My story, “Bondsmen”, is up at Metazen. The story–meant to be a comedy– is a bit surreal, having the latest James Bond (an actor beyond Daniel Craig) really stifled by all the things he has to do as James Bond—he just wants to be himself, dang-it, but he finds himself trapped in the character roles that have been played in the past by other actors…. This is a story of a man who wants to be an individual, not controlled by things he can and cannot do. James Bond ends up quarreling with all the other actors who’ve ever played Bond–or rather, all the other versions of Bond. It is meant to be parody, but also a way to think about living life suppressed, even when you’re a dangerous secret agent. Does James Bond really get a choice to be anything else?
Metazen, “ is an online fiction zine that publishes short fiction and poetry by various authors. Metazen is a fly trap for metafiction, existentialism and absurdism. It harbors all kinds of filth such as neurotic characters, obscure philosophies, love for inanimate objects and quests toward enlightenment. Metazen occasionally follows the real life, meta-fictional exploits of Frank. Metazen is edited by Frank Hinton, Jessica Alchesse and Dylan Cohen.”
Enjoy the story!