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A bright new star appeared in the sky on December 1st. It didn’t hover above a chosen town. It just wheeled alongside the other stars. But then the other stars went out and something in our collective psyche snapped. Panic lit the riots. Riots ignited mass hysteria. Mass hysteria burned into mayhem. There’s no media or Internet anymore but people say half of America died in a week. I believe it. Our guards in the entrance tunnel hear gunfire every night.

And they hear drums. A cult took over the factory in the valley. Some members of our camp escaped the cult. We don’t repeat their stories. We have nightmares of our own. But the cult believes there are “Elder Gods” in the sky. They say that Christmas never belonged to Christ and those with false beliefs will be consumed on Christmas Day.

Tonight we decorated the tree. We hung the stockings. We read stories to the children and tucked them in bed. We have modest gifts to give and a wild turkey to cook.

But I can’t sleep. So I put the tiny, cracked porcelain Jesus in the manger and went to the entrance tunnel. The rifle is cold in my lap as I stare at the leaden curtain of the opening and listen to the drums. I’ll be here all night, waiting to see what Christmas brings.

 

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That Aint Right - Miskatonic ValleyI’m pleased to announce that my story, “The Crumbling of Old Walls” has been accepted for publication in That Ain’t Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley (Mad Scientist Journal) The anthology will be a collection of first person accounts told by people visiting or living in the Miskatonic Valley, the reimagined northeast and north central Massachusetts setting of many of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories. My story is set in modern day Aylesbury, a small town well up the Miskatonic River.

I am not a Lovecraft scholar by any means. Nor have I read that much of his work. But I’ve always been interested in his mythos of “Great Old Ones” and the idea that there are immense beings/forces beyond our understanding in the universe that may not exactly wish us well. I am also a fan of linked stories that create a fictional world. Plus, I grew up in northeast Massachusetts and have spent almost my entire life in New England. Add it all up and Lovecraft’s world is a natural sandbox for me to play in. Lots of editors and writers and game developers do.

Lovecraft never wrote anything set in Aylesbury. It is mentioned in a poem and in two of his most famous stories, “The Lurker at the Threshold” and “The Dunwich Horror.” The latter story provided some key geography to connect my tale to Lovecraft’s world. Other Lovecraftian bits I picked up via research. Writer/editor Jan Kozlowski‘s popular knitted Cthulu items also get a nod.

Dogged followers of this blog will know that this isn’t my first forray into the Miskatonic Valley. I had a triptych of poems accepted for The Terror at Miskatonic Falls (Shroud Publishing). I’m hopeful they’ll become available someday. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to That Ain’t Right.

More news as I have it.

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So called ‘Lovecraft country’ of Cthulhu Mythos, showing some of the most important cities of Massachusetts alongside with towns invented by Lovecraft. Imaginary towns are marked with square, real ones with circle. Map and description by Miihkali. Wikimedia Commons.

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