Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A-Z Microfiction: D is for Danvers State Hospital

More alphabetical microfiction today, this time from Danvers State Hospital in Massachussets, which operated from 1878 til 1992. The buildings have since been demolished and replaced with apartments, although the facade of the historic Kirkbride building is still standing. The cemeteries remain on the site. Honestly, I'm sorry I can only write one piece of microfiction about this place. . .

Danvers State Hospital

'And this,' the tour guide intoned, as the bus snaked up a long and winding driveway, 'is believed to be the birthplace of the pre-frontal lobotomy.'
'Awesome,' Cayden whispered, and took out her camera. 'Dad, isn't that awesome?'
Her father faked a smile, rolled his eyes and checked his watch.

To read earlier entires in my alphabetical world tour, just click the 'A-Z Blogging Challenge 2012' tag beneath this post.


  1. 'Birthplace of the pre-frontal lobotomy', OK, I'll roll with that.

  2. Great piece! Danvers State Hospital sounds super creepy - before it was demolished that is. Possibly because it makes me think of Ms. Danvers from Rebecca. Creepy lady.

  3. I think my eyes would be rolling too!

    Gregg Metcalf

  4. Short but full of impact....

  5. Awesome post. Nice to meet you.


  6. Very interesting. A little bit of humour and suspense. I like it:) Nice to meet you.

  7. Here visiting from A to Z! Fascinating! I love the paranormal angle!!

  8. Massachusetts has such a delish creep factor. You've painted another layer with this fly by. Waving to you from the 600's in the A to Z Challenge.

  9. Very creepy! Which makes it work so well!

  10. What a fun theme for the challenge - little nuggets of fiction.

    One should always worry when a hospital is notorious enough to be part of a tour - it means a horror movie isn't far behind.

    Continued success with the A to Z challenge,


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