You’ll Wake The Dead

You’ll Wake The Dead
Joseph Grant

It wasn’t my idea to conduct such an experiment; in reality, it was my stupid friend from MIT who shall remain nameless but not blameless. Not that he is of a sub-par intelligence; no he is quite the opposite. He is that rare mix of a brilliant man who doesn’t always have the brightest of ideas. Somehow, he dragged me, a man of reasonable astuteness in the middle of a freezing October night, to accompany him to Calvary Cemetery.

The cemetery overlooked the blinking lights of Midtown Manhattan. Why I agreed to go is beyond me, but yet there we were, disturbing the graves of the recently and no so recently, departed. Apparently, my friend had read in some East European auto journal how the dead were being used in their unique biodegradable state as excellent sources of alternative fuel and the whole procuring process only took a matter of minutes with each volunteer, if you will.

It made little sense to me, but much sense to my friend, a cheapskate by birthright of equally skin-flint parents of East Far Rockaway, it was my friend who schemed to take the alternative gas market by storm with its natural, endless supply of the free of charge, deceased. Ethics and decency aside, as these were never my friend’s strong points, he had concocted a devious drilling and siphoning device that used a sort of reverse livor mortis embalming procedure as maybe the best way to describe it. The procedure was to draw up the raw natural resources from the lifeless.

Typically and absentmindedly, he cut costs from the magazine blueprint and also forgot to probably carry a two somewhere along the line in his calculations and therefore as we were approximately on our seventy-fifth corpse, something wasn’t right. For as we scrambled back to the car amidst the disturbed graves of some of the worst criminals and gangland murderers in history, my wife’s admonition of: “You’ll wake the dead!” came prophetically true.

As a Pushcart Prize nominee, Joseph Grant’s short stories have been published in over 230 literary reviews such as Byline, New Authors Journal, Underground Voices, Midwest Literary Magazine, Inwood Indiana Literary Review, Hack Writers, Six Sentences, Literary Mary, NexGenPulp, Is This Reality Zine , Darkest Before Dawn,, FarAway Journal, Full of Crow, Heroin Love Songs, Bewildering Stories, Writing Raw, Unheard Magazine, Absent Willow Literary Review


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7 Responses to You’ll Wake The Dead

  1. Diana E Backhouse says:

    Whoops!!! A well told tale of bungling bad deeds.

  2. angelzapata says:

    Love the voice.You might say it’s dead on.

  3. Joe says:

    Thank you, Diana and Angel! Your comments are much appreciated.

  4. Nikon says:

    Great story Joe, I love the ongoing description of your not so bright friend and his scheme.
    You must be psychic to set it in Far Rockaway with Sandy on the horizon 🙂

  5. Joe says:

    Thank you, Paul for your comments (the psychic bit was purely coincidental…or was it??) 😀 and a special thank you to Jeanette for having me as your spooky guest writer. 🙂

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