The Show Must Go On – A Flash Fiction

The lights dim, the crowd silences.
He strides out from the wings – his shadow overlarge, distorted in the few paces before the blue spear of the spotlight catches him. Surely it is just a trick, an illusion.
“You have come for a show!” His mouth smiles, wet and wide, not reaching his eyes. He gestures toward the curtain.
The red cloth pulls back as the shapes behind it lurch and gibber and thrust their way forward through the crowd’s screaming flesh.
“So have they,” he says through his too-wide smile. “Because all the world’s a stage.”
“And all-you-can-eat buffet.”Please note that the 100 Word Story Podcast is changing URLS to! Based around Laurence Simon’s weekly challenge for the 100 word-stories podcast. The player above should have the audio for this week; if it doesn’t, you can find the audio here to download. I am updating these in a podcast feed (dubbed “Radio Free Steven the Nuclear Man” by Laurence). You can subscribe with this link ( in your podcatcher or phone. You can also read and hear the rest of the entries at the 100 Word Stories podcast site.