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.
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.
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 Mysterious and 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.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“The short stories in [J.L. Pattison’s] latest missive will make the reader think that they have been in touch with the ghosts of past great writers like George Orwell and Ray Bradbury.”
Mark Escalera, Author
“[J.L. Pattison] presents his tales with a sort of polish and smoothness that you have to appreciate and marvel at. If you’re a fan of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone or anything like it, you'll be a fan of this collection. I could almost hear Serling’s distinctive voice narrating the beginnings and endings of each story.”
Linda Au, Author
“Pattison has delivered another very engaging and thought-provoking hit! His twelve short stories take the reader to corners of the psyche, society, and history that are too rarely visited.”
Brennen Behimer, Pastor
“Thought provoking, culturally relevant, entertaining, timely, and extremely insightful.”
Deborah Hayes, Reader
“Twelve thought-provoking stories deeply appropriate for today. . . . The tales keep you hooked until the clever twists at the end.”
John Cavallone, Author
“He hit the nail on every story. He hit every nerve. Excellent job!”
THE MAN WHO THOUGHT HE COULD FLY