Flash: Why I Hate Cake


Why I Hate Cake

by Paul Mannering


We ate things on dares too. A particular favorite was the larvae of a winged beetle called the Huhu Bug. These grubs grow to about the size of your thumb and they eat dead wood so they taste almost exactly like peanut butter doesn’t.

I always liked to fry mine first, having seen a friend run around screaming with one of these blind maggots attached to his lip with its wood munching mandibles when he tried to eat one raw.

About the Author

Paul Mannering

Paul Mannering is an award winning writer living in Wellington, New Zealand. Paul has published dozens of short stories and radio plays in a range of genres across many different international markets.  His first collection of short stories, ‘The Man Who Could Not Climb Stairs and Other Strange Stories,’ is available now in print and Kindle format at Amazon

In 2007 Paul co-founded BrokenSea Audio Productions, which podcasts free audio drama each week to a massive audience. Paul lives with his wife Damaris and their three cats, one of which is a seal-point Siamese with Aspergers.

Tankbread is Paul’s first novel. For Tankbread news and updates visit the blog

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About the Narrator

Alasdair Stuart

When Alasdair Stuart is not hosting PseudoPod and Escape Pod, or running Escape Artists Inc., he’s professionally enthusiastic about genre fiction on the Internet at places like Tor.com, Barnes & Noble, The Guardian, Uncanny Magazine, SciFi Now and his own blog, The Man of Words. He’s an ENie-nominated tabletop RPG writer for his work on Doctor Who: Adventures In Time And Space. His other RPG writing includes Star Trek, The Laundry Files, Primeval, Victoriana, All Flesh Must Be Eaten, N.E.W., Chill and most recently After The War, co-created with Jason Pitre. Basically he’s got a playbook for any variety of invasion you can name.
 He lives in the UK with the love of his life and their ever expanding herd of microphones. Follow him on Twitter as @AlasdairStuart, or at his blog, The Man of Words.Alternately, sign up for his weekly newsletter The Full Lid. A free weekly download of pop culture enthusiasm previous issues have included everything from ketchup recipes to the common ground shared by Frank Castle and The Passage’s Brad Wolgast.

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