DEAD SIZE: The Lost Ending

Posted By on March 15, 2020

Many years ago, before I began writing my Dark Comedy novel DEAD SIZE, I had first fleshed out the story in screenplay format. I set aside this detailed outline after the book was finished, and pretty much forgot it existed.

Recently I re-discovered the doc in the deepest bowels of my computer (in a folder named “Gulliver extras”). I’d also forgotten that it featured a different ending from the one I ultimately penned.

While the original ending is not necessarily better, it is less surreal, more grounded in reality. Would more readers have preferred this one to the published mindfuck version? Difficult for me to say, so I’ll let you decide for yourself. Read the “lost ending” below, then tell me in the comments which finale you found more satisfying.

Major spoilers for DEAD SIZE ahead (obviously).

About the author

Sawney Hatton is the author of the Dark Comedy novel DEAD SIZE, the YA Noir novella UGLYVILLE, the Dark Fiction short story collection EVERYONE IS A MOON, and the editor of the Sci-Fi/Horror anthology WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS?

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