Patrick Scalisi is a writer and storyteller from Connecticut. He has published fiction in several magazines and anthologies, and served as the editor of The Ghost Is the Machine, a bestselling anthology of steampunk-horror stories from the now-defunct Post Mortem Press. His debut book, The Horse Thieves and Other Tales of the New West, was released in 2014. His debut novel, The Key to the Universe, was published by Owl Hollow Press in 2019.
In addition to his fiction work, Pat is also an award-winning journalist with a particular interest in pop culture and storytelling. The Portfolio page has many samples of his work.
When he's not writing, Pat enjoys playing and collecting retro video games from the NES to PS2 eras, watching TV and movies, and finding shelf space for a growing number of Lego models. He also has a second career as a professional picture framer under the business name Thrift Store Framer.
The Key to the Universe
At 107 years old, Abe Titterman is ready for an adventure, and boy is he about to get one when the mythical Key to the Universe lands in his antique shop on the Martian moon of Phobos. Long a purveyor of antiques, alien artifacts and oddities from around the universe, Abe and his great-grandson, Quinn, know the Key is something very special not to mention in-demand.
Before long, Abe and Quinn are being chased by the Martian Mafia, the Solar Government and a rival antique dealer, all of whom would go to any lengths to get their hands on an artifact that can potentially unlock the very meaning of existence.
From the desert world of a long-dead intergalactic philosopher to a techno planet whose atmosphere is composed entirely of satellites, Abe and Quinn are about to see more of the universe than they ever expected as they race to discover the secrets of the Key.
They might even survive the trip.
From Owl Hollow Press comes Patrick Scalisi's debut middle grade-young adult science fiction novel.
Join writer Patrick Scalisi and artist Valerie Ruby-Omen as they present the definitive guide to Connecticut cryptids. Exhaustively researched and fully illustrated, this is the only book you'll ever need to undertake your own search for Connecticut's mysterious and mythical creatures.
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