'Meat' by Neil Bebber, audiobook excerpt from Twisted50, read by William Kirby

There’s something surreal about pulling off the M5 into a faceless service
station car park, on a crisp, cloudless day, to listen to the audio version
of your short story for the first time.


Even stranger, as innocent, post-Christmas families mill aimlessly past my car, to hear an actor brilliantly capture the understated relish in the supermarket butcher’s voice, as he reveals his fascination with meat and dismembering.


When I’m not writing twisted tales, I’m a playwright. And when I initially
wrote MEAT, it was as a short play.But I loved the idea of adapting it as a short story; a confessional monologue to be happened upon and savoured alone; a blood-curdling cry for attention to thrill-seeking voyeurs.


And now, hearing it read, it’s come full circle. The butcher has a voice. A life. He’s talking to you. And as long as you remember him, and what he did, it makes it all worthwhile…



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Comments: 5
  • #1

    Helen Lloyd (Friday, 06 January 2017 14:56)

    What great comments Neil ... I love this story and Bill's read is spot on I think. I will certainly never feel quite the same about sausages ever again - it was almost enough to turn me into a vegetarian!

  • #2

    Mistress Twisted (Friday, 06 January 2017 14:59)

    Yes darling... I too love a little sausage!

  • #3

    Nick Yates (Friday, 06 January 2017 15:37)

    Awesome voice, awesome story. Top quality all round.

  • #4

    Chris Jones (Friday, 06 January 2017 19:05)

    Getting the music tonally right for each story is harder than you might think, this story being one that I still want to find another piece of music for.

  • #5

    Bill Kirby (Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:17)

    Neil, many thanks for your comment. I am glad you enjoyed hearing the tale being brought to life!