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Nov 29, 2016

Sleepers Unbound #3: Death Makes Believers of Us All

Prof. O Member #3 Posted August 02, 2016 12:05 AM Holy guac! I didn’t think anyone would ever post on here. I’ve been waiting since I got the email, checking hourly, I think. I went to his funeral. There were hundreds of us. All fans. Once the immediate family had left, we laid our favorite […]

Nov 27, 2016

Endeavour’s Fall #3: Through the Wastelands

Law 3 Corollary 2:4: For from hence are easily deduced the forces of machines, which are compounded of wheels, pullies, levers, cords, and weights, ascending directly or obliquely, and other mechanical powers; as also the force of the tendons to move the bones of animals. -Lord Isaac Newton, PBUH Sam slowly crawled out of the […]

Nov 22, 2016

Sleepers Unbound #2: Cigarettes and the Oklahoma Mega Millions

Lucy Member #2 Posted August 01, 2016 09:22 PM I watched a woman win 250K today. Her name’s Evelyn Baxter. She’s a tax professional and works downtown by the court house. I know because she charges me my return every season for her services. Most mornings before work I stop in at the corner station […]

Nov 20, 2016

Endeavour’s Fall #2: Steamshovel Sam

Early spring storm / Up the kite flies When lightning descends / Everyone dies – The Curse of Benjamin Franklin, from Poor Richard’s Heraticks Sam Mack dug away in the granite hills of the Adirondacks all morning until dust of crushed rocks mixed with locomotive smoke and filled the whole valley to the brim. Pale sunlight streaked in rays […]

Nov 15, 2016

Sleepers Unbound #1: Sometimes They Come To Eat

    From: unknownsender to me Subject: Miles Granger is not dead 29 JUL 2016, 7:40 PM   Dear Author, Sometimes they come as heroes; sometimes they come as thieves. Sometimes they come to wonder; sometimes they come to eat. What if I told you the Nicholas Sleeper horror novels are not yet finished? That […]

Nov 13, 2016

Endeavour’s Fall #1: Sacrifice at Sea

Law I:  Every body persists in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state by force impressed. -Lord Isaac Newton, PBUH Airman Adams balanced on a small crow’s nest high on the mainmast of His Imperial Majesty’s Airship Endeavour. For three […]

Dec 01, 2014

Anchors No More: #46 –Finale–: The Problem With Indecisions

Setting his pack down, Gary closed the door behind him. It was stuffy inside the small rounded chamber, he adjusted the wetsuit around his crotch while Holly entered the code and fine-tuned the mixture. Finishing the preparations, she turned to him, saw the questions in his eyes. She gave a slight smile, “It’s too late […]

Nov 24, 2014

Anchors No More # 45: A Little Warmer

The long months melted together, only mist in her mind as Holly made it through each day. She painted a little, on the days she was allowed into the activity room, often creating lazy abstracts in bright colors, some unconscious rejection of her reality so concrete and drab. It was hard for her. For months […]

Nov 19, 2014

Toxic #36: Never Bet Good Money on Bad Monsters

“Okay. What’s the main theme of ‘Romeo and Juliet’?” I doodled on the back on my notebook, more than ready for school to be over. The stupid clock hands refused to move, though. “Love. Could you have possibly asked an easier question?” Scott raised an eyebrow. “Putting love down on the test won’t get you […]

Nov 17, 2014

Anchors No More # 44: As the Smoke Clears

Holly looked into Gary’s eyes as the pandemonium grew around them. “Ten,” she simply said, “Count to ten.” A bullet tore the air between them and hit the machine. Gary flinched, looked into her eyes one last time, turned and entered the chamber. The door shut behind him and Holly knew he was gone. She […]

Nov 12, 2014

Toxic #35: No Wonder Pepsi Won the Cola Wars

I raced for the bathroom before either the vampires or my dad could see me. I had to calm down. Pretend I hadn’t heard anything. Too bad my reflection in the mirror was a worse sight than the graffiti-tagged stall doors. Anyone with half a brain would be able to tell something was wrong. I […]

Nov 10, 2014

Anchors No More #43: The Basic Ontological Paradox

Uncertainty overwhelmed Gary as the door to the Marshall Temporal Device shut behind him. He had never felt this before. Complete cognitive dissonance, only able to act on inertia, no confidence in his current capacity for reason or rationality. There was one thing. One solitary fact that he held onto in the midst of his […]

Nov 05, 2014

Toxic #34: Speed Eating and Embalming Don’t Mix

“Toxic Cinema, #170 – Why Speed Eating and Embalming Don’t Mix” I have officially been so grossed out by a movie that I couldn’t eat my Kit Kats while watching it. I never thought it would happen. You, my loyal readers, never thought it would happen. I got through “Saw” without blinking. Viewed “The Devil’s […]

Nov 03, 2014

Anchors No More # 42: A Measure of Satisfaction

From the moment he saw Daniel take a bullet in the gut, Restrepo knew they would not be getting out of the ARCC alive. To be fair, he had assumed as much from the very beginning, from the moment he cut a hole in the perimeter fence and crawled through it he had the feeling […]

Oct 29, 2014

Toxic #33: The Importance of Supportive Athletic Wear

  Here’s the thing: vampires have the same anatomy as humans. Which means things hurt them the same as humans. But they get over it. Fast. And then they get pissed. Glen was down for all of ten seconds. It gave me time to shove the marker back into my pocket and backpedal a few […]

Oct 27, 2014

Anchors No More # 41: Just Like This

Through the blurry haze of the smoke filled basement, Holly saw Daniel drop to his knees. She screamed and stepped towards him but behind her Gary shouted, “Holly.” She stopped, looking back to see him standing in front of the temporal device, the door open, his face twisted in exasperated fear. She could see nothing […]

Oct 22, 2014

Toxic #32: Sometimes An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks

Kim was still laughing over her lame joke about my clothes when the bell over the door jingled. I slunk sideways, figuring it was a good time to slip away, but stopped two inches from the chest of her new customer. One of Rorbauch’s friends. Or at least I figured it was one of his […]

Oct 20, 2014

Anchors No More # 40: A Real Pleasure

Upstairs, Restrepo winced as bullets struck the wall around him. He took another step down, firing his rifle at a multitude of moving targets. “Shit,” he yelled, “we need help.” Mike stepped forward and shot at whatever he could see. Restrepo turned to Steven, “Tell Daniel we’re coming down and to get ready. We can’t […]

Oct 13, 2014

Anchors No More # 39: Darwin was One Smart Bastard

Steven, Mike, and Restrepo were near the top of the stairs but they had been pushed back a step or two. Inside the stairwell, the angle of the wall helped to create a slight funnel, giving the three men enough cover to temporarily stave off the attacking horde of ARLIS men. They were holding their […]

Oct 06, 2014

Anchors No More # 38 : Famous Last Words

From the top of the stairs, Restrepo yelled, “Come on, guys, they’re getting noisier up here,” and Holly thought it was a indistinctive claim considering the banging, shooting, and shouting had not ceased for a moment since they began. From her work, she spared a glance for Daniel sitting beside her on the floor wrestling […]

Sep 29, 2014

Anchors No More # 37 : Almost There

The back of his skull struck the concrete floor, bursting stars and numbness slammed his senses for a moment before the pain swelled. Gary remembered toppling over, slipping on a stair as a bullet whizzed by and hit the wall above his head. He heard gunfire and screaming, Holly shouting as he fell. She wanted […]

Sep 22, 2014

Anchors No More # 36: One for the Team

Gary almost cried when he first saw Holly, but fortunately he was too jacked up on adrenaline, nerves and fear to do so. If he would have started crying then she would have started and then they would make a scene in the middle of the most inappropriate circumstances imaginable. So he simply embraced her, […]

Sep 15, 2014

Anchors No More #35: Hello, Fan? Shit on Line Three.

Vanderhoff fired his pistol three times. Two bullets struck Daniel Hobbes in the chest knocking him back against the Marshall Temporal Device. The third bullet flew past Daniel, missing Gary’s head by a few inches and slamming into the wall. In the brief humming pause, Gary watched in mute horror as Daniel sunk to his […]

Sep 10, 2014

Toxic #31: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service

The Commons was an outdoor mall, blocked off to cars by chipping concrete bollards. Shops and bars filled closet-sized spaces in old-timey buildings, and screaming, laughing kids blew across the cobblestones like confetti. I dodged a group of the racing toddlers, wincing as my Chuck slipped on a tilted paver. Vincent had wanted me to […]