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by manintheshack
Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:03 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Oh! What a Marvellous Illusion!
Replies: 1
Views: 421

Oh! What a Marvellous Illusion!

The Magician roared with every blow the hammer struck. The bulging sack of black cloth submitted. He hammered down. His knuckles stretched. The stolen gasps of the crowd were all he had come to expect. Fourteen blows, all counted. When he was done screaming and smashing, he forced one hand inside th...
by manintheshack
Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Early Riser
Replies: 21
Views: 2452

Re: Early Riser

Bravo, Drabble Lords. Bravo.
by manintheshack
Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:15 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Jacked
Replies: 13
Views: 1327

Re: Jacked

I too am a fan of "looking at from the other guy's point of view" story, Just remembered, there's a story on the Clarkesworld website about the film The Thing told from the Thing's point of view. I'm trying hard to remember the name, but it's free to read and defiantly worth the time. I heard that ...
by manintheshack
Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:06 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Just Because you CAN do Something, Doesn't Mean you Should
Replies: 2
Views: 585

Re: Just Because you CAN do Something, Doesn't Mean you Shou

Instantly made me think of the statue of 'Arthur Dent Throwing the Nutrimatic Cup' in the H2G2 radio series. I think anyone would be disturbed by a giant statue of themselves. Anyone except Simon Cowell.
by manintheshack
Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: The Search
Replies: 9
Views: 1045

Re: The Search

Why do I get the feeling Munsi has been sat on that pun for thirty seconds, rabidly creating the right context to tell it in? :)
by manintheshack
Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: To Rule Them All
Replies: 2
Views: 583

Re: To Rule Them All

Nice. Especially the last line.
by manintheshack
Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: The Very Next Day I Lost My Balls
Replies: 2
Views: 696

The Very Next Day I Lost My Balls

All I can think of is the smell of her skin, the warmth of her touch and how that’s all it took for me to neglect fourteen years of marriage. My wife doesn’t know yet – shit, she might never know if only my body would stop changing . Don't you understand? Can't you see what’s happening? It started w...
by manintheshack
Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Five Thousand Dollars and a Ten Month Waiting List
Replies: 5
Views: 736

Five Thousand Dollars and a Ten Month Waiting List

The technicians told me that the session would begin immediately after the ceiling lights had faded and the red bulb on the wall flashed green. They told me I would have thirty minutes. They also vigorously reminded me that what would be displayed in that time would be no sentient ghost, but an illu...
by manintheshack
Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Bewildered, I Fall from the Sky
Replies: 5
Views: 741

Re: Bewildered, I Fall from the Sky

Is the connection between the steak and the plane crash the slight feeling of nausea? Heh, perhaps. It just occurred to me that if you were facing certain death and the first thing that entered your mind was a memory of some mundane past event then what would that say about you as a person? Or the ...
by manintheshack
Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:14 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Empty
Replies: 2
Views: 487

Re: Empty

I had to read this a couple of times before I understood what was going on and then it occurred to me: do the aliens realise that their mind control techniques cause each captor's soul to split from their body? Could they inadvertantly be setting themselves up for a full-scale ghostly revolution? Th...
by manintheshack
Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: This Is War
Replies: 3
Views: 572

Re: This Is War

I often wish they'd do this with football supporters - thin them out a bit.
by manintheshack
Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:14 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Thank you, Daddy
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Re: Thank you, Daddy

That punchline was entirely unexpected, but entirely welcome. This one pretty much demands an instant re-read after that last paragraph. Awesome drabble!
by manintheshack
Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Whilst on a Sunday Stroll
Replies: 1
Views: 389

Whilst on a Sunday Stroll

This moorland is so familiar to me, so much a part of me, yet I suddenly feel so far from home. What a fool I am to have fallen upon such well-trod ground! Broken bone has split the skin on my left leg. It glows in the moonlight, jagged like the rocks over which I tumbled. Jagged like your teeth. I ...
by manintheshack
Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:05 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Red Dreams
Replies: 4
Views: 746

Re: Red Dreams

I love the idea of the unconscious mind feeding us ideas that seem repulsive in the light of day, but become strangely appealing and almost addictive as time wears on. Are the fantasies slowly grinding us down, convincing us through their ceaseless repetition, or are they simply revealing what we tr...
by manintheshack
Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Pattern Recognition
Replies: 6
Views: 930

Re: Pattern Recognition

When the robot uprising comes, they'll never know what hit them. People of Earth, bend your cutlery and moisten your towels: we are at war!
by manintheshack
Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Bewildered, I Fall from the Sky
Replies: 5
Views: 741

Bewildered, I Fall from the Sky

No engine noise anymore, no comforting vibrations; only screaming and a slight, nauseating weightlessness. I strain to think of my family back home, of my wife and beautiful baby daughter, but their faces somehow evade my mind. What madness is this? I know I am about to die. I know I am seconds away...
by manintheshack
Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: The Feast
Replies: 3
Views: 518

Re: The Feast

I like it, but can't help thinking that it would have added something if cheers of jubilation went up from the crowd. For Queen and country! And snack-time!
by manintheshack
Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: One Sunny Day
Replies: 8
Views: 1158

One Sunny Day

I was four years old when my mother threw herself into Rathsrock Gorge. I was there at the time, mere metres from the cliff’s edge when she kissed me and whispered goodbye. I didn’t see her fall, didn’t hear her screams, but I often dream of her tumbling into that ravine in acceptance of her fate. W...
by manintheshack
Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: You're Killing Me
Replies: 12
Views: 1083

Re: You're Killing Me

Sorry guys, you're way off the mark. My actual inspiration for the piece is far more sinister: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/12_03/doddDM2312_228x280.jpg (Although I realise anyone outside of the UK may not recognise the chap above, he is the inimitable Ken Dodd and those feather dusters are i...
by manintheshack
Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: And a Jar Nearby, Its Lid Poked Full of Holes
Replies: 13
Views: 1525

Re: And a Jar Nearby, Its Lid Poked Full of Holes

Love this one. It screams 'Drabblecast'. It screams it so hard, in fact, that its tiny fairy lungs explode.