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A Deep Dive into The Devil’s Work

The Devil’s Work is a short story I created to explore one man’s experience of Hell as a serial killer and cannibal. The Devil’s Work is the story of the first time Wesley Black dies and captures a brief moment during his multiple life prison sentences. Wesley Black is an inmate in the world’s most secure prison, Outpost 86. Outpost 86 is a structure with several levels below ground and several above. It is situated near the South Pole next to the Transantarctic Mountains and was built as part of the creation of a new branch of government in charge of overpopulation of prisons. Wesley chooses to live underground because of greater opportunity for privacy, and the permafrost helps extend the shelf-life of the meat of his victims.

Outpost 86’s remote location offers a unique opportunity to create a prison without cells or guards. A single cyanide filled chamber facilitates entry and exit from the prison making local security obsolete. The prisoners regulate themselves through survival of the fittest and security is provided by its remote location and the inhospitable environment escapees would face in the unlikely event they got out of the prison.

Because of the lack of formal security, Wesley can continue to murder and eat people in the nearly vacant lower levels. Only society’s worst criminals are committed to Outpost 86 which makes the population relatively sparse in such a huge facility. At the time The Devil’s Work takes place Outpost 86 is less than 25% filled, and with total square footage several times larger than The Pentagon, there are plenty of isolated places. Wesley uses this isolation to carry out his nefarious practices and lives his life in relative peace as the other inmates lack the stomach for his lifestyle. As one of the initial inmates, he has always carried an imposing presence and instilled a certain level of fear into subsequent arrivals who are happy to leave him alone in his subterranean lair.

Before his time at Outpost 86, Wesley was a medical doctor who exhibited acute psychopathic behavior. Wesley controlled this behavior well, but occasionally the urge would get so strong he would have to act on his impulses to get it out of his system for a while. This recurring theme led to the longest and most prolific serial killing spree in history and launched Dr. Wesley Black into the history books upon his conviction.

His mental illness influenced the decision to opt out of the death penalty and to place Wesley into the newly constructed Outpost 86 where he could serve his time and subsequently fulfill the facilities’ medical needs. This alleviated the need for outside doctors and put Wesley’s medical expertise to some use. Unfortunately, it also gave him all the tools necessary to continue his psychotic episodes and raise his victim count.

Wesley lived a normal childhood devoid of the normal tragic experiences traditionally associated with mental illness like molestation or abuse, so the circumstances surrounding his affliction are unclear. He earned excellent grades throughout his education and graduated with honors from John Hopkins University. On paper, his life was the model of success and control, but he waged a constant war with an unseen inner demon that forced him to carve a normal existence from the cacophony of psychological disharmony in which he perpetually existed.

Outpost 86 will be featured in its own full-length novel that is currently in work, in which Wesley Black plays a significant role in the story. It portrays the moment Wesley Black dies and sets the stage for the events in The Devil’s Work. This spin-off story grew from an urge to explore events in Wesley Black’s life that I felt did not fit into Outpost 86. I am also planning to write a novel about Wesley Black’s life before he was sentenced to Outpost 86 and chronicle his life as a serial cannibal. Click on the cover below to buy The Devil’s Work from Amazon for only .99 cents.

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Who is Mr. Crispy?

 

 

Mr. Crispy is a character in my Purgatory series. He is a pyromaniac that gets caught in a blaze of his own making and dies.  He winds up in Purgatory sporting the scars of his sins.  Mr. Crispy is not his real name, but it is the name bestowed upon him by the Purgatorial community after his arrival. His skin is charred black and mottled with shiny swollen areas that constantly seep pus and plasma from eternally fresh wounds. Purgatory’s inhabitants bear the evidence of their sins for all to see and Mr. Crispy will be afflicted with his burns until a higher power sees fit to let him pass. This is a sentiment he begins to doubt as time creeps on and there is no communication or interaction with God. He feels he has surely atoned for any sins out of the agony of his existence alone and is beginning to think there is no place to move on to.

Mr. Crispy, formerly know as…well, you don’t get to know his real name yet, is a young man of undetermined age, however, I see him as being in his early teens. He is a typical teen, aside from a strong desire to burn things, but feels like an outsider because of his affliction. The fact he recognizes it as an affliction means he knows better than to do it, but lacks the self-control to fight the urge. This secret weighs upon him and defines his interaction with his friends; slightly introverted, guarded, and quick to make an excuse to bugger off from group activities. He would much rather spend time alone than with people so he doesn’t have to hide his dark side, his dark friend, as he often thinks of that part of himself.

Fire intrigues him and he has wielded it for so long that he feels in control of it. There was only one time that control slipped from his grasp, but since the fire was contained in his neighbor’s back yard and was extinguished quickly, his illusion of control held. His final battle with his dark friend made him realize how small and inconsequential he was compared to nature, and could have been a therapeutic turning point for him had he won. Tragic situations sometimes have a way of clearing one’s head and changing perspective, but all to often people don’t get the chance to use that realization to enact positive personal change. Maybe part of what makes situations like his so tragic is that the answer shows itself too late to help, like deciding too late the correct course of action to avoid an automotive collision.

His personality does not improve any after reaching Purgatory.  He loathes his situation, but is happy he is not in Hell, regardless of how much fire is there. He loathes his neighbors, except for the beautiful but troubled Annabelle, an ex porn-star with whom he is infatuated despite her…shall we say rather noticeable genitals. He is confused about the physics of Purgatory as it seems things are possible there that weren’t when he was alive; more of a dream-like state where his environment can change on a whim, leaving him often ill-prepared for his circumstances.  He is stuck in this suburban version of Hell and can find no peace.

Mr. Crispy has discovered a hidden side, a special place where he can go to another dimension, an escape from one Purgatory into another. This second Purgatory is more reminiscent of when he was alive and it draws him incessantly.  Spending time between the two realities has caused him to be confused as to which one is real, or if they both are real. His struggles are not only physical, but mental and psychological as well as he fights to figure out reality and reaffirm his sanity.  Will he figure out which dimension is real? Is it even possible? Will he learn the truth about where and who he is? Is there a Heaven or Hell?  The second reality and the ensuing struggle are introduced in Purgatory: Episode II. Both stories can be accessed by clicking on the pictures below or the hyperlinks in this post. I hope you get to meet Mr. Crispy, he is quite a character and his continued adventures will be chronicled in future episodes.  Happy reading.

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Malignant

A secret experimental laboratory is discovered and destroyed, but something is birthed in the dying inferno that escapes. Malignant is one of my flash fiction short stories available in the Tales From the Blue Gonk Anthology by Thirteen O’Clock Press.

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Reflection of Truth

My short story, Reflection of Truth, is in the Dark Fairy Tales Revisited, Volume II anthology and is available for purchase at Lulu.com

Dark Fairy Tales Revisited II

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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Promotions, Writing

 

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Purge is Published

Plague is a collection of short horror stories penned by various authors from around the world.
Witness the outbreak of something nasty that changed our past, affects the present and may even destroy our future, for the greatest threat to mankind’s continued dominance on this planet has always been… plague…

My short story, Purge, is featured in the Plague anthology and is available at

http://www.amazon.com/Plague-Mark-Slade-ebook/dp/B00JLU7LQQ

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Transmogrification is Live

My short story, Transmogrification, is featured in Nightmare Illustrated, Issue 7 and is available at http://www.lulu.com/shop/horrified-press/nightmare-illustrated-issue-7/paperback/product-21724992.html

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Cursed Curiosities Anthology

Buyer Beware! If you’ve recently approached a strange emporium of oddities or antiquities, I hope you’ve taken a few things into consideration… What urge brought you there? Were you drawn to a particular item on display? Did it call out to you? Though everything inside was for sale, did you consider how much you were willing to spend? Perhaps you proffered the listed price, or perhaps you haggled the price down a bit. But did you consider the imperceptible fine print? You may just find you’ve paid a great deal more than what your parcel is worth. The following twenty-seven works chronicle such transactions.

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My short story, 10:30, is available in Barbwire Butterfly Books’ Cursed Curiosities anthology at Lulu.com. Come along on a journey where what you buy may just come back to haunt you.

 
 

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I just finished the first draft of 10:30 and it is the creepiest thing I have ever written. I hope I can sleep tonight. The cover picture is a picture ELana accidentally took. It is from our dining room, looking into the living room and is the inspiration for this entire story. The imagery from the stairs and shadowy image of the couch in front of them are used in a really creepy scene in the story. One day, she will stop letting me in on her creepy feelings and pictures because I always write them into existence. Or maybe it’s better if she doesn’t stop, it gives me plenty to write about. I just heard a noise in the living room, I’m going to investigate. If I don’t post anything tomorrow, you’ll know something went wrong. Well look at that, it’s just after 10:30.

May all your nightmares come true.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Writing

 

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Phase Boundary

Phase Boundary

During an attack in a dark alley, an entity takes control of Josh’s body and turns him into a helpless onlooker as it goes on a bloody and murderous rampage.

The first draft of Phase Boundary is complete and in editing.

(Phase Boundary – The interface between two or more separate phases, such as liquid-gas, liquid-solid, gas-solid, or, for immiscible materials, liquid-liquid or solid-solid.)

 

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What Grabs You Too

What Grabs You Too is only .99 cents at Amazon.com.

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Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Promotions

 

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