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Week 244 – Sparing The Rod, Reading The Gore And Catapulting The Children.

We knew this week would come. Especially after last week ended.

When Armageddon hits, that will bugger up this as an introduction!

Another seven days and more children’s story submissions as well as some religious ones that we really don’t want.

I was thinking of a few images for the home page to deter these writers but I think Diane would send me to the naughty corner for 666 years.

I never had a naughty corner when I was young, I just got a skite around the back of the head and was done with it.

I see that Scotland is now world leaders as we have banned smacking kids. As always we are a hunger or a burst nation.

There is a slight difference between slapping legs or kicking the shit out of your offspring. You normally see evidence of this in Garden Centres – Parents take their kids there to beat them up. The violence is more intense the closer they get to the tills. I’m not sure why.

I’m realising that I’m not being very PC and some may find this content distasteful. They are probably the same ones who like to be enthusiastic with their own discipline.

But nature has a way of balancing things. There is an argument about inoculations for childhood diseases being compulsory. If this doesn’t happen, well there’s the balance.

Mass medicating is another loaded topic that will have all the Earth mothers and fathers up in arms.

I’ve no opinions but I just like to see the vegan whale music listeners getting their hemp knickers in a twist.

Leila commented on the death of Sid Haig – I didn’t know that he had passed away. When I was looking at his career I realised that he had been in four of my childhood favourites; ‘Batman’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘Alias Smith And Jones’ and ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’.

He may have been proud of Captain Spalding but surely the pinnacle of his career was working with Captain Kirk twice. (TJ Hooker as well.)

I did enjoy ‘The Devils Rejects’ and Rob Zombie’s song for ‘The House Of 1000 Corpses’ is brilliant.

Splatter films are a bit like splatter books, they can be a wee bit samey. But what the hell if you enjoy them, then you enjoy them. Just don’t ever use them as text books or instruction manuals!

I think the only mainstream book of that ilk I read was from Shaun Hutson. It was the first one where there was no saving of the situation. The clue was in the title, it was called ‘Death Day’.

I think I read it mid 1980’s and it had never occurred to me that there were books where the danger wasn’t resolved.

I realised that story telling wasn’t all about some smart-arse saving the day – Sometimes you just have to accept that you or the world or both are fucked.

Talking about fucked things, to this day when I see a film with a dog in it I wonder when someone is going to get around to killing it. That still makes me sad. And when I first saw a McCauley Culkin film I was sad for a whole different reason!

Now onto this week’s stories.

We had three new writers, Tom Sheehan and me.

Our topics this week include; An attraction, a return, a confirmation, a transaction and a bar.

As always our initial comments follow.


I was first up on Monday.

It’s not often that I don’t need a warning on my stories. In fact I normally write the ‘Adult Content’ automatically and have to remove it.

As always I thank Nik and Diane for their encouragement.

The Swans‘ began the week.


On Tuesday we had Tom with his, get this, 90th story for us.

Every one is a gem and worth a look if you are new to the site.

Home From The Dead‘ was next up.

‘This made me cry.’

‘The Fire Chief delivering that news is an image that those parents would have nightmares about.’

‘The guilt from the soldier is heartbreaking.’


We welcome all our new writers. We hope they have fun on the site and have a long association with us.

The first of them was Levi Eddie Aluede. His story ‘A Boy Before Dawn‘ broke the back of the week.

‘I like the tone, the style is quite unique and I have continued to think on this since I first read it.’

‘There are a few aspects that are left unsaid but it works well.’

‘There is quite a bit of complexity within this.’


Our next new writer was Daisy Twizell.

Take-Out‘ was her first story for us and it was published on Thursday.

‘He was going further with his fantasy and trying to push it into reality.’

‘The comparison at the end was poignant and brought it all together rather well.’

‘I like how it leaves you considering the specifics.’


We finished off on Friday with Alice Franklin.

Her first story for us was called, ‘How To Be A Bartender.’

‘I was hooked from early on.’

‘The tone and structure was sparse and understated.’

‘The imagery is mainly left up to the reader.’


Well that’s us for another week.

Just the usual reminders.

I honestly don’t copy and paste this section, I write it fresh every week. I repeat it just in case someone who is new to the site reads it and decides to act on it.

I am used to being ignored!!!

As always, keep the comments coming. It was a brilliant feeling on Monday morning to see how many comments we had. Thanks to everyone who keeps the site breathing.

And if anyone wants a go with the Sunday Re-Run feature, simply choose a story that you have enjoyed, write a spiel or introduction and throw a few questions in for the author. We’ll print exactly what you send us.

It is appropriate that I finish off with going back to the ultimate finish and some form of Armageddon.

I wonder about all those parental types who state, ‘I don’t worry about me, I worry for the children.’

They may feel differently when they see a meteorite hurtling towards the earth.

I hope they do the right thing and start throwing their children at it as a sacrifice or at the very least in an attempt to try and deflect it.

Children have their uses too!



I was going through several options for images until that last sentence. It made me laugh. Unfortunately, Pixabay doesn’t seem to have any images of actual child sacrifices. Still readers and writer’s have great imaginations so I guess you can fill in the gaps!


4 thoughts on “Week 244 – Sparing The Rod, Reading The Gore And Catapulting The Children.”

  1. Nevvil Shute’s On the Beach is another example of an unresolved reality. Also, I’d say that romantic AI fiction told by an undead religious child might be a hard sell at LS, although anyone who can actually do it might earn a billion dollars.


    1. Hi Leila,
      It is scary to see what ideas have made money.
      Maybe I’m jealous – But that still doesn’t mean that they are any good – Popularity should never be a guide!!


  2. Children are the ultimate sacrifice. You have to give up almost everything else to raise them. In the old days, they worked the farm. Now, they must be raised into our complex world….. everything is arranged for them, gymnastics, football, they start on organized group play dates at twenty months. Kids are rambunctious, and unpredictable, one of my favourite all time books is “Lord of the Flies” about a group of English schoolboys stranded on a desert island. That’s a real kids book. But not a book for kids.


    1. Hi Harrison,
      I agree with your observation on everything being arranged for the kids. When you look at anyone being taken by the hand, it isn’t ever a good thing. The best we can do for anyone is empower them and let them take it from there.
      Thanks as always my friend.


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