Welcome to the online home of writer Parker Francis. Parker—that’s me—is the author of the award-winning Quint Mitchell Mystery series which includes MATANZAS BAY, BRING DOWN THE FURIES, and HURRICANE ISLAND. I’ve also penned the short story collection GHOSTLY WHISPERS, SECRET VOICES and the novella BLUE CRABS AT MIDNIGHT. My short story, The Strange Case of Lord Byron’s Lover was originally part of the anthology, THE PROMETHEUS SAGA, and is now included in the GHOSTLY WHISPERS collection.
THE PROMETHEUS SAGA was written and published by a group of talented writers working together as part of the Alvarium Experiment. They’ve contributed to five themed speculative fiction short story collections. The sixth in the series, THE LIGHT FANTASTIC, unites nine authors charged with bringing laughter, giggles, guffaws, and amusement to the masses amidst speculative twists and turns.
My contribution to THE LIGHT FANTASTIC is a broad comic retelling of Raymond Chandler’s classic hard-boiled Philip Marlowe caper, Farewell, My Lovely. My tale is set in the future and brings together a beautiful multiverse criminal, a heartbroken pizza baron, and a dog named Pepperoni. All in a day’s work in the life of Slip-Sliding government agent Marlon Phillips. Working for a government agency so secret it has no acronym, Phillips tracks the lovely outlaw across multiple dimensions. Will he catch her? And what about poor Pepperoni?
Look for Farewell, My Lovely Slip-Slider coming soon as an Amazon single and then as part of THE LIGHT FANTASTIC on September 9.