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This is neat. Over at Tangent Online, James Palmer reviewed Shadowed Realms #4 and said this about my story:

Ben Peek's "Johnny Cash (A Tale in Questionnaire Results)" breaks the bonds of the traditional short story to spin a tale of government cover-ups, black magic, and Johnny Cash songs. The story is laid out as a series of answers to questions, and is printed in cursive on government stationery (props to the web people at Shadowed Realms for adding an extra touch of reality to this piece). The questions aren't shown, but it's easy to tell what they are from the answers, and the story is quite clear despite the strange format.

Benjamin Li is the head of the Occult Research Division of a shadowy organization called Brandycorp, the owner of which is a magician. There are demons galore, and Ronald Reagan makes a pact with one of them in order to have a hypnotic effect added to his voice whenever it is electronically transferred. Oh yeah, and there are several references to Johnny Cash songs. After that, the story gets weird. This is one of the most inventive flash fiction pieces I've ever read. Do yourself a favor and check it out.


Even though the font isn't cursive, you can still read it here.

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call_me_robert
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome story, Ben. Tell me again, why aren't you famous yet?
benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
cause i'm lucky?

(and thanks)
bodhichitta0
Jun. 15th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
Really very clever, Ben. And I didn't even have to infringe your copyright this time 'cause the print was so nice and big. :-p
benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
i'm not at all worried about my copyright with print outs. in fact, i'm perfectly fine with it. and thanks.
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benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
it's been on the web for a while now, maybe you read it before? or maybe it's just the format. the question answer thing has been done before.
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benpeek
Jun. 16th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
you probably read it before. it's been online since the end of april.
abrinsky
Jun. 15th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
Agree - it a quite brilliant piece. OK, it's just the thing I like - and I've just finished a very strong G 'n' T - but this would be excellent without the alcohol.

Or is it the Bad Religion being played very loud?
benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
alcohol and music help everything ;)
deborahb
Jun. 15th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Well deserved praise, Mr P. :)
benpeek
Jun. 16th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
thank you muchly miss b.
ex_benpayne119
Jun. 16th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
coolness.

benpeek
Jun. 16th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
yep. actually, you know, this little bit has had some real nice feedback on it. who would've thought.
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