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A Most Malicious Malady

*Included in Jason Marinko's Starry Nightmares

A lifetime of a daughter's grief rests in the casket in front of her. Maya and her Aunt Bel have truths to reveal. One more shocking than the other about the recently deceased Rhonda Belmont. 

Even in death she looked mean. Maya’s mama, Rhonda Belmont was always mean, as far back as Maya could remember. Before Maya’s daddy Henry Belmont up and left, he’d joke while playing the card game Old Maid with Maya, “I’m already stuck with a nasty old maid to begin with.” Once Henry left Rhonda’s hostility became worse than ever.

“STARRY NIGHTMARES is a highly original, spine-chilling collection of short stories and poems tailor-made for readers who like the violence graphic. Bad karma stalks many of the characters, often delivering grisly comeuppances, although surprise ending make it impossible to reliably predict who will survive. The stories and poems are adeptly crafted with gripping plots.” Susan, Editor at Palmetto Publishing