In mid 2004, I came across a newspaper article about Peter Ustinov (who had died recently) and it went on to mention his father, who had been a spy during the Second World War known under the codename of Klop, which apparently means bed-bug in Russian. An idea began to work on me as I thought of this lowly creature and soon found myself inventing a scenario featuring a bedbug and a possible assailant for the irritating insect.
"Klop's last bite" began to grow of its own accord; 11 pieces in all, none of which are longer than a minute (some considerably less), appeared in quick succession. The scenario involves a mad flea and a fight to the death between the two. The order of play is as follows:
Klop bides his time
Klop waits and waits
Klop falls asleep and dreams of warm blood
the mad flea
Klop awakes to an attack
Klop takes a bite
Klop has delusions of grandeur
the mad flea exacts revenge
The piece is a kind of insect snuff movie and lasts approximately 10 minutes.