Flash: Famine to Feast

By Stephanie Campisi

Read by Stephen Eley.

The boy’s face was a thick, fluid rendering of blowflies. They crusted his eyes like false lashes, and crawled around his chapped, broken lips, their shimmering wings vibrating against their fat black bodies. The boy’s stomach was distended; he looked like a spoon, with the bulging, swooping curve of his gut leading into his rail-thin upper body. His ribs protruded; it were as though he had swallowed a birdcage that was pushing out from within.

Happy Thanksgiving, and bon appetit!

01
Robin
November 23rd, 2006 1:19 pm

Hee! Loved the food similies. A very effective short!

02
Chris
November 27th, 2006 11:04 am

Saw it coming, but yuck anyway. :)

03
November 28th, 2006 2:21 pm

I’m going to have to give this one a thumbs down: it’s predictable from beginning to end, there is no suspense or anxiety, and the “evil priest/bishop turned cannibal” meme jumped the shark in Sin City.

Now, if the author had done the inverse- if the starving children had cannibalized the priest- that would have been a much more effective image.

04
November 29th, 2006 9:57 am

What?
Was I the only one who DIDN’T see it coming?

Lucky me!
Because if you (like me) weren’t cursed with guessing the outcome, this one yielded a very pleasantly creepy punch line.

Nicely done. I’d put this one in my “favorites” stack.

05
June 27th, 2007 7:32 pm

I’m with Dennis. The horror is too ‘hit-you-over-the-head.” You never have time to get your guard down enough to be taken by surprise. And the end is obvious as soon as you know the situation.

06
November 2nd, 2007 11:45 am

I’m on the fence with this one. I think the ending was really abrupt, and got the point across, but I feel like it could have been improved upon by doing what Dennis said.

07
Mari Mitchell
April 3rd, 2008 7:25 pm

Well at least it was short. The ending was given a way almost in the first few drops of words.

08
Amber
January 18th, 2009 10:38 pm

Atleast he’s resourceful. ^,.,^