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Potatoes – The anthology – My attempt


Fringe Works, those brilliant people who accepted my Grimm & Grimmer Tale, Death’s Messengers, have put a call out for another anthology. This one is to do with Potatoes. The stories don’t have to be about potatoes (although they might be), but they do have to feature potatoes.

So, after a weekend at the Sci-Fi Weekender with the two main honchos, I decided that I would have a go at writing for this as well. I also decided to do two things I’ve never done before. The first is to write in the first person – yes, I bloody know I’m doing that here, but I don’t in fiction – and the second is that I’m going to be a bit of a toe rag.

I thought that I would put up the opening paragraph here for your titillation.

It’s typical that the first man I ever killed, I killed over a potato. I didn’t plan it that way. I didn’t even plan to kill the silly sod, not when I agreed to meet up with him. It just kinda happened. An accident. Like when you get a girl knocked up because the silly cow forgot to take the pill, or you punch someone and forget that you’re holding a glass in your hand so you cut them up a little bit.

As you can see, the guy’s a bit of a twat. Actually, he’s a complete twat. However, I’m looking forward to seeing where this will go.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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