Kay Williams


Kay Williams (left) is a professional actress who has played leading roles at regional theaters around the U.S., including the San Francisco Actors Workshop and the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Among her many credits are the title role in Miss Jairus, Cybel in Great God Brown, and Georgette in The Balcony, all plays that are part of the repertory of the 42nd Street Theater in Butcher of Dreams. She has also performed in many, many new plays off-Broadway in Manhattan and knows how difficult it is for talented new playwrights to get produced and talented new actors to get noticed. She has acted in radio, television, and films. For several years, she worked behind-the-scenes as assistant producer with an award-winning independent filmmaker in New York.
Kay is a co-author of One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love, a novel started by her father, Mardo Williams, and finished by her and her sister Jerri Lawrence. The book won an Ohioana Award for Writing and Editing Excellence, a Best Regional Fiction Award from the Independent Publishers Association and was a Finalist in a National Readers' Choice Award.
Eileen Wyman (right) is a writer of short fiction and has edited many books and film scripts. She has had a career in radio/television and is a gifted comedy writer, crafting jokes for speech writers and comedians, humorous fillers for various magazines, and captions for cartoonists. She has written additional dialogue for films. During her long career, Eileen has held a variety of odd jobs to make ends meet—teacher, social worker, office temp.
Originally from the Buckeye state, Kay and Eileen continue to live in New York in Hell's Kitchen, now considered one of the safest neighborhoods in the City.
They are currently finishing another suspense thriller, Tryst at the Kafe Fantazii [working title], that opens in Leningrad in 1991, against the chaotic backdrop of a disintegrating Russia. Kate, aspiring filmmaker, has arrived to take part in the Leningrad Documentary Festival. Crime is rampant, the Russian mafia is gaining control. Kate narrowly escapes with her life. When she returns home, she finds that those who were after her in Leningrad are still pursuing her in New York City.

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Kay and Eileen, let’s begin by having one of you just tell us basically what “Butcher of Dreams” is about.
Eileen: “Butcher of Dreams” is a suspense thriller set in the 1980’s Hell’s Kitchen when porno shops, girlie shows, prostitution and crime ran rampant. With this seedy and ominous Off-Broadway theater district as the backdrop, actress Lee Fairchild is attempting to start a repertory theater in an abandoned burlesque house.

Grieving for her husband, who recently died of a heart attack (and missing her daughter who’s away at college), Lee is vulnerable and, against her better judgment, falls into a passionate affair with a younger man. After a ritual Aztec mask is stolen from her home during a cast party, bizarre, seemingly unrelated events plague the theater. A homeless person is found dead on the third floor, his ring finger missing; an actress is poisoned; an actor stabbed. Strange marking are found painted on a set in construction. Is the stolen Aztec mask with its ancient curse somehow connected?

Who is the madman behind the destruction that is threatening the future of the theater (Lee’s dream-come-true)? Lee’s mercurial cast and crew become suspects as events escalate to ritual murder, and Lee herself becomes a target.
Will you tell me a little bit more about the Aztec mask and the curse associated with it. Is the ritual murder related to the Aztec culture? What about the Aztec culture interested you enough to include it in the book?
Kay: The mask has two grotesque half faces, three bright blue fiercely staring eyes, a long black tongue hanging out of its mouth. (The long black tongue signifies thirst, a thirst for blood perhaps.) When Lee and her family visited Mexico, an Indian reluctantly sold the mask to her husband Richard, saying it would bring bad luck to anyone who owned it. Supposedly, it had been stolen from the Tomb at Monte Alban, the City of the Dead, and had been used in Aztec sacrifices. Six months later Richard was dead of a heart attack. Maybe the Indian was right, Lee thinks. Richard was too young, too healthy to have had a fatal heart attack.

At the cast party later, the actors, intrigued by the mask, remove it from the wall and, as a lark, several try it on. Alan confesses, “The mask took me over.” His friend Walter asks to borrow it for a talk he’s doing on Indian rites and occult practices for the Society of Medical Anthropology. At the end of the party, Lee discovers the mask is missing. And that’s when the havoc begins. Detective Green thinks someone may be trying to scare them out of the theater which, with the gentrification of Hell’s Kitchen, may soon become a desirable property. Green also postulates that a cult is involved.

Aztec/Mexican symbols, rites and rituals, including the Cult of the Animal Protector, are intrinsic to the plot right up through the chilling climax.
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Butcher of Dreams
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 171,530. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2010 by Calliope Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
After a ritual Aztec mask is stolen during a cast party, actress Lee Fairchild finds her world ripped apart by the attentions of something invasive and elemental. An actor is stabbed; an actress is poisoned. Events culminate in ritual murder. Over all hovers the Mexican mask and the shadowy figure who controls it. Lee must fight a madman to save her theater and herself.

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