Automaton Town on Southword

A new story from the in-progress collection Mayhem and Death is in Southword Journal:

 

They had bought the automaton town from a strange man in small offices in the city. They had bought the automaton town, and had it wrapped in soft cloth and transported by barge so as not to risk damage. When the barge came to the closest point to their home, they sent men with a specially constructed pallet to lift the automaton town and walk it across the lawns and into the ballroom, where it filled nearly a quarter of the floor space. There may never be dancing again, thought the daughter of the house.

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One response to “Automaton Town on Southword

  1. I enjoyed the slow start and the building tension, followed by a sense of shock of what the supposed mechanical entertainment piece reveals. The ending, I felt, qualifies the horror.

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