Flowers & Kittens: Dark, Weird Stories by Russell A Mebane
WARNING! Scenes of graphic violence!
Eight GREAT stories of speculative fiction. It’s a quick read, but the ideas inside will fire your imagination. Dolls, fairies, and gods doing things that dolls, fairies and gods shouldn’t do. Enjoy the weird random worlds in each story.
Targeted Age Group:: Mature teens and adults
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 4 – R Rated
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Various environmental stimuli: seeing a shotel and wanting to see it in a sword fight; seeing ants in my house, getting angry at my printer, wanting to beat people with a shovel, playing pool, and imagining the taste of veal.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters are just me in different outfits and situations. Most of my stories begin as thought experiments. What would I do if I were a child meeting an alien tree for the first time? If my printer were sentient, would I be more understanding when it didn't work? I build a world around that scenario, put myself into the situation (sometimes in drag) and go from there.
It’s morning as Stanford Blake walks through his loft. It’s breakfast time, time to get his morning bag of chips from his older model food dispenser. He puts a quarter in the machine and for a moment fantasizes about being poor. He pushes the buttons to make his selection. The digital display reads: C6. The metal coil which holds his breakfast chips in place starts to turn. The chip bag is moved to the front and is about to drop down.
It dangles at the edge, teasing Stanford. It’s time to utilize the machine’s new modifications. He slaps the side of the machine.
“Ow!” the machine yells. “Hitting this machine may result in serious injury.”
Stanford hits it again.
“Ouch! Hitting this machine…”
“Ow! Stop that!”
Stanford explains, “I’ll stop hitting you when you give me my chips.”
“Please insert coin,” the food machine responds.
Stanford slams the machine’s buttons with his fist.
“Aaaargh!” the machine screams. “Hitting this machine may cause serious injury.”
“Give me my chips,” Stanford commands.
The metal coil turns, dropping the first bag of chips and then one extra. Stanford reaches through the bottom door of the machine and grabs both bags. It’s a simple pleasure having machines that feel pain.
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