“Pass Me the Cooking Pot”

“I sure am getting hungry.”

The wagon train raced through the pass, hoping to beat the snows.

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“Cursed Locomotive”

“Let that devil die right on the tracks.”

“The only way to stop that locomotive is to destroy the bridge over the Youghiogheny River!”

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“Alexios III (and IV and V) in Hell”

An unpleasant reunion in the afterlife.

A cackling demon prodded Alexios III.

Hellfire licked the soul and soles of the former emperor. 

Although only recently deceased, the weary man tired of eternity in just a few seconds. 

“Stop these abuses!” Alexios III finally pleaded. “What have I done to receive such vile treatment?”

The demon laughed even wilder after hearing these words.

“Tell me! I beg you! Why do I find myself in this pit of fire?”

The demon twisted a gruesome face into a smile.

You’d have to ask them!”

A gnarled finger extended toward the chained skeletons of Alexios IV and Alexios V.

 

 

Back to the Beginning: “The Fountain”

“The Fountain” originally appeared with Twisted Sister Lit Mag in February of 2017. This post consists of a slightly updated and reworked version of the original.

The storm had sunk the Consuelo and the Santa Sara, leaving Francisco Herrera and Rodrigo Ibanez as the only sailors able to reach a nearby island. Anacaona, a female savage enslaved on an earlier voyage and trained to translate for the Spanish, washed up on the beach a short while later. The three survivors, greatly fatigued from their struggle in the sea, rested for a day on the sand.

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“Outbreak Along the Railroad”

Zombies of the Gilded Age!

The express arrived at a deserted depot.

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“The Vampire Hunter’s Apprentice III”

“Our next quarry has a knack for shapeshifting.”

“Crucifix?”

“Check.”

“Garlic?”

“Check.”

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