Death Watch

Death Watch

This past spring, the folks behind Machine Of Death – an anthology of stories centered around the idea in this comic – put out a call for submissions for the next book. They ended up with a stack of about 2,000 stories that they had to pare down to about 30. This week they started sending out rejection and acceptance emails. People whose stories were rejected have been posting theirs online and, if these are the ones that have been passed over, it’s pretty clear the book itself is going to be a fantastic read.

I’ve been watching Twitter to see what sort of stories have been posted. Here are some of the ones I found:

And here are the three I submitted: Impact, Meteor and Heart Attack.

If you find more or posted your own, please add them in the comments section.

Steve consists of approximately 60% water and 40% organic molecules, arranged in a configuration that is, among over things, capable of describing itself in this manner.

17 Comments

  1. Ice-Cream Headache: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13QNGnB2V42-85MGqRJYoqMTMkGondeqqs8KtRRELWU0/edit

    And Poison Apple: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yotMyQQyoADGkfSPsvR3eOh-iQhG32hEuZHxesA8DCg/edit

    Possibly a third one, too…as soon as I get that third e-mail…

    @angelusloci

  2. My story, The Cat or the Piano: http://zagrobelny.blogspot.com/2011/11/machine-of-death-cat-or-piano.html

    @zagrobelny

  3. Yep, there’s that third e-mail.

    Rusty Ice-Pick: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12IFsg53weQQQ_j4iwNLqLToyNgDDF-iG0E7fTSm_rMM/edit

    @angelusloci

  4. @buytoiletpaper created a Tumbler: http://rejectedmod2.tumblr.com/

  5. MONTAGFIRE’S SWORD by MARK LEE PEARSON http://bit.ly/tH0YWS

  6. Here’s my historical origin story, ASSASSINATION by Rob Jennings.
    http://bit.ly/o1ljrU

  7. It’s been really interesting seeing other people’s stories out there. Here’s the two I submitted.

    CRANE by Morgan Lawrence Hale
    http://scribblersquest.wordpress.com/my-writing/crane/

    and
    AFTER SPEAKING HIS NEXT 100 WORDS by Morgan Lawrence Hale
    http://scribblersquest.wordpress.com/my-writing/afterspeakinghisnext100words/

  8. Mine can be found here: http://jekawrites.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/prevenge/

    It’s called PREVENGE and I wrote it with my brother, Michael J. Marcotte. It’s awesome that we’ve sort of got a culture and community built around these cool stories.

  9. This is mine, TRANSLATION SERVER ERROR: http://jamiedrew.co.uk/post/12375598887

  10. My MOD tale, “Do the Rhyme. Do the Time.” is listed here.

    http://readinrittinrhetoric.blogspot.com/2011/11/machine-of-death-ii-do-rhyme-do-time.html

  11. Great job Steve D! I read your story “Meteor” right away, as my short story is called “Asteroid”

    I had seen your story’s title in the word cloud, and I was worried that we had had the same idea. Needless to say, we are miles apart! Your story is quite good :)

    Anyone who would like an alternative view of what can be done with the idea can check out my story at:

    http://wp.me/p1YjUZ-3

    Please post comments!!!

    –Brian

  12. Had a lot of fun writing it, so maybe someone will like reading it.

    Knowing Changes Nothing in the Heart, by Jasmine Wahlberg (@mirnenmacleod):

    http://tinyurl.com/3wddymb

    I’m quite pleased to be reading so many quality stories that might have otherwise fallen by the wayside. Thanks to everyone for sharing.

  13. MEDICAL MANSLAUGHTER: http://bs.parry.org/a/medical-manslaughter
    FORGOTTEN: http://bs.parry.org/a/forgotten

    Seeing all these shared stores really makes me want to see the winners. Oh, well.

  14. BLOWN UP http://joannad.wordpress.com/writings/creativ-writings/blown-up/

    It’s my attempt at a cheerful steampunk MOD story.

  15. “PICNIC, LIGHTNING” is an obituary. It can be found at http://chanelstory.blogspot.com/2011/11/machine-of-death-reject-2.html.

    “BROKEN HEART” is a pretty short story about a family. It can be found at http://chanelstory.blogspot.com/2011/11/machine-of-death-reject-1.html.

    I’ve enjoyed reading several other stories posted here, and look forward to reading more. Thank you!

    Chanel Earl

  16. “Alien Abduction” by Nigel G. Mitchell http://nigelgmitchell.blogspot.com/2013/01/free-short-story-alien-abduction-short.html

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