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Book Info

Author's Name

Peter R. Salajka


Chuck is a bored college student whos ready to kill or die at any moment. He works as an armed security officer for the federal government where he watches the same people, work their same jobs, in their same offices, every same day. He believes his repetitive dead-end job is, on a smaller scale, symbolic of America as a whole, where people work dead-end careers all their lives and dream of some imaginary next job, while slaving to death for an American dream they never achieve. Furthermore, he sees laws, escapist entertainment, and religion as intellectual parasites which swallow up the desires and ambitions of most Americans, conning them into lives of senseless repetition, underachievement, and superstition. In the past hes escaped his own repetitive life only though writing screenplays. But now, believing that the only way one can get the most out of life is by breaking codes of morality, laws, and religion, he decides to commit murder to demonstrate that he is entitled to far more liberty than most peopleand no God is there to stop him. He goes on to seduce the woman he desires, and kills more. Deluded by a fantastical imagination, he strives to become a maker of his own rules, a creator of fatally violent entertainment (with real killing), and an historical immortal.

Carmen, the college girl Chuck seduces, enjoys his bold advances and "bad boy" style at first, but once realizing hes a blasphemy-spouting murderer, will have nothing to do with him. Her goal in life: marriage. She only let Chuck have his way with her to get revenge against her boyfriend, who still hasnt promised to marry her. Deep down, Carmen struggles between two extremes: the desire for marriage which was impressed upon her mind since a little girl with fairy tales, romance novels, and chick flicks; and the libertine lifestyle of her voluptuous and erotically emancipated girlfriend, Amanda. As the war rages on in her mind(and body)Chuck turns to stalking her, dragging her back to his world of insanity, and forcing her to film him commit unspeakable acts.

Sam Green, the FBI Agent assigned to stop Chuck, experiences his own conservative life, and attempt at The American Dream, unraveling as he struggles with hopelessness, a miserable marriage, and a devastating career disappointment at the Bureau. As he closes in on Chuck, he becomes like the killer, losing faith in everything he once believed in, going into despair, and becoming a gray man in a world of good and evil.

The Only Real Fun in Life is a dark, cerebral, erotic, thriller that contemplates the joy of depravity, the practicality of marriage, and the existence of God.

Size Info

Trim size: 6" x 9",
Page count: 358,
Interior type: Black and White,
Page color: Cream,
Spine width: 0.895"

Target Audience

Who are your readers?

(Adult fiction) Intellectuals who like reading a story about: provocative/controversial ideas on religion and philosophy; as well as violent crime; and human relationships, all with erotic undertones.

What 3 things would you like to communicate to your readers with this design?

Open-mindedness; the dark allure of crime; and subtle eroticism.

Style and Content

What colors do you want to see in your design?

I generally like limited use of rich bold color(s) for high impact.

Again, I am flexible, but I do often like the use of black, red, and white.

What colors do you NOT want to see in your design?

Anything neon, glittery, or fluorescent looking

Describe the style(s) you like (traditional, modern, etc.)

I DON'T like paperback covers like the ones on romance novels near the checkout lanes in grocery stores. I like uniqueness, but I can go for many things. I love illustration, but can go for photography, too.

Just a note - I also like art that isn't too straightforward but that leaves room for interpretation, gets a viewer's imagination going, and then intrigues...and/or is suggestive.

But, hey, you're the artist, you do what you do!

What content must be included in your design?

The title information is "The Only Real Fun in Life by Peter R. Salajka"



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