Head Case by Mike Murphy


Kyle’s head felt funny. He had been using it all morning, and it had gone kind of squishy. He touched it with his free hand. Definitely not okay.

He got out of the recliner and shuffled to the kitchen, bringing his head with him. He emptied the spent cigarette butts into the trash, but the hollowed-out skull of his latest victim still felt mushy. He plopped it into the barrel and got another one from the fridge.

girl this time. He smiled. Kyle carried the new ashtray to the recliner, sat, and enjoyed a smoke with his lady friend.


Mike has had over 150 audio plays produced in the U.S. and overseas.

He’s won The Columbine Award and a dozen Moondance International Film Festival awards in their TV pilot, audio play, short screenplay, and short story categories.

His prose work has appeared in several magazines and anthologies.

Mike is the writer of two short films, DARK CHOCOLATE and HOTLINE.

In 2013, he won the inaugural Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition. In 2020, he came in second. For several of the in-between years, he served as a judge.

Mike keeps a blog at audioauthor.blogspot.com.

Published 5/6/21