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Happy Talk

Happy Talk
Love and Haiti, American style. An all-new 60s post-mod novel.

Other Works

  1. Time Race 3 years ago (Published)
  2. Forty Sentences, by Richard Melo. November 2011 4 years ago (Published)
Happy Talk imagines a star-crossed love affair in the Haiti of 1955 under the auspices of a U.S. Government plot to re-create Haiti as the next Hawaii. Gun-slinging American student nurses and boozy-NYC-playwrights-turned-educational-filmmakers can't wait to get off the Magic Island, while their directive to create a film short promoting tourism turns into a fiasco. All the while, voodoo is in the air, manifested as ghostly drumming in the distance. Front and center are Culprit Clutch, hero of anti-heroes, who appears mostly through rumor and innuendo, and whose intrepid adventures lead him to strange encounters with people not acting like themselves and Josie, his ghostly paramour with a morphine habit and who may or may not have voodoo spirits flowing through her. The cast of characters includes a Scandinavian zombie, an ancient Egyptian phantom, a power-mad doctor channeling Baron Samedi and bent on Culprit's destruction, and Culprit's black sidekick who sees through it all (including his role as sidekick). The novel’s cascading epilogues include a legendary car race down the length of Mexico; street theatre in Golden Gate park, circa 1968; a Skylab mutiny; origins of the musical comedy Godspell; and cameos by the Nation of Islam and early followers of Jim Jones. Written in the style of a 60s-era post-modern novel and driven by its Catch-22 style dialogue and Rice Crispies atmosphere, Happy Talk is a novel as picaresque as it is picturesque, knotty as it is naughty, scathing in its satire while loving at its core, lyrical, hallucinatory, and hilarious. Happy Talk was featured in eBookNewser's Digital Writer Spotlight in May 2011:


I just received my paperback copy today, it's going to be great to read it as a book in hand rather than on the screen! (I love the cover!) Congratulations, Richard!
I finished reading Happy Talk and have posted my "Happy Thoughts" review around...Amazon, Library Thing, Goodreads, Tumblr, and I even tucked it on the side bar of my blog Upstate Girl...getting the word out that I totally loved the book...well done!
See you and Happy Talk tomorrow night at Powell's, RIchard.
Congratulations to Richard Melo on the official publication of his novel Happy Talk!
I love this vintage-style cover. Looking forward to getting into it.
Thank you, Griffin, I appreciate that!
This opening is really engaging. You use your verbs wonderfully ("He glides...", "He taps..."). Each time, you're creating a very active scene that is really enjoyable to read. It puts the reader right into the moment. - Moua
I really like the introduction to 365 Is My Number. I feel like it draws the reader in and it gives great imagery. I love when I am reading a story and I can imagine myself right there in the middle of the scene, and this story does that for me. -Alana Adams from SCAD Atlanta
Thank you, everyone, for your comments on my quest to find a new name for Happy Talk. While I believe there is a better title out there in the ether, I couldn't find it, and many readers who I deeply respect suggested keeping the title as is. So Happy Talk it is, and Happy Talk it will be, unless I get bitten by that bug again.
In the same way, Zen says, so to speak, we must leave our Enlightenment in the study. The world doesn't stop being the world once you snap out of the moment of Satori. It is still there waiting for you. And there is no place else for you to live. The Zen adage runs, "Before I was enlightened, a mountain was just a mountain. When I was enlightened, a mountain wasn't a mountain anymore. After I was enlightened, a mountain's just a mountain again." And then you get in touch with Thusness by savoring the tea. And Happy Talk was Happy Talk again, but we were all the wiser.

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