By Gerald Kersh
With The music Of The Flea (1948) Gerald Kersh revisited the demi-monde of his well-known evening And the town; yet this novel matters a author, striving doggedly to make his residing. "A striking novel ...with this publication Mr Kersh has taken a tremendous step forward". (Sunday Times). "[Kersh] has a extraordinary expertise ...he is without doubt one of the relatively few dwelling novelists during this state who write with power and originality and whose rules aren't drawn from a residuum of novels which were written before...[The track of the Flea] is the tale of John Pym, a tender guy attempting to earn his dwelling as a writer...Mr Kersh attracts on his picturesque and convincing wisdom of human vileness in a fashion that is either unique and instructive". (Times Literary Supplement).
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He blinked uncomprehendingly at the grey sky. It seemed much more difficult to get things done now that he was dead. Cabal pulled a little black book from his pocket, drew a pencil from its spine, and made a note. Batch 247 seemed to act quickly, but it certainly didn’t help co-ordination in any practical sense. With hindsight, perhaps he should have made some effort to take their souls on a more formal basis as the first donors of the hundred. That he hadn’t was partially down to not being quite sure how one actually sets about taking souls on a more formal basis, but mainly because they had peeved him.
He knew he’d regret it in the morning, but he just wanted to get this whole situation over and done with as quickly as possible. Dennis was shaking his head slowly as he ran through the contingency plans. They’d never made any, so it didn’t take very long. They had considered making some, but, then, they’d also considered getting drunk at the same time. If they had ever actually come up with a contingency plan—and there is no evidence that they did—they had forgotten it again somewhere around the tenth pint.
Said Satan with total innocence. “… I have no grasp of what is involved in this ‘carnival’ business, and I am hardly gregarious. ” There was silence for a long moment. Satan’s periods of good nature—in common with many managerial types—lasted precisely up until the moment he was challenged. He scowled monstrously, the smile falling from his face like a greased pig off a church roof. Quickly, over a period of seconds, the lava lake cooled. The glowing red rock turned dirty grey and then black.
The Song of the Flea by Gerald Kersh