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Jack Rollins

A Parody

By Kenny PennPublished 5 months ago Updated 5 months ago 1 min read
Jack Rollins
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They melted his eyes with coals.

I can still hear the sizzling pops his corneas made, bursting as the glowing rocks liquified his eyeballs. The sweet, putrid stench of burning flesh and his agonized screams will likely haunt my nightmares forever.

An innocent man. A red-haired guitarist from West Virginia who sang and danced at town festivals and private dinner parties. Rotund with a round flat nose some said looked like a button. Unfortunately, he arrived in Virginia during the worst cold snap in North American history.

Hundreds, if not thousands of people died in that cruel winter. Them, and hundreds of thousands of pigs, sheep, chicken and cows. Some who didn't expire from extreme cold exposure were doomed to die later of starvation. On the day they killed him, at least six feet of clean snow lay under a Neptune sky. They sent children to shovel out a space for him to die in.

The man hadn't lived in Virginia for a full year when the snows hit. A stranger, whom the Puritans later accused of singing devil songs to their women and children, made the perfect scapegoat for the town's recent tragedies. His demon hair only made him easier to sacrifice.

His screams went on forever, until one of the townsmen ended his suffering by thrusting a sharpened branch into his gaping mouth. His teeth severed the branch at a burl, making it look like a tobacco pipe. They left the body until Spring, covered in wintry frost.


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Kenny Penn

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Comments (15)

  • Raymond G. Taylor2 months ago

    Gripping snowman tale, chillingly done! Congrats on Vocal+ Assist AOTD award!

  • Superstitious twits & the powers that be finding a way to claim they have rid themselves of the problem.

  • Joe O’Connor5 months ago

    Scary and horrible, but an original twist on the snowman origin, and you’ve threaded little clues all the way through. Cleverly done!

  • SC Wells5 months ago

    Wow! Expertly crafted. Micro fiction is such a challenge but this was absolutely perfect.

  • L.C. Schäfer5 months ago

    Good gravy! 😮😮😮 COFFEE DRINKERS!

  • Alyssa Nicole5 months ago

    Wow! Very dark with great details to highlight the heinous crime. This is a great micro!

  • 😮 ☃️ Poor Jack! This is a brilliant example of how to pack a punch with a microfiction tale. Nicely done, Kenny!

  • Well written. Great details!!! It's always the long haired artsy type that's deemed as evil. Great story!!!

  • Stephanie Hoogstad5 months ago

    So chilling…literally! Puts a new perspective on Frosty the Snowman…very well done.

  • This was so freaking tragic and scaryyyy! Loved it so much!

  • Andrea Corwin 5 months ago

    Sizzling pops his corneas made - whoa!! good story.

  • RL Stevenson5 months ago

    Wow, very vivid and terrifyingly good! I wrote an adaptation to a story about a deadly Winter Storm some time in 2004. I wrote it as a 1-act stage play. Hmmm... you've given me the courage to share it on Vocal.

  • Hannah Moore5 months ago

    Oh my. Very well done. I'm a redhead, I feel risky.

  • JBaz5 months ago

    Absolutely a mesmerizing micro story. Brilliant how much you packed in so much with so few words.

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