Wednesday, November 30, 2005


When I was younger I used to ask my mother why everyone looked at me. She pointed out that maybe they were staring at me because I was staring at them.

That’s the first rule, don’t be noticed. I’m pretty sure there is nobody else on the quiet residential street. There was no one here when I started walking, I don’t think anyone has arrived since. If I don’t look suspicious why should anyone suspect me? I don’t look around, my hand reaches for the low wall, the muscles in my forearms tense and twist. There is a childish joy in the physicality of my own body as I vault into the back garden.

All the lights are on in the first house. A middle-aged couple sit silently watching TV in the living room. Something boils in the kitchen steaming up the window. I crouch watching. I landed in a bush and something has cut my leg, there is a dull warm pain, a wet sensation that may be blood. (Later that evening back at home I will discover an inch long twig pushed under the skin of my calf). I can’t quite figure out what they’re watching. From the sliver of screen I can see it looks kind of like porn, and then there’s the rhythmic motion of the man’s shoulders… but the woman sits reading a magazine, apparently oblivious. People are strange. I decide not to dwell.

Moving across the back wall I (rather ungraciously by my own standards) tumble over the dividing hedge into the next garden.

It’s dark, quiet, it’s only nine in the evening, this is all good. I tug a branch from the small-leafed bush next to me and throw it forward. If you wake up to a load of foliage on your patio now you know what’s been going on: Somebody was in your back garden checking for security lights.

There are no lights. I walk forward, stooping to pick up one of the fist-sized smooth stones that edge the lawn. I’m not one to carry tools with me, a crowbar down one's trouser leg is never easy to explain away. Instead there is a small maglite torch on my keyring and I’m wearing a canvas jacket. To break a window quietly simply hold the jacket against the glass then strike it with something hard and heavy. Be quick, be sure. A friend of mine used to swear that all he used was a cap and his fist. He’s in prison now.

But first things first. The kitchen door is locked, the window however is not, the latch isn’t even down. There is even a bench on the patio underneath it. I pop the window open and slither through.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Input Input

She was biting his shoulder. No, not biting, but her mouth was open against him, teeth pressing down, her breath warm and damp through his clothes. She squirmed around the point between her legs. His fingers kept moving. A whimper was muffled against the crook of his neck; he couldn’t see but suspected she was biting her lip. Her body flicked and tensed against him, animal. Animal. ANIMAL.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Man who Wished Himself Bald

Daniel screwed his eyes tight and concentrated really hard. The blood rushed through his ears; he could feel his face redden. At first there was a sensation like pin pricks across his skull, then it was like popping candy beneath his scalp. A hundred imploding follicles per second.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Phillip's Misfortune

Phillip was a friend of mine who suffered an unfortunate accident while passionately necking his partner. His concentration lapsed for the merest second and...


His tongue was in plaster for a fortnight.

It completely ruined Phillip's sex-life. Have you ever received head from man whose tongue is wrapped in plaster and bandages? It's very disappointing, I assure you.

For a fortnight he had to drink liquidised bananas, milkshakes and soup through a straw.

While eventually he did recover, things were never quite the same. An improperly set cast meant his tongue healed at an angle. For the rest of his life Phillip was obliged to kiss with his head tipped slightly to the left and he could only perform oral sex while lying on his side. To this day he has never sipped another milkshake nor nibbled a banana.