TWA #19 – Reality Bites Battle Thread

“The Gaslight Consultant” by Thomas A. Mays


“Excerpt of Classified Data Recovered in the Aftermath of Project Lethe” by Albert Berg


Reality BitesWelcome, lovers of short stories. We have another battle on our hands and this week the contestants have been asked to mess around with reality a bit.

They were asked to muck about in the heads of their characters and to create a delusion so compelling that the poor human suffering from it can’t tell if he’s crazy, or if it is everyone else that’s gone mad.

In this battle you won’t know who to trust.

Challenging the arena this week is Thomas A. Mays with, “The Gaslight Consultant.”

Battling back is Albert Berg with, “Excerpts of Classified Data Recovered in the Aftermath of Project Lethe.”

Battle #19 is live!

Read, comment, vote, enjoy!

We have two judges that will render their decision by Friday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors aren’t allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Friday.

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  2. Both stories were just too good this week. I say that a lot, but it keeps getting more true each week. I don’t know if I can pick just one. I really don’t.

    This is why I could never be a judge. Excellent work from both contestants.

  3. That’s the fun of the Arena. No matter how the contest goes, the readers win.

    I have a healthy amount of respect for the Arena Denizens. It’s impressive that they can write consistently well week after week.

    • I’d be willing to wager that writing week after week is why we can do a decent job of it. My storytelling skills have definitely gotten sharper because of the Arena. Al, Joseph, and Danny already were good writers before this.

      What surprises me is how our guests can always bring the heat and have been thrashing us lately.

  4. As I’ve said before, I feel that being asked to judge gives me the best seat in the house. There’s quite a community of writers and readers springing up around an off-hand idea between Joseph Devon and Al…

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