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Mad Mike

By Alan McCormick & Jonny Voss.


A shy man called Simon Please held in all his emotions during the day. At night the emotions ranted and ranged and went walkabout in the guise of a dwarf Tasmanian devil called Mad Mike. Mike hurled abuse at the moon and spat the rain back into the clouds. He turned the world blood red with his anger and frightened the midnight birds into falling from the sky and onto the ground.

In the morning Simon Please put on his suit and tie and ate all his cereal. He listened to the news on the radio, patted his pet dog on the head and left his house. He noticed a dead bird on the street and placed it in his briefcase. He wasn’t sure why he did that but it felt right. He smiled at his neighbour whose body still smoked and smouldered from the night before.

‘Nice weather we’ve been having,’ said Simon Please but his neighbour was unable to reply.


Jonny Voss draws and Alan McCormick writes. More of their collaborations can be found in decongested tales, deaddrunkdublin and their website, Scumsters.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Thursday, October 28th, 2010.