Single Dream Saloon

Single Dream Saloon by Obie BeukersWhat do a twisted landlord, a phony fortune-teller and a painting of Satan squirreled away in the basement of an alpine greasy spoon have to do with each other? Maybe everything, when the salvation of the universe is at hand.

In this neo-gothic thriller set in the 1980s, a preternatural priestess and her cat arrive in the mountain town of Laylonda, California. There, this unlikely duo must retrieve a seismically active painting of the Devil, heal a sexual predator, tap the talents of a gang of misfits, and fire up a country-western band.

The stakes are huge, because the music of this band—if nobody screws it up—may be the only thing that can save our planet, if not the cosmos itself, from the intergalactic omnivores.

Luckily for all concerned, a strong female presence is at work behind the scenes. Delia Delivia Delethios, our preternatural priestess, has many tricks up her sleeves. The question is, will her magic be enough to illuminate the gross ignorance of her assailants?

Although this story has roots going back to Homer and Dante, the book’s  vision and tone have been influenced by Melville’s Confidence Man, Twain’s Mysterious Stranger, and Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita. Modern influences include Henry Miller (Tropic of Cancer), Ken Kesey (Sometimes a Great Notion), Patrick Dennis (Auntie Mame), and the works of Kentucky writers Wendell Berry (A Place on Earth) and Ed McClanahan (The Natural Man)—all of which were very much in vogue when Single Dream Saloon was conceived and are still enjoyed today.

 

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