Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
(Recommended Reads) "Routine Run" by J. Dane Tyler
His feet hit flat and the weight of the tank on his back pushed him forward, almost knocked him face-first into the ground. He fell into a run and kept his balance. His footfalls thudded in time to his heartbeat. The hazmat's crinkly sounds and his panting breath formed an almost musical din he used to pace himself...
(Recommended Reads) "Hairpiece" by Maria Protopapadaki-Smith
Brandon T Davidson Jr walked out of the Dale & Biedermann offices with a spring in his step. The merger negotiations between WestChem and PharmRX were going remarkably well - the deal was likely to be made within days and his bonus would be astronomical. This was not, however, the main cause of his good mood: that would soon be attached to his head and indistinguishable from his own hair...
(Recommended Reads) "Minstrel" by Marisa Birns
It was always at the corner of the west side of the street where she went to sing. Every Monday morning at 7 a.m., while I sat drinking the first of many coffees of the day, I would see her. She would shuffle in her backless slippers to the entrance of the train station. She never looked at anyone, just walked with her head down as she moved to the left foot, right foot, do it all again beat until she reached the stool the news vendor had placed under the awning for her use. A guitar accompanied her musical notes of protest. They were Vietnam-era songs that baffled some of the commuters rushing to get to work...
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Thirty Two
A wizard scattered the king's army through time, many were stranded in small groups but was only one Knight in Bangkok.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Thirty One
He had heard about that new gel that heightened female arousal and simply assumed there was jewelry at the bottom of the container.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Thrity
Trixie's Treats served the finest pies in all of Texas. Her secret? She always remembered the Ala Mode.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Nine
Everyone said he died doing what he loved. Nobody said he had been crushed trying to steal a Japanese used panty vending machine.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Eight
Abner Deggent bragged he had snapped the necks of at least one major species on each continent- sometimes even in self defense.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Seven
Everyone realized that cyborg superhero Rusty Johnson was in love when the saw him spot welding Erato's name on his own arm.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Six
It was in the early years of the 21st century that the epic story of Man vs Nature began to resemble torture porn.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Five
There was raw sewage in the copier room, an intern was on fire and the boss was off his meds. It was going to be a long Friday.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Four
When the Wolf Man found out his wife was having an affair with one of the Cat People the fur flew.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Three
Captain Hero had to admit that his encounter with the villain known as 'the Stain' had left quite an impression.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Two
Once network execs realized the living dead watched television a 24 hour Jay Leno channel was the inevitable consequence.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty One
When Karl asked her if she liked crabs she just assumed he was going to take her out to a nice seafood restaurant.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty
The Legion of Protectors were the first super hero team to recognize the awesome power of marketing.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Nineteen
The gunshot was deflected by the bag of macadamias in his pocket leaving Abner Deggent glad the bullet only grazed his nut sack.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Eighteen
Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everywhere- this was the last time the team let Amazing Ed decorate their secret base.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Seventeen
The DM in the back said everyone attack and it turned into a Balrog blitz.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Sixteen
She was a magical princess, animals followed her and doted on her; her family learned to love the taste of venison and rabbit.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Fifteen
"If there is one thing I've learned it's that while marriage may be a lot of work it still isn't as much work as hiding a body."
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Fourteen
Dagorax was a mad god gnawing mindlessly at the very fabric of the universe and it never, ever flossed
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Thirteen
The Maven didn't like views of the villain called the Creationist but she had to admit his crimes were intelligently designed.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Twelve
Zeth knew it was springtime in the city of Olathoe when revolutionaries began to sprout up everywhere, like dandelions in bad hats.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Eleven
On his birthday Dave parachuted into Sturgis in a BIKERS ARE PUSSIES t-shirt. For those last few minutes he never felt so alive.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Ten
It was then that Reverend Brooks realized that being a right-wing anti-gay activist was a fantastic way to pick up guys.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
THE SCRAPYARD DIARIES: Innocent When You Dream
THE SCRAPYARD DIARIES
Innocent When You Dream
Al Bruno III
When I was young I was prone to fevers and nightmares, something that my doctors and my parents alike put down to a weak constitution and an overactive imagination. Even I grew older and stronger nightmares continued to plague me, nightmares that no drug could keep at bay, nightmares that frequently had me lashing out violently as I awoke.
As you can imagine when it came time for me to attend the University I felt I had no choice but to live alone. The lack of companionship only aided my focus on all things academic, my grades were strong and my instructors began to take a special interest in my academic progress.
Unfortunately in my second year of studies I began to experience incidents of sleepwalking and nocturnal violence. On four separate occasions campus security had to apprehend me.
This is how I came to the attention of Dr. Palatine, the University’s leading expert on the subject of sleep disorders. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to say I was placed under her care and supervision. She was a handsome woman with iron gray hair that was streaked with red, she wore thick glasses and spoke with an Eastern European accent. Dr. Palatine explained to me that she had just returned from a long sabbatical where she had been conducting what she called 'the purest research’.
Dr. Palatine shared with me her theories about the nature of REM sleep and the source of dream imagery in the collective unconscious. She requested I keep a journal and a tape recorder at my bedside but I must admit that the nature of my waking terrors left me with little clear or consistent information to impart.
This lack of hard data to work from led her to invite me to live with her. I felt I had no choice but to accept. Dr. Palatine lived in a crumbling brownstone several miles from the college campus. She made a room for me in her basement so that my night terrors could be controlled and monitored with the greatest care.
My first night and last night of observation began that ordeal that consumed my life. Dr. Palatine gave me a mild sedative and had me lie down on the cot she had prepared for me. She sat beside me in an uncomfortable looking, rust-colored chair, pen and notepad in hand.
Soon I was asleep and soon I found myself in the most lucid dream I had ever known. In the dream I found myself alone in the basement staring up at the single bare lightbulb that was the only illumination. Dr. Palatine and the rust colored chair were gone. A strange feeling of dislocation washed over me as I stood and walked up the basement stairs.
I found the cellar door had been locked from the outside but I felt no panic at this realization. What better way to curtail my nightly meanderings than a locked door? I rapped on the door and called for Dr. Palatine, when there was no answer I began to knock louder and louder. I called her name over and over but there was no answer.
The feeling of dislocation grew stronger and in my mind’s eye I saw myself beating at the door in ever-growing panic. I looked so small, like a forgotten child.
Without warning the basement door rattled on its hinges as though something had been thrown against it. Fingers scrabbled and grabbed through inch wide gap between the bottom of the doorframe and the floor; they were thin and covered with thick tufts of red hair. They scratched and scraped.
Even now you might assume that this was all some sophomoric prank but my every sense told me this was not the case. Whatever was on the other side of that door was bestial and twisted. The grasping of the fingers became more frantic as though it were searching for something precious that was just out of reach.
It was as though my every childhood nightmare was coming true. Hadn’t the fear of seeing this very personal incubus driven me to night terrors and fugues?
I screamed at it. The claw-like hand retreated, there was a moment when I thought it was about to retreat but then it began to sing. I cannot describe that voice, I do not know if that voice can be described. All I can say it that the sound that reached my ears was a loathsome crooning.
An image arose unbidden to my mind; that of the creature burbling nonsense, trying to lull the pink quivering shape at its breast to sleep.
Desperate to escape that sound I backed away only to lose my footing. I tumbled down the stairs striking my head and plunging my mind into merciful mindless darkness.
How long was it until I awoke again? I cannot say, but I do know that I blinked my eyes to see the basement door wide open. It took me some time to find the courage to mount the stairs but when I did I found myself in a barren house.
Of Dr. Palatine there was no trace, not only had she disappeared from her home she had also vanished from all University records. All my professors insisted there was no Dr. Palatine, that there had never been a Dr. Palatine.
The more I told my story the more I became a subject of derision and unease. I left the University in the middle of the semester never to return.
I found gainful employment far away from the University but I had lost the capacity to dream and with it I had lost all sense of certainty in the world around me. I began to fear that I no longer dreamed because I was still asleep in Dr. Palatine’s basement, that I had never awoken at all.
Lewis Black: "Glenn Beck's Nazi Tourette's"
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Somebody give this man a medal.
PLAID STALLIONS has found images of the Necromonicon of casual wear!
The guy in the middle is a brave, brave man.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Nine
He always knew he would see her again, he just expected something more romantic than a paternity suit would bring them together.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Eight
The weirdest thing about the indie rock band 'The Fifty Fingers' is that it has seven members.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Eight
The weirdest thing about the indie rock band 'The Fifty Fingers' is that it has seven members.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Seven
In the 21st Century the newest death-defying extreme sport became making fun of major religions via cartoons.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Six
There were a dozen deaths and a fire that claimed half the jungle but by God Abner Deggent got his lucky tie clip back.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Five
It was a question every super hero on patrol faced- do they relieve themselves in an alley or used a risk using a public restroom?
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Four
The shouting contest was on a Tuesday but he showed up on Wednesday. A day late and a holler short.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Three
A lot of people didn't like the idea of Lucy living with her parents but the family mausoleum was roomy and she saved money on rent.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and Two
Karl jumped at the chance to spend the night with a pair of sexy twins; he never thought to ask if they might be conjoined.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred and One
'Nietzsche' All Natural Male Enhancement drug, because that what does not kill us makes us longer...
(Recommended Reads) "Crazy For Loving You" by Karen Schindler
When the red mist cleared I started to regret zip tying you to the light pole out in front of the house. Especially once the cops found you there, naked, on your knees, back to the pole, hands and ankles bound behind you, sporting those six fresh stitches in your dick that you tried to explain away as just a foolish night out with the boys on a business trip, you know how it is....
(Recommended Reads) "Continental Drift" by Anthony Venutolo
Harold C. Gregorian never invited recognition to rear its ugly head.
By trade he was a pencil pusher and worked the doldrums of the middle management ladder all the way up to Vice president of development for Hughes Research Laboratories in California. The event at The Continental was supposed to be special because his firm was celebrating their crowning achievment, the first working laser...
(Recommended Reads) It's Just A Dream by ecelliam
my dream was about a wide...a beautiful moving stream..
the image of angels.. of white angels re-living the turmoils...
In the dark-black soil of the ones that fail.....
the image appears in my mind when I'm awake as well...
when i think of you.. ..
the words that you have said to me in .. ..as arbitrarily.. as is my soul.
erased the beauty .. that I saw..
made as dark as the water..became .. .
after you waded in side of meaning...for us to see..
fanciful..is . quixotic..unreal what you say to me.
the meaning of what your words can be..
what your words mean .. .. a realization..a chimerical..
is the meaning that I see
in my dream..
I was a cocoon..a white cocoon..
I could not move..just going down the stream..
the meaning of what you said..
are as shrapnel embedded in my..thinking..
know that I would rather give up...
what you mean to me...
the love that I have for you...
all the good things that you are..
have been. I will give up..
Rather then believe what you are saying..
the line that you tow..
the understandings that you have are not for me...
not even for you... you just don't know....
YOU JUST DON'T KNOW........
Images from the American remake of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN begin to appear...
and I say to myself- My God... are they going to get this right? I have a lot of faith in young Chloe Moretz...
I think I will let myself dare to hope... and pray to Hastur the story doesn't get THE WICKER MAN treatment...
The full article and images are from BRUTAL AS HELL- another one of my favorite blogs
(Recommended Reads) "Across the Ocean" by Lily Mulholland
Love waits for me across the ocean, abandoned more than once. Once I promised her there would be no more voyages, I would turn my hands to farming instead. Instead I sailed away from her. Her fidelity undiminished despite this broken pledge, she waits for me, a beacon to guide me back to land. Land is now but a memory, adrift I have been on these seas, a compass without a map, a star without a night's sky for weeks, nay, months...
Monday, May 10, 2010
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Three Hundred
Want to use the urinal while wearing Apple's new iPants? There's a flap for that- just don't try to flash.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety Nine
Once the company found a doctor that prescribed medical marijuana for a case of the Mondays no one was ever late for work again.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety Eight
Fuego worked as a substitute teacher and kept order in the classroom with quiet authority and the occasional sleeper hold.
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety Seven
She pulled aside the cushions of her new couch to find a mummified body. She whispered, "That's the last time I use Craigslist."
5 Second Fiction One Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety Six
In his dreams Karl made love to a woman who was soft and warm in his arms; when he awoke his pillow was unspeakably squishy.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
New amended posting schedule.
The new posting schedule is;
Sundays- PRICE BREAKS AND HEARTACHES
Tuesdays- IN THE SHADOW OF HIS NEMESIS
Friday- FRIDAY FLASH
(Recommended Reads) "Acorn" by Louise Dragon
The acorn-like rock first appeared on Mother's Day; Tina vaguely remembers this, although not sure about the significance ...
Tina Marshall drives the same route every day. Back roads so that she can speed and not have to worry about patrolling state police cars. Thirty miles to work her job as a pediatric med tech at Haden General Hospital every day and then thirty miles back home; the same route, day in and day out. The familiar scenery passes her by each day like a well-known movie set...
HORRORSQUAD's fascinating review for THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE
French writer Georges Bataille said that "men are swayed by two simultaneous emotions: they are driven away by terror and drawn by an awed fascination. Taboo and transgression reflect these two contradictory urges. The taboo would forbid the transgression but the fascination compels it." That about sums it up for most people who have sought out The Human Centipede (First Sequence) -- and really, horror cinema in general...