ADULT SPECULATIVE FICTION / Light sci-fi, fantasy & horror, with a dab of humour
Lone wolf coffee-slinger and accidental oneironaut Edie Stacks turns her life upside down with her reality-altering lucid dreams.
Edie is a thirty-year-old with too many one-dollar Phil Collins records and a perfect circadian rhythm. She lives on her own terms, keeping everyone at an emotional arm’s length. Her only friend is an elderly lady named Olive, who loves to remind Edie that marriage will bring her happiness if only she’d open up to the idea. Edie loves her anyway. One day coming back from their weekly gin rummy, Edie finds her apartment in flames. When she sets up in a new place close to work, she quickly learns that sleep is simply impossible there.
Strange circumstances lead her to magic sleeping pills that deliver the coveted sleep she seeks but also vivid dreams that meddle with her waking life.
Using the dreams to create a life situation that appeals to her, she realizes that she does not have the control she wants. The dreams topple everything every which way, bringing, amongst other things, love into her life, from which she tries desperately to flee.
To make matters worse, she finds out that the furry creatures that she unwittingly adopted come from another planet. They want to go home to their old war and Edie wants to have a purpose, and by helping them she believes she gives worth to her life that so far has been all hustle and distrust.
Will Edie succeed in sending them on their way and save the human race from the alternative: alien world domination?
Off My Feet is a Neverwhere-meets-Inception psychedelic chronicle of female experience where trust is learned the hard way, poverty and true wealth are analyzed, and love that is patient is sometimes rewarded with a heart to call home.
Plus, space invaders.
Keep your ear to the ground, it’s coming!