"The Music Box," by T.L. Morganfield

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"The Music Box," by T.L. Morganfield

Post by Kenwood on Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:41 pm

Anyone wishing to add some thoughts about this particular story and/or author, feel free to do so here. Praise and criticism is encouraged equally, but please keep the latter on the constructive side.

BEWARE OF SPOILERS!


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Post by Mercedes on Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:03 pm

So this story blew me away. When I was a kid, I tried really hard to give my toys equal time ("Now it's YOUR turn on the bed, dinosaurs!") because I didn't want them to turn ugly and eat me. Obviously I was wise beyond my years.

I thought this was both heartwarming and chilling, which is a tough combination to nail. But she did it, and deftly.

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Post by Kenwood on Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:15 pm

We all loved this story. I think it just appeals to that twisted kid in all of us. Who didn't have toys that acted like this? In our heads, of course. Or maybe not. =)

But yeah, it's a great story. I still love the line that goes, "Bite my ass, Velcro-paws." Haha.

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Post by Mercedes on Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:24 pm

It reminded me of The Oddkins by Dean Koontz, which I loved as a kid. I especially liked
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how the teddy bear was the villain, because they're usually cast as heroic. Not that anybody was especially heroic in this piece, however.

Amazing.

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Post by Kenwood on Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:46 pm

Exactly. He's all cute at first, you think he's the victim, and then...uh-oh. Haha.

By the way, I think we can get away with not using spoiler warnings.

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Post by Shiney on Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:22 pm

I knew by the time I was through the first page of this it was a "Keeper" in fact, I'm pretty sure I giddily PM'd the guys and said "hey, We have a winner"...and it was agreed.

And yes, I too did the same thing with my stuffed animals...I still, in fact, own the 2 oldest animals I had:

A stuffed tiger named "Toby" (whom my wife gutted and cleaned and restuffed for me a few eyars ago..as he had lost alot of his beans) Toby was a gift when I was around 5 and had my tonsils removed.

And "Funny Bunny" a poor little rabbit with a broken neck, I got him when I was like 2 and was sick.

yay!! Stuffed animals.

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Post by Kenwood on Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:35 pm

Indeed. It was...

Shiney wrote:Guys, I think we have a keeper here..... Very Happy

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Post by tlmorganfield on Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:12 pm

I unfortunately don't have my Boo Bear anymore. My mother gave him away to the neighbors when she "cleaned" my room for me because I was too lazy to do it myself. My brother had one just like it too, except it had a blue shirt, and for a few years I had it after my dad sent it to me thinking it was mine. My brother repossessed it a couple years ago. It's probably a good thing Boo's not around anymore to see what I turned him into in this story Shocked .

I do still have a couple stuffed animals that survived my childhood. One's a blue dragon my dad bought for me at Busch Gardens when I was like 7, as well as a Lochness Monster I got on very same trip (though I'm distressed to see that Nessy is missing from my shelves. Kids!). I had an ET doll until a couple years ago, when his brown skin started peeling off, leaving him to look disturbingly like a leper.

Thank you everyone for your kind words about my story. I'm glad everyone enjoyed it. And Ken, that's my favorite line of the story too!

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Post by Mercedes on Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:34 pm

You all know that I sleep with a stuffed hammerhead shark that's over 6 feet tall, right? I also have a Maleficent dragon from the Disney store that is waist high. For, uh, the kids. Yeah, that's it.

My favorite bear, Christian, is packed up nicely in the garage. I might have him forever.

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Post by Kenwood on Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:05 am

I have one stuffed toy. It's a puppet named Sparky. I bought him one night while drunk in Korea. It was always fun waking up to see what we'd bought the night before. It was pretty hilarious when we woke up to a room full of watermelons. Haha.

Yeah, we used to get black-out drunk in Korea.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:29 am

John was definitely the first cheerleader for this story, but all of us loved it. I was falling all over myself to accept it.

It's good. Damn good.

And I'll never look at the stuffed animals in my daughter's room in the same way again. :perv:

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Post by Mercedes on Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:05 am

They won't look at you the same way, either, TT. Razz

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:14 am

They're looking? :perv:

Gee thanks, Mercedes, just when I thought they were safe.

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Post by kurtnewton on Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:43 am

Hmm... I guess my expectations were a little too high for this one. Don't get me wrong, good story, well-written, but the subject matter has been done and done and done. (Check out Theodore Sturgeons "The Professor's Teddy-Bear" for something truly original.) I couldn't get Toy Story out of my head as I read this. However, I loved the interaction between Kevin and Cheryl, which accurately portrayed how childish adults can act. For that alone, I give it thumbs up.

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Post by Kenwood on Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:04 pm

kurtnewton wrote:Hmm... I guess my expectations were a little too high for this one. Don't get me wrong, good story, well-written, but the subject matter has been done and done and done. (Check out Theodore Sturgeons "The Professor's Teddy-Bear" for something truly original.) I couldn't get Toy Story out of my head as I read this. However, I loved the interaction between Kevin and Cheryl, which accurately portrayed how childish adults can act. For that alone, I give it thumbs up.
No doubt. The concept is not new at all. You mention Toy Story, which is exactly what we thought. But it's like Toy Story told by Tim Burton.

I'm generally one to not get hung up on whether something has been done before, as long as it's done well and isn't a blatant rip-off. Originality, while worthy to strive for, is overrated. Simply because most stories—or any sort of art, for that matter—will never touch upon something truly original. Usually, when I do read something original, it's marred by bad writing or quirky prose, or something more important that was given less thought due to the author trying so hard at being original. It's generally why I don't like much Bizzarro authors. But some people like that stuff, so who am I to say what is right or wrong.

I just love a good story, original or not. Just tell it in your own voice. "The Music Box" did that for me. =)


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Post by kurtnewton on Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:25 pm

I'm just mad because my stuffed animals never talked to me. Crying or Very sad

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Post by Kenwood on Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:36 pm

kurtnewton wrote:I'm just mad because my stuffed animals never talked to me. Crying or Very sad
Nor mine. Glad they didn't try to kill me, too.

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Post by kmorg on Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:24 pm

Absolutely a great story. Cute, fun, surprising and scary. I enjoyed it!

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Post by scottmitchell74 on Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:46 am

This was great! I have two kids and they both carry their favorite stuffed animals with them. IN FACT, my youngest has had her "Bun" (a rabbit) sewn up at least a half dozen times. It's a pitiful looking thing. Even after being washed their animals look haggard and filthy. I tease them that soon they will be "loved to life". I wouldn't be surprised myself.

Great story! I wish I'd thought of it.

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Not to echo everybody else....but.....

Post by TWood on Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:12 pm

Ok....I have been a fan of horror small press for sometime....and I have to say totally awesome story. This is very good.

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Post by DgB on Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:51 pm

This really was a very good story (I am rereading issue #1). rockon

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