Five speculative tales weave a complex tapestry of tragedy, horror, and loss…

leading readers into dark places…but not necessarily guiding them back to the light.

A darkly disturbing book of adult bedtime fables, Bedtime for Seneca offers five separate glimpses into worlds hidden just out of sight, ranging from the seemingly mundane to the fantastical.

“Three Nights in Budapest” explores an estranged father’s last, desperate attempt to gain his daughter back at any cost. In “Mortal Image,” Life accepts a mysterious assignment from her superiors that requires working with her obnoxious, unkempt coworker–Death.

Meanwhile, a nervous smoker with a lover who’s both more and less than he seems seeks help for his addiction from a decidedly odd psychiatrist, while an aggressive advertising consultant hopes to secure a new contract with the help of a rapid language acquisition class with its own agenda. And in “New Friends Made,” a dinner with a recently divorced friend takes an unexpected, and violent, turn.


Loss and regret run through each of author M. Duda’s disturbing tales, where even victory is made possible only by first losing. Each seductively twisted fable leads you into a darkness from which you must find your own way back…should you ever wish to return.