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FF – Dead but not Forgotten

Here is my contribution to Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Dale Rogerson.


“I say, Carruthers, this is jolly good!”

“It is, Pinkerton! Who would have guessed that reanimated bodies could put on such a show? It’s a theatrical revolution, by Jove!”

“They found the reanimation artefact in an Egyptian tomb?”

“Indeed so, Pinkerton. Undead actors are just the start… look, the final dance number!”

“Oh, I say, that actor’s leg just fell off. Been dead too long?”

“What ho, you’re right! I SAY, POOR SHOW DOWN THERE, JOLLY POOR SHOW!”

Unseen eyes watched Carruthers from backstage. His heckling had crossed a line. And it did look like they’d need a new actor…


  1. February 26, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Uh oh! Run, Carruthers, run!
    Loved your imaginative take on the photo prompt. 🙂

    As Robert nibbled Molly’s earlobes she remembered that tickling sensation, phantom-pains for a lost limb.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. February 26, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Oh, poo! Sorry I had copied and pasted something from another story to comment on then I went and hit the post button before I noticed.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • February 26, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      I’m glad you liked my story, and I can’t wait to read the post with Robert and Molly 🙂


      • February 26, 2020 at 8:56 pm

        They’re characters in Bjorn’s story – the quote formed part of my comment to him. 🙂


  3. February 26, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Break a leg Carruthers!

    Liked by 3 people

  4. February 26, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    HAHA! I say, Carruthers better run away while he can! 😀


    • February 27, 2020 at 7:27 am

      I hope he doesn’t accept an offer to “go backstage and meet the cast” after the show 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. February 26, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    You just can’t be taking such chances when dealing with the dead!!


  6. February 26, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    And eventually, the whole cast rots in front of your eyes. Now THAT is worth a standing ovation, eh what?


  7. February 26, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Live Zombie Theatre! Definitely a winner, unless too many of the audience don’t make it out alive!


    • February 27, 2020 at 7:37 am

      Great in theory, as long as the cast has been well fed before the performance!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. February 26, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    I’d say the show was dead on its feet


  9. February 26, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Dear Ali

    What ho! Carruthers better run like the wind. It seems he just passed a rather grisly audition.




    • February 27, 2020 at 7:44 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Yes, it’s unwise to heckle the dead and their masters, especially when there’s clearly an opening in their ranks.


  10. February 27, 2020 at 1:17 am

    There’s a price to everything, said the man in black robes and a scythe … 😉


    • February 27, 2020 at 7:46 am

      Let’s just hope he doesn’t scythe the head off, that’s a real pain to stick back on 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • February 27, 2020 at 3:03 pm

        Yeah, it’s those pesky eyes in the back of the head that give one trouble … 😉

        Liked by 1 person

  11. February 27, 2020 at 2:22 am

    There is always that place where heckling crosses a line. He picked the wrong place to do it.


  12. February 27, 2020 at 3:17 am

    did they beat howard carter to it? i wonder.


    • February 27, 2020 at 7:52 am

      This was a little out of the way tomb. Hardly worth the esteemed Mr Carter’s time, he thought!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. February 27, 2020 at 6:04 am

    I keep waiting for them to break out Michael Jackson’s Thiller…


    • February 27, 2020 at 6:05 am



      • February 27, 2020 at 8:03 am

        That would be so cool, especially with bits falling off all over the place, very realistic 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  14. February 27, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Haha this is brilliant! The FF post on a Thursday broke my brain for a second though!


    • February 28, 2020 at 7:45 am

      I’m glad you liked it!
      The prompt comes out on a Wednesday. ‘Cos that’s how we Friday Fictioneers roll 🙂


  15. February 27, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    What a great take! Can’t wait to see Carruthers next time I see a play performed by that lot!


    • February 28, 2020 at 7:46 am

      I hear he’s pretty good, and virtually nothing has fallen off so far!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. February 27, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Good, some fresh meat for the next play. Being new to it and all, I’m sure his body will be going strong for many, many performances…


    • February 28, 2020 at 7:47 am

      That’s the thing with reanimated actors, turnover is quite high!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. February 27, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    I’ve seen enough theater where the actors just look like zombies. It’s about time they start using the real deal. I hear everyone is just dying to get into this acting troupe…


    • February 28, 2020 at 7:49 am

      Ha ha!
      Yes, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. I hear they keep trying to recruit Buster but he keeps getting “re-souled” by Act 2.


  18. February 27, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    A fitting warning, Ali. You just can’t totally trust a zombie 😦 — Suzanne


    • February 28, 2020 at 7:49 am

      It’s that whole brain-eating thing that makes you think twice 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  19. February 27, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Undead actors have their complications.


    • February 28, 2020 at 7:51 am

      Yes. They literally fall to pieces on stage 🙂


  20. February 27, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Another creative take on the picture prompt, Ali 😂


  21. February 27, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Haha! I loved the reveal at the end! Run, Carruthers, run!


    • February 28, 2020 at 7:55 am

      I hope in his haste to escape he doesn’t injure himself or he’ll never make lead zombie-actor!


  22. February 27, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    I think that sooner or later this show will start to stink.


    • February 28, 2020 at 7:55 am

      Ha ha I think you’re probably right!


  23. February 27, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Spiffing tale, old chap, jolly good show, what!


  24. February 28, 2020 at 12:55 am

    Sounds like there might have been some pretty lifeless performances 😉 Well done.


  25. February 28, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Were they performing the Occupational health and safety act? Sorry for the pun. Great story.

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 28, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      It was the fun and informative 1972 workplace safety play “Working with Power Tools” 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  26. February 28, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Great characterization.
    Fun read.



    • February 29, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked Carruthers and Pinkerton’s theatre trip!


  27. February 28, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    This is both creepy and fun! Hecklers beware!


    • February 29, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      It all went a bit dark at the end! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  28. February 28, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    It appears there is no shortage of getting replacement actors for the play – “Let’s Live Again Pharaoh”.


    • February 29, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      No shortage at all. There’s always a heckler here or there!

      Liked by 1 person

  29. February 29, 2020 at 4:47 am

    Oh dear. Carruthers had better hope he can outrun a troupe of the undead.


    • February 29, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      As a Victorian English gentleman he does not run, though he has perfected a look of perfect indignation 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  30. February 29, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Okay, this one wins the prize for just plain creepy 🙂 The idea of dead actors, re-animated, is rather zombie-like. I love the ending. Carruthers may be the next dead-actor sensation!


  31. March 1, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    You know it’s too soon to disrespect the dead when they can still come to get you.

    If the dead aren’t going to stay dead, we might as well make them dance to entertain us. Michael Jackson felt the same way.


    • March 5, 2020 at 8:17 am

      Yes, a real trendsetter than Jackson fella. Put them to work!

      Liked by 1 person

  32. March 1, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    What a grand take on this photo prompt!!! Carruthers days do seem to be numbered.


  33. March 2, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Looks like they all came back to life…now I’d better run…MOL😸Pawkisses for a Happy Monday🐾😽💞


    • March 5, 2020 at 8:20 am

      I would. There’s always room in the troupe for a cat… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  34. March 2, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    I also find the undead to be poor dancers (what’s with the stiff movements?), but I sure as heck am not gonna heckle! 😉


    • March 5, 2020 at 8:22 am

      Very wise, keep that thought to yourself at least until you’re out of earshot 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  35. March 3, 2020 at 2:13 am

    LOL…,love the twist!


  36. March 3, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Great ending. You should never mess with the undead.


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