Lessons (and Other Morbid Drabbles) [NOOK Book]

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LESSONS AND OTHER MORBID DRABBLES is a collection of 25 100-word shorts that range from darkly comic to downright terrifying and wrong. Some shorts feature ghouls and monsters while others are simply about people behaving very, very badly. Which is scarier? Find out in this sick and twisted collection.


They may only be a few words long, but that doesn’t lessen the bloodshed any…

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Overview

LESSONS AND OTHER MORBID DRABBLES is a collection of 25 100-word shorts that range from darkly comic to downright terrifying and wrong. Some shorts feature ghouls and monsters while others are simply about people behaving very, very badly. Which is scarier? Find out in this sick and twisted collection.


They may only be a few words long, but that doesn’t lessen the bloodshed any…

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011125140
  • Publisher: Michael Crane
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 423,028
  • File size: 653 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Crane is an indie author and scribbler of inane babble that can sometimes end up as stories. He went to Columbia College Chicago where he earned a BA in Fiction Writing. He is currently the author of two short story collections, and he also might've written two books while he was in high school, but he refuses to own up to them and that's why they aren't included on the page. He lives in Illinois and is always trying to work on something new, unless he's battling stupid writer's block.


Some of his favorite writers are Raymond Carver, Richard Yates, Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis and Hunter S. Thompson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Excellent stories. Very well written. I found most of them morbidly funny.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Awesomeness in 100 Words

    What a great, super-fast read! Drabbles are stories in 100 words or less, also known as "flash fiction."

    I've never read anything like this book, and hadn't even heard of the concept of drabbles until someone recommended it. Now, I can't imagine how I've gone so long without them!

    They are awesomeness in 100 words - and there's a TON of them in this book. It's like getting the Cliff's Notes version of 25 different books in ten minutes.

    If you like horror, good writing, or out-of-the-box thinking (or all of the above), you will really like this book. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

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    Morbidly Funny

    It took a bit of a twisted mind to write these incredibly short stories and the disturbing thing is that I loved them. Who ever thought that such horrible tales could make you giggle so hard.

    Short, quick, dark and extremely funny stories that will have you afraid to look under the bed ever again.

    I really recommend this book to anyone who just wants a twisted diversion.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Solid stories in very few words

    I first heard about Lessons and Other Morbid Drabbles from a review Red Adept did on her blog. The concept of the book (stories written in 100 words, also known as a drabble) intrigued me. Thirty seconds later I had bought the book, and set about learning what a story of less than 100 words looks like. As I discovered, you can actually tell a story in 100 words. Lessons has 25 such stories in it, all in the horror theme. The stories are punchy. Most of them give you the impression that the story is heading one way at the start, then hit you with an unexpected twist at the end. Obviously 100 words isn't going to give you detailed backdrops and in-depth character creation. What it does give you is fun stories that are self-contained and quick to read. And don't think that because they are only 100 words long, Michael has just thrown these stories together. It's obvious that he has given each of them a lot of thought, and taken care in his word selection to ensure he gets the maximum punch for the few words he has. You don't have room to waffle when you only have 100 words - you need to get straight to the point, building the setup with a few choice words then going for the reveal. I was very impressed with how they were put together. If I had a criticism about the book, it's that not all the twists are unexpected - a few of the stories are obvious from the start in the way they are going to end. On the other hand, what's obvious for one person might not be for another (and vice versa). I hope Michael releases more drabble collections in the future, as I would love to read more of them! Overall I give this book a solid 4 stars.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

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    fun morbid romp

    exactly what the headline says! this was a fun little read but i'll admit that it is not for everyone! i loved it though!

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    Michael, you leave me CRANE-ing my neck for more!

    Storyline: Lessons and Other Morbid Drabbles is a collection of shorts with a most decidedly humorous and horror-filled twist. Each short, or "drabble" as they're called in the Biz, (I was just educated about this particular style myself. Thanks, Michael!) is a little snippet of a potentially whole story - usually only the most amusing and horrific bit. They're almost like one-liners for horror writing.

    Grammar/Spelling: I noticed no issues with grammar or spelling.

    Character Development: Since these are each less than 100 words, there really is no need to develop characters in-depth. But in this case, each character adds their own unique morsel of delicious drama to the story.

    I especially liked the doting father. That poor kid should have listened and made sure his daughter was home on time! Reminds me of my own father.

    I know that I've had similar thoughts regarding nearly every story involving a child's fear of a monster. because sometimes, there really IS a monster, even if the adults don't see it!

    Writing Style: The writing style is quirky and hilarious. Even though each blurb is quite short, there's no lack of talent. I'm dying to read more of his short stories! A few of these might even make great short stories themselves.

    Continuity: No concern with continuity given the style of the work.

    Overall Rating: 4+

    Michael Crane does a phenomenal job with his dribbles and drabbles in Lessons and Other Morbid Drabbles. I hope that he continues to churn these out and maybe even consider making them into an anthology. Maybe release a new one each October.? (I'll be expecting SOMETHING for that brilliant suggestion. Maybe even a new pair of shoes?! Hmmm?!)

    I would say that this is definitely not for the young, the old or even the infirm. And if you have a fear of clowns or puppets: FORGET IT! There are some pretty serious scenes of gore and quite a bit of adult language.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    Nuggets of Unexpected Evil

    It takes talent to engage a reader in a hundred words, and then to shock her. Each of Michael Crane's drabbles did just that. Each story is a nugget of unexpected evil. Mr. Crane's style is easy and enjoyable, journeying the reader into a false sense of security and then, bam! I look forward to the next collection of drabbles from this gifted author.

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