As part of a oddball challenge to its listeners, live radio show Wits in the US asked for submission for bad short stories, written in the style of Neil Gaiman. Now, this in itself isn’t that fascinating, but Wits took the competition a step further by getting Gaiman himself to read out the best… well, worst, of the entries.
Over the course of the seven-minute video, Gaiman superbly enunciates six of the top stories, each one reminiscent of prose one might be subjected to as part of the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. It starts out a little slow, but as you’d expect, the best are left until last.
As the stories are written in the style of Gaiman, you’ll get more enjoyment out of the video if you’re familiar with his work, though anyone with a sense of the literary will get a few laughs.