The Man Who Thought He Could Fly is a wildly entertaining and deeply thought-provoking collection of short stories filled with drama, intrigue, suspense, and allegory, all cleverly delivered in the familiar Twilight Zone-style of storytelling that fans of J.L. Pattison have come to expect.




Killing Time

The marching of time has always weighed heavy on the mind of Solomon Grover—but after his arrest for vandalizing a century-old city clock, he’ll discover that time is no longer his biggest concern.  


The Dragon Keeper

When the last dragon on earth is trapped in a cave, an old man proposes a way for the village to make money off the dragon, but it requires keeping her alive. The village jumps at the opportunity to become rich but the old man had ulterior motives that the village will not discover until it’s too late.  


Majority Rules

To prevent continued attacks from a pack of wild dogs who roam the countryside, a farm’s ruling class of sheep passes a new law that promises to keep all the animals safe—but their good intentions come with unforeseen consequences.


The Weight of Chains

A farmer working on his property draws the attention of a passing stranger who carries with him a big book—and some unsettling news.



The lives of four vastly different people intersect in the span of a few minutes as each one sees the other through a different set of eyes. 


They Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Everything changed the night the invaders arrived—including one man’s meaning and purpose in life.


The Great Divorce

Breakups are never easy, but this one is brutal. 


The Dreams of Evil Men

Harold Crawford is searching for an answer to why he’s been plagued with vividly realistic nightmares. Today he will get the answer, but it won’t be what he expected. 


The Man Who Thought He Could Fly 

Believing he can fly, a young man is encouraged by a crowd of onlookers to step from the ledge of the building. But there is one dissenting voice in the crowd courageous enough to warn him.


Revolution in the Park

An ordinary-looking man on a park bench draws the attention of the world because of his remarkably unusual behavior.


A Beautiful Day

Awakening from a week-long, near-death illness, a man discovers the world outside his apartment is about to get worse. 


Hall of Rooms

Murphy McAllister’s Marvelously Magnificent Hall of Rooms offers customers a way to confront their past hurts, but Murphy’s latest client learns that some hurts are better left in the past. 


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