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ALWAYS read the bloody BRIEF!

I went away for a lovely week-long break with my family at Haven Riviere in Hayle. Whilst there I thought I would use all of the quiet time to write for the Fringe Works Cadavers anthology. The brief was as such;

Stories should be set in the real world, and must revolve around the adventures of bodies post-mortem. Think Johnny and the Dead, Weekend at Bernies, the Bodysnatchers. Stories can be humorous, horrific, Fortean, bizarre or mysterious.

So, I cracked on, writing a short story that was set in the same ‘universe’ as my Well and truly sporked submission for the Fringe Works Potatoes anthology, writing my little nuts off and came up with Body Count. However, I didn’t read the bloody brief properly! The body was supposed to go on an adventure, which I completely failed to do in this story.

There’s no chance of a rewrite. None. It’s far too different and, as the title suggests, it ends up with more than one body.

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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