Monday, October 18, 2010

Reader's Diary #658- David Nickel: Fly in Your Eye

I'm a sucker for stories told in the 2nd person. I'm also a fan of urban legends (well, at Halloween anyway), so this week's story is just perfect. Oh, and it's also Canadian. Sweet.

"Fly in Your Eye" by David Nickel is a take on those old classics about the ant crawling into the guy's ear as he sleeps on the beach or the lady who always wore a bun in her hair which became home to a nest of cockroaches. But Nickel adds a nice touch with the 2nd person perspective, making our inner hypochondriacs all the louder. And though it was first published in 1997, it could also be seen as a play on the current bed bug mania. I listened to a piece on CBC Radio this summer about the resurgence of the mattress-sharing parasite and one of the theories proposed was that increased global travel may have played a part. After reading Nickel's "Fly in Your Eye" you'll hope bed bugs are the worse things you'll bring back the next time you go international.

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Anonymous said...

Oh! I don't think I can read this story. It seems a bit too creepy for me.
I also reviewed a creepy story this Monday:…y-alison-moore/


Loni said...

Sounds like a great story. I'll definitely be reading it.

This week I went for something a bit older.

Teddy Rose said...

I don't think I would care for this story much. LOL!

Mine is also by a Canadian author:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've been travelling increasingly more often lately so naturally I am terrified of bringing home bed bugs. How can I resist this story?