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LOLITA’S LYNCH MOB • by Sarah Hilary

The reading group met on Fridays. Beryl baked, badly it must be said. Timothy liked to experiment with herbal teas. They convened in the living-room, by the bay window.

Margaret, who’d never got over the end of The English Patient, said, “Why does nobody do happy-ever-after any more?”

Everyone nodded, china chattering.

“If it was up to me,” Richard said, “Humbert Humbert would’ve been buggered to death by a bear.”

“Grizzly,” Beryl approved. “Prison’s too good for some.”

Fervent consensus, the slop of coffee in saucers; the group felt strongly about this. They rarely disagreed amongst themselves, preferring to combine forces to tackle the chosen text.

It was a week after they’d finished with Lolita that Timothy made the discovery. He arrived waving a Penguin paperback of Nabokov’s novel. “Here, on page 308!”

They huddled around to look. Gone was Humbert’s tardy remorse as he listened to the children playing sans Lolita. In its place was a graphic description of his suffering at the paws of a big brown bear: “Ravished for a fifth time, I was cast aside with indifference, knowing my fate to be both poignant and just.”

A flurry of excitement followed, as the reading group hunted down as many copies of the novel as they could find, old and new, each time discovering the same thing: their wish had come true. Lolita now ended with the ursine sodomy of Nabokov’s nasty narrator.

“Well,” said Beryl. “What a turn-up.”

It wasn’t just the novel which underwent a transformation following the group’s energetic vilification of the text. Both film adaptations of Lolita had miraculously changed to reflect their preferred denouement. The James Mason version used a cut-away as the bear swaggered onscreen. The more recent adaptation was less diffident. The look on Jeremy Irons’ face, they all agreed, was priceless.

“We did it,” Timothy said, between elation and dismay. “We changed the ending, forever.”

“What’re we reading next?” Richard rubbed his hands.

Margaret held up The Satanic Verses.

“D’you think we should…?”

Lolita might’ve been a fluke…”

“True. I mean, what’re the chances of it happening twice?”

“I’ll bake a lemon drizzle,” Beryl promised.

Two months later, they reconvened. Sheepish looks were exchanged. No one liked to say anything. The news blackout was a blessing; they could only guess at how bad things might be in the world beyond their village.

“No cake, Beryl?”

“No eggs, Tim.”

“Ah.”


Sarah Hilary‘s stories have been published by Velvet Mafia, MYTHOLOG, Heavy Glow, Apollo’s Lyre, Twisted Tongue, Four Volts, Neon and the Boston Literary Magazine. Her short story, On the line, was published in the Daunt Books 2006 anthology. She won the Litopia “Winter Kills” Contest in 2007. Sarah lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and young daughter.


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Posted on September 3, 2007 in Stories, Surreal
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118 Responses to “LOLITA’S LYNCH MOB • by Sarah Hilary”


  1. Anna Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 12:44 am

    Very funny, and for such a short story, the ending packed quite a punch.

  2. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 12:52 am

    Thanks, Anna, I’m glad it worked for you.

  3. Lisa Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 1:48 am

    Ha! Such clever, snappy writing. Your bleak humour very much appealed, and I liked the alliteration throughout. Great story.

  4. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 2:03 am

    Thanks, Lisa, you’re very kind.

  5. Tania Hershman Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 2:29 am

    Sarah – wonderful story, biting and very very funny!
    “Well,” said Beryl. “What a turn-up.”
    Fabulous, there’s so much summed up here, so many distinct characters in such a short space. Long live flash fiction!

  6. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 2:33 am

    Many thanks, Tania, I really appreciate your kind comments. And, yes! Flash fiction is the tops. I’m so pleased there’s a venue like this that recognises its worth. Long live Every Day Fiction, too!

  7. Lamia Van Marle Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 3:53 am

    Fabulous! I loved this piece when I first read it and it’s even wittier now. LOVE the bit about the eggs. And, of course, the bit about Jeremy Irons’ face – pricesless!

  8. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 4:38 am

    Thank you, Lamia. I’m delighted I was able to make you laugh with that image of Jeremy Irons’ face. Let’s hope he doesn’t try and sue!

  9. DJ Barber Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 7:50 am

    Delightful! Love the premise.

  10. Jordan Lapp Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 8:21 am

    I was very impressed at the sheer number of characters Sarah was able to squeeze until such a small space. They all felt distinctive.

    You guys will be glad to know that we’ve picked up more of Sarah’s work. Her stories are coming up again in October!

  11. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 9:07 am

    Thanks, DJ, I’m glad you liked it.

  12. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 9:08 am

    Thanks, Jordan. Your enthusiasm, and Camille’s, made all the difference to the usefully-fraught submission process. Loving this venue, and the comment facility which makes it stand apart from other flash sites.

  13. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 9:58 am

    Thank you, Grace, that makes me very happy.

  14. Camille Gooderham Campbell Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Sarah, even after reading almost 300 submissions, this is still one of my favourite stories. I was laughing out loud even while proofreading it.

  15. Anne-Elisabeth Moutet Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    Marvellous fable, subtle, funny, scary, and so apposite in the wonderful times we live in. I love the allusive ending; not a word more than needed.

  16. Sam Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Very imaginative idea. I love that you fit it into a flash fiction mold without sacrificing any of the flow or wit.

  17. Tania Casselle Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    Terrific flash, cracked me up. So sharp and sly, and I loved the alliteration too. I hope this story gets recognized further – I’m not sure if Every Day Fiction nominates for any awards, but this is a worthy one. Whatever, thanks for some refreshing literary irreverance. Tania (Nabokov fan.)

  18. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Ah, Camille, what can I say to that but Thank You! And for this opportunity to be part of such an exciting new venture.

  19. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you, Anne-Elizabeth. I’m very glad it worked so well for you and that you found it apposite.

  20. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks, Sam, it was tempting to expand it into a short story as I was unsure it worked in so few words, so I really appreciate your comment.

  21. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Tania, thank you! What a very kind thing to say, and from a Nabakov fan, too. That means a lot.

  22. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Oops, NabOkov fan I meant, of course. That typo plagues me…

  23. Oonah V Joslin Says:
    September 4th, 2007 at 4:12 am

    Well Sarah, You kicked dust with this one. Well done m’dear. Oonah :)

  24. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 4th, 2007 at 5:47 am

    Many thanks, Oonah! Looking forward to seeing yours in print here soon.

  25. Jordan Lapp Says:
    September 4th, 2007 at 9:52 am

    We are looking into nominating stories for awards. We’re only in the research phase right now, but hopefully we can have something put together soon.

    We also interview authors with the month’s most popular stories and publish the interview in EDF. Later, we plan to sponsor editor’s choice awards.

  26. Rumjhum Biswas Says:
    September 5th, 2007 at 2:07 am

    Sarah, you’re story’s so good. I especially enjoyed the idea of reader/s as a powerful entity in the writer’s life. It’s a metaphorical story; at least to me it seems to be so. Especially with the mentioned books as backdrop. And, that post apocalyptic feel! Thank you!

  27. September’s Table of Contents | Every Day Fiction Says:
    September 6th, 2007 at 12:07 am

    […] Lolita’s Lynch Mob […]

  28. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 7th, 2007 at 12:38 am

    Thank you, Rumjhum, for your positive comments.

  29. Lyn Says:
    September 8th, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Shoot, having read neither story I know I missed some subtle allusions, but the gist is obvious and well done – the average reader (like me, lol) with some literary background will appreciate it. I did. :-) Lyn from ResAliens

  30. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 8th, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Thanks, Lyn, good to know it worked for you even without knowledge of the texts involved. I’m a Nabokov fan but haven’t read Satanic Verses. :)

  31. MG Harris Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 1:19 am

    I just love this. Beautifully written and like one of the nastily funny Twilight Zone episodes!

  32. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 1:25 am

    Thanks, MG! Always good to be likened to the Twlight Zone. :)

  33. Manisha Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 2:10 am

    You have a flair for humour; this had me smiling throughout. Great work!

  34. Phil Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Excellent, Sarah. Very funny…

  35. Johnny A Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 2:46 am

    I really liked this bit – “Ravished for a fifth time, I was cast aside with indifference, knowing my fate to be both poignant and just.” Really funny. Hope to read more from you in future.

  36. Claudia Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 2:48 am

    Ooh, how I love the wicked ending twist!

    And the premise of the readers literally changing the books by the power of their minds reminds me of something Bret Easton Ellis said, how the writer loses any control he ever had over his books and characters once the writing process is over. Brilliant story! :)

  37. maharetr Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 3:16 am

    Hee! I’m…totally charmed by that, actually. So many details conveyed in so few words. Well done!

  38. Aragon Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 3:37 am

    I’ve wandered over from LJ.

    That was hilarious! Also very clever. ^_^ Good work.

  39. Rachel Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 5:14 am

    Oh, I love this! It’s funny and punchy, and that ending is excellent. I especially love Beryl’s reaction to the Lolita change, and the “sheepish looks were exchanged” – so understated and so awesome.

    Now, did you do it on purpose, I wonder – the old adage about the pen being mightier than the sword which implies that writers can change the world with their words, and this is kind of another side of that, that readers can also change the world. I also liked another commenter’s note about how after the writing process is over and the story released to the readers, the author loses control over the story and the characters.

    Anyway, I loved this. I’mma go look for more stories now.

  40. Stephanie Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 5:37 am

    Not to repeat what someone else said above, but I just love the black humor and alliteration that lights up this piece. Lines like “Fervent consensus, the slop of coffee in saucers; the group felt strongly about this” made me smile. Also, thanks so much for the image of Jeremy Irons being ravished by a grizzly!

  41. Emma Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 5:52 am

    I love this story. It’s a fantastic idea. Your writing is beautiful. Very rich and vivid.

  42. Raven Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 6:55 am

    Read it!

  43. Jen Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 7:16 am

    That was delightful! I really loved the whole idea of this story. Not that I’ve ever come across a book club that could agree on anything! 😉 Beryl offering her lemon drizzle for the Satanic Verses cracked me up. Great twist for the ending too!

  44. Sarah Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 7:20 am

    this is one of those stories I find myself wanting to come back to in order to enjoy the interplay and smiles.

  45. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 8:07 am

    Thank you, Manisha, you’re very kind.

  46. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Thanks, Phil!

  47. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 8:12 am

    Ah, Johnny, you picked the line over which I sweated the most! Attempting to emulate Nabokov was tough – really tough. Thanks for reading and commenting so positively.

  48. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 8:14 am

    Thanks, Claudia. BEE speaks an imperial truth, and thank goodness for it! Without that notion of a book “going out into the world”, I’d never have been able to come up with this story.

  49. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 8:14 am

    Thank you, Maharetr!

  50. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 8:15 am

    Thank you, Aragon!

  51. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 8:17 am

    I’m glad you mentioned that image, Stephanie. For some reason, it was that image which kickstarted the whole idea for the story. Not that I daydream about ways to humiliate Mr. Irons, please don’t think that. I actually think his portrayal of HH in that movie is one of his best performances. But the bear adds… something. Thanks for reading and letting me know what you liked. S

  52. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 8:18 am

    Thank you, Emma, you’re very kind.

  53. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Thanks, Jen. I suspect the book club is a rich vein of inspiration for all sorts of stories. :)

  54. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Thank you, Sarah!

  55. Miarr Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 11:19 am

    Loved it, from the concept to the execution to the clever alliterations sprinkled throughout the text. Something so morbidly *precious* could only spring forth from your brain.

    This concept of a reading–mafia, really, that’s what they are–should seriously be developed. 😀

    Cheers!

  56. Kal Cobalt Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Terrifically clever! Much amusement accomplished in very few words — and that’s not easy, though the effortless tone of the tale could easily fool us into thinking so. Great stuff.

  57. Mel Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    I adore the smarts and education in this, and I really enjoyed the sting in the tale. I like the economy of your writing.

  58. Firestorm717 Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Hah, I like the imagery with the grizzly bear XD. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand the ending since I’ve never read the Satanic Verses. But overall, a great piece!

  59. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks, Miarr. I wonder what the reading-group mafia do to informers? Concrete book-jacket in the village stream, perhaps?

  60. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you, Kal, your comments made my morning. After working hard to get a story ‘just right’ nothing’s better than hearing it came across as ‘effortless’ – worth all that effort to hear that. S

  61. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Thanls, Mel. If you knew the pains I took over that economy – the temptation I have to write flowery prose – you would know how much that comment meant.

  62. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Thanks, Firestorm. In settling on that ending, I tried to pick a book which, if not widely read (I doubt many people have read the Satanic Verses; I haven’t) would convey its meaning fairly smoothly. Hard to think of a book written in the last 50 years that’s been more controversial, so…

  63. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 9th, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks, Rachel! I admit I found the idea of that sort of power bring in the hands of those sorts of people irresistible. Dear Beryl who would bake a cake if the world was about to end, being baffled as to how exactly she brought about the apocolypse. It was perhaps more the adage, A little learning is a dangerous thing which inspired this story.

  64. Rhiannon Rhodes Says:
    September 10th, 2007 at 2:04 am

    “Ravished for a fifth time, I was cast aside with indifference, knowing my fate to be both poignant and just.”

    I loved this line, I would have believed it was Nabokov’s.

    I loved the humor but something about Lemon Drizzle and Satanic Verses just kept me in giggles.

  65. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 10th, 2007 at 2:07 am

    Thanks, Rhiannon. “I loved this line, I would have believed it was Nabokov’s.” I couldn’t ask for better praise than that!

  66. Critchell Bullock Says:
    September 10th, 2007 at 2:29 am

    So few words, so many pictures. Brilliant.

  67. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 10th, 2007 at 2:38 am

    Thanks, CB!

  68. Ranald Graham Says:
    September 10th, 2007 at 3:00 am

    Delightful! A flawless diamond! Do I sense a nice discrepancy between the awful fate wished upon the narrator by Richard, and the fate bestowed on him in the re-created penguin version? Or is this the greatest posthumous narration since William Holden’s character’s in Sunset Boulevard?

  69. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 10th, 2007 at 3:55 am

    Wow, Ranald, you’ve bowled me over with that one! Thank you, thank you! Sunset Boulevard, no less!

  70. Raflesya Says:
    September 10th, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    A class writing!
    I love your witty, skilful style.

  71. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 10th, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks, Raflesya, that’s very kind.

  72. chiara Says:
    September 12th, 2007 at 2:46 am

    A delicious short story.
    Brava!

  73. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 12th, 2007 at 2:49 am

    Thanks, Chiara!

  74. Han Says:
    September 12th, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Behind as ever (honestly, I’m just not thinking about it any more, it’s too depressing), so I’ve only just read, but oh yay, I loved this. The ending is perfect :).

    (Would give more detail if I had time)

  75. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 12th, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    Thanks, Han, I’m very glad you liked it.

  76. Jenny Says:
    September 19th, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Loved it Sarah.

  77. Jules Says:
    September 19th, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Sarah, a great idea well written.

    I am now going to draw up a list of endings that I want to change and see what my bookgroup can do.

  78. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 12:02 am

    Thanks, Jenny!

  79. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 12:02 am

    Jules, you rogue! Thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck with the world-changing book clubbery. :)

  80. Lorna Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 1:58 am

    This was recommended by a friend and I can see why. It’s an amazing story, how did you ever come up with the idea? I’d love to find out. Thanks for luring me here to EDF which is a great site.

  81. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 27th, 2007 at 12:39 am

    Many thanks, Lorna. I’m delighted my fic got you over here – it really is a great site. The idea came to me in a dream involving Jeremy Irons. Sorry not to be more esoteric!

  82. Tracy Says:
    October 6th, 2007 at 11:03 am

    Very clever, funny, and eminently readable. I loved it.
    Tracy

  83. Sarah Hilary Says:
    October 7th, 2007 at 12:16 am

    Thanks, Tracy, I’m charmed that you liked it so much.

    Sarah

  84. Eve Says:
    October 7th, 2007 at 12:35 am

    Wow, what a superb tale packed into such few words. The alliteration is gorgeous, just adding so much to the atmosphere.

    “The look on Jeremy Irons’ face, they all agreed, was priceless.” – I laughed out loud at this image of them discussing Jeremy Irons features as he was in mid… well you know!

    Oh, and the tea and the cakes and the china showing us how dangerous “well meaning” idiots can be!!!

    Simply marvellous!

  85. Sarah Hilary Says:
    October 7th, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Thanks, Eve! I’m so glad that bit about Jeremy Irons made you laugh – it was an image that came to be in the night (don’t ask, I don’t know!) and gradually the rest of the story built up around it. Thanks for the positive feedback, I really appreciate it. You’ve made my Sunday morning!

  86. Bonnie Says:
    December 22nd, 2007 at 4:57 am

    I have come here from “The Facts As I Know Them,” having spotted some links. This story is terrific! I have NO quibbles with it! I especially loved, “I’ll bake a lemon drizzle.” Almost a non sequitur, but of course a further indication of the group’s “dynamics,” as well as being funny in itself. That’s a lot to pack into one sentence! (All of this story’s sentences were packed!)

    I’m going to find that other one you wrote now.

  87. Sarah Hilary Says:
    December 22nd, 2007 at 5:02 am

    Thanks, Bonnie! I’m delighted you liked it so much and thank you for taking the time to to leave feedback.

  88. February’s Table of Contents | Every Day Fiction Says:
    January 30th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

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  89. Lorna Says:
    March 26th, 2008 at 1:36 am

    THE best flash fic story I have ever read. Complete, witty, anarchic, it hits you like a bullet and stays with you forever.

  90. Sarah Hilary Says:
    April 14th, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Hi, Lorna. Sorry for the delay in responding to your terrific feedback – I didn’t pick up the comment until now. You’ve just made my day. Thank you!

  91. Nik Perring Says:
    April 15th, 2008 at 7:54 am

    I enjoyed that very much. Thanks, Sarah.

    Nik.

  92. Sarah Hilary Says:
    April 15th, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Thanks, Nik!

  93. Carl Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Okay best flash ever. Best. Ever.

  94. Sarah Hilary Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Wow, Carl! Thank you for that.

  95. September’s Table of Contents | Every Day Fiction Says:
    August 31st, 2008 at 6:04 pm

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  96. Interview with Sarah Hilary | Every Day Fiction Says:
    September 1st, 2008 at 12:04 am

    […] with us, readers search for her other stories and find them on the site. Top Ten favourite, “Lolita’s Lynch Mob” still gets a stunning number of reads every […]

  97. Dianne Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I can’t help but wonder what these characters of the classics might have done to the likes of Wuthering Heights… Best guess: Heathcliffe is abducted by aliens and suffered an unfortunate probing. o_O And what of Emma? Could she have become Solent Green? I would hazard a guess at what the group might have done with James Joyce’s Ulysses. 😀

  98. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks, Dianne, wouldn’t it be a fun game to play?!

  99. Dianne Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I guess that’s part of the fun of creating a work of fiction – the ability to play in other worlds and move into the mindset of strange and mysterious beings that may or may not resemble people that we know.

  100. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Absolutely, Dianne. I also find it strangely fascinating the way in which reading groups read novels, especially “classics” in such a very different manner to “established” reading. That was the germ of this idea. How the same story can be viewed so differently through other eyes than our own.

  101. Terri Says:
    September 4th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Oh, what a Pandora’s Box they may have opened eh? But how boring if we were able to make every ending a happy one! I much enjoyed this piece Sarah.

  102. Dianne Says:
    September 4th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Sarah: I never lived in an area where we had reading groups so I was always stuck viewing television and movie adaptations of a variety of books, as well as enjoying British comedy. I’ve found a trend of sorts between British and USA comedy settings, in that a lot of British shows are set in book clubs and book shops whilst American media is often set in music and comic book stores. Now, I think that your scenario would work easily in the likes of a comic book group as well. I can’t help but hink of how all of those long-term Spiderman fans would react if no clone of Peter Parker ever entered the storyline. o_O I am such a geek. 😀

    Terri: Pandora’s Box? Funny you should say that… 😀

  103. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 5th, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Thanks, Terri and Dianne. I hadn’t known about the comic book groups, Dianne – you opened my eyes!

  104. Dianne Says:
    September 5th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Try reading through the forums of roleplaying games. The language used by roleplayers is a sort of lexicon developed by playing a system (there are different types) for an extended period of time. There are also private jokes that only roleplayers understand. Collector Card games often bring out the same habits as well, that secret language and humor that only those in the gaming circle get. The cult following of this game or that show does bring out some odd behavior. Trekkies are the best and most publicized example of this because they aren’t subtle in any regard.

  105. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 5th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    It’s a whole new world, by the sounds of it. Thanks, Dianne!

  106. Dianne Says:
    September 6th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    And the internet is helping make the world even smaller. 😀

  107. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 7th, 2008 at 1:49 am

    True! It’s still an astonishment to me that I readers from all over the world. 20,000 “hits” for my stories here at EDF in one year – how’d it happen?? And to think I didn’t even know how to use the internet four years ago…

  108. Dianne Says:
    September 7th, 2008 at 2:10 am

    You took the first step in writing as inspiration dictated, then people identified how talented you are and the word spread. Weblogs have opened up a market that wasn’t there ten years ago and websites like EDF are taking full advantage of this distribution method. Weblogs, Podcasts & vlogs are certainly changing the way that people offer fiction and non-fiction, benefiting writers that would have otherwise been overlooked by the traditional market.

  109. Sarah Hilary Says:
    September 7th, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Thank you, Dianne, for the kind comments.

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    May 4th, 2009 at 6:01 am

    […] Hilary is a frequent contributor to Every Day Fiction  (Lolita’s Lynch Mob is an all-time favorite) and on other flash sites around the web.  Check out her blog, Crawl Space, […]

  114. J.C. Towler Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 9:29 am

    “Lolita now ended with the ursine sodomy of Nabokov’s nasty narrator” Ha!

    At a friend’s suggestion I tracked this one down and was throughly delighted. Fun read, Sarah.

    –John

  115. Sarah Hilary Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Thanks, John, I’m glad you tracked it down and that you enjoyed reading.

  116. Jonathan Pinnock Says:
    May 6th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Ha! How did I miss this one before? Great stuff, Sarah :)

  117. Sarah Hilary Says:
    May 6th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Thanks, Jon! I’m intrigued as to how you found it after all this time.

  118. REVIEW: Someone Else’s Skin | Sarah Hilary | Copy. Edit. Proof. Says:
    June 24th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    […] knew from the first time I read one of Sarah Hilary’s flash fiction stories (“Lolita’s Lynch Mob“, back in 2007) that she’d be someone to watch. I was not surprised at all to hear that […]

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