Status: Will be published by Pegasus Books Ltd. in fall 2021!
A Dark Room in Glitter Ball City
A body in the basement. A bizarre love triangle. Kinky sex, illicit drugs, counterfeit money, female impersonators - and a spooky old house. You couldn't make this stuff up.
On June 17, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. police were called to break up a domestic dispute at 1435 South Fourth Street in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood, just south of downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Patrol officers responded within minutes and they found the caller, Jeffery Mundt, in a locked bedroom. They arrested his boyfriend, Joseph Banis, and took him to the station. On the way, however, Banis made a startling claim. A man, he said, had been murdered the year before, sometime in mid-December, and was buried in the basement.
When officers returned later that night, they found a large plastic storage container under several feet of dirt in the basement. In it was the body of James Carroll, who had been shot and stabbed. A sledgehammer was used to make him fit into the container. Known as Jamie to many of his friends, Carroll was a hairdresser from eastern Kentucky who also performed as a drag queen by the name of Ronicka Reed.
Banis and Mundt were both charged with the murder, but each insisted that the other was responsible. As more details emerged, it was revealed that drugs, kinky sex and counterfeit money were also involved. In addition, the large house where the murder occurred has a slightly spooky past and, for a time in the early 1900s, doubled as a sanatorium.
Three years later, in 2013, Joseph Banis and Jeffery Mundt had their days in court, each in separate trials. In March, a jury convicted Banis for the murder of Jamie Carroll, and several other charges; in May, a jury acquitted Jeffery Mundt of the most serious charges. For his part in the crime, Mundt received an eight-year sentence; Banis was sentenced to 20 years.
Join David Dominé as he tries to get to the bottom of it all and find out what really happened that night at The House in Old Louisville.
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Status: completed, looking for placement
Peter Paul's Kitchen
In this collection of linked narratives, household items, many of them antiques, tell their individual stories. For them, the present is 1992, but in sharing their own tales, they must delve into the past: in the process they relate the story of Peter Paul, the main character who reaches adolescence in 1950s Louisville. Peter Paul is a sensitive, artistic boy coming to terms with his identity and this is something that does not sit well with his bigoted stepfather, who thinks he can make a man of him by teaching him how to hunt. When Peter Paul refuses to follow his stepfather's example, it comes to a fiery end that almost destroys the items in Peter Paul's Kitchen.
Status: completed, looking for placement
Ring of Birds
Short Story Collection
A divorced husband and wife who are connected by a secret at the bottom of a lake, An opinionated line cook who doesn't take special requests and who won't let her waitresses near the walk-in freezer. A man who returns home for his brother's wedding and comes to realize you can't run away from who you are. A battered wife who seizes the day when the universe opens a small window of opportunity. A Victorian widow who refuses to accept her husband's infidelities. These distinctly Midwestern characters, and others, have one thing in common: a ring of birds makes an appearance at pivotal moments in their lives.
Status: in progress
The Gospel of Glitter According to Poo Poo Chiffon and the Disciples
Poo Poo Chiffon isn't your average Kentucky girl; she's a drag queen. Not only that, she was part of the country's most successful stage act - that is, until her choreographer, Abella Armatidge, left Louisville and broke up the group. Now, a new girl known as Nautica Suprize is threatening to steal the limelight. When Abella resurfaces and wants to reunite the group, she promises to explain her strange disappearance the next morning. But she never makes it to their favorite brunch spot. Instead, she winds up dead and Poo Poo Chiffon must go in search of a killer.
Status: Audiobook version now available!
Voodoo Days at La Casa Fabulosa: Oddities and Oddballs in an Enchanted Neighborhood
David writes about a year in a reportedly haunted house. Although he never sees a ghost, he uncovers secrets in a fascinating Victorian neighborhood.
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