Exquisite Corpse: A Perfect Day For a Murder

3년 전

Last week, I put out a call for writers to express their interest in joining me in a literary experiment called Exquisite Corpse. The idea is to collaborate on a story where each participant writes a portion of the story in succession, like a relay race. The following Steemian writers responded with interest:

@quillfire (late entry)

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That's a good mix. It means we have seven participants counting myself. I'll write the first part of the story and pass the baton to the next writer. The rules are quite simple:

  • Each writer will write their part of the story on their own Steemit blog.
  • Each post should be between 350 and 1,000 words (not too long and not short).
  • Pick up the story where the writer before you left off.
  • Give something of an introduction so your readers know what is going on.
  • You can take the story in any direction you want, even veering from the trajectory set by previous writers, but try to make the story make sense (a large part of the challenge here is to present a challenge for the next writer to move the story along - it's all for fun). You don't have to try to keep the same voice and tone, or even write in the same genre, as previous writers. You can go comedic, tragic, horror, mystery, romance, sci-fi/fantasy ... as long as you can make the narrative fit together with the rest of the story.
  • Tag the next writer to let them know it's their turn to write (it's also a good idea to tag all participants so that each of us can follow the story through to the end.
  • Each writer has a week to post their part of the story (you can post any time during that week).

And now, here's the opening sequence of our little experiment.

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A Perfect Day For a Murder

Vinnie Testosteroni was no ordinary serious killer. He showed no signs of sexual deviance. He didn't have daddy issues or hate his mother. There was no hint of psychological damage or mental health issues anywhere in the family tree. He didn't mutilate the bodies or have sex with his victims before murdering them. And he didn't try to hide the fact that he was a serial killer by holding down a job to which he was compulsively dedicated and which served only as a cover-up to his real occupation as serial killer.

Vinnie was no planner. He didn't miticulously plot every detail of his discretions to ensure he'd never be caught. He had no signature moves that would set him apart from others of his kind, and he absolutely refused to sign his name with his victims' blood. In fact, he hated the sight of blood.

Instead, he worked hard to arrange for his victims to kill themselves after he had left the scene of the crime, which always seemed to happen on a Sunday.

He couldn't figure out why he liked Sundays, but it was his favorite day. He'd say to himself over and over as he prepared for each work of murderous art, It's the perfect day for a murder. And it usually was.

One Sunday morning, while preparing for his weekly chance meeting with the next victim, he cut himself shaving. He had, as usual, waken at five a.m. to the sound of his alarm clark singing his favorite happy tune. He scurried himself through his normal Sunday morning routine of putting on coffee, grabbing an apple from the fruit bowl on the dining room table of his plush bachelor pad, and searching for the clothes he'd wear for the day's murder.

Rummaging quickly through his closet, he pulled a pair of black polyester pants and a plaid shirt from it, then threw them nonchalantly onto his bed and mozied into the bathroom to shave.

Vinnie was in no hurry. He was never in a hurry, even when times called for moving quickly. To Vinnie, life was a journey to be enjoyed, not some roller coaster ride meant to produce endless adrenaline rushes, or some detailed business itinerary through which one maneuvered as quickly as possible in order to maximize efficiency, save time, and produce wealth. That was for dreamers, and Vinnie was no dreamer.

So he dawdled his way into the bathroom, approached the lavatory in the most cautious way a serial killer could before setting out for the day, and took his razor in hand. Without much thought, he raised it to his cheek, placed it gingerly beside his earlobe and slid it downward to remove the fuzz that had begun to sprout since the day before. To his dismay, a sudden and spontaneous twitch of his hand caused the blade to nick his skin, and that's when this perfect day for a murder began to jump the rail.

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The title of our little story, of course, is "A Perfect Day For a Murder." I'm anxious to see how it ends.

Using a random generator, I've set the order for our writers in the following sequence:

  1. @calluna
  2. @franexito
  3. @blueteddy
  4. @foxyspirit
  5. @fromage
  6. @quillfire

@calluna will have one week to take this story to the next writer, but she can post at any time during that week. @franexito will follow, then @blueteddy, and so one, until @quillfire, who will write the final leg and wrap up any loose ends. We're not looking for a perfect #story here. This is just for fun, so don't sweat the small details.

Now I leave it in your hands. @calluna, Go!

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I'm late to this fabulous story. I have been warned by @quillfire to start at the beginning, and not just read his.
He has a way about him. A dadish / teachery kind of way, where an idle threat accompanied with a Shakespearean quote and a pop quiz has you wondering if he does have slight pseudopsychic powers, and will know if you only pretended to do the prereading.
He incorporated my own Bull's Pizzle Shakespeare quote to bait me as well. Very devious.
Anyway, I'm glad I did, I enjoyed this opening chapter and am heading over to @franexito's post now.
Thanks for taking the time to do something unique and worthwhile here on steemit. I wish I could up vote this, I will be sure to vote on a more recent post of yours.


There will be plenty more to come. Next in line is @calluna, but if you go to my blog you should find each one resteemed.


He lured me in with the same trickery, @girlbeforemirror!
@blockurator, you give us an intriguing start by telling us all the things our serial killer is NOT - leaving us to wonder what he is - other than fond of Sundays, and not one to cut himself shaving (hates the sight of blood), so this rare nick gets his perfect day off to an imperfect start.
I already hate him. :)


Good! It means you have a conscience.

Awesome! This is an awesome start and I love that it is a murder story :D I am excited to write a part of this and really excited to read the next part!


I am excited to read your leg of the story. This will be fun!

Well, it's a perfect day to start an interesting story. I'm really interested to see where this goes.


Me too! Stay tuned. All the writers signed on so far are awesome writers. This should be good.

Ahhh this is an amazing start to pick up!! And first tagged in! I can't wait to get started!


Ha ha! Love that gif.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Great start. I am excited to read where other writers take it. Thank you for sharing :)


WAIT! I want in on this too. Block ... break some rules for me. This sounds fun.



Okay, you're in! I'll put you at the back leg of the line up so you can pull up the rear and draw the story to a close.

Great start
Count me in next time around ! I am following you around


Okay. Keep an eye out. Follow me and you should get locked in.

haha! howdy there blockurator! hey this is a great start to the story and it 's a great idea to do also! Saw your name on steemitbloggers and realized I haven't been over for a long time so I'm dropping by!


Glad you dropped in @janton. Thanks a bunch, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the story. Got some great writers involved.

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Wow! This really a great idea @blockurator. Keep it on going

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Ohh.. this is super fun and exciting ! And the details of the murderer is just great.
With the list of writers already in, I can only imagine how the trail of the story will be like.

@blockurator ... oh please, oh please, can I join too...


Yeah, I'm totally looking forward to seeing where this goes. How about if I put you on the list for the next one?

Oh yes please do. I look forward to being in the next group

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What a great idea @blockurator (I am now following you). Please do post the final product once finished. This reminds me of an old Sci-Fi / Fantasy anthology called Thieves World in which several authors wrote about the same fictional setting and oftentimes used each other characters.


I loved Thieves World.


I love sci-fi / fantasy books. Many, many moons ago I had the idea to write a fantasy trilogy and write a double album (vinyl was still a thing back then) which would center around the trilogy. The album sleeve inside was going to have the first 3 chapters of the first book.


That might have posed a copyright challenge.

You might like the Speculative Fiction Writers of Steeem community on Discord. Come join us.

This will be fun to follow.


I hope so. We've got some good writers on board.

Beautiful murder story, Seriously I would have totally love it.
love your style and looking for next post.


Thanks. I hope you follow the other writers to get the full story. I'll be posting updates as we move along. Glad you like it.