Another interesting title. To be honest, this one seems a bit difficult, doesn’t it? What exactly is Fender Slander? Check out our ideas for stories, and you can then vote for your favourite.
But first, last week’s winner. The best story, as voted by you, the readers, is by Gregory S. Close! Check out the entries for Bonbon Journey.
And now, this week’s story!
Fender Slander, a thriller set in modern-day Seattle.
Carl Gallagher just made his big break. The video he put on Youtube playing his song went viral, and record companies are knocking at his door. He attracted near-instant fame… and attention from a supposed superstar on the other side of the world who now accuses him of theft. The man lays claim to Carl’s signature song, look, and even the custom Fender passed down from his father. Now Carl has to defend his good name in court, and defend his life from this man’s rabid fans.
Magical Realism, Louisiana Bayou
It started small, like most storms do. The stranger sold the car to Jeb for a pittance, with a strange warning to “just take things as they come, or it’ll go worse for you .” It was in bad shape, rusted out, covered in bumper stickers like “My other car is an F16” and “Better Dead Than Red.” Jeb needed wheels, and he was low on cash, so he ignored the twitch in his gut that warned him it was too good to be true.
The next morning, that twitch was like the kick from Pappy’s old mule. Sittin’ there in the drive, parked next to his new-to-him car, was a shiny jet fighter, all glimmery in the sun.
Jeb dropped his cup of joe, shaking as he surveyed the words on that rusty old bumper in a whole new light. Which one would be next?
“Just take things as they come…”
Genre: Courtroom drama
Setting: any typical city, particularly the courtroom
Summary: A man has to appear in court for a car accident that he knows wasn’t his fault. Though he has no alibi to prove it, he wasn’t even there.
Ellie gets into a car accident when she’s rear ended by a macho model named Yuri. After refusing to pay for the damage, Ellie begins a slander campaign against him. She wants nothing more than to destroy his posh, playboy career. But then something happens and she finds herself falling for him instead.
Genre: High Fantasy
Setting: The stone castle of Fender
Summary: The royal court, the servants, and all the guests see only one version of the Great Stone Castle that has been the jewel of Fender for a thousand years. But Meredith-Dragon-Keeper sees what no one else does: the disappearances, the bloodstains on stone, the secret hallways between the rooms. It’s up to her to find out who is behind the killings, and fast, because if her evidence is right, then she’s next on the list to die.
– Genre: Crime/Mystery
– Setting: Urban America
– Summary: The police are baffled when a serial vandal, who carves demeaning insults into the victims’ cars, begins to work his way back through his targets in order to murder them in a variety of increasingly horrifying ways.
Genre: Postmodern Literature
Setting: California freeway, today
Synopsis: One man’s journey through rush hour hell. The hours trapped in his car without AC will change him forever.
Setting: The NASCAR community
Summary: An up-and-coming driver is accused of the assault of a young racing fan. He must prove his innocence, race with the best, and restore his reputation. But the rapist is on his crew, and determined to get away with his crime–even if he has to kill.
Fender Slander is a legal thriller set in New York. A hit and run car accident ruins Chuck’s drive into work and his new BMW. The article in the next day’s paper, though full of lies, ruins his career at the firm. With his car in the shop and unemployment barely paying the bills, Chuck must hunt down the person intent on ruining his life before he’s out on the street.
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Late 20th century USA
In a time when mind transference to androids is possible, one young man has been accused of assault. What’s unusual about this man is that his mind has been transfered into a 2063 Toyota Prius. Crime fiction meets science fiction in this thrilling novel. Can the young Prius and his android lawyer beat the odds and prove his innocence?
How about you?
Now it’s your turn. Choose a book that you think should be written. Which best fits the title “Fender Slander” in your mind? Vote below, then leave a comment explaining your choice.