Friday night reading material

Paperback Writer recently discussed posting short stories on one’s blog. You can blame her for this.

Here’s a link to “The Mechanic,” a story I published in 2004 at a small but very cool crime zine, Crime Scene Scotland. Of all my shorts, it’s my favorite. Best characters, best narrative drive, best ending. What, that isn’t enough? But wait, there’s more:

Pickle deep-throating!


Automotive violence!

I might turn it into a novel one of these days (I would flash forward twenty years and have my two protagonists meet again). Who knows.

Use this post as your comment thread on the story, if you’d like.



  1. Good story. I enjoyed reading it.

  2. Walnut says:

    Thanks, IL!

  3. Anduin says:

    Scary stuff there from the mind of a nine year old boy. I like how Carl turned out to have a talent for that kind of work. Good story. I think it would make a great novel some day if ever you decide to write it.

  4. Blue Gal says:

    Excellent work, great characters. Yeah I would go ahead and work up a novel too.

  5. Darla says:

    *whew* Nice job. I’d read the novel. I’d like to see these two twenty years later.

  6. Walnut says:

    Mighty gratified, folks 😉

    I’m thinking . . . I’m thinking.

  7. micah says:

    Really good short story. I like the work you clearly put into the characters, and then the willingness to make that effort look like an aside.

  8. Walnut says:

    Thanks for reading it, Micah :)

  9. Lyvvie says:

    I smell a screenplay.

  10. Walnut says:

    thanks, Lyvvie!