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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.


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