James Thaddeus “Blackjack” Fiction: Founder of Fiction House Publishing, Cincinnati-Manhattan-Lindia City, and inventor of what P.T. Barnum is credited as calling, ‘By Far The Most Popular Sport of the 19th Century,’ the now-banned sport of Cat Boxing.
Raji Singh: Foundling, Archeo-apologist. The Great-great grandson of James Thaddeus “Blackjack” Fiction. He is resurrecting the grand Fiction House Publishing Company which was in existence for over a century. Inspiration for ‘Singhing Syndrome’, studied by The Singh Institute for Foundling Awareness. (See “We are the Foundlings“)
Laza BonesThibidioux: half-man-half gator: nemesis of both Raji and Blackjack as boys.
William “Golden Boy” Golden: Notoriously eccentric adventurer, freedom-fighter, prolific scribe. “William” often used his “Willamina” persona to go undercover to land a story.
Prick Lily: philosophizing desert cactus sage.
Charles Darwin: The scientist during the period of his writing his lost manuscript The Beagle Has Landed.
Madame Rrrose Heather: an Irish Scherazade. Author of Whure’s Delight: Recipes for the Boudoir.
Captain Polly: a congenial parrot enslaved by megalomaniac sea Capt’n.
Poppy Sol, Luny Mum: the only constants in a foundling’s life.
Carper: The loving nickname Mariner granted the foundling, the young James Thaddeus Blackjack Fiction.
Mariner; The salty protectorate of Carper, the young James Thaddeus Fiction
Turt: a giant land-sea creature, the last of his tribe of Jericho Island creatures.
Sheralee: A renowned Abolitionist Carrier Pigeon. Awarded the highest meritorious aerial honor by the Union Forces, ‘Couere de Avion’.
Puss ‘N Gloves: First and foremost of the cat boxers. Two of his three gloved, posing posters are known to exist. Hoped for third: whereabouts a puzzle; is considered the “Holy Grail” of the Cat Boxing collectibles. Estimated value if found, in even fair condition – TWO MILLION DOLLARS.
Mama Lucy– Bayou healer. Her elixirs and potions are the basis for the second generation of Fictions (“Doc” Fiction) late 1800’s patent medicines.
© Raji Sing 2012