If you’re like me you have an irrational fear of a small man coming in the night with a pair of garden shears and snipping off your little toe. Also if you’re like me you know that there are three ingredients to a great short story.
1. Haunting Title
2. Gripping Story
3. Completely Unsatisfactory Ending that somehow Still Feels Right.
“Not Waving but Drowning” the short story from the recently released anthology, The Machine of Death fills all these requirements to perfection, and it’s really worth your time to check it out. I won’t give too much away, but if you’re not familiar with the concept of the Machine of Death then this story makes an excellent introduction to the whole thing. Which is probably why the creators of the book released this story first in their new series of podcasts of the authors featured in The Machine of Death reading their stories. You can currently check it out for free here. It’s a great twenty minute listen, and it has my highly coveted stamp of approval.
(The stamp actually says “All Sales Final,” because I took it from my work but…you know what I mean.)