Dames, detectives, and deception…magic meets the decadence of the Roaring Twenties in ten tales of glitter and jazz.
The year is 1929. It's two months after the financial collapse on Wall Street, and the world is bating its breath, unsure of what will happen next. Is it the end of an era?
At the Honeybee's Sting, a speakeasy in the basement of a laundry, a group of unusual figures meets to discuss the past—and perhaps some possible futures: the Detective turned writer, the Dame who's older than she looks, the Vampire who's been riding the financial markets for generations, the Spy from across the ocean, the Actress who's only just learned the truth about Hollywood, and more.
But one of their number is missing, a man connected to the mob, a man who holds the prize for a mysterious storytelling contest—a prize that can give you your heart's desire.
Ten stories, woven together in the style of The Canterbury Tales, follow the contest along a long, dark night where nothing is what it seems and the best way to tell the truth is to lie.
Pour yourself a cocktail and join us at the liar's table for the divine, the slapstick, the tragic, the transcendent 1920s today!
Table of Contents:
The Liar's Table
When Pigs Fly
Myrna and the Thirteen-Year Witch
All the Retros at the New Cotton Club
The Mysterious Artifact
The Last Word Cocktail
The Man Who Would Sell Fear
The Liar's Table, Part 2