Archive for September, 2016

At the door

September 28th, 2016 Comments off

This week’s picture is a bit early as I’ll be heading to Lexington KY tomorrow for SCAREFEST. Come visit I’m in booth 194 with Macabre Mercantile.

cannibal at the door

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Knock Knock.

Pete looked up from his journal. Who could be at his door this early on a Saturday? He debated rushing to answer but chose to continue the paragraph he was writing. He wanted to write down his dream before it slipped away.


What the hell? Are they using a battering ram? The nerve of some people. He could picture the way it would go. He’d fling open the door and confront whoever was there with fire in his hazel eyes.

If it was his nosy neighbor Gladys he’d read her the riot act. He hoped it was a Mormon or one of those Jehovah’s Witness people. He had wanted to try out a zinger along the lines of  “My dark master Satan forbids it” for the longest time.


Jesus Christ, it sounded like they were going to break the door.

“All right,” he shouted and pushed his journal roughly aside.

Pete ripped the door open, hoping to startle his unwanted visitor. He was the one who took a startled step back as the door revealed the man on the other side.

The man stood nearly six feet tall and half as wide. He was as rugged as a boulder and clad in moldering mangy furs. His black mane was wild and festooned with sticks and leaves. He smiled, revealing teeth filed to shark points, and opened an incongruous briefcase with faded lettering reading “Fraternal Brother of Cannibals Local 73″

He withdrew a large blood caked knife and forced his way into Pete’s home.

The door to door cannibal always closes the deal.




Review: Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess

September 27th, 2016 Comments off

Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess
Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess by Phil Foglio

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a huge fan of Prof. Foglio’s webcomic: Girl Genius.
This is a novelization of a part of that graphic story. Even though I’ve followed this exact story online it was really fun to read it as prose. You can get so much deeper into the characters and get more world background than the graphic format allows. I truly loved the footnotes sprinkled throughout the text.
It’s a fun steampunk adventure full of thrills, humor and of course mad science.
I can’t recommend it enough. If you love things like the Discworld, you’ll love this.

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Giants in the Earth

September 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Giants in the Earth

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Professor Mills giggled like a schoolgirl as he brushed away another layer of soil from what the farmer had thought to be a large piece of marble.
Marble, the idiot. No one could ever mistake bone for marble.

“Calm down Mills,” Professor Harris said. “You know it’s just a dinosaur  or maybe a mastodon skull.”

“You never believed,” Mills said. “There were giants in the earth in those days. The ancients knew the truth and now I’ll prove it.”
More layers of soil revealed the eye sockets and finally the lower portions of a titanic human skull. The bug eyed expression Harris wore made Mills’ day.

“En el carro, rapido,” Mills shouted to the local laborers assisting him.
The men lifted the skull which was nearly three feet wide onto a wheelbarrow and lashed it firmly into place.
“I’m going to be famous,” Mills crowed.

“DEFILERS! DESPOILERS,” a voice like thunder blasted their ears.
A shadow fell across the men and they turned to see an enormous dark figure striding over the hill behind them.
One of the men began to scream as a hand as wide as his body reached down to grab him. He was not alone in screaming for long.