"Hoosier Hysteria, Sons, and Other Stories" is a collection of short stories by Larry Moran. (AuthorHouse, 338 pages, www.authorhouse.com)
The opening story is a heartwarming piece about a typical Hoosier high school boy's fantasy of heroics on the basketball court in hopes of impressing the beautiful Donna Sandiwald. In a critical fourth quarter game against his team's archival, his "hoop dreams" fall terribly short.
After a little diversion into the realm of the supernatural in "The Death of Sadie Wilson," the author lightens things up with "The Mysteriously Missing Murder," a humorous little piece about an ambitious crime fighting journalist, Brad Reilly, who attempts to solve a murder and rid his town of political corruption.
Readers of a certain age may spot elements of the bumbling news hound, Luther Heggs, the character played by Don Knotts in the movie "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" in this yarn about a clueless investigative reporter.
"Sons" is a harrowing story about a father's desperate life-or-death decision in the manner of "Sophie's Choice" during a home invasion.
In the foreword, the author describes short stories as being the "desserts of literature" and his collection, "Hoosier Hysteria, Sons, and Other Stories," will leave the reader ready for another course of stories from Larry Moran.