“In Human Form by David Kubicek was clearly the best fictional novel I have read this year. Frankly, I could not put it down, and I was wondering where the sequel was. It combines elements of rural American murder-mystery with sci-fi in an intriguing way. A must read.” – Steven R. McBride, reviewing In Human Form on Amazon.
“It’s very difficult to portray the brilliant aspects of this book without giving plot spoilers . . . You’re then served a really ambitious, imaginative and original feeling story with some great “did that just happen!” moments.” – bookstackreviews.com.
Wendy knows she’s different from her friends. She longs to fit in, but as hard as she tries, she can’t quite hide her strangeness. What Wendy’s friends don’t know, and what Wendy doesn’t remember, is that she is an android built for companionship by a marooned alien. She had lived for three years in the quiet community of Antelope Valley, Nebraska, until a tragic accident kills her creator and destroys her memory. But Wendy’s struggle for acceptance soon turns deadly when ruthless millionaire UFO hunter Earl Vaughn learns her secret and seeks to cash in on “The Discovery Of The Millennium.”
For those of you who prefer certain genres, these three mini-collections contain my horror and suspense stories (Elevator), my science fiction stories (Prospect Street), and my contemporary/mainstream stories (Ball of Fire). For those of you who like all of these genres, all of these stories are collected in The Moaning Rocks and Other Stories.
“David Kubicek deals with the most profound of emotions, betrayal in a small community, and does so wonderfully.” – Lincoln Journal Star , 1988 – reviewing “Ball of Fire.”
Fifteen stories and a parody, which originally appeared in National Lampoon, ranging from the commonplace to the bizarre, showcasing a wide range of my storytelling from contemporary to science fiction to horror. Following each story is my commentary on how it came to be written.
Included in this Collection
“Ball of Fire:” In this Pushcart Prize-nominated story Jill Tanner’s UFO sighting makes her a laughingstock in this small farming community—until everyone starts having close encounters of the weird kind.
“What’s Wrong with Being A Nurse?:” Many children want to be police officers, firefighters, doctors, or nurses when they grow up. Why does Chris’s seven-year-old daughter Suzy want to be a human sacrifice?
“A Friend of the Family:” In a desolate future where doctors have been replaced by Healers who practice primitive treatments like bleeding, one medical man risks his freedom to help a member of a Healer’s family.
“The Moaning Rocks:” Is the old legend about death coming to town just a story? George Winterholm is about to find out.
In a desolate future, long after the nuclear war, practicing medicine is illegal. Health care is provided by Healers who treat patients using primitive methods like chanting and bleeding. Hank is a doctor who practices medicine only for himself and his family. His fear of being sent to prison has estranged him from the Underground, the loose network of physicians that tries to help people who have lost faith in the Healers. Then late one evening a 16-year-old girl named Gina knocks on his door. She has a secret of her own and the power to destroy Hank’s life if he doesn’t come with her and make her seriously ill father well. But there is one catch —Gina’s father is the brother of a Healer. [NOTE: “A Friend of the Family” is also available in the e-books: Prospect Street and Other Science Fiction Stories and The Moaning Rocks and Other Stories].
A Friend of the Family is available as an e-book in Prospect Street and 4 Other Science Fiction Stories and in The Moaning Rocks and Other Stories.
Short bites of holiday history, including the origins of popular Christmas Songs, Banshees and Leprechauns in Irish folklore, the mother of the American Valentine’s Day card, and how candles have been used in rituals around the world and throughout the ages. These essays and stories are available online, and the author has collected them for the first time in book form. The essays and stories about Christmas songs also contain links to performances of the songs.