Essence of Humour – 17 Short Stories
‘Essence of Humour’ is a collection of short stories which brings together the best of humour writing from 17 authors across the globe.
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Stories included: The Hit Man – Chris Cooke, Dear Mrs. Golding – Lorraine Coverley, The Fitting Room – John Malone, Saving Saturday – Arlene Johnson, Fortune Telling With Love Hearts – Paul Warnes, The Substitute – Sarah England , After a While – Peter Lingard , The Marmalade Cat – Raelke Grimmer, The Most Terrible Beast – Khristo Poshtakov , A Test of Friendship – Rosemary J. Kind , The Call Girl – Jaclin Azoulay , The Real Protester – Mel Fawcett , Twinkle, Twinkle – Tracy Fells, Signs – Clive Gresswell , It’s a Dog’s Life – Jackie Tritt , All Talk – Patsy Collins , Bella’s Sparkling Windows – Gill McKinlay
Fragments of Frank – Clive Gresswell
2770 words Literary fiction
Frank is a disturbed man living a fragmented life in a haunted hotel – or is it? Nothing is what it appears to be in this highly original and disturbing short story. Delve into the warped mind and world of Frank.
Hello. My name is Frank – some say Frank by name Frank by nature. We don’t use second names in this hotel where I live with Simon, John and Rio. Today is my birthday and we have been promised a special trip out to the shops to buy some sweets. I am 33 today and looking forward to the trip as we don’t go out much. How I came to have Room Number Four at this hotel is still a bit of a blur as far as I am concerned. At this hotel, we are not guests, but clients. It is a hotel for the insane and everyone thinks it is haunted.
Hogg – Clive Greswell
4900 word Literary Fiction
Hogg is the Beckett style account of the life and hallucinations of a mentally-ill tramp and his hilarious life. It is written in experimental style in the original voice of its author Clive Gresswell. It is a unique and uncompromising tragi-comedy.
Blank, blank, blank. A white unpainted canvass of lapsed memory. Tears well up in his rheumy eyes. Must catch a train or a bus to some other place. Any place. Parrots too he had never taken to. There was the one a landlady had. Couldn’t recall her name. Place was in – almost had it but could not quite form the words. There were years at some point of happy families he was sure – at some point past. Now no sense of self or future. Father to who knows how many? And who was the mother? Some brothel whore consumed from the vast vats of drink. Come on Irene, where have you been?
Signs – Clive Gresswell
2000 word General Metafiction
The people of a small town are thrown into disarray when all the signs in the town go missing overnight. Follow what happens next as national press attention comes to Dinktown.
This story is included in the Essence of Humour collection
The author, Clive Gresswell, screwed up the piece of paper he had been writing on and tossed it into the bin. He was dissatisfied with the characters who had not been behaving themselves and doing what he wanted them to do. Another typical day of frustration for the ageing hack. This writing lark always got to him but he was only too well aware he had a book to finish. If the characters were not behaving there must be something wrong with the plot, he mused. Time to get out his writer’s notebook and think again.