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Lessons and Other Morbid Drabbles – Michael Crane

Storyline: Michael, you leave me CRANE-ing for me! (And she’s back with the puns! HI OH!)

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


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