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Art by Cindy Rosmus-Edit by Ann Marie Rhiel © 2019

Kafka Museum

by Henry Bladon

 

We found the Kafka Museum opposite the rustic Czech restaurant where they served enormous meat dishes hanging from fearsome-looking hooks. We had been walking about all morning, and couldn’t make sense of the map, or the street names. When I asked the woman in the restaurant where the museum was, she walked me outside and pointed. My friends didn’t go much on the idea, despite my attempts to woo them with tales of Kafka’s brilliance. They left me and went to have a coffee in the café where they serve really stinky fish. I continued through and paid my money. The lady explained everything in English and gestured to the entrance. The place was dark. I turned around to thank her, but she had disappeared. I went into the corridor and up the odd-shaped staircase. I read some manuscripts and looked at some pictures. There were filing cabinets and telephones. I didn’t want to keep my friends waiting so decided to leave. There was no sign of the exit. I had to admit I was lost and couldn’t find my way out. And by the way, I’m still here.

 

Henry Bladon is a writer of short fiction and poetry based in Somerset, in the UK. He has a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Birmingham. His work can be seen in Poetica Review, Pure Slush, Truth Serum Press, Flash Frontier, and O:JA&L, among other places.

Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Twisted Sister. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.

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