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SUBMUNITIONS: 060606 [Jun. 6th, 2006|08:41 pm]
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"When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will rise up and put bloody Coldplay on my jukebox," said the barman, with a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp. And he wasn't wrong. There they were, the restless dead, listening to bloody Coldplay and drinking Magners. Wearing sensible shoes and talking about Big Brother and Pop Idol and Strictly Dance Fever. Sending each other video ringtones with that bastard frog in them.

The dead were back on Earth, and the worst thing was that you couldn't tell them apart from any other mediocre fucker on the street.


© Warren Ellis 2006

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[User Picture]From: razrangel
2006-06-06 07:42 pm (UTC)

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I've always feared that would happen.
[User Picture]From: chicken_agogo
2006-06-06 07:50 pm (UTC)

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What do you mean would... It has... Which is why I have retreated to my lair of half decent music and booze...
[User Picture]From: krysalist
2006-06-06 07:43 pm (UTC)

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I take it your favorite pub is full of quasi-chavs lately.
[User Picture]From: bellebet
2006-06-06 07:44 pm (UTC)

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Damn white-bread zombies.
[User Picture]From: fatfred
2006-06-06 07:44 pm (UTC)

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Oh man, that IS Hell!
[User Picture]From: wyldkyss
2006-06-06 07:44 pm (UTC)

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That's the best explanation for people that play their entire ringtone list in public...
[User Picture]From: fetishman
2006-06-08 10:53 am (UTC)

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it gets better: late night, in the a&e in leeds, playing something indecipherable right under the sign saying "no mobile phones" just outside the emergency room.
[User Picture]From: bobbarker
2006-06-06 07:44 pm (UTC)

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That is more horrifying than the flesh eating zombies.... and I am from Pittsburgh... zombie capital
[User Picture]From: fluffpot
2006-06-06 07:46 pm (UTC)

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So nice to read something on the internet today that isn't all "LOL SATAN", thanks.
[User Picture]From: azzy23
2006-06-06 07:51 pm (UTC)

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Oh, I like this one...
[User Picture]From: chicken_agogo
2006-06-06 07:52 pm (UTC)

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Why... Why does he have to be sooo right... if only it was all fantasy...
[User Picture]From: kizeesh
2006-06-06 07:53 pm (UTC)

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Damn, and there's more of them than there is of us.
And surely suicide isn't even an option. Damn them! Damn them all to Hull
[User Picture]From: roque
2006-06-07 01:58 am (UTC)

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aside: nice icon :)
[User Picture]From: tenchichan
2006-06-06 07:54 pm (UTC)

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Happy 060606 to you sir.
[User Picture]From: mightywombat
2006-06-06 07:55 pm (UTC)

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It all makes sense now!
[User Picture]From: melissagay
2006-06-06 07:56 pm (UTC)

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Change the pop culture references a bit and this is pretty much what the 1980's looked like from my point of view.
[User Picture]From: ms_danson
2006-06-06 07:56 pm (UTC)

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*laugh* Thanks. That was far better than watching religious arguements and whiners on lj and reading letters from lawyers at work.
[User Picture]From: choronzon333
2006-06-06 07:58 pm (UTC)

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The end came, and nobody noticed...
[User Picture]From: kizeesh
2006-06-06 07:59 pm (UTC)

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I think that'd work as a title.
[User Picture]From: cleversimon
2006-06-06 08:01 pm (UTC)

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Hahahahahaha. Wonderful.

I'm excited to see more of these.
[User Picture]From: diosa_en_disfra
2006-06-06 08:03 pm (UTC)

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oohh! sounds good.
[User Picture]From: stellabambino
2006-06-06 08:04 pm (UTC)

Because someone has to ask....

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Why Coldplay?
[User Picture]From: warren_ellis
2006-06-06 08:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Because someone has to ask....

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If you have to ask the question, you'll never understand the answer.
[User Picture]From: threemilechild
2006-06-06 08:04 pm (UTC)

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"Would you like to meet a ghost?"
[User Picture]From: autodidactic
2006-06-06 08:08 pm (UTC)

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Magners? Jesus.

Undead, undead, undead.
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[User Picture]From: momus
2006-06-06 08:10 pm (UTC)

This is the way the world ends...

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"...not with a bang, but a whimper."
Coddled to death by the politically correct. Spoonfed thoughtless tripe until we couldn't form an opinion if we wanted to.
[User Picture]From: thatdamngood
2006-06-06 08:12 pm (UTC)

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and the nonsense of the apocalypse is lessened by the wise words from the ellis man.

I jsut realizied ive been reading nothing but your work all day. Stormwatch, Transmetropolitan, Hellblazer... its the apocalypse for some but today is Warren Ellis day for me..
[User Picture]From: frumpuss
2006-06-06 08:12 pm (UTC)

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and now I feel very cold and alone...

Time to stop drinking the beer and get the vodka.
[User Picture]From: harmfulguy
2006-06-06 08:14 pm (UTC)

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I had independently concluded on my way back from lunch today (not two hours ago) that Coldplay was the music played on the elevator to Hell.
[User Picture]From: pirateman
2006-06-06 08:16 pm (UTC)

"with a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp"

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Was this at all hard for you? Getting the story across in 100 words or less?

And while I'm asking questions - do you write everything down and then revise, or do you revise as you write?

Just curious. Thanks!
[User Picture]From: warren_ellis
2006-06-06 08:23 pm (UTC)

Re: "with a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp"

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Flash fiction is easy for me. It came in at 102 words, I went back and clipped out a three-word sentence that was nice but unnecessary.

As a rule, I revise as I write, to keep everything moving and of a piece.


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