Stephen Measure
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A character inside a writer's mind, Natasha has been waiting patiently to be put into a story, but when she is infected by the writer's growing dementia, she can't wait any longer and has to take matters into her own hands. With the help of Alter-Simon, a discarded draft of one of the writer's characters, she must find her way into a story before the writer's dementia makes her vanish forever.


A short story.


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Story Excerpt

“But don’t you ever wonder what kind of story you’ll be in? That’s what I want to know. Will my story be a thriller? Science fiction? Romance?”

“That’s what I was just saying to you,” Steve said. “I can’t shake the feeling that I’m going to end up being some minor throw-away character, you know? Some nobody that gets offed at the beginning of the story and then completely forgotten.”

“Oh, Steve, you're just being paranoid.”


Story Excerpt

A black tentacle whipped around the hallway, grasping the corner. It was followed by another, then another, and then a black blob of swirling tentacles twisted into the hallway and raced toward her. Natasha screamed and ran in the opposite direction.


Story Excerpt

“It was supposed to be a great scene,” Alter-Simon said. “At a tense point in the story, when it seems as if the bad guys were about to hurt the girl, I was supposed to pop out this needle, the same needle the reader knew the whole time was meant for me, and I was supposed to poke it into the bad guy instead, killing him and saving the girl.”

“Very dramatic,” Natasha said.

“It's all about the foreshadowing.”


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Status: Released September 2016 by Weird Imprint.