Hell

Author Mark Steinwachs offers a tale of damnation, titled “Hell”, on http://www.penofthedamned.com

“Hell. You think you have it all figured out. Fire and brimstone, sinners writhing in agony, cries of the forsaken. You think that’s it, but you’re wrong. You cursed me there when you drove the knife into me because I was different. You cursed me there when you watched me bleed out. You cursed me there in the name of God. I didn’t belong there. Not until your knife pierced my skin. And then I knew hatred. You taught me. As my life slipped away on the grass, as you spit on me, you taught me hate. In that moment, you sent me to Hell.”

My smile melts into a sneer. They lie in their bed, both paralyzed by my touch. His wife screams, but no sound comes out. His eyes are wide, mouth closed. Ten years have taken a toll on him, though my body is the same.

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A Growing Boy

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I’d like to share with you a piece I wrote for Pen of the DamnedA Growing Boy.

This piece is part of Damned Words 30, a collection of short pieces inspired by the same photo. You can read more HERE on Pen of the Damned

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A Growing Boy

by Lee A. Forman

Hunger never left his distended paunch. No matter how much she brought, his gut could not be sated. Spindly arms pulled rotten meat into a foul orifice. Brown saliva and undigested chunks ran down his stained frontside into a puddle of filth. Familiarity still rested in his eyes. They followed her with affection, resting deep behind puss-filled lumps which grew around them. She wondered if he still had legs beneath the mass of pulsating skin at his bottom. But it wouldn’t have mattered. His proportions already filled most of the barn.

She took the sandwich bag of teeth from her pocket and remembered his smile. How sweet and simple he once was.

A low groan erupted from his belly. Tremors of a wanting stomach rumbled under her boots. The fly-infested supply of food nearly depleted, she’d have to find a way to feed her growing boy.

 

 

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A Quiet Place – Spoiler-Free Review

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A Quiet Place is one of the best horror films I’ve seen in a theater. It’s not often to find a good one not released direct to DVD when it comes to new horror. I won’t spoil the movie for you by giving details, but rather point out what this movie did right, and why it’s more than worth your time.

They didn’t spoil the pacing or tension by explaining things. There is no backstory, no details about what, why, or how. It doesn’t need to explain itself. There are a few newspapers strewn around that show something happened, but even those have a purpose; they aren’t thrown in only to give explanation. The information is as ambiguous as it should be.

The movie isn’t full of extra garbage that’s not important to the story. No excessive gore, no unneeded sex scenes. The story is what it is, and all it needs to be.

Creatures. Too many movies show too much of the creature. And too soon. This movie only reveals glimpses and quick, mostly shadowed shots. They saved revealing the creature until the end, just as a good creature flick should do. And although I’m a fan of practical effects over digital, they were actually pretty awesome.

The ending, while quite abrupt, is well-executed. There isn’t a sunrise where everyone walks away and things are fine. They don’t go into any boring and expected solution where everything is explained and tied up neatly. It ends where it should end.

All in all, a great new horror movie that will more than likely be added to my collection.

I highly recommend seeing it!

 

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Worthy of Heart

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Worthy of Heart

by Lee A. Forman

Preserve their milky flesh; make bare soft, pink innards. Harvest remains, cover them in garnish, make beauty of woeful frames. Consume the fetal home—the birthing apparatus—for it is not lasting. But the tiny, wriggling creatures, perfect for trimming. They grow with skill, become things that made them. They pose for desire, malleable to intention. To play with life and death, their brittle models, is to be a god with artful power. Divine imagination is the finest tool. To make rich and vibrant something dull, paint life onto spilled passing.

Beautiful as the collection stands, it is but practice. Want of larger work—a showpiece worthy of burning hearts—fuels stimulus with copious motivation. The hunt must seek substantial result. Perhaps, something less of nature. A fine canvas, tall and supple. The grand puppet of evolution. Two masters of the Earth, to be my servants. They’ll birth the final piece, to be emptied of mortality, and filled with tender love of my pursuit.

Read more twisted flash fiction stories based on this photo on Pen on the Damned!

Includes stories by A.F. StewartMercedes M. Yardley, Jon OlsonNina D’ArcangelaMark SteinwachsChristopher A LiccardiScarlett R. Algee, Lydia Prime, and John Potts Jr

A Slithering Offer

My short story, A Slithering Offer, is now available to listen to for free on The Wicked LibraryIt’s part of Episode 803: Extra Wicked Winter Anthology 2018

This story was originally published on the horror-fiction website, Pen of the Damned

A Slithering Offer starts at 1 hour, eight minutes into the episode

A Slithering Offer (Audio Podcast Version)

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February 2018

On The Wicked Library

Episode 803: Extra Wicked Winter Anthology 2018

Judging Hellraiser: Judgment

As a long-time fan of the Hellraiser franchise, I had to watch this one. But I was hesitant to do so after the saturation of not-so-great Hellraiser movies. I’m not saying they’re complete garbage—some of them have their own charm—but the first two resonate with me in a way none of the others can.

If you haven’t read Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart I strongly encourage you to!

I won’t say that Judgment was the worst of the franchise. But I think it doesn’t belong there.

First off, any Hellraiser without Doug Bradley as Pinhead just doesn’t work for me. When the same actor has played a character for so long, it’s a hell of a thing to try and get the same effect with another actor. No matter their skill, it just isn’t the same. Another actor playing Pinhead is like someone other than Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine. No matter how badass they are at the role, the original character has been the same actor for way too long for it to really work.

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I will say this, Paul Taylor didn’t do a bad job as Pinhead. He had kind of a Doug Bradley look and his voice and tone weren’t a deterrent to his performance. I was less disappointed with him than I thought I’d be. But like I said, I can’t see Pinhead as anyone but Doug Bradley.

There are some great things about this movie. And some not so great things as well.

The trailer for it looked promising, though I didn’t trust it. My mistrust was justified. The entire trailer is made up of snippets from the first 15 minutes of the film, which really, was the only truly enjoyable part of the experience. It then goes into a long, slow, boring story about some detectives investigating a serial killer. That’s the first place this movie went wrong. Too much talk, not enough… anything else.

If you manage to stay awake through the dialogue that doesn’t carry any real weight to the story, you’ll get to see some scenes that are worthwhile.

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The man with the cut-up face and dark glasses was a great character! He was probably the best part of the entire movie. At first I wasn’t sure if he was human or a cenobite, and to be honest I’m still not completely sure. No spoilers, but I’m leaning more towards one of those conclusions than the other.

The entire idea of that character and his role in the story was the only thing that made Hellraiser: Judgment worth watching. If the story revolved around him it probably would have been a better movie. They focused too much on the less interesting aspects of the story (as well as trying to make it a Hellraiser movie by throwing bits and pieces of its history in without any true meaning). I won’t spoil it for you, but there were some really great ideas that were wasted.

I think if they removed the cenobites, took the name Hellraiser out of the title completely, and got rid of the boring dialogue, it could have been a great film. On its own, it had potential. Hellraiser: Judgment’s biggest downfall is that they slapped the franchise onto a movie that could have done well on its own. Excuse the pun, but that brought judgment down hard on a movie that might not have been looked at so harshly otherwise.

If you’re a die-hard fan of Hellraiser, you’re probably not going to like how it ends. I certainly did not. There’s only one positive side to its ending: they can’t do it again…

But don’t let my bad review stop you from enjoying this film. I enjoyed some of it (it really did have some good scenes), but it was a watch-once and never bother with it again deal for me. My best advice, see it for yourself and pass your own judgment.

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‘A Slithering Offer’ on The Wicked Library

I’m profoundly excited to announce that my story, A Slithering Offer is up on The Wicked Library! It’s a Patreon exclusive as of now, and I’ll say The Wicked Library is well worth the support of its listeners! They do amazing work. They’ve turned a few of my stories into audio podcasts and they blow me away every time!

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Author Interview – Origin: Stories on Creativity

I had the pleasure of being on Bryan Aiello’s podcast, Origin: Stories on Creativity. He’s got a great show (click here to check out his YouTube channel) where he talks with authors about all sorts of topics! He’s a great conversationalist and it was more fun than formal. Loved the experience!

Check out the podcast episode HERE on YouTube where we talk about movies, writing, publishing, and all sorts of random stuff!

 

Damned Words 27

6 Pieces of flash fiction inspired by the same photo. Brought to you by Pen of the Damned!


Lady of Sorrow
A.F. Stewart

She hides her face from me and weeps tears of stone, clutching the wreath she laid on my grave. A monument to her false grief and lingering guilt, forever enshrined in granite effigy. I stare at her from the shadows of the trees and laugh.

She thought to kill me.

Me, a thousand years her better in occult magic and deviltry. A poor attempt at murder and in the end she is the one entombed. Locked in her stone prison atop my empty grave.

She should have never come to the cemetery to gloat, to lay her wreath in two-faced mourning. But then, I have always laid the best traps. I savoured the priceless look on her face when she turned and saw me standing behind her, alive, and not a corpse mouldering in my grave.

That was the last thing she ever saw.


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