Excerpt: Silence of the Imbeciles

Silence of the Imbeciles” was published last year in the October/November issue of Residential Aliens, edited by Lyn Perry. The story has been described as “very well written, understated and poignant.” It follows the point of view of 14-year-old Frankie Turnbull, who is fascinated with making magic wands and is attempting to deal with the consequences of every person he knows being an imbecile.


His father’s voice boomed from the shed door. “What are you doing out here?”
Carving knife in hand, Frankie Turnbull flinched. The blade sliced into the flesh of his finger.


He dropped the knife and flapped his hand once. “Nothing! Okay?”

Like the blade, his response was too sharp. He knew better. But he spoke without thinking. He needed time to fix a very serious problem, and nobody was giving it to him.

Anthony Turnbull cleared his throat, telegraphing to Frankie the shallow depth of the ice upon which he’d just placed himself.

“Sorry,” he said, turning.

His father’s bulky frame filled the doorway, silhouetted by the late-afternoon sun. He crossed his arms.

Frankie’s hair tingled. “I’m almost done,” he pleaded. But it was pointless to argue with the man. He was stubborn, he could throw Frankie a country mile, and he was an imbecile.

Imbecility was the biggest problem. That was Frankie’s fault. It was the problem he wanted to fix…

(See the full story at ResAliens.)

Residential Aliens is an online magazine of spiritually infused speculative fiction presenting engaging stories that are truthful to the human experience while offering something of the eternal. The October/November issue includes two speculative stories (including Silence of the Imbeciles), followed by two science fiction pieces, and wraps up with a post-zombie-apocalypse novelette.

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