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The Man Who Murdered Himself: A Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Fulda
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kyle Ameus Waterbey is afflicted with a hideous illness. He would do anything to be rid of it. Anything.

Kyle suffers from neurofibromatosis, a crippling disease most famously associated with the Elephant Man.  When a shady medical practitioner offers Kyle a chance to cast off his deformed appearance forever, he accepts without a second thought.  But does Kyle truly understand what this new treatment will cost him?

This story has won a Phobos Award and the Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award.  It is also included in the collection Dead Men Don't Cry: 11 Stories by Nancy Fulda.


About 8 pages or 3,000 words.

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About the Author

Nancy Fulda has won at least three awards for her fiction; possibly more, depending on how you count them.  She is a trained computer scientist, the mother of three children, an incurable dance fan, and the author of nearly two dozen short stories.  She is frantically working on her first full-length novel.

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  • File Size: 91 KB
  • Print Length: 10 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055HFNAU
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read! August 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A very short story, I found the entire premise really riveting. It was almost horrifying to think of the misery Kyle must experience in his every day life, and you could feel his pain and agony in the story. I felt the writing flowed well, although there were a few places where the word choices felt a bit unnatural, almost as if a thesaurus had been consulted. It wasn't a big detraction, but it did give it somewhat of a temporarily stilted feel to the voice in my head. Although the entire concept was incredibly fascinating, the ending was a bit disappointing to me. It felt predictable, and I wondered what Kyle had expected to happen. Without giving anything away, with the way the doctor had explained the process, I kept waiting for Kyle to question that very possibility, but he never did. Perhaps it was his excitement that prevented him from asking, but he seemed to question other aspects of the procedure. The abruptness of the ending also caught me a bit by surprise, but it worked with the story.

Overall, a great short story that is both thought-provoking and satisfying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking June 16, 2011
By SWolf
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Very well-written story based on an interesting concept. Short and straight-forward, it grabs you quickly and doesn't let go until the surprising conclusion. Reminded me a bit of the movie The Presitige, and the questions raised by it. If you're looking for a quick, thought-provoking read, give this one a try. Well done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is without consequence August 11, 2011
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Tired of his life, embittered and full of self-loathing for his physical deformities and scars, Kyle is pushed to the edge by a desperate longing to look normal, healthy, and even perfect. He approaches a new doctor, someone who might actually have a cure for his disease. As he single-mindedly pursues this illegal cure, Kyle doesn't consider how this change will affect his life beyond surface appearance, never questioning what he will have to forfeit for such gain. I did see this outcome coming, but that made it no less unsettling as it unfolded. This is a disturbing read that combines a feeling of emotional horror and dread with a strong sense of futility and of sadness for Kyle and his predicament.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Short Story with a Wicked Twist November 20, 2011
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This was a good short story that is perfect to read during your lunch break at work - it's about a 5-10 minute or so read that is entertaining.

Without having a spoiler, I can tell you this: the author does a good job of quickly grabbing your attention, and is able to get you to visualize the various scenes / scenarios of a twisted scientist conducting rogue research. The ending was a little different and while not a serious or "weighty" subject matter for a short story it served its purpose: a short and enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing short story October 6, 2011
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This is quite a disturbing short story about a man with neurofibromatosis. Kyle had so many surgeries as a child that when he found his baby pictures, he burned them. He was full of self-loathing.

Kyle eventually meets a Dr. Sorenson who claims to have a cure for Kyle's disease. This is not a tried and true medical procedure that is in use, but an experimental one and has not been approved for use in humans. Dr. Sorenson has used this only on laboratory mice and rats. He and Kyle agree to go ahead with the treatment.

I felt very bad for Kyle in this story and especially the ending which was so abrupt that I didn't like it. I didn't see that particular ending coming, so I was a bit surprised. The story is well-written, though, and the science is believable. It sounds convincing to a non-scientist at least. It's short and can be read in ten minutes or so, and has good entertainment value.
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More About the Author

Nancy Fulda is a Hugo and Nebula Nominee, a Phobos Award winner and a Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award recipient. She is the first (and so far only) female recipient of the Jim Baen Memorial Award. Her short story "Movement" recently received a Readers' Choice award from Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

Praise from Reviewers:

"As engrossing and brief and clever as a Twilight Zone episode, Fulda's story hooks your attention from the first sentence and stays with you long past the startling, yet fitting, end." -- Tangent Online

"The Breath of Heaven -- essentially a retelling of the HAL 9000 story, but with a very different outcome -- with its intricate examination of directives was a quite plausible updating of the classic three laws of robotics, and in some ways outshone both Asimov and Clarke in the way the story unfolded." -- Pearson Moore, Sift Book Reviews

"Movement is an award-caliber story, and clearly a major breakthrough in the career of Nancy Fulda." -- Aaron Hughes, Fantastic Reviews Blog

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