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Cover image for my e-book Amusement

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  • Fiction
  • Thriller (Psychological)
  • Literature


  • 3rd-Person Limited
  • Quirky

Main Characters:

  • Sammy McGuinness
  • Nippy the Cat
  • Mr. Chip
  • Bubby the Bear

Main Locations:

Happy Fun Land


What tough man would a nip-cat trap if a nip-cat kid-napped man?

I know what you’re thinking: “What’s a nip-cat? Who’s the man?”

The man is Sammy McGuinness, a professional businessman who prefers suits to shorts and ties to lies. I’m sure you know the type: He’s the guy who makes your boss sweat because his efficiency is more boss than your actual boss. He’s the man who makes you look like a time thief because you stopped by the watercooler for a minute. Yeah, you know Sammy. You’ve probably dealt with Sammy. Maybe you hate Sammy. But, perhaps, Sammy also hates Sammy because Sammy has a secret that he cannot shake, one that makes him very angry, very angry indeed.

Can the happiest place in all the land make him happy again? Or will the nip-cat push him over the edge?

Amusement is the story of lies and justice, of cats and men, and of class battles at their most absurd. In a world where one powerful theme park rules the people, and knock-off brand names demand their unquestionable trust, just remember, no matter who you are, or why you’re there, nothing at this park is ever free, and Happy Fun Land will always find a way to make you pay.

“Welcome to Happy Fun Land!”


This story is sold as an e-book only. It can also be found in the anthology Zippywings 2015: A Short Story Collection (2015), which has e-book and print editions available. Previously published in the anthology Life Under Construction: The Collection of Junk, Vol. 2 (2005, no longer available).


  • Free (at most retailers).
  • $0.99 USD (on Amazon).
  • Equivalent to $0.99 in other regions.

Book Stats (according to Rakuten Kobo):

68 Pages
1 – 2 Hours to read
18k Total words


  • ©2015-2019 (e-book edition)
  • ©2005 (original print anthology edition, Life Under Construction, The Collection of Junk, Vol. 2)

ISBN and ASIN Information:

  • ISBN: 9781311070029 (e-book, Smashwords Edition)
  • ISBN: 9781393721253 (e-book, Draft2Digital)
  • ASIN: B019SXRRG4 (e-book, Amazon)

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Media Gallery:

Amusement has had multiple covers over the years. Here are the various covers that helped sell it to readers since 2015:


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Update 12/30/16:

You can now read Amusement in its entirety at Drinking Cafe Latte at 1pm. Choose your chapters directly in the dropdown menus above (My Books > Amusement > Part), or start at the beginning here:

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