I can’t believe this happened to me (or “Nightmare Makeover”)

I didn’t get a blog written this weekend.  I didn’t get my copyediting done either. It wasn’t my fault, though. See, I went out to check the mail yesterday afternoon, and I heard this noise behind me. The slow clomp-drag-clomp-drag of someone with a bad limp.

I didn’t think anything of it. I mean, it was broad daylight. Kids were playing in the street. Dads were walking the family yorkie-poos. Why would I ever suspect…?

Well, anyway, I smelled something really bad, like day-old road kill. Then someone came up behind me, grabbed my arm, and bit me.  Bit me! Can you believe it? I felt the teeth pop right through my skin.

I turned, and there was this guy gnawing on my arm. He had the worst eczema I’ve ever seen—skin sloughing off by the handful. It was gross. Naturally, I kicked him where it counts and made a break for it. He was kinda slow and seemed stupid, so I made it home okay. But by nightfall, I looked like this:

I gotta go to the doctor or something. I mean, my left pinkie fell off while I was typing this note and I’m getting this putrid goo all over the keyboard. It’s mortifying!

But before I go, I did want to tell you that the randomly selected winner of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes is Cathy Hedge.

Happy Halloween!

About Marie Loughin

I love reading, writing, and editing speculative fiction of all sorts. My current focus is on writing contemporary fantasy, where I get to play god with characters from myth and legend. My Norse-based urban fantasy, Valknut: The Binding, is available at Kindle Books and other e-book retailers. You can find me at my blog (marieloughin.com) and on Twitter (@mmloughin).
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15 Responses to I can’t believe this happened to me (or “Nightmare Makeover”)

  1. Paul D. Dail says:

    Pretty gross. I think the skeletal hand is my favorite part. I hate it when I get bitten by people with serious eczema 🙂

    Happy Halloween!

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

  2. You look . . . disgusting. 🙂 Great costume. And congrats to Cathy!

  3. If that’s what Canada does to you, maybe you should come back to the States. As it is, I’m glad a continent separates us. You look delightfully gross.


  4. Tom says:

    Yep, she’s a keeper.

  5. Faint-hearted Nadia says:


  6. Mom says:

    I can’t believe I spawned THAT…………..

  7. Though I’m late to the party, I love the post! 😀

  8. cjhedge says:

    All I want to know is if there is virus still lingering on the book? I like my pinkies and need them to type! Thank you, Marie!!!!

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