FNCMP001 – Just Like Magic
This volume gathers together the first four of our Fantasy Noir scripts featuring Tony Wells and Claire Templeton.
Episode 1: Predator’s Row
Reporter for the Star City Tribune, Claire Templeton, uncovers a pattern of grisly murders that look like the work of a strange new predator and presents her findings to Detective Tony Wells. When Tony finds a seven-year-old witness to one of the murders, her unbelievable story sets him on a path that will shake his hard-boiled certainty about the nature of reality to its core. Caught in a web of intrigue between Faery Courts, a nightmare world where trolls fight for scraps beneath the bridges of the modern world, and a magical sword which has an agenda all its own, Wells must work to uncover a murderer in order to prevent a war among the immortals from spilling over into the mundane realm. Can he solve this mystery before the world of nightmares becomes a reality for all humanity? Tune in to “Predator’s Row” and marvel at a world of magic and intrigue which lies just beneath the surface of the world you know.
Episode 2: The Island of Never
Tony Wells’ life is changed forever when he is assigned a particularly difficult case by his vindictive Lieutenant. A mysterious series of kidnappings leads Tony and tenacious reporter Claire Templeton from the streets of Star City through a magical portal and into a pocket universe where they must defeat an evil fae noble or face being trapped forever. With the assistance of the exotic Threx they make their way into the heart of the kidnapper’s place of power for a final confrontation. Can they defeat him and retrieve the children… and if so, at what cost? Tune in to “The Island of Never” and experience the wonder and terror for yourself.
Episode 3: An Ephemeral Deal
Things are slow at the office of Tony Wells Private Eye, when crime reporter Claire Templeton turns up with a business proposition. Someone is trying to kidnap her and she needs Tony’s help and protection. When the kidnappers turn out to be Rock Golems in the employ of a faery queen, Tony finds himself once more plunged into the intrigues of the fae courts. When the squabbles of the faery realm escalate the fall-out in the mortal realm can be dire and, with Claire’s life on the line, Tony must sort through all the double dealings and attempt a dangerous deal of his own. Can he succeed in saving Claire from this new immortal threat? Tune in to “an Ephemeral Deal” and listen as the mystery unfolds.
Episode 4: On the Fence
Claire Templeton, crime reporter, often wonders what she sees in her boyfriend, Tully Bing. Being bookish and timid, he just isn’t her type. But when the information Tully provides on the black market puts her in touch with a Fence who is quickly murdered by means that can only be described as magical, she and Tully are drawn into a brand new faery plot to destroy the city, sever and isolate the mortal realm, and pave the way for a faery takeover. With her some-time ally (Tony Wells) effectively neutralised by a clever faery plot, Claire finds herself working for and with the High Queen of the realm of darkness. Unfortunately the queen tops Claire’s list of suspects with regard to who’s behind all the mayhem. Can Claire solve the case and save the day before her home town becomes a giant crater? Tune in to “On the Fence” and listen as the mystery unfolds.
294 pages (71,376 words)
Just Like Magic
258 pages (64,469 words)
Episodes in the Host Your Own “Old Time Radio Drama” series are designed to provide a fun dinner party experience for 6–8 participants. Read along, taking on the role of one or more of the characters in the story, and listen as the exciting drama unfolds. This is the theater of the mind, where the special effects are only limited by your imagination, and your participation will build a memory that you’ll treasure for years to come.