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  • Rooting for the Villain

    Of course there are many who fear and hate Jason Voorhees, the masked killer from Crystal Lake; he brought many to misery and worse. It's only natural.

    However, there are also fans who consider Voorhees a jolly good fellow--an opinion that, they feel, nob…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • DIY Three-Word Prompt: The Poe Shadow, never, my, from

    " Never from my lips would come a word of criticism about this site, but I have a few ideas that might be of use. This is not what I expected to happen when I came to write my first prompt response, but since ... well, let me just make my suggestions.

    "…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Cape-Fear

    There's a new super-villain in town, Dark Cloak. Their face is never seen, but they seem powerful and definitely malicious; their most notable characteristic is a deep, black, flowing cloak or cape that serves Dark Cloak's many sinister purposes.

    This eb…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Elizabethan Fishwife's Tale

    Last year I wrote an essay on edible fish; during a performance of an Elizabethan play this evening, I suddenly got the news that I had won a huge award for my Cod piece!

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Legends Alike

    ME: Hey, I heard that Karl Urban, the actor who plays Dr. McCoy in the new Star Trek films, is the twin brother of Kieth Urban, the singer. That's pretty amazing!

    NEIL: Oh, for Pete's sake, Joan, you can't believe everything you read! That's just an Urban…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • The Necessity of Defence

    Tenever grudgingly released the spell in his hand, but readied his wards all the same. They were complex, interlocking affairs with Byzantine safety procedures and a hellish rate of drain, but they were effective.

    "Guys, this is Eraeon of the Firsts. Era…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Song: "Brockton" (Introduction)

    It’s time to come back, it’s time to come home

    I’ll find my way home to Brockton

    Though I’ve been away for ever so long,

    I think I’ll return to Brockton

    With Brockton I’m safe, I’m not misunderstood

    It’s never my fault, I’m loved ‘cos I’m good

    With Brockt…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Red Hairing

    Communism really only works on paper. Don’t try to use Communism with plastic, wood, metal, or glossy paint surfaces. Communism is not engineered to be compatible with Windows 3.1 or later, or Mac OS 8.6. However, some Communism might work on your Vectrex…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Let your Pages do the Walking

    The King sent out a messenger into the Wide World to seek out information. The messenger did not return. So he sent out more than four hundred servants to seek the messenger out. The King then assembled these servants to inquire as to their progress.

    KING…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Anti-Biker Vows

    All of us--Troy, Maxine, and I--made a solemn vow to protect the liter of wine from the biker gang. We set it down at the top of the stairs and kept a sacred vigil.

    But then a hullabaloo started outside and the head of the gang, Sharpe, kicked down the f…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • To Scale

    Somewhere out there, describing a perfect sphere at this point, is the very first radio transmission made by humans. Attenuated and weak, but detectable information in a sea of noise.

    And after that comes the second radio transmission. And a third. The t…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • The Companions of Necessity

    Tenever's reflexes were superb, and before Sadie could issue a warning he threw a firebolt that flashed across and-

    The elf flicked a hand and the fire vanished in an instant, darkness returning to the cabin. Having done so, he stood calmly, clearly wait…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Tongue Tied and Fluttering

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Undercover Slayer

    The tone sounded for break. I slumped into a chair with my coffee. Sipping it as it cooled, I noticed that I was not joined by any coworkers. Was there a staff meeting?

    The door opened. I watched with interest, but it was only the postman.

    "This needs a…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • It's Not A Green Thumb

    The first day I saw it, it was just a little spot. Right over my left ring-finger knuckle. I thought maybe I had not washed well, or I got some ink on it from work.

    The next morning my whole knuckle was green and looking a little fuzzy. I considered a tr…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Still

    Captain Chessington stood behind her desk, her face stern as she listened to the report from the Quartermaster.

    "You are quite sure, Mr Jones," she queried, willing him to retract even a sentence of the report he had just made to her. "I'd best do this i…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Food Fight?

    "The cooks will not take such abuse from the swabs!" Chef's face was red, and he slammed his ladle into the round table.

    "Your soup is little better than our mop-water!" screamed the chief swabbie.

    "My steersmen and engineers can't stay awake, living off …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • No Second Chance

    For weeks, the nightmare has been the same. The way the child's head snapped back, the scream of the mother as she cradled the lifeless form. For days I didn't even know if it was a boy or girl.

    The officer's gun. It was an impulse move. I saw my torment…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Destined to Disappear

    "I am Togua, true leader of Avorhelis, and with this authority I banish Tyris from this city. His selfish acts have caused great devastation to our home. The direct deaths of dozens of citizens, as well as hundreds of injuries and damages are upon his hea…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Femme Fatale

    The medics found Minla unconscious next to a shattered vase, a small pool of water and a bouquet of exotic-looking flowers. One of them, taking pity, picked up the flowers as they loaded her up into the ambulance.

    The attending doctor took the toxicology…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Botanical Enigma

    The doorbell chimed.

    Confused, Mina rose from her chaise, disturbing her cat, who airily strode off to preen. She wasn't expecting anyone, nor any packages. Frowning to herself, she turned the deadbolt, twisted the knob lock, and slid the chain lock back…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • War of the Worlds

    Special Report: Use of Coffee Authorised

    Casualties are high in the sixth day of heavy fighting here on the desk. Coalition leaders have confirmed that tactical coffee strikes will be used to halt the advance of procrastination forces that remain a thr…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • The Choice of Companions

    The morning did not improve Sadie's mood. There was the rare luxury of hot instant coffee with milk powder, but that was where the positive outlook ended.

    A thin mist blanketed the surrounding Hills, reducing sunlight to a faint glow and visibility to a …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Write On Fire

    I wanna write on fire.

    Not with fire like a sparkler in the night.

    Not like some imaginary, magical way of literally writing on a fleeting flame.

    Writing with abandon, with freedom, with vigor; that's what I want.

    No more tiredness, mental fogginess, …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Turn From Nothing

    Nothing.

    A vast expanse of unknowable darkness.

    I saw it. My feet may have even dangled towards its embrace. Tiny shards, the whole of my heart broken long ago, tumbled easily down the well. Perhaps I should have grasped for them. Perhaps they will …

    Posted 4 years ago