don't miss this exciting tale by award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected dark fantasy and horror that really packs a punch.
Hardcore adventurer Sir Algernon Hogshead takes down badass steampunks in Victorian London. But the case of a lifetime might just ruin his winning streak and his life. When his wife starts keeping mysterious secrets and bad company, Sir Hogshead craves a peek behind the velvet curtain. But he can't possibly break through the world of women...or can he? Sparks fly when this manliest man crosses the line and takes on the undercover assignment he never imagined. Will a dress and corset enable a pulp action hero to blow the lid off a female threat without blowing his cover? Or will the terrible truth behind his wife's betrayal mean a horrifying ordeal for the man behind the disguise? Sometimes, the most awful surprises can lurk behind the most ridiculous outfits. Welcome to the latest shocker from Robert Jeschonek, a master of twisted steampunk from the outer reaches of the imagination. Don't miss the uncut version of this mind-bending and darkly funny story, which mixes action and comedy, mystery and slapstick, supernatural danger and steampunk cross-dressing.
Dance or die! That’s the choice faced by victims of the Dance/Drop plague raging through the United States of tomorrow. Everyone in the nation dances nonstop, knowing all the while that as soon as they quit moving, they will die an agonizing and senseless death. What triggered this nightmarish marathon remains unknown...at least until Laurette, a dancer with a dark past, is swept to the West Coast as part of a mysterious migration that reveals the secret behind the plague. Can she survive attacks by brutal fanatics and disease-control warriors long enough to embrace her twisted destiny at the end of the biggest, and deadliest, dance number of all time?
A murder victim makes a tasty feast for a family of flesh-eating maggots. But when the maggots become the murderer's next targets, their gruesome banquet turns into a killing field. Can a single courageous worm with a vision inspire the survivors to fight back? Perhaps a brilliant, twisted trick will bring down the monster and serve up the meat for a bloody new feast. And the maggots' moment of glory might give way to the dark fulfillment of their deepest, wildest secret. Don't miss this twisted horror tale with a difference. Welcome to the latest shocker from award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of mind-bending horror and dark fantasy.
Ever since the Voices started, little Bonnie can't sleep anymore. Every night, they whisper through the walls of her room, casting a dark spell over someone in her family...preparing them for a rampage of gruesome murder. What if the only way for Bonnie to save her family is to destroy someone she loves? And what if the secret of the Voices is even deadlier and more terrifying than she can imagine? Don't miss this story by award-winning writer Robert Jeschonek, a master of shocking horror that really packs a punch.
Falling in love can be impossible for a mind reader like Virgil. Whenever he meets someone, he sees her deepest flaws and darkest secrets right away. But when beautiful Bridget swoops into his life, he can't read a thought in her head. Bridget's a closed book to him, so of course he falls hard for her—even as he realizes he might not be able to read her mind, but he can see the world through her eyes. And the world she shows him is full of things that shouldn't be there: mermaids, elfin knights...and bloodthirsty monsters. Now that Virgil can see them, too, will he save Bridget or be destroyed in the process? If the world is as strange and terrifying as it seems through her eyes, does their love stand a chance? Or will the dark visions that surround them take away their only chance at happiness? Don't miss this edgy, exciting, and surprising fantasy tale by award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected fantasy that really packs a punch.
It's Halloween 1970, and Erin Lewis can't draw anything scary enough to win the window painting contest at Glosser Bros. Department Store in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The 16-year-old has other things on her mind, like holding a séance at Glosser's to contact her brother, who died a year ago in Vietnam. Will he keep his promise and make contact from the other side? Or will Erin receive an equally shocking message from closer to home? Either way, it will be a Halloween she'll never forget. Neither will the crowd at the annual Glosser Bros. Halloween Parade when she turns one of the floats into her own personal horror show. Don't miss this trip back in time to the glory days of the Glosser Bros. Department Store by Robert Jeschonek, award-winning author of LONG LIVE GLOSSER’S, CHRISTMAS AT GLOSSER’S, EASTER AT GLOSSER'S, and PENN TRAFFIC FOREVER. It's a blast from Halloween past, complete with window painting, the Shaffer twins, and a parade down Main Street...a spooky, nostalgic story for the whole family.
Baird the convicted rapist knows no peace. Ten years of haunting by the digital ghost of his victim, Frieda, have left him a basket case…but freedom awaits. If he can just make it till tomorrow, his sentence will end, and the digital ghost will become vaporware. But Frieda has no intention of leaving quietly, and the going-away present she has in store for Baird could be far worse than the digital nightmare he has already endured. Don't miss this story by award-winning STAR TREK and DOCTOR WHO writer Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected science fiction that really packs a punch.
Welcome to the icy land of Drift, where flesh falls from the sky like snow, and snow-people build men of meat the way we build snowmen. Champion meat-man builder Wink creates a masterpiece that comes to life like Frosty the Snowman made of meat. But instead of frolicking through the streets like Frosty, this magical newborn meat-man calls himself Hurt and proceeds to live up to his name. Armed with blazing fire, the ultimate weapon in a land of ice and snow, Hurt launches a murderous rampage that only Wink can stop. If Wink can build a meat-wife for Hurt, the meat-man says the carnage will end. But will Hurt keep his promise? Can Wink save his endangered world? Or will snowmen and meat-people alike fall before the fury of another deadly menace, the winter-time monstrosity known as Squall? Don't miss this surprising tale by award-winning writer Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected fantasy that really packs a punch.
In these pages, you will witness some of the most twisted, mysterious, and thrilling stories ever to bloody a crime scene. Meet Johnny Murder, the baddest bad guy ever to rise from the dead on Bourbon Street (or did he?)...Jean-Claude, a waiter who'll do anything to turn the tables on the competition...Buddy, the nastiest home invader ever to cross a threshold with knife in hand...Sister Mayhem, nun turned crimefighter...Mr. Mayflower, who'll trade the cure for cancer in exchange for dirty deeds done at his command...and Eve, the first detective in history, on the trail of the killer of her son, Abel. Don't miss these edgy, exciting, and surprising crime tales from award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected crime and mystery fiction that really packs a punch. This volume includes six crime e-book stories and novelettes for one low price, including "Home Invasion," which you won't find anywhere else.
Welcome to six short stories from award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek. This volume includes six full-length tales for one low price: "Wave a White Flag." Old man Henry decides to throw everything out the window, literally. No one can stop him as he chucks his belongings from his high-rise apartment and watches them crash to the sidewalk far below. But he can't get rid of some memories no matter how hard he tries. "Day of the Mad Shitter." A man's obsessive pursuit of a workplace bathroom slob leads to an epic meltdown with tragic consequences. "How to Get Lucky." Hopper the narcoleptic seeks salvation in an experimental sleep lab. Will a makeshift family of sleep-disorder rejects help him find the peace he craves, or will the twisted dreams that haunt him drag him into a personal hell on Earth? "A Wall of Lisas." A lonely woman struggles to overcome the isolation that torments her. Reflections of a terrible tomorrow drive her to the brink of madness. "The Day After They Rounded Up Everyone Who Could Love Unconditionally." A society sheds its weakest links--everyone capable of unconditional love. In the aftermath, one of the survivors starts to think something wasn't quite right about the glorious purge. "The Walking Bomb." What's the worst that can happen to a minister working in a bomb factory? A streak of bad luck that turns him into the next best thing to a human bomb. As disasters rain down around him and kill the people he loves most, this modern-day Job sets out on a journey of discovery that might just lead to a genuine miracle of healing and redemption.
In these pages, Robert Jeschonek will take you on a tour of the wildest places and people you've never imagined. You've never met anyone quite like 12:30 P.M., the fugitive time fragment...Frieda, the killer-haunting e-ghost...or Patty, the lunatic vagrant who keeps seeing Tijuana, Mexico where Cape Cod, Massachusetts should be. Don't miss these edgy, exciting, and surprising science fiction tales by a Star Trek and Doctor Who author. It’s the latest collection from award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected science fiction that really packs a punch. This volume includes six scifi stories for one low price.
An entire town wiped out...by a rogue story? Anyone who hears or reads it launches into a murder-suicide spree, and its power is about to spread to the rest of the world. Only Carrol and Sascha LaVerge, mystic problem-solving sisters extraordinaire, stand in its way. Tracking the story's power to an ancient evil, Carrol and Sascha race against time to stop it from escaping town and triggering an apocalypse. But can they outsmart the story with a mind of its own before it comes up with a plot twist that traps them in the ultimate unhappy ending? And will the story reach out and take hold of your mind in the bargain? Reader beware! This story has a warning in the title for a reason...
With her fiancé far away fighting a war in Korea, Sarah faces a blue Christmas in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1953. But going to work as an elf at Glosser’s Department Store turns her holiday upside-down. Santa Claus, played by fellow employee Frank, falls beard over sleighbells for her. When the magic of the season at Glosser’s lights a spark of romance between them, Sarah is torn between the man at war and the one in the St. Nick outfit. On the night before Christmas, she must make a fateful choice that changes everything…and leads her to a crossroads 63 years later at the famous musical Christmas tree in Johnstown’s Central Park. Don’t miss this sweet holiday romance by the author of LONG LIVE GLOSSER’S and PENN TRAFFIC FOREVER.
The male enhancement of tomorrow has everything from shape-changing powers to a mind of its own. But what happens when this miraculous endowment refuses to cooperate with its new owner? War breaks out between man and enhancement, the ultimate struggle between two minds in one body. Only by guessing the enhancement's dark secret does the man stand a chance of breaking the stranglehold this high tech smart-part has on his life. Don't miss this twisted science fiction comedy short story by award-winning writer Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected science fiction that really packs a punch.