20 Words


by Tod Goldberg, Marty Beckerman, Paul Davidson, Duane Swierczynski, Jade Walker, Adam Finley, Joe Lavin, Brian Lewandowski, and Bob Sassone
***Mel Gibson Saved My Life

by Paul Davidson

A bomb. In my home. Red wire or blue wire? Thank God I saw Lethal Weapon. It’s always the blue.

Paul Davidson is the author The Lost Blogs.
*** Fuzzy Wuzzy Was A Friend

by Marty Beckerman
The house burned.
His son upstairs.
His teddy bear…
In the basement.
The bear survived.
His childhood.
Not his child.

Marty Beckerman is the author of Generation S.L.U.T.
*** Lucy

by Tod Goldberg

Lucy figured it all went wrong when she stopped taking her medication. Naturally, the prior cannibalism charge didn’t help things.

Tod Goldberg is the author of Simplify.
*** A TV Family’s Mob Ties

by Jade Walker

The Butcher didn’t take the breakup well.
He sent Bobby’s ear to Alice.
The Bradys are now in witness protection.

Jade Walker is an overnight editor/producer at The Associated Press and the obiturist behind The Blog of Death. She also runs the NYC Writer’s Group and Eccentric Employment.
*** Untitled Hardboiled Pulp No. 7

by Duane Swierczynski

After all these years, grandma still had a face that could take a punch.

Duane Swierczynski is the author of The Wheelman (St. Martin’s Press) as well as The Blonde, out this November. He’s also the editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia City Paper, and wants those lousy kids off his lawn, goddamnit. Got a problem with that? Take it up here.
*** 21

by Joe Lavin

No more blackjack, snarled the suited thug. Card counting, he accused. Little did he know that it was actually ESP.

Joe Lavin is much wordier at joelavin.com.
*** A Parable For The Age

by Adam Finley

He imagined a child, gigantic and oozing slime. That’s when the giraffe decided not to have sex with that snail.

Adam Finley is President of the United States.
*** Clever, Witty Title

by Brian Lewandowski

Went to MySpace to find a young chick. Uh oh. FBI guy. Now my space belongs to my cellmate Rocko.

Brian Lewandowski wants you to know he would never use MySpace for this. He’s an old school Friendster guy.
*** Last Minute

by Bob Sassone

The editor asked writers for short stories. Twenty words. But he waited too long and couldn’t think of one himself.

Bob Sassone needs a girlfriend.


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