Part One: Finished in the Spring of 2017
Note: Part One was published by Amazon Kindle and sold for the amazingly low price of 99 cents. On 11-27-17 it was removed from Amazon and became available to read here as a serial; first chapter posted as a sub-page on 11-27-17. In a few months, when the novel is completed it will published along with books two through four in a hard-copy book.
In a Disneyland haunted by writers and their creations, three classic dark rides – Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan’s Flight – are reimagined (or reimagineered, if you will) by the authors, Kenneth Grahame, Lewis Carroll, and J. M. Barrie. It’s not a version of Disneyland that a Disney fan would knock himself out to get into, but in 1961 the well-read Lute manages to do just that while eating his first taco in the Casa de Fritos – thanks to his sisters’ hot sauce prank.
Although, the Twilight Zone like Disneyland is only haunted by amiable though wistful ghosts, and although there are no lines for the rides, Lute still wants to return home. The ghosts of the three authors are helpful in helping Lute return to the land of the flesh and blood. But first he must experience their dark rides and learn a lesson.
prefers his ride to be based on a chapter from The Wind in the Willows never mentioned in the A. A. Milne play, or the Disney cartoon – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. There, while rowing on the moonlit Thames, Lute experiences Grahame’s vision of the mythological god, Pan (in Lute’s opinion, neither scary nor holy); and he learns of Grahame’s greatest sorrow, a son called Mouse.
takes Lute through a looking glass and to Tulgey Wood where the author has imagineered the Jabberwock to hunt his twentieth century critics (amateur Freudians) reincarnated as mome raths and borogoves. Mr. Carroll reveals something very shocking: He likes Walt’s cartoon version of his book – Walt didn’t, but maybe it was just the money Disney lost on the production, or maybe it was because Walt discovered that some classic children’s stories are too troublesome to animate into feature length cartoons.
J. M. Barrie
joined by the other two authors, takes Lute on a descent to Neverland where his tribe of Native Americans have been replaced by the Celtic tribe, the Iceni, and Tiger Lilly by Queen Boudica. The long-term memory challenged Peter Pan is of little help, the mermaids are murderous, and Walt’s favorite character, Captain Hook, a tasty memory of the crocodile. The invisible to the naked eye Tinker Bell remains essential to the plot. Unfortunately, Mr. Barrie becomes a victim of his own story and the four find themselves in a spot of bother in their attempt to exit the ride.