Deadlines mean I don’t spend as much time on reddit as I used to, but I was messing around there today and remembered that woah, I posted an 8-part horror serial there just as I was wrapping up my Masters of Teaching.
For those who’ve never been to reddit or aren’t familiar with r/nosleep, it’s a forum where people post serial horror stories as if they’re fact. Reddit users can respond to the ongoing stories, giving advice or encouragement, but the one rule is that they MUST pretend that the story is real. This call-and-response storytelling results in stories taking some interesting twists based on reader feedback.
I went hunting for this story, and it was all still there. It’s a short piece about child experimentation, brain reprogramming and (surprise!) body horror. I don’t know if it’s any good, but it’s 12,000 words of fiction that I shouldn’t leave to rot without at least evaluating it. So…
Edit and polish? Or throw it in the bin? Have a read and tell me what you think!