Book: The Illustrated Hen by Scott Charlescategories: Book, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery, Family Friendly, Adventure, Magical Realism, Literary Fiction
Scott Charlesabout this book: "The Illustrated Hen" is a series of short stories that reveal the events and inner world in the life of a young man who has a very vivid imagination. Every situation he encounters becomes part of an epic journey, and every path taken is an adventure along the way. In this novel a missing scrabble piece or a disrupted bingo game become the elements of a mysterious universal force.
The story was inspired by the works of several authors, including Harlan Ellison, Charles Schulz and of course Ray Bradbury. Other inspirations include Outer Limits and Twilight Zone. Also a dash of Hammett, and O. Henry. So there's a bit of something for everybody: science fiction, fantasy, mystery, surprise endings, and literary fiction.
The story is also inspired by the day-to-day struggle of everyone who ever lived to find the answers to life's questions -- who are we, how did we get here, and most importantly, what does it all mean? Does it mean anything? Are we part of some grand scheme, or are we alone in a cold, dark, uncaring universe? For some people these questions are inspiring, for others they represent a pathway to destruction.
The novel was meant to be a fun read, very much like a classic "whodunit" but in this case it's more like "whatofit?" -- or as one reader said, "if you enjoy getting to know a character and being surprised – almost all of the time – by what the author deems important and worth focusing on, this [book] is for you." That same reader pointed out it's not a plot driven work. :)
But if you've ever gone in to an old antique store and wondered if every piece of furniture held a story, and every corner hid a ghost -- then this book is for you.
If you have ever mourned the passing of a friend or a loved one, or cried at a wedding, this book is for you.
In any case it was huge fun to write, and I hope you find it huge fun to read.
Cheers and Best Regards,
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