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THE CUTTING UP OF WILLIAM BURROUGHS

April 12, 2017

NATHAN MORTLOCK

Happy New Year to all my friends and readers. Here’s a short story to whet your appetite as you wait for my new book to come out in just a few days..

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THE BODY-BAG is brought into the mortuary and the corpse of William Burroughs placed on the slab beneath glaring strip lights. The room is decrepit and less than sterile. The tiled walls are cracked and there is the stinging aroma of toxic chemicals and human decay. The air conditioning is no equal to the sweltering Interzone weather and every surface is crawling with fat blue flies.

Voices are muffled, not so much out of respect for the dead author’s work as from a strange dread. The mortuary is like one vast memento mori and what is about to happen to William Burroughs reminds us all that the body is a temple. Like any temple it can be…

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