Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Great Whydini

The submission guidelines at All Due Respect read:

We are interested in crime fiction. That means fiction about crime. Not solving crime. Not bemoaning crime. Fiction about people who are criminals and maybe a little bit about why they are criminals, so long as you don't go Dr. Phil on it.
Well, I've had a tale collecting dust that met the criteria. ADR editor Alec Cizak mentioned that this story of mine, "The Great Whydini," reminded him of the old EC Comics. I've been immersed in EC of late and took it as a great compliment. This pithy story involving a marriage gone wrong, shackles, and a lack of oxygen is pretty straightforward but I believe it turned out well. I'm appreciative Alec chose it as his second story at All Due Respect and please drop by and leave a comment for or against. Ladies and Gentleman, the man being lowered to his possible death, "The Great Whydini."

Evan Lewis reviews Whydini here.

19 comments:

Chris Rhatigan said...

Cool story. I love that you named the current men's magazines "Wink" and "Frolic." Ha!

Deka Black said...

How many characters in EC die from lack of air?

Richard Prosch said...

Contemporary cool and retro at the same time. Good work!

David Cranmer said...

Chris, Believe it or not, those are actual titles from 60's men's magazines when my story takes place. The titles crack me up as well.

Deka, Ha. I would have no way of knowing but I'm guessing quite a few.

Thanks, Rich.

David Barber said...

Great!! Left this comment over there..

"David, that's a cracking little story. Very well written and a great ending. Ha, no man can ever resist a BJ!

Very well done, mate."

Top job!

Kieran Shea said...

way to break the bones, man, way to break the bones...

cheers.

Chris said...

Congrats! Looking forward to reading it.

Ron Scheer said...

Good one. You had me holding my breath there...

David Cranmer said...

Thanxs, Dave.

Kieran, If I only had your way with palabras. Someday.

Chris, Hope you like but if not, feel free to lie.

Ron, I can only hold my breath for about 45 seconds. Pitiful.

Charles Gramlich said...

Got it up on the computer screen right now. Will read it in a few minutes.

Dave King said...

Sounds just what the doctor ordered for my recovery. I shall go see.

Diane said...

The last few lines about the lights dimming like a curtain descending was a beautiful and bleak ending.

Sarah Laurence said...

Congrats - I left my comments there.

David Cranmer said...

Charles, I always appreciate your commenting.

Dave, Hope your continuing to do better.

Diane, My Charmer helped me a little there.

Thanks, Sarah!

Jodi MacArthur said...

I love magician stories and you pulled off your twist well. Would it be to much if I asked you for another magician story?

ps.
Did you ever see Alfred Hitchcock's The Magician Apprentice? It's one of my absolute favorites.

Jodi MacArthur said...

Hey, I found it on You tube, it's called the Sorcerer's Apprentice. These are the best shows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baQ5G4dpAtY

David Cranmer said...

Jodi, I enjoyed it as well and just posted the episode. Thank you.

G said...

Left this one over there, so I thought I would leave here as well.

Sick.

And I mean that in a very good way.

Definitely feeds into ones paranoia about being dependent on someone in a time of extreme need.

David Cranmer said...

G, Thank you for taking the time to read and comment and I'm glad you liked it.