{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Get Free Copy

99 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
LeslieHG would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Long Hiatus

By LeslieHG All Rights Reserved ©

Action / Horror

Blurb

Two Hollywood producers, who think only in terms of ratings, learn the consequences of not keeping their word in a signed contract with a very rich, and well-known client, the story’s protagonist. The gentleman is quite firm that the television series must depict exactly his father’s famed cartoons, which were hugely successful in the N.Y. Sun, and syndicated newspapers around the world. When the series premiers on national television (the reviews are excellent), our protagonist, who is disturbingly unhinged, yet admirable in his devotion to family, goes bonkers. What else is he to do, but plan his revenge according to his own grotesque interpretation of ‘ karma? ’ Partially based on the experiences of a real writer, who once worked in “the industry” on a real show.

PROLOGUE

The room was bare save for a table and some recliner chairs, where the two elderly men sat and ruminated. There was a telephone on the table. A lone window, with canary yellow chintz curtains, looked out on rolling hills baked brown by the Southern California sun, and there were cracks in the linoleum floor.

Interior decoration was not the strong suit

of the Sunny Hills Retirement Home. None of this fazed the two roommates, Rob Levin and Joe Dailey, who were in unusually good humour.

“The funniest Paladin story is the shoes -- six in the morning, Tower of London, and he sends out two of my crew looking for replicas of Sir Walter Raleigh’s shoes.

“Paladin had a foot fetish,” Dailey asked?

“He had a bug up his ass - camera point of view, the ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh comes back to haunt the Tower, where he was executed. And you see Paladin’s feet in these purple Elizabethan slippers, creeping stealthily along the battlements.

“You shouldn’t have let him direct.”

“You should have been there to help control him, Joe.”

“I had a movie to finish.”

“You had an obligation to write and co-direct the pilot - the studio paid you money.”

“Are we going to rehash this shit, Rob?”

“Screw it.”

Levin grew reflective. He loved retelling stories of “Believe It Or Don’t,” now that the bad memories of the show had receded with time. Funny now, on a par with root canal then.

“The time we almost killed Paladin with the arrow, in Sherwood Forest - now that was funny. We’re set to roll, John is hiding in a hollowed out trunk of this facockta oak tree ... ”

“Where Robin Hood used to hide with the Merrie Men -- why do you suppose they were called the Merrie Men?”

“Who’s telling this story, Joe?”

“Kvetch...”

“On ‘Action’ he’s supposed to wait a beat, then step out of Robin Hood’s tree after this arrow goes whistling by. Well John steps out early. Zap! -- the English archer I hired sends a steel-tipped arrow whooshing by Paladin’s nose at warp speed. It misses him by an inch, and buries itself in a post right next to his head. The guy split the post, the shaft is quivering from the impact, and so is Paladin. The look on his face ... ”

“That was the best acting he did on the show."

“We almost lost him that day."

“It would have saved us all some grief.”

“He was a better choice for star than your boy, Tony Franciosa,” Levin snorted derisively. “Mr. Las Vegas."

“Franciosa had an edge,” Dailey replied.

“And a zilch TVQ.”

“Stop with the network jargon.”

“Blow it out your ass.”

Dailey looked out the window at the scorching day as Levin reached for the phone, then thought better about it.

“This is ridiculous. No one’s ever in."

“You finally figured that out?”

“They wouldn’t return the call anyway. They’re like agents here.”

“Read your book. You’re driving me bat shit.”

Levin resettled himself in the recliner, and picked up his dog-eared copy of Dante’s Inferno. He thumbed through several pages, grew restless and turned to Dailey.

“Why’d you take my show away from me, schmuck?”

Get Free Copy
0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Chevonne Prinsloo: I loved this book.. I didn't want to stop reading it! just my kind of book... I really love how the plot of the story carries along. I hope there are more books to follow after this one! I like the way she describes how Rogue is feeling and the way she shows the emotions going through Rogu. I als...

Nichole P. Conard: The characters are well created and pull you along through the story. The plot is well thought out, with some interesting turns. I was unsure what was going to happen, several times in the story, which is a grand point, as who wants to know they have figured out the story correctly...once they ge...

Jean Tryon: As a beta, I found this story outstanding!! Plot, grammar, phraseology, etc Rachel gives us it all. She takes the story into the future from where due South ends. She is an exacting and thoughtful author.

263Adder: Okay so I adore this story. I only knocked one star off plot for historical inaccuracies because I'm a bit of a stickler for that. The ending broke my heart though, considering you already changed history couldn't you (SPOILER) change it a bit more and have them together!!!! I want an alternative...

harry142018: This story was gripping and very professionally written. With lots of twists and slight of hand tricks, the author deceives the reader until finally showing their cards at the end. With several subplots all intertwining to create the main plot, this really is an interesting and engaging read.

Deleted User: This is a very clever story in the style of 19th century (and turn of the century) Gothic writing, very reminiscent of Stevenson's The Body Snatchers or even of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (less so of Frankenstein itself, since the author is more minimalist than Shelley's florid, Romantic rhetoric). ...

taosgw74: If this is the authors first attempt at writing, I'm floored. I was engrossed in the plot from the get go.

Muhammed Arfin: really nice.I m reading novel after a long time.it is really fascinating.those people interested in espionage will like this tale.if one needs to advance his know how about espionage this book is your destination

Catherine Kopf: Wow! This was a really great story. I really enjoy reading fantasy, so it didn't take long for me to become invested in the book and its characters like Jacob. I really liked your writing style, and it seemed to flow very well. The descriptions that you used for your world were also created n...

More Recommendations

Dina Husseini: I loved this story. It was so great that I did not expect it to be this awesome. I swear to you this deserves more than just 5 stars. Beyond amazing. Kept me wanting more and I felt exactly like Emma felt while reading. Although in the beginning I did not expect anything to happen. Then, when som...

Leah Brown: This was an amazing read! I was hooked from the very first chapter, holding my breadth to see what would happen next. The characters are rich and vibrant, and the world Danielle has created is fascinating. If you love YA, you MUST read this book. Such a smart, brilliant debut novel. I loved it!

Kashaf Azmat: The concept is excellent everything is well defined that you can picture the whole scenario which makes you feel connected to the plot and this is the thing that catches my eye and this what i am looking for in every novel.Keep it up

Pablo Rojas: Love the story, at the end it is a western story, simple, yet giving hints and pieces of the situation that is happening all over ravencroft´s universe. easy to read and always keeping with the main stream story I want to keep reading about, Olafson´s adventures.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.