Short Stories, Poetry and Books

 

Short Stories

Zombie (2020)

“A mask made of disgrace and decay covers my face. I am the worst of my wandering nightmares. I am a killer of men. I tear up their warm bodies, rip away their flesh and bury my hands deep in their chests. I squeeze their hearts until no life is left; I shred their veins until their blood is spilling all over my hands, my arms. I am what I am. I am Death wearing the damaged costume of a man.

‘Do not linger, do not stay. Run away. Run away.

Do not linger, do not stay. I am a Zombie on its way.’

Why do you laugh about my silly rhymes, brother? You are the first to fall.”

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Reset (2020)

‘Liar!’ she said. ‘You are a liar!’

‘You are killing me!’

‘I want to hate you. Why can I not hate you? Please make me hate you!’

Later, she listened to what friends had to say. They gave good advice: the pain will pass; the suffering will go away. You just have to endure; you just have to get through it. Time will make it better. She listened and knew better, she had seen the advert online: there was a choice now. A choice to carve him out of her brain and replace him with fonder, sweeter memories. Or nothingness. Even nothingness seemed better than this.

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Deleting Eve (2020)

My client bought model T17 in April 2027 as a – I quote – ‘customizable sex toy with programmable character traits mimicking the behaviour of a real woman’. Mimicking – that is the code word here! Mimicking! The sex robot the prosecution likes to refer to as ‘Eve’ has never ever been a real woman. T17 was an advanced tool that might have looked like a human, acted like one, but only because its programmers and my client’s own adjustments embedded that into its code. Mimicking! My client did not commit murder, he deleted a computer programme he himself created according to standards set by T17’s original programmers. He deleted a computer programme from his own device. My client therefore pleads ‘not guilty’.

literally stories:
https://literallystories2014.com/2020/07/15/deleting-eve-by-jessica-holzhausen

Loving in 0 and 1 (2019)

“Lying still, eyes wide open, the bodily functions reduced to a minimum while in repair mode, I listen to the rustling of your clothes. The white lab coat brushes against my metal skin. “Sorry,” you say, unaware that I can hear you. (…)”

Ripples In Space Summer 2019 Selections:
https://ripplesinspace.com/summer-2019-selections/

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Her Father’s Ghost (2019)

“She shot herself, they say. Driven to an early grave by her father’s ghost. What a cruel man he must have been, keeping the girl all to himself for so many years, never letting her out of his sight or allowing her to marry… but coming back from the grave to haunt her… who would have thought… who would have even imagined…” The old lady shook her head.
The city was buzzing with gossip. (…)

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Poetry

First Love (Ephemeral Elegies, August 2020)

Virginia (Ephemeral Elegies, April 2020)


Books

Der Spiegelkobold (2019)

Versteckt hinter Zauberspiegeln, gewoben aus den Tränen einer Spiegelprinzessin, liegt eine verborgene Welt: Es ist die Welt von Kobolden und Wassermännern, von wagemutigen Katzenkönigen und lispelnden Schlangen, von Zauberern, Schatten, Spiegelprinzessinnen und Kobolden. Dass in ihrem Zimmer ein Zauberspiegel steht, davon hat die zehnjährige Leonie natürlich keine Ahnung. Bis plötzlich das Koboldmädchen Mara in ihrem Zimmer auftaucht und Leonie kurzerhand durch den Zauberspiegel zerrt… Ein böser Zauberer bedroht nicht nur die Spiegelwelt und Mara braucht Leonies Hilfe.Für Kobold Mara und Menschenmädchen Leonie beginnt eine abenteuerliche Reise quer durch die Spiegelwelt. Ein Buch für Kinder ab 7 Jahren.


 

Murder Through Time: Five plays to stage a murder mystery party at home (2019)

Can you survive a murderous 1920s poker tournament? Who killed the passenger on the steam liner to New York in 1947? What happened to the surgeon? And will you be able save your guests from poisoning? Five murder mystery scripts take players to very different places and times in history, from a 1920s birthday party to a modern times charity event, from a steam liner in 1947 to the British coast, where artists and bohemians just discovered: Francis Ford, the famous writer is missing.The scripts include rules and character descriptions, clues and ideas for props, recipes and decorations. They are formatted so that the pages can easily be copied, making it easy to hand over the character descriptions to the individual players. Some content is 16+.

Content:

Island Murders – A 1920s Murder Mystery Dinner and Poker Party for 8 Players

Ada – A Race against Time for 7-9 Players

Death on the Beach for 6-7 Players

Spygame (1947) for 9-12 Players

Birthday Dinner (1928) for 9 Players