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This year’s dark and stormy night

Posted by metaphorical on 7 August 2007

This year’s Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winner was announced, and it’s a lulu.

“Gerald began — but was interrupted by a piercing whistle which cost him ten percent of his hearing permanently, as it did everyone else in a ten-mile radius of the eruption, not that it mattered much because for them ‘permanently’ meant the next ten minutes or so until buried by searing lava or suffocated by choking ash — to pee.”

Congrats to Jim Gleeson, 47, of Madison, Wisc.. As the AP story, notes, he “beat out thousands of other prose manglers.” Deservedly so.

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