Thursday, December 30, 2010

If HP Lovecraft Ran A Puppy Farm...


(an excerpt for In The Shadow Of His Nemesis) En Garde

The following is a condensed chapter from my serial novel but it is enjoyable as a stand alone piece.


En Garde

(an excerpt for In The Shadow Of His Nemesis)


Al Bruno III

Shirtless in spite of the cold morning they stood on Laurel House’s front lawn. The stared at each other, fencing foils at their sides. At an unspoken signal they saluted and stepped forward; Zeth was muscular but beginning to soften with middle age, his skin was so dark it was almost purple He had his graying dreadlocks pulled back and tied with a ribbon. They sized each other up and tensed. Jack smiled, his hair hanging lose and wild. Zeth thrust with his foil.

Jack swiped the blow aside and retreated from a second attack.

Zeth's breath hissed out from between his clenched teeth as his opponent became more aggressive. He parried a trio of blows. Their foils rasped and clinked as they dueled beneath purple sunrise. Jack tried to strike low but Zeth evaded the glinting metal with a leap and followed with a counter-thrust.

Looking down at the red-tipped foil poking his chest Jack laughed "Oh. Very good.”


“Hell yes.” They stepped back and saluted.

They returned to their starting positions, "Engarde!"

Jack drove Zeth back a dozen steps with as many blows. The attacks blocked more by blind instinct than skill. "Two can play at that." Zeth grunted and launched a wild attack of his own, realizing only too late that he'd fallen into a trap. Jack's foil tapped his forehead, "We're one for one."

"Keeping score are we?”

Again they returned to their starting positions. “By the way, are you having fun?"

Zeth smiled, "Yes, I am. You know when you invited me I almost turned you down."


“Lots of reasons.” Their blades clashed once more, this time each man was cautious and cagey, their blades glancing.

"Is he coming today?"

"God willing." Zeth replied his eyes darkening, "This place is a bit to… sedate for my tastes.”

“I thought as much.” Jack thrust and blocked, "I think that’s why I was surprised to find a man like you on our doorstep.”

“Magwier asked me to keep an eye on Galen.”

“Do you always do what Jason Magwier says?”

Zeth's guard dropped at that, letting Jack land another blow. "Oh, I’m sorry. That wasn't fair, we'll start over."

"I believe in what he’s doing. The Cause is more than what the name implies. We can save the world.”

“I think that the world can take care of itself.” Jack said, “It always has.”

Zeth smiled, “An optimist.”

“What about Isobel and her brother?” Jack asked.

“What about them?” Zeth said.

Sig stepped out the front door. He was wearing a light jacket, jeans, boots and a flannel shirt. He had a knapsack over one shoulder and a cane in the other.

“Heading into town?” Jack asked.

Sig nodded, “Angie needs more pills. Do either of you want anything?”


Zeth said, “A few newspapers and a TIME magazine.”

“Of course.” Sig turned to go.

“I have to ask you something.” Zeth said.

Sig stopped but didn’t turn, “Yes?”

“Aren’t you afraid to go into town? You haven’t been forgotten you know.”

“Let them come.” Sig’s laugh was almost a growl.

Both men watched him disappear into the tree line; then they returned to their stances.

“Engarde!” Jack said.

They danced back and forth, steel flashing, their faces livid with exertion. “Those trips of his are dangerous.” Zeth said.

“He knows what he’s doing.” Jack delivered a savage riposte, “Besides Angie needs that medication.”

Zeth’s foil caught his opponent in the stomach, “All that means to me is that you’ve got two liabilities.”

They stepped back and saluted, the duel continued.

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Abner Deggent was captured by a band of pirates that only wore soft fabrics but he vowed to escape the Cotton Swabs.

5 second Fiction One Thousand Eight Hundred And Sixty Two

With its vibrating controller and interactive storyline the video game 'Action Masseuse' kept people playing for the happy ending.

5 Second Fiction One Thousand Eight Hundred And Sixty One

On a dare she ate a DVD of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, 8 hours later she became the first person to die from 'Going Commando'.

5 Second Fiction One Thousand Eight Hundred And Sixty

Chuck had never been to dinner party hosted by a porn actress before. He had to admit she had quite a spread.

5 Second Fiction One Thousand Eight Hundred And Fifty Nine

John tripped, stumbled and fell the dalmatian he was walking. He always was Johnny on the spot.

5 Second Fiction One Thousand Eight Hundred And Fifty Eight

The worst blow to his self esteem was when he was spied skinny dipping and people left him extra clothes.

5 Second Fiction One Thousand Eight Hundred And Fifty Seven

“Some people think creating an Anti-Flatulence Defamation League was a great idea, others think it stinks.”

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

In The Shadow Of His Nemesis chapter ninety six

In The Shadow Of His Nemesis

Chapter Ninety Six


Saturday, December 4th 1996

The crash was followed by more gunfire, it sounded as though the entire forest had become a battle zone. Which Isobel supposed was all too true.

The figure moving out of the doorway of the Great House looked like her brother, it wore his face but the muscles were slack and empty like those of an embalmed corpse. Hao had called the creature she was summoning the Dread Lord Chayot. A being born of sacrifice and vengeance.

Isobel’s brother’s clothes hung in tatters that had almost become shroud-like in their ruination. The wounds his body had suffered, both before and after death, were still visible but had become filled in with a kind of watery solidity that refracted and churned.

No matter how much she stared Isobel couldn’t place the color of the substance occupying the body It reminded her of something chemical- like liquid mercury.

“Warren?” Isobel said. She knew it wasn’t him but she couldn’t help herself.

Dread Lord Chayot stopped in front of Isobel and regarded her indifferently; regarded her with eyes thick with veins the color of tarnished silver.

“This is Isobel,” Hao explained as she joined them, “you must protect her.”

“I am not a protector,” Chayot said.

Hao shook a finger, “Her survival is part of my revenge. You will rescue the Monarchs’ prisoners and then you will kill the one called Piers Sauno. The one born of persuasion.”

Chayot nodded with understanding.

More gunfire, growing closer. A thin buzzing had filled the air, a sound that reminded Isobel of a summer afternoon thick with the songs of cicadas. Hao turned her gaze to the old Vlodek, her one eye was familiar, the other the color of moonlight.

Everyone’s eyes have changed. Isobel thought, Everyone but mine. Unless being bloodshot counts.

“And you Sig,” Hao said, “you know what you have to do.”

At that the wounded Vlodek turned and bounded away.

“Just us now,” Hao said.

The buzzing sound was growing closer. Isobel felt her gut twist, the automatic pistol felt heavy and cold in her hand.

The Dread Lord Chayot stepped in front of the women, tendrils of the strange tarnished silver substance began to drip from its hands.

Isobel asked, “What is that?”

“It’s me,” the Dread Lord answered plainly.

“Let’s get moving,” Hao started walking. Chayot followed.

For a crazy moment Isobel was sure she wouldn’t be able to move, that all she would be able to do was fall to her knees.

But then she thought, Galen needs me, and that was enough..

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Friday, December 24, 2010

(Recommended Reads) DEADISH by Naomi Kramer


“LOOK,” I said, cutting across yet another plea, “You’re dead. You need to accept that.”

“But -”

“No. Stop pretending to be alive. It’s stupid. It’s creepy. Now GO. THE. HELL. AWAY.”

She crossed her arms and stared at me.


I rolled my eyes. Women! Can’t live with ‘em, can’t escape even by killing ‘em...


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(Recommended Reads) WINTER'S BRIDE by Icy Sedgwick

Marianne huddles in the corner. Only her hands and nose are visible beneath the heap of moth-eaten blankets in which she swathes herself. The December chill seeps through the old fabric, sinking into her bones. A stub remains of her last candle, and she holds her hands either side of the flickering flame, anxious for warmth...


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(Recommended Reads) THE MANY PATHS by Leila

I'm a drifter, a squatter. I have no life of my own. I hear it happens sometimes; a soul gets displaced, and is able to wander about between realities to see every possible life he or she could have had. If it sounds glamorous, I can tell you that it's most certainly not. You never feel... comfortable, in a life. Or maybe it's just me, because I found love and searched through so many lives to find my happy ending. I'm still searching...


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(Insane News) Drunk Driver Caught With 15 Sheep In His Car

East London - A drunk motorist was arrested near Queenstown in the Eastern Cape after allegedly being found to be 32 times over the alcohol limit, the department of transport said on Thursday... Five boys and a woman, who were also in the vehicle with 15 sheep allegedly stolen from nearby farms, were also arrested.


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

GEEKS OF DOOM brings us an animated adaption of Neil Gaiman's 'Nicholas Was...'

Today we have for you a brief but very cool little video from the talented folks over at 39 Degrees North, a motion graphics studio from Beijing. The short is a video Christmas card adaptation of the Neil Gaiman poem, Nicholas Was…, and it mixes his dark words with equally dark yet truly beautiful animations...