Dead End Drive

Dark Comedy, Satire, Horror

After his mother passes away, fourteen-year-old Kelly Benedict has no choice but to escape his home or parish at the hands of his remaining family.


When Agatha Benedict plucked Kelly off the city streets to replace her dead cat Poopsie, she neglected to inform him of some very important house traditions. The history of the Benedict Estate prescribes that once the estate owner passes on, a “will reading” is to take place. However, the reading is more than passing on a loved one’s final wishes; it’s a figurative gunshot into the air, an alert to all in attendance that a playful game of anything goes murder has begun. The prize? The inheritance, of course.  As if visiting, a storm comes in with the guests, trapping everyone on the property for the night. While Kelly plays catch-up on with house rules, once friendly family members have already sharpened their knives. Try as he might, there is no survival if he won’t play by the same rules as everyone else.


FWA Collection 12:

                Create an Illusion


Create An Illusion is the twelveth volume of the Florida Writers Association's contest collection. It features more than fifty authors of all ages, including youth members of the organization, and their best take on "Illusions."

This work also features the top ten picks by FWA's Person of Renown, Mark H. Newhouse. Newhouse won the 2019 Florida Royal Palm Literary Awards Published Book of the Year for his book ,The Devil’s Bookkeepers Book 1: The Noose.

Enjoy this collection of stories written for the fall of 2020, Create an Illusion and make your escape from doomsday with the best illusion of all: a good book.

© 2019 by Ian Kirkpatrick