Jekyll and Hyde, Clark Kent and Superman, Dorian and his Painting; these are but a few of the strange and supernatural alter egos to emerge and fascinate over the years.
But not since Russel Brand and Katy Perry has there been such a frightening discovery by a writer in our time.
Finally, a writer has unearthed the Universal Bogey Man, the alter ego that haunts us all while at the same time masterfully eluding our gaze. An alter ego that has gone by so many other names: 'you idiot', 'what a moron', 'how could you possibly have married her you f'ing dumbass what-were-you-thinking'. As you can see, some of the names are longer and more disturbing than others. But in Unlucky Sod, the evil doppelganger has finally been exposed, and it's, it's...well - US.
I had always kinda hoped it was someone else. Some unseen, netherworld gremlin getting his/her kicks by screwing with our lives. A supernatural prankster moving in and out of our daily existence, getting their 'rocks off' whilst watching us wriggle under whatever bloody mess they'd dreamed to screw us with...but no. It's US...US.
Thank you, writer, for all at once thrilling me and then immediately dashing me against the sea-washed crags of Lifes merciless shoreline. Thank you.
I hate you...but thank you.
Now, I can go in peace...straight to a therapist for immediate councilling.
Hi Peter, many thanks for the review. Got to say I think you write a better review than i do a story. Maybe one day I will rewrite unlucky sod, but for now I had to keep it down to 500 words for a competition. Like you say, until we 'read' again... many thanks wayne
wayne...sometimes writing is all about the writing and sometimes it's all about evoking a thought stream in the reader.
This piece is thought provoking and for that I applaude you.
Could you tighten the composition? Could you tweek a punch or two? Yes.
But, that's done by drafting and re-writing.
Without an idea, drafts will get the writer back to where they started - a blank page.
In Unlucky Sod - you've got the idea - and it's a funny one.
until we 'read' again...