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Art by Melissa Mead

The Modern Prometheus

Ed Wyrd lives in a modest cape cod on the northwest side of Milwaukee with his wife, two sons, and two dogs. He's currently working on several novels, although he finds shorter fiction, especially flash, is more suited to his attention deficit. When he isn't writing or reading, he listens to his vinyl collection of classic rock from the '70s and peruses his Silver Age collection of comics. He also enjoys Old Time Radio shows.
Doctor Victor Von Frankenstein entered his laboratory and froze. The lab was silent. The copper discharge spheres weren't sparking and the Jacob's Ladder was silent. The row of four glass tubes no longer bubbled. But what really caught his attention was the empty lab table. It still sat at its 45-degree angle, but the heavy duty leather straps were snapped and the monster gone. Was it terrorizing the villagers again? That's the last thing Victor needed. It had taken years to fix his reputation and get back his good name.
A dim light flickered from his office. Quietly he entered. The monster was hunched over the doctor's desk.
"What are you doing?"
The monster turned, showing the computer screen upon which the doctor recognized the homepage for Facebook.
"Friend, good!"
The End
This story was first published on Thursday, March 31st, 2011


The idea for this story just came to me in a flash, so to speak. I was watching the 1935 Universal horror movie "Bride of Frankenstein," at the point where the monster is in the house of the blind hermit. The hermit is teaching the monster to speak, and the monster says, "Alone. Bad. Friend. Good." And my mind just came up with the question, “What would the monster say today?”

- Ed Wyrd

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