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.

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Steve D

Steve D

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.


  1. November 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Ice-Cream Headache:

    And Poison Apple:

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


  2. November 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm
  3. November 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Yep, there’s that third e-mail.

    Rusty Ice-Pick:


  4. November 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    @buytoiletpaper created a Tumbler:

  5. November 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm


  6. November 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Here’s my historical origin story, ASSASSINATION by Rob Jennings.

  7. November 5, 2011 at 1:21 am

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

    CRANE by Morgan Lawrence Hale

    AFTER SPEAKING HIS NEXT 100 WORDS by Morgan Lawrence Hale

  8. November 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Mine can be found here:

    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. November 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm


  10. November 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm

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

  11. November 5, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    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:

    MOD Story: Asteroid

    Please post comments!!!


  12. November 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm

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

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

    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. November 6, 2011 at 1:16 am


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

  14. November 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm


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

  15. November 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    “PICNIC, LIGHTNING” is an obituary. It can be found at

    “BROKEN HEART” is a pretty short story about a family. It can be found at

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

    Chanel Earl

  16. February 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm

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