Killing Hitler is Easy – a performed reading

‘Kareem’s heart burned at being outplayed, at so many people being turned against him so easily. He reached the road on which the temple stood, and stopped. “Let me guess, they revived nationalist Odinism,” he said.’

With the advent of time-travel, history itself can be reshaped to fit our highest ideals. There are endless worlds of possibility to be cultivated with care and hope for a brighter future. Trouble is, the fascists have the same technology. Killing Hitler is easy, but how do you kill the ideology of hate?

Show notes:   

Killing Hitler is Easy was written by Stewart Hotston (© 2021), and I am proud to be the first to publish it in any format. He also wrote the thoughtful essay Memetic Defences (part 2) to which this story is thematically linked.

Stewart Hotston lives in Reading, UK. After completing his PhD in theoretical physics, Stewart now spends his days working in high finance. He has had numerous short stories published as well as multiple novels. He has two novels and a novella out in 2022. Stars and Stipes, Daybreak Legacy and The Entropy of Loss respectively. When Stewart is not writing or working he’s a senior instructor at The School of the Sword where he fights with and teaches all manner of swords.

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The future:

Killing Hitler is Easy is my thirteenth audio piece as ‘Fine-toothed Comb Productions’, and I’m pretty chuffed with it. I have already recorded and edited my first audio commission: Mari Lwyd by the wonderful Priya Sharma. I shall announce where, when and how you can access that in due course.

After that? Back to writing some Flashes of Inspiration, I think. I’ve loved doing this as a hobby, but the bills won’t pay themselves. As such, I’ll be adding Narration and Audio Editing to the available Services here at The Fine-toothed Comb just as soon as I find time to breathe and look around me once more.

If you are considering joining these fine people in securing my services, then please email me at to discuss your audio project. You can find my relevant Testimonials here.


Sound design and attribution:

Intro and Outro music are used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

My regular Intro music is called The Fifth Life, by Circus Marcus.

My regular Outro music is called Post Bellum, by Dee Yan-Kee.

The sound effects used have all been sourced from Freesound under the same Creative Commons license. They are as follows:

Large office vestibul ST by alexmol

Room tone office 11 by mzui

Pen writing by Daniel-Cabanas

Pushing a chair by launemax

arrastrar silla by Isaroru

Mowing grass 9624 by soundstack

Window_closing by sjturia

Opening and closing window by MoniqueKruger

Alien Tech Door Gravity UFO Science Star Treck War by

Tech FX by chasansc

Slotted spoon whoosh by saturdaysoundguy

SFX DTMF 03 by Oddworld

Answer 3 by ondrosik

2 men running on pavement passing by 2 by bulbastre

Sussex woodland and meadow bird sounds by Vonora

01219 running through tall grass by Robinhood76

Running through field by 21100306

Dark Teleport by oldestmillennial

Switch on by megamart

Control room by Diboz

Crowd in hall medium reverb by theplax

Windy calm town dec by klankbeeld Your work, elevated.

Further Reading:

If you enjoyed Killing Hitler is Easy, you may enjoy my other performed readings – available for free on my Audio page.

If you would like me to record some of your work, talk to me via my Contact page.

If you’re a podcaster who wants help editing the audio, I’d be glad to discuss rates and work out a schedule.

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