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CW: Mention of genitalia, dubious consent There were three boxes left. Just three. Three . . . medium-sized . . . boxes. Just those three to unpack, and then he'd be officially unpacked and living in his new home! As he stared at the box he sat in front of, long legs tucked around it, he slowly raised the boxcutter in his hand towards the shiny tape and determined that if he had no distractions, he could totally do this.
In a hallway, lit cozily with sparse sconces, a few people leaning against the walls either deep in conversation, or embraces, one of its four doors opens. From it walks a beautiful man with smooth skin, dark eyes, and an unbuttoned shirt through which peaked the middle of his chest and abdomen, speckled with streaks and tiny drops of blood. From behind him, you could see in the bedroom where there still lay a couple of others who were bent over a slowly twitching body in a massive four poster bed. Blood had long since ruined the sheets. Before he closed the door, he relished in the sounds of wet sucking and a death rattle, for just a few seconds. With finality, Nico Esperanza closed the door. Taking a minute to wipe at his bloodstained lips, he readjusted his shirt and buttoned the bottom two, before walking down the hallway and out into the beating heart of his get together.
Antarctic Death Shot!
CW: Cannibalism, parasites as garnish In the unforgiving tundra of Antarctica there is little excitement one can find- especially when your job is to look at ice and frozen soil all day. However this research lab was currently buzzing with more energy than anyone had seen since the lab first opened up.
10 Facts* About Me
*Facts may or may not be told by a possibly unreliable narrator! Such is life! Honestly I always dreaded those school/work ice breakers that asked you to list 3 things about yourself like . . . what if I don't view myself as inherently interesting Drew? Huh? What if what I find interesting is in fact terribly boring, and then I become a pariah before I can even whip out my first dad joke? Well, luckily time has changed such a notion in me. Whenever I'm faced with a "new beginning" per se, and the awkward path of engaging with other humans is set before me, I like to think of this wise quote from noted Ghost Hunter and (rumored) satanic entity Shane Madej:
A Fair Cut
Happy Halloween dearest spirits from here and beyond! Welcome to my newest collection of flash stories, apparently a tradition I'm trying to cement for myself. Last year I completed a series called "The Wicked Carousel", one flash story a week at 1000 words or under. It was fun! And exhausting. So I thought I might just cool my heels in the black water pond this year, but when the wind whispers through white skeletal trees . . . you listen! So welcome to "Fright Feast", another collection that I'll be putting together as an anthology on this wondrous new community available to us. Hopefully I'll complete a story every two weeks.
I've Been Writing for Lit Mags for Nearly A Year: Here's What I've Learned
The online literary scene is a storm of chaos that would make Dionysus weep with glee. Carnage churns the landscape, equal parts ink-soaked soil and vicious jungles. The torn bodies of old works, rejected works, and lost publications litter the lands, and your hopes and dreams bid you to step right over them. Sink them further into the muck of "yester-submissions" as you forge on in armor that may be the new shining plates of optimism, or plates scorched from burnout, painted with scenes of battles and cut out passages from a tale ongoing.
Esther Jones: The Inspiration Behind Betty Boop
We all know Betty Boop, she of the rocking curves and teeny tiny dress; she of the close cropped curls and high, babyish voice. Everyone can practically hear her coo her signature phrase: "Boop-oop-a-doop!" Where did she come from, besides the inventive mind of one of America's most well known cartoonists, Max Fleischer? Actually, her story has roots in black history, a fitting thing for this month of February. However, intermingled with this story is a bit of appropriation and eventually the fading knowledge of her true origins.
A TBR Pile As An Aesthetic Choice
This is not the same brain that read through Gone With the Wind in a week in middle school. It's definitely not the same brain that won Accelerated Reading awards at the end of every year in elementary school. I can barely read exit signs on the highway now.
Web Zines To Revive Your Sense of Wonder in Literature
These online tales of tender hearts, cracked nails, wandering feet, and tensed jaws are almost obscene in their raw sentiment. And I think, rather than paying a subscription to a magazine that's lost touch with the common man, you should instead subscribe to these zines- your money goes farther, means more, and gives more opportunities to some of the best artists and storytellers the world has to offer. Click on the links in each description to get sent to their Twitter pages, where they have links to their respective websites!
4 Story Tropes To Get Cozy With
Tropes. Call them what you want- clichés, gimmicks, but ultimately their formulas to create an entertaining piece of reading. A lot of these tropes I actually found through fanfiction, and was thus able to pinpoint them better in novels. So, fueled by the promise of returning reading fervor, I wanted to help foster that burgeoning flame of fantasy consumption with a reminder of some of the best things I've ever read!