The Man Who Murdered Himself: A Short Story

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This short story is a Phobos Award Winner.

Kyle suffers from neurofibromatosis, a crippling disease most famously associated with the Elephant Man. When a shady medical practitioner offers Kyle a chance to cast off his deformed appearance forever, he accepts without a second thought. But does Kyle truly understand what this new treatment will cost him? More
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About Nancy Fulda

Nancy Fulda is a Phobos Award Winner, a Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award recipient, a freelance programmer and web designer, and the mother of three children. She lives in northern Germany and loves ballroom dancing.

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Review by: David A Parrish on Dec. 25, 2015 :
The Man Who Murdered Himself A Short Story by Nancy is one for the books of all times. Not only can the individuals reflect real life, but the situation can be real if you you had been suffering with a similar issue. You would want to be first in lie.

I personally know my mother would have been first in line for any treatment even though she did not have arthritis from birth. My mother had both RA, and Temporal arthritis as well as epilepsy. The combination of the three had her being the youngest person ever to be admitted to a chain of nursing homes. She was in that nursing home for over twenty year before she passed away. In the end she was what most people would call a vegetable state. She could eat, drink, and speak but nothing else. My family, and I were happy\and sadden when she had a heart attack. We were happy that she was no longer suffering, and sadden that she died the way she did alone in a hospital.

Nancy your book got me to remember my mother spending so much time in that dump of a nursing home.
Thank you, for reminding me of my mother on Christmas Day even though I would wish what my mother went through with anyone in the world. Oh, yes I would have draged my mother to that line as well. .
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Review by: GraceKrispy on Aug. 28, 2011 :
A very short story, I found the entire premise really riveting. It was almost horrifying to think of the misery Kyle must experience in his every day life, and you could feel his pain and agony in the story. I felt the writing flowed well, although there were a few places where the word choices felt a bit unnatural, almost as if a thesaurus had been consulted. It wasn’t a big detraction, but it did give it somewhat of a temporarily stilted feel to the voice in my head. Although the entire concept was incredibly fascinating, the ending was a bit disappointing to me. It felt predictable, and I wondered what Kyle had expected to happen. Without giving anything away, with the way the doctor had explained the process, I kept waiting for Kyle to question that very possibility, but he never did. Perhaps it was his excitement that prevented him from asking, but he seemed to question other aspects of the procedure. The abruptness of the ending also caught me a bit by surprise, but it worked with the story.

Overall, a great short story that is both thought-provoking and satisfying.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
Review by: S. Wolf on June 16, 2011 :
Very well-written story based on an interesting concept. Short and straight-forward, it grabs you quickly and doesn't let go until the surprising conclusion. Reminded me a bit of the movie The Presitige, and the questions raised by it. If you're looking for a quick, thought-provoking read, give this one a try. Well done.
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