The opening line read “When the beauty sunbathing on the white sands opened her eyes and saw the leering man stepping toward her from a red convertible, her first thought was: ‘Maybe corona isn’t the worst virus after all.'”
When social distancing from the Coronavirus was at its height, Hack wrote this to keep from having a nervous breakdown. It became one of his all-time biggest sellers despite the fact that he had a nervous breakdown anyway.
On a visit to New York in the late 1970s, Hack was convinced that he saw a monster outside the window of the train and became more and more hysterical until he was briefly institutionalized. It turned out to be a homeless man who had been struck by the train and his body became glued to its side but since this was when Ed Koch was mayor, no one noticed because that kind of stuff happened all the time.