Catawampus Tales

General Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction & Fantasy

By Bob Frey

Publisher : Van Fleet Books

ABOUT Bob Frey

Bob Frey
  Bob Frey loves to entertain, make people laugh and think, and, perhaps, shake them up a little. He was a copywriter for several top Los Angeles advertising agencies and received several awards for his creative work. When he turned to writing fiction, he found it was a whole new ballgame More...



Fast Food for the Mind

Catawampus Tales run the gambit from sci-fi to satire, horror, and everything in between. Each story is somewhat askew or catawampus—a mixed-bag of fast food for the mind.

            What if there really was such a thing as a superhero, what problems might he or she face? Supermale's Gone and Left Usprovides some humorous answers.

            A horny bachelor goes looking for a streetwalker and runs into trouble with gangbangers in When Push Comes to Shove.

            A nerd wakes up in Sugar and the Bikers in a room in which he did not fall asleep. A peevish individual informs him that he left the nerd’s pretty wife downtown with a couple of bikers.

            Zombie Fight Song tells the story of how a college boy inadvertently finds the perfect cure for womanizing.

            In Oh, That Catherine the Great, an insecure young man at lunch with his boss and two co-workers encounters some strange conversation.

            Trials of a Vampire Hunter begins where most vampire tales end. A vampire hunter is apprehended by the police just after he drives a stake through his quarry’s heart.

            A shy, little man is miserable because he lacks the ability to make Small Talk. How does he overcome his social ineptitude?

            In The Incendiary Man, a group of people are on the run from a fiery monster. Funny thing is nobody seems to be aware of this menace but them.

            An immature, out-of-work daydreamer buys a Saturday night special and plots a murder in Unemployment Benefits.



For me, writing books is more than a business. I write for pleasure. Critics say if you want to build a career, you should stick to one genre because that’s what your readers expect and they will be disappointed if you don’t. They are probably right. Having been an actor, to me it’s a little bit like type casting. Look what happened to poor Tony Perkins and Vincent Price. I write what interests me, and if people pay to read what I’ve written, well, that’s frosting on the cake.

Deliciously Eclectic
Known for his satirical style, Bob Frey does not disappoint in "Catawampus Tales," a collection of short stories that range from humorous to outrageous, and can be categorized as "deliciously eclectic." Just when you feel like you know what's going to happen next, Frey jolts you with a twist. The arrangement of short stories is such that they bounce from science fiction to a romantic fantasy, and everything in between--there's definitely something for the avid and casual reader. The memorable stories of the collection are "Zombie Fight Song," and "Supermale's Gone and Left Us." Simply put, if you like books where the flow is nearly impeccable, easy to read--without losing any of the substance--and a sense of humor, this is it.--J.R. Shah, Amazon review