The Fiction by Michael Priebe
Sick Building Syndrome
A Novella Excerpt from Michael Priebe
Can an office make you sick? Customer Service Specialist Jonathan Libre is starting to suspect it can. As he approaches his thirteen-year anniversary with the G Bradford Corp., Jonathan begins to suffer from a puzzling illness that forces him to re-evaluate his priorities. He longs to live a more meaningful life and vows to exit the office. However, the shackles of his employer-provided security prove difficult to break. Office lunacy distracts Jonathan as he struggles with his plans for the future. When he finally receives the counsel he’s been seeking, it comes in an unusual form. In the vein of Mike Judge’s Office Space, "Sick Building Syndrome" undertakes an ironic examination of cubicle habitation and its effects on the human spirit.
A short story by Michael Priebe
It's hard to run a household when you're busy peeping on Facebook. The main character in "Bookkeeping" finds himself reeling from aftershocks of the last decade’s financial collapses. He also finds himself addicted to the 'Book, although he won’t admit it. Resolved to fix his family’s finances, he moves his home office to the basement and descends into an isolated world of bill-paying and social media obsession. "Bookkeeping" introduces readers to an ensemble of interesting characters, all presented through the skewed lens of a Facebook account.
Happy Crystal Anniversary!
Flash Fiction by Michael Priebe
What do you get when you mix an anniversary vacation with a depressed man's mid-life crisis? You get a hooker in the man's hotel room; and you get his comical attempts to conceal the Hello Kitty blow-dryer that the hooker left behind. "Happy Crystal Anniversary!" was shortlisted in the fifth quarterly MASH Stories competition, which features short, short fiction created from three random words. Happy Reading!
Image of the Everyman
A short story of love and social media gives the power of public-opinion spin to the little guy.
"A clever skewering of our narcissistic age." MASH Stories judge.