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Garden of Death short story

I wrote a small little thing a while ago, called the Garden of Death. It was in a rough patch and I had heard about a short story competition on in Brisbane so I decided to send something in. The theme was ‘Biblical’. F*** that, I thought. I’ll write whatever I want. And so I did. I was one of the first rejected, but with a little comment that was really, really, really fudging nice. “Please improve.” And so I did. With the passing of Sir Terry Pratchett so many years ago, I gave it a little twist in his name.

I printed it and I kept it on my wall for three weeks with a piece of Blu-Tac before I decided to frame it. I blew up the ending to type 48 font. I just published it, in Sandpit of Stories (here) and it deals with stuff like ‘why does Death have to be bad (and also why it is)’ and changing ‘villain/hero roles’ which I find fun and happy. But most of all, I’m super proud of the ending because of how long it took me. Thanks.

3 comments

bookwithbane

Woah woah *blows whistle*. Time out Monkey! Anyways, you're a great writer! I liked how you included a little bit of greek myth, painted Death as a kindly figure and made light of death and made it jolly. It was hard to read the last bit as it was in caps and I could feel myself widening my eyes unwillingly. All in all a great piece!

10th Jun, 18
damnedmonkey

Thank you bookwithbane! :)

10th Jun, 18
damnedmonkey

The reason the last bit was in all caps was because Terry Pratchett (who wrote some Discworld books in which Death was a key and very funny character) wrote his Death in all caps, saying that his voice 'was like tombs opening and closing' and like 'large boulders running into each other'. Sorry it made it so hard for you to read...

10th Jun, 18