Flip The Switch

Written for Friday Fictioneers. My story follows the picture prompt. For other entertaining stories just click  on the blue frog at the end of this post.

PHOTO PROMPT - Copyright Ted Strutz

PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright Ted Strutz


In 1890, Joseph Kemp was convicted of violently murdering his common-law wife with a hatchet and sentenced to death via the electric chair. What made that special, is that Joseph was to be the very first man in the world to die in this manner, so of course nothing could go wrong.

The warden was very nervous. This, of course, was his first execution. He wanted everything to go according to plan. But it worked well enough on their equine test subject, he reasoned, so how could it not succeed on a much smaller man?

“Flip the switch” he commended.

Nothing happened.

Word count = 100