LUCKY 13, ed. by Edward J. McFadden III. Padwolf Publishing (www.padwolf.com), 2014, 231 pp., $16.00. ISBN 978-1-890096-53-3. Click here to purchase.
The anthology is labeled “13 Tales of Crime and Mayhem.”
In “Quarter, Quarter, How I Wonder” by Trent Zelazny, Ted, 34, realizes he may be having incredible luck when a quarter falls to the floor and stands on its edge. He then rescues a woman of his dreams, Gwen. But his newfound luck makes him far too overconfident -- in fact, far too reckless and arrogant. Does “what goes around come around”?
“A Dollar and a Scream” by Matt Schiariti. Mike Higgins, a gambler and compromised lawyer, needs to find many thousands of dollars - and FAST - to pay off a gambling debt to the mob. Mike wins the lottery. But along with incredible good luck comes unbelievable bad luck.
“The Dance” by Sarah A. Hoyt. Etta is a cop who finds street people, derelicts, who are dead. One she speaks to has the telltale vine tattoo, but won’t talk about it or the “dance” that accompanies receiving the tattoo. Who is responsible for the tattoo and the “dance”?
“What Happens In Vegas” by Robert E. Waters. FBI Violent Paranormal Activity agents Horus Ruth, a ghoul, and his boss Joe Littlecloud, an Apache Diyin (a shaman) are on the case of two apparent suicides they realize are murders. Not human-caused murders, but the worst sort, of ultra demons of luck (that is, good luck and bad luck). The yin/yang of the horror consumes Littlecloud for a time, but he is saved by a very determined employee of his: Horus, of course. But an even bigger battle is on the horizon, and there will be victims.
“This is Only Going to Hurt” by g. Elmer Munson. Cop-turned-bad Frank gets a call about his crime-ridden brother and the fact that he may be dead in China. But the call is from a woman who claims that Barron, Frank’s brother, needs him. He has to fly to China, which he does, and there is a lot of potential agony to endure, even if Baron is still alive.