Inspired by the works of international
artists, this Young Adult - New Adult collection of nineteen spellbinding magical realist, paranormal, slipstream, dark
fantasy, alternate history, and fabulist tales (with a connecting novella) is collaboratively authored by Joe DiBuduo and
Peter John Rizzo, a 1960 graduate of Yale University’s journalism program, inherits a floundering
art magazine from his uncle, John Rizzo, with the provision that he must increase the circulation or
forfeit all assets to creditors.
Peter Rizzo, Pete’s father, is a banker who scorns careers in the Arts
and Humanities, and is jealous of his late brother’s influence upon his wife and son.
Classic Art Exposé’s devoted but unorthodox editorial assistant, Jason, and two university interns, sisters
Shirley and Evie, help Pete start a monthly short story contest with artwork prompts, hoping to expand
and save the business.
As the four friends publish the winning (and sometimes disturbing) stories over
the following eighteen months, Pete battles his father’s attempts to ruin his business and his
reputation, and in the process, discovers a sordid family secret. What else could possibly go astray?
“A Twisted Garden” first appeared as “The
Yellow House” in Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy
(May December Publications, 2011).
“The Snow Globe” first appeared in Best Served Cold: An Eye for An Eye
(Runewright LLC, 2011).
Tootie-Do Press publishes quirky
with a romantic twist.
Miss Tootie, our editorial
assistant, regrets that she is not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at this time.
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