Patrick O'Duffy is tall, Australian and a professional editor, although not always in that order. He has written role-playing games, short fiction, a little journalism and freelance non-fiction, and is currently working on a novel, although frankly not working hard enough. He loves off-kilter fiction, Batman comics and his wife, and finds this whole writing-about-yourself-in-the-third-person thing difficult to take seriously.
Kendall Barber’s obituarist business is failing, his relationship is on the rocks and he’s pretty sure one of his friends has been murdered – and then his office explodes. His past has come back to haunt him, and it’s coming with guns, bombs and a truckload of regrets. The solution is obvious – fake his own death and start over again. But that’s easier said than done...
Obituarist Kendall Barber is still trying to make amends for his past by cleaning up the online presence of the dead. But nothing is ever simple, and before long he's being beaten by neo-Nazis, smacked around by cops and caught up in a murder investigation. Kendall has a quick mind, a smart mouth, and a large Fijian friend. But will those be enough to help pay his rent - and keep him alive?
In the future, the Earth is still recovering from alien invasion, conquest and liberation; civilisation is shattered, the sky is broken and the world will never be the same.
But Nadger doesn't understand any of that. All he knows is that it's time to hide before the other kids find him!
Social media undertaker Kendall Barber has discovered something about his new subject - an email set up to be sent after his death. What is in the email - and why is his client, the dead man's brother, so eager to find out?
This short story is a mini-sequel to the crime novella 'The Obituarist', but it can also be read as a stand-alone story.
Dunny thought that he was onto a good thing when he stole that cab and used it to rob old-age pensioners.
But today he may have picked up the wrong passenger...
A short crime story about payback and bad decisions.
Kendall Barber is a social media undertaker with a shady past who's returned to the equally shady city of Port Virtue. Now a new client brings with her a host of dangers, just as Kendall's past begins to catch up with him. Can he get to the bottom of things before it's too late, or will he end up as dead as his usual subjects?
You come home one night, worn out by another day of hard work and not falling back into bad habits, to find the woman you love has left you. What now?
A short story about addictions that never quite dry out and wounds that never heal.
What caused the recent explosion on the 86 tram?
Who were the people who witnessed the event?
And how does the omniscient viewpoint of a narrator affect the lives of those characters it describes?
A short story about intersecting lives and the expectations of narrative.
A mirror breaks, a marriage explodes, and all the fine things they once collected and showed off now serve to demonstrate just what went wrong.
A short story about material possessions and marital infidelity, with a brief appearance by a cat.
Published: May 27, 2011.
Fiction » Horror » General
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