Set the Controls for the Heart of Sharon Tate
In the summer of 2003, mere weeks before his fortieth birthday,Lunt Moreland checks in at Hollywood's infamous Hotel Ofotert forthe upcoming "Sharonfest," a gathering of his fellow"Sharonophiles"—obsessive, lifelong devotees of the 1960s moviestarlet and Charles Manson murder victim, Sharon Tate.Soon after arriving at the Hotel Ofotert, Lunt begins to receiveominous packages and menacing phone calls. Is his rival GlennMandrake, who is intent on blocking the publication of aTate-centered book Lunt is trying to publish, responsible forthese? Could it be his longtime confidante, the physicallyhandicapped Sharonophile named Branson? Or perhaps theill-intentioned sender is the quirky and beautiful green-hairedyoung hipster whom Lunt has fallen for—and who also happens to be alifelong member of Charles Mansons's still-existing cult, TheFamily—to blame? All that's certain is that Lunt's growingdependence on an Mucaquell, a powerful opiate-based cough syrup isnot helping him get to the bottom things. Especially once he runsout...Comic, wistful, and perverse, Set the Controls for the Heartof Sharon Tate tackles the nature of reality and thedehumanizing elements of fame and celebrity.