Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer, is a highly imaginative, tongue-in-cheek story of a psychopath that has been rattled by the misuse of grammar. The infamous Grammar Nazi Serial Killer came to despise the incorrect use of grammar after living in a house of cannibals when a Whatsapp message inadvertently goes out to everyone saying “Let’s eat Grandpa” when it should have read “Let’s eat, Grandpa.” That missing comma has serious ramifications for poor old Grandpa.
The dark humour starts with the killer, murdering her seventeenth victim, an author Stella Davidov, for writing a complex sentence with too many missing commas. Describing it as a writing blitz and she needs to slow her down by drowning her in resin. Another victim is chain-sawed in two because they used split infinitives.
The main part of the short story is an interview on the dark-net by a famous but mysterious host, Corrigan Dante, where he probes her motives, methods and rationale for the killings. There is a surprise ready to be announced at the end of the interview.
This short story presents a very dramatic warning to authors to ensure that their editing efforts are treated with diligence. Authors and writers beware, this may get uncomfortable. It’s also an interesting dialogue of an interview with a serial killer that is very well written. It was very short, at 23 pages, thereby limited in building any of the characters, establishing an engrossing plot, or building deeper motivation. It felt like a sample of a bigger story, a very enticing sample, but too short to satisfy my appetite.