“When you kill people for a living, you get used to finding the occasional body part lying around your home. I do not kill people for a living, and so I freaked.”
So begins the tale of Josh White, a middle-aged introvert who comes home one evening to find a severed nose on a plate on his dining room table. Who put it there? Why would they do such a thing? Is his own nose in danger? As Josh delves into this perplexing mystery, he finds himself in a dark, twisted world of…well, there won’t be any spoilers here. Don’t you hate it when the back cover description gives away too much? This novella is called The Severed Nose, and it starts with a guy finding a severed nose, and if that’s not enticing enough for you then blabbing all of the other plot developments isn’t going to help.
Originally published by Bloodletting Press, in paperback and deluxe hardcover editions! No longer available individually, but it’s part of Dead Clown Barbecue.
December 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm
Read about half of this last night, and I’m (of course) loving it!
I guess we need to admit to your charming wife that she was right, though — this probably wouldn’t have been a good choice for a bedtime story for my daughter.
Maybe when she’s five… ?
December 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm
When she’s five, she’ll be saying “You’re reading a book called THE SEVERED NOSE? Grow up!”
December 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Every time I sat down to finish this, someone thought they needed something, and right now. So I waited. And plotted.
Then, in the wee hours this morning, once everyone (including the dog) had finally gone to sleep, I opened up a frosty bottle of a foamy beverage, chased the cats out of the recliner, and sat back to enjoy the remainder of my numbered, signed first edition. (Very Hemingwayesque imagery, minus the scotch and cigars?) I could get used to spoiling myself like this.
I won’t go on and on and on about how I loved the book; how you are certainly warped to put such a thing on paper; about how disturbed you must be to have such stuff swimming in your head in the first place; etc.
I’ll just say that I’m looking forward to your next work of art!
December 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm
I don’t see why somebody must necessarily be warped to write something like THE SEVERED NOSE.
Oh, wait. Yes I do.
Glad you liked it! Thanks!
August 12, 2012 at 11:44 am
I wish there was a Kindle version of The Severed Nose! Hint, hint 🙂
August 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm
I will probably include it in my next collection, which should be sometime in 2013!
August 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Excellent! One can never have enough copies of THE SEVERED NOSE!
August 15, 2012 at 3:59 am
Yay-zeez! I can’t wait for said collection 🙂