The Importance of Being Stinky, Vol. 8
You’d think that Stinky would have run out of troubles by now, but as the dramatic image of man, skunk and garbage suggests, there are many ways to be Stinky.
In this new collection we learn that the boys joined a prestigious society of literary buddies, founded by Dr. John Watson when he thought that Sherlock Holmes was dead. It wasn’t easy to get in (Gandalf was smoking more weed than Tolkien admitted and Stinky and Eddie had to sort out some lingering problems for Frodo and Sam), but once they made it, they found that prestige, like being the best looking man on the planet, comes at a price. Stinky has always had his hands full with relatives, neighbors and clients, but now he has to tackle all the problems of world literature. When characters from other stories knock at the door, Eddie wishes he’d paid more attention in high school English.
Stinky’s gaga granny is back in two stories, and a visit from his ancestor always means trouble. In one story she asks Stinky to help a friend fake her death so the faded starlet can score some publicity; a feat not easily accomplished. In another story she finally comes clean about how she got into smuggling, and pours a goblet of woe for Stinky.
Weekends at the shore are usually relaxing, but not when ambitious but dim-witted Peyton Meyer invites himself and blunders through the weekend. Peyton also appears as an accidental treasure hunter when he discovers a mystery under his feet.
Stinky courts the muse and decides to write a pot boiler play. He was clever enough to change the names to avoid friction with his near and dear, but not clever enough to efface all traces of resemblance. Will he have to cancel the production or go to opening night alone because no one is speaking to him? With Stinky the road to redemption isn’t always clear.
It’s difficult to imagine a Stinky collection without some parental trouble. His mother is good at jumping to the wrong conclusion, but this time his father is concerned that his wife is planning to join an order of couture nuns to get the employee discount at their fabulous convent gift shop. He knows she’s a sucker for hand beading, but is there more to the story?
In all, the final collection includes ten tales, all Stinky in their own way, all Amazon bestsellers. It’s important to be Stinky, you know.
Available on Amazon Kindle. The collection and all titles are Amazon Bestsellers.
“O Death, Where is thy Stinky?”
Stinky’s colorful granny is back in town with her latest acquaintance, a 1950s B-movie star known as Boom-Boom to her friends. After a few cocktails by the Black Sea, the new BFFs decide to fake the aging starlet’s death as a publicity stunt.
They enlist Stinky’s assistance, figuring that as a lawyer he can make even an outrageous lie sound plausible, but it’s not easy to disappear, reappear and make people believe your story.
Stinky remembers Boom-Boom from the Friday night sci-fi movies he watched as a teen and discovers he’s not the only one who enjoyed her films. Thanks to his efforts a new generation discovers classics like The Monster from the Mauve Cove and Escape from a Female Chain Gang on the big screen as they were meant to be seen.
“Stinky and the Journotard”
No one except Peyton Mayer wants Peyton as a weekend guest at the family cottage and yet, there he is. Peyton is a popular TV reporter, at least among people who enjoy his on air gaffes, but his ability to get into trouble bodes poorly for a relaxing weekend. A journotard is a journalist who doesn’t relate well to the real world, but Peyton doesn’t do much better at work.
Peyton and Stinky’s cousins look for love in the wrong places and while no one’s virtue is compromised, they would have had more fun listening to Peyton mispronounce the mayor’s name on the eleven o’clock news.
“Stinky and the Buried Treasure”
Peyton Mayer, a colorful TV reporter, subleased a condo in Stinky and Eddie’s building when he moved to town. His sublease is almost up, and he’s purchased a condo in the older portion of the complex.
While renovating his unit, he discovers a long-forgotten “treasure chest” with a window into an almost forgotten tragedy. One of the building’s first residents had an unhappy life except for a mysterious “Treasure” that helped her endure.
Peyton is still Peyton and his continuing on air gaffes land him in hot water with a group of radicalized Jane Austen supporters because of his unending assault on the English language. Stinky shoos the combatants to neutral corners and helps Peyton understand the importance of what he’s found.
“A Stinky Play”
Mrs. Worthington is Stinky’s number one client, and she can’t help but notice the colorful way he spins a yarn. With her connections to the Little Theater, she encourages Stinky to write a play and assures him it will be a hit.
Hit or miss, Eddie doesn’t want any of the characters to resemble him or any of Stinky’s near and dear, so the adage “write what you know” is off the table—or is it?
“Stinky and Eddie Go B.A.N.A.N.A.S.”
Stinky and Eddie are excited when they’re asked to join a prestigious club for famous literary partners.
They look like shoo-ins until Frodo and Sam announce that no one is getting into the club until they finish what the trusty hobbits started: destroy the One Ring. Inconveniently, it came back to Frodo, postage due!
It’s their craziest and nastiest adventure by far. Read on to see how Stinky succeeds in his quest and Eddie scores an autographed photo of Batman.
“Stinky and the Goblet of Grief”
From time to time, Stinky mentions his granny’s colorful smuggling career. He discovers he isn’t kidding when she reveals a long-hidden secret.
Both Stinky and Eddie believe she should finish what she started decades earlier, but how? Granny’s long-lost treasure doesn’t want to reveal its secrets or the mystery of its past.
“Stinky and the Tomb Brothers”
Even though the Sons of Horus have ventured outside their tomb after centuries of fruitless organ guarding, they still can’t get a date. It sounds cool to be an actual god, but not if one’s head resembles a baboon, falcon or jackal.
Halloween is their best shot at casual romance, and the brothers implore Stinky and Eddie to take them to a party. Their pick-up lines are older than the pyramids, and the hapless quartet sadly prepares to return home for another year of frustrating celibacy.
Eddie thoughtlessly offers the baboon a banana, but Stinky had a better idea. Read on.
“Get thee to a Nunnery, Stinky!”
Stinky’s father panics when he suspects that his wife is planning to leave him to become a nun.
The Sisters of Disparity run a couture convent with a high-end mall and luxurious spa. The employee discount is generous and Stinky’s mother is one of their star pupils. Stinky investigates and comes up with a plan so wrong it might turn out right.