13 avatars of Jack-in-the-box, enumerated by the schizophrenic ventriloquist whilst under sedation

1. A wooden box, longer than wide. Inside, Rotten Jack grins liplessly at the prospect of his springtime.

2. Framed by the booth’s curtains, Mr Punch pops up, puts the willies up poor Judy.

3. The black egg cracks, shudders. Stand back!

4. The xenomorph in its gloopy womb.

5. A nightmare, hiding in a dream about a vase of blue roses.

6. Lady Gaga bursts from the hot head of a painted Madonna.

7. The Bird King, cranky in his metal cocoon.

8. Satan inhabits the sole of your shoe.

9. An imaginary terror in a room in a basement.

10. Jack Nicholson, ecstatic, bellowing through splitting wood.

11. A snowflake containing the idea of a snowman.

12. An open book’s black words jumping into you.

13. A tweet, this tweet, in the perpetual surprise of your timeline.


Originally written as a series of tweets. Copyright James Knight. All rights reserved.

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