Category Archives: Chuck Dickens’s “A Christmas Carl”

War is Noël, Part 1

Wherein Shit Seems to Make a Bad Habit of Finding Us It was everything you could imagine and more, a steampunk confection of pipes and water-wheels, turbines and treadmills and rumbling leather conveyor belts. Steam puffed and things on hooks … Continue reading

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Finding Them, Part 5

The Event’s Aftermath, Any Other Business, Other Rival Businesses, and Maybe, Just Maybe, Beginning to Get Around to the Point You’re probably waiting for me to reveal that Creepy and I swapped places with one another on Thursday two weeks … Continue reading

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Finding Them, Part 4

Wherein We Get to the Part Where Creepy and I Found the Creepy and Hatboy Private Investigations Agency, and Segue Neatly Back to the Main Narrative So then, sometime on Friday two weeks ago although it was difficult to say … Continue reading

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Finding Them, Part 3

The Event On the Thursday before last, every person in the world over the age – as far as current information went – of about thirteen years switched bodies with somebody else. At this point I should probably clarify and … Continue reading

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Finding Them, Part 2

A Potential 28th Client, a Medium-to-Acute Gross-Out, and a Tantalising Whiff of Back-story I was spared the effort of trying to convince Creepy to never say ‘spanktastic’ ever again by the phone ringing once more. “Creepy and Hatboy Private Investigations,” … Continue reading

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Finding Them, Part 1

Creepy and Hatboy Private Investigations: Soulmates Found, Lives Made Complete, Cold Aching Emptiness Driven Away It had been another busy morning. I’d been answering phonecalls, taking notes, looking up faces on databases, hunting down leads, and I’d made the coffee. … Continue reading

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The Myconet, Part 27

“Hey,” the security guard, who really didn’t look like he was having a good day, strode up to me along the puddly concrete floor. I hurriedly closed the case and stood up. “You can’t be down here. Like I just … Continue reading

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