The Vampire Squid and Other Stories

by Lucia Bartlett



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/1/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 388
ISBN : 9781480899247
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 388
ISBN : 9781480899254

About the Book

In her new collection of stories, author Lucia Bartlett presents three tales that explore unexpected and strange departures from normal life.

The Vampire Squid continues a tale of the residents of Foster Lake. Fall, 2019 has families going about their business in the small northern Maine town when odd sightings are reported at the woman’s prison. Then in March 2020, days before Covid lock-down, The Lane School takes a field trip to a new underground military facility that leaves teachers & students with unsettling impressions. When the women’s prison raises the alarm; children are in danger, it’s up to Anne Stevens to find out the truth.

Set in year 2030, “Papercuts” follows twenty-three-year-old Wesley, a warehouse supervisor who yearns to become a CERT; part of the executive team. He obeys their orders but is manipulated into disaster when a beautiful coworker seduces him. The ultimate cost may be his sanity—or his life.

“The Community,” goes back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, at a time when epidemic suicide hits an upper middle class housing development and explores the possibility that expectations of perfect family life may not be healthy.

About the Author

Lucia Bartlett believes Northern Maine is a place of healing and peace, little settlements carved out of endless forest are her greatest love. She spends happy hours working in the woods with her family. She’s also believes in the power of plants, that stars have answers and life is spirit. People struggle with humanity and purpose and Lucia’s no exception. Her greatest wish is to give others a break, so they might live in her books for awhile.
Some may say Lucia’s a satirist. She takes it well.
The Vampire Squid is her 3rd novel in a sequence following The King of Maine and The Donkey Club. The Donkey Club is for all ages. Add a year for The King of Maine and four years later the characters reappear in The Vampire Squid
The Vampire Squid is contemporary fiction, ‘Papercuts’ is the future; 2030 and ‘The Community’ is the past.