Episode 140: BMSE – Linger by Sam Schreiber

Linger cover art - final

The phone rings in the middle of the night . . . and it’s time for Levi Keller to do his work once again. You see, sometimes he has to visit with someone after an “accident,” and let them know where they stand.

It’s another winning entry in the Broken Mirror Story Event, this one written by Sam Schreiber. Afterward, Big and Rish talk a bit about the BMSE contest, and about Gino Moretto’s production. They mention their recent visit to Las Vegas, announce a new Incentive Episode . . . and Rish Outfield makes a startling revelation!
Outtakes
Special thanks to Gino Moretto for producing today’s story and doing the artwork for it as well. Also thanks to Tatiana Gomberg, and Debbie Cowens for lending their voices to the tale.

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Related Links:

Sam Schreiber’s Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers Site
Gino Moretto’s Site
Tatiana Gomberg’s Site
Sam Schreiber’s “Snakehead” on Journey Into…
Abbie Hilton’s Cowry Catchers
Tweenchronic’s “Skip Rope” – Our new theme song (unless you donate!)
Music was Static Motion, Celtic Impulse, Classic Horror, Long Note One, Long Note Two, Long Note Three, Long Note Four, Unpromised, and Dark Walk by Kevin McCleod at Incompetech.com
Some sound effects are courtesy of the Freesound Project and FreeSFX.
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3 Responses to “Episode 140: BMSE – Linger by Sam Schreiber”

  1. Nathan Lough Says:

    Hi Guys,

    Solid reading, but like Rish, I was left scratching me head. I felt like their wasn’t much meat to the story. An interesting premise, but kind of felt like that’s all it was… nothing much happened.

    Regarding BMSE, I think they are worth while. I really enjoyed the one where everyone in town looks exactly the same. 27 Jennifers especially was great.

  2. I have no idea where to comment about the Broken Mirror Contest on the forum – no doubt I am just crappy at using forums. However, I love hearing Broken Mirror Contest winners. Please keep the contests coming. I think they are great fun and you get some good fiction out of it.

    Regarding the story, I – unlike Rish – got that it was a pseudo-zombie story right off the bat. I liked the slow reveal of the situation and I would love to hear more about that world and universe. The only part that left me thinking was the end. My interpretation of it was that when a dead person hears the voices too loudly, they go crazy and others of their kind have to go put them down. So, he sent her off to the “restful dead”. But he’s too afraid of death or his “spark” is too bright for him to be sent to die peacefully.

    I liked the sense of mystery and the idea that maybe the restful dead aren’t that restful after all…

    • I agree with JuliaScottD’s interpretation of the end – the community of restless dead euthanise those that threaten their anonymity by giving in to the voices and going crazy.

      I was also really interested by the idea of shoe-horning the story into an existing mythos – my instinct was to let it stand on its own without interpreting the characters as angels or zombies, but those interpretations certainly put a different cast on the events. Ultimately, though, I think it stands on its own – a narrative stripped back almost to the point of being sparse (as Nathan mentioned above) but satisfying and complete, in my opinion.

      Another strong BMSE (why does that acronym make me thing ‘mad cow’?) story, and a great production.

      (Still working on my Metallica-song-title story, BTW. :) )

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