Sunday, 21 January 2007

From "Karloff's Circus"

By Steve Aylett.

"Silence! Nothing can influence me, ladies and gentlemen [...] I'm loose as a flag."

As his mouth was open to say "flag", a steam train came bellowing out of it, about which his head expanded and snapped like a rubber band. His body was obliterated under the carve of wheels and machinery as the enamelled engine screeched across the tarmac, rocketing through the front of Snorters Café and bunching to a stop in a boom of steam and earth. The train had come to rest in a zigzag pattern and the scattered crowd closed in again hesitantly, slipping in goofer fuel.

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