The Arabian

Beware of a woman with a broken heart …!

Scarlett Gleeson is a tough 28 year old cookie, ambitious, sexually confident and determined to leave her unhappy past well and truly behind in Black Oak, Indiana The only remaining link for Scarlett is a snapshot photograph showing two young girls standing in a park.

Scarlett undergoes a dramatic transformation when she hits New York and emerges as Leonora Carrington-Jones working at the salubrious Carlisle hotel, a place synonymous with wealth and power, working for beauty salon owner Madame Durand. It’s 1976 and Leonora has a vision of her being a hair stylist to the stars and lover to one or two British lords or realistically, their more athletically suitable sons.

Hareb bin Aziz al Hareb, a Saudi Prince is a man of considerable substance and the sparks of a passionate love affair are kindled. His stay in New York is for business and once he returns to the Middle East a love-sick but confident Leonora agrees to meet him in Dubai.

But reality and fantasy are poles apart as a disillusioned Leonora becomes enmeshed in a poisonous web of deceit, lies and sexual abuse. How can real love turn so sour, so quickly, transforming dreams of love to ones of morbid despair?

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Bizarre Fables

True collaboration is often a strange business and in the case of the “Bizarre Fables”, the collaboration was between husband and wife. Heather would draw and paint, while the plots developed organically. Gary and Heather shared their visions, day after day and night after night, while the owls hooted incessantly from nearby trees and barns.

The plots developed organically, naturally. From Heather came the idea of a gross man who would find himself pregnant, – the theme of “Bread for Toggle”. Also from Heather came the initial idea of a powerful old woman whose soul was captured in a box – a box that was then bound tight with briar. She actually dreamed this, and her husband, Gary, who wrote all the fables, was inspired by her dream. This, of course, was the origin of “Grandma’s Soul”. There were other strange happenings surrounding the genesis of these tales. The story called “The Blossom Maker” was written in just two hours, as if the writer was taking dictation from a spirit.

Simply by looking at the blossom on the trees, together with the experience of being husband and wife during their first spring together, led to stories which needed to be written. In fact, Heather and Gary were so inspired in those days, it is perhaps a valid question to ask why more tales were not created.
We can suppose the only answer is that they came as if by magic, and magic must always have a beginning and an end. Its power is a blessing, but it is finite.

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