• Hollywood Cafe

    by  • October 1, 2018 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    A letter from Nick Nickerson, as provided by Tara Campbell
    Art provided by Luke Spooner


    Dear Brian Jones,

    Congratulations on owning a new Hollywood Café franchise! We are proud to welcome you to the Hollywood family. We were impressed with your prior background in the restaurant business and your entrepreneurial drive, and will support you every step of the way toward your future success!

    If there is one thing you should remember, it’s this: there is no such thing as “your” success without “our” success. As long as people believe in the Hollywood brand, they’ll believe in YOU! Tape this to your mirror as a daily reminder:

    Your hard work + OUR brand = YOUR Hollywood Blockbuster

    For your initial investment of $  10,000  we will equip your restaurant with  1 (one)  Tastee-lite Replicator(s) and   3 (three)  celebrity cell cultures. According to our market research, ingredients sourced from the following celebrities should attract the maximum number of consumers in your area:

    Danny Devito (for subs and melts)

    Kathy Gifford (for salads and omelets)

    David Hasselhoff (for soups and stews)

    Please confirm acceptance of these selections by initialing next to each one in the enclosed franchise agreement.

    Tape this to your mirror as a daily reminder:

    Your hard work + OUR brand = YOUR Hollywood Blockbuster


    To read the rest of this story, check out the Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2018 collection.


    Nick Nickerson is proud to bring the best of culinary innovation to American families, and is excited to announce that he is bringing his franchise to the U.K. In honor of his new London location, he is creating groundbreaking dishes such as Fast ‘n’ Furious Fish ‘n’ Chips, featuring Dwayne Johnson, and Sam Shepard Pie.


    Tara Campbell [www.taracampbell.com] is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and an assistant fiction editor at Barrelhouse. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Litbreak, Masters Review, b(OINK), Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and Mad Scientist Journal. Her novel, TreeVolution, was released in 2016, and her collection, Circe’s Bicycle, with be published in fall 2017.


    Luke Spooner, a.k.a. ‘Carrion House,’ currently lives and works in the South of England. Having recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class degree, he is now a full time illustrator for just about any project that piques his interest. Despite regular forays into children’s books and fairy tales, his true love lies in anything macabre, melancholy, or dark in nature and essence. He believes that the job of putting someone else’s words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a massive responsibility, as well as being something he truly treasures. You can visit his web site at www.carrionhouse.com.


    “Hollywood Cafe” originally appeared in Punchnel’s in July 2013.


    “Hollywood Cafe” is Copyright 2013 Tara Campbell
    Art accompanying story is Copyright 2018 Luke Spooner

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