13 Luckless Tales

13 Luckless Tales by Patrick Kill

Patrick Kill’s early fiction is collected in 13 Luckless Tales. The stories included in this volume are of a less extreme nature and more straight horror stories. But Kill’s vividly weird imagination shines through, offering surreal and over-the-top bizarro accounts of characters and plots that make his works so unique.

Thirteen stories included are: “Road Kill” | “The Smoker” | “Point of Interest” | “The Golden Years” | “The Special Dish” | “Opportunities” | “Caswell” | “Dysfunction” | “Worms” | “Burnt Offering” | “Road Trip” | “The Mailman” | “Thirteen”

The IndieMuse Review

13 Luckless Tales by Patrick Kill is my first experience with this author. The stories are all short and meant to be humorous, for the most part. And, I must give this to him: his imagination is impressive.

Of the thirteen tales, the story that stood out for me most was “The Smoker”, which was not only original, but had a superb ending. And then it went up and down so much I almost got seasick. I wanted to like this more than I actually did, simply because the stories turned out to be hit and miss. While humor is subjective and very difficult to define, this book lacked the consistency I wanted.

Some observations and situations had me laughing out loud, while others fell flat because it felt like the author was trying too hard, making it juvenile.

Which makes a rating for this one very difficult. Yes, there are people who will love this. Yes, there are people who will hate this. But instead of polarizing me, this writer created a love/hate relationship.

The only way I could be fair and true in all respects was to rate the stories individually, add them up and divide by thirteen.


Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

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