Lessons and Other Morbid Drabbles is a collection of shorts with a most decidedly humorous and horror filled twist. Each short, or “drabble” as they’re called in the Biz (I was just educated about this particular style myself. Thanks, Michael!) is a little snippet of a potential whole story – usually the most amusing and horrific bit. They’re almost like one-liners for horror writing.
Grammar/Spelling: I noticed no issues with grammar or spelling.
Character Development: Since these are each less than 100 words, there isn’t really a need to develop a character in-depth. But, each character adds there own unique morsel of delicious drama to the story.
I especially liked the doting father. That poor kid should have listened and made sure his daughter was home on time! Reminds me of my own father…
I know that I’ve had a similar thoughts regarding nearly every story involving a child’s fear of a monster… Because, sometimes, there really IS a monster even if the adults don’t see it!
Writing Style: The writing style is quirky and hilarious. Even though each blurb is quite short, there’s no lack of talent. I’m dying to read more of his short stories! A few of these might even make great short stories themselves.
Continuity: No concern with continuity given the style of the work.
Overall Rating: 4+
Michael Crane does a phenomenal job with his dribbles and drabbles in Lessons and Other Drabbles. I hope that he continues to churn these out and maybe even consider making them into an anthology. Maybe release a new one each October…? (I’ll be expecting SOMETHING for that brilliant suggestion. Maybe even a new pair of shoes?! Hmmm?!)
I would say that this is definitely not for the young, the old or even the infirm. And if you have a fear of clowns or puppets: FORGET IT! There are some pretty serious scenes of gore and quite a bit of adult language.
Character Interview with Mr. Giggles
An interview Mr. Giggles, evil Monkey sock puppet, about his relationship with his author, Michael Crane.
Celia: How did you first meet your writer?
Mr. Giggles: Hee-hee-hee… I was hiding under his bed, and when I heard he was writing a book of horror shorts, I told him to put me in one—otherwise I’d bite his effin’ legs off. Tee-hee-hee…
Celia: Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
Mr. Giggles: It doesn’t take long for me to have anybody see things my way. Those who refuse to see things my way… well… it’s kinda hard to argue when you’re a rotting corpse.
Celia: Do you infiltrate your author’s dreams?
Mr. Giggles: Of course. I get bored easily. Have to find something to occupy my time, now don’t I?
Celia: Would you be interested in a sequel if your writer was so inclined?
Mr. Giggles: It’s already happened. I made darn sure that I was in LESSONS II. I mean… what’s a LESSONS II without Mr. Giggles? Of course… one other author was upset that stupid Clown didn’t make it into the sequel. He keeps crying about it. You know… I may have to pay that little punk a visit. Both of them, actually. Hee-hee-hee…
Celia: What is the lamest characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
Mr. Giggles: Look, Missy… I don’t like where you’re going with this. Lame? LAME? Are you calling me lame? Really? Do you really want to go there? I don’t think you want to know what happened to the last person who thought I was “lame.” Let’s just say he has a permanent smile now, thanks to yours truly and a very, very sharp kitchen knife.
Celia: Do you like the way your story ended in the first LESSONS?
Mr. Giggles: Hee-hee-hee… But of course. That kid’s mother thought I was harmless… well, I quickly showed her otherwise. Her hand was delicious… Hee-hee…
Celia: If you could give yourself a superpower, what would you choose?
Mr. Giggles: Superpower? Mr. Giggles doesn’t need any superpowers! I’m an evil puppet! What more can one ask for? Batman would “S” himself if he saw me. That’s the truth, Lady.
Celia: Anything else you would like to add before our time is up here?
Mr. Giggles: If you see that idiot Clown, tell him I’m coming for him. Stupid little swine. Thinks that leaving threatening notes is so evil… give me a break! I’ll show that punk what true evil is once and for all! Tee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee!
Note from Celia: I feel that I may have to have my locks changed after this interview. The little guy looked so cute… but don’t let that fool you. He is evil incarn