The Bottle Opener
On a quaint vacation to the ocean, a Midwestern couple finds a drift bottle, and another, until there are dozens. Taking the mysterious messages home, they seek to break the codes, unaware of what such words will mean for them.
The Bottle Opener is part of a dime novel series published by Red Dashboard. Other dime novelists in the series include Kathleen Glassburn and Anita Hass. The press describes the genre by stating, “The dime novel is making a comeback! Originating in the late 19th-century and seeing its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, particularly in genres such as the Western, the format became an important influence on the comic book, the radio drama, pulp fiction, and the film and television treatment. Today’s “flash novel” is really a new take on an old idea: stories just shy of novelette length, with numbered chapters rather than asterisks, and which, like the movies, compress a narrative otherwise “novelistic” in scope into a short form suitable for a single reading or download.”