Allan Darque – Chapter ONE-0

Allan Darque: sixteen years of age and hardly a day, he sat alone upon the porch of the ranch home where he lived with his parents and two younger brothers. It was night, the AC mounted in his room window hummed. Junebugs, moths, and mosquitoes flitted about, tossing themselves at the outdoor lamps with soft […]

Deepest Desire III – Chapter TWO

Nadine had stalled her car when she was slowing down to take a rest stop. Her car was an aging single-clutch sedan and the battery was dying, so she’d been starting it using a mobile jump-start battery pack. Unfortunately, her mobile battery pack had also died, so she was stuck out here, unable to get […]

A momentary traipse through darkness

Proelium. Contentio. Conatum. Conflictus. (Latin)Jihad. Alnidal. Sirae. (Arabic)Kampf. (German)Dòuzhēng. (Chinese)Kamf. (Yiddish)Saṅgrāma. (Bangla) Struggle. Contendunt. Contendo. Affecto. Nitor. Annitor. Adnitor. Enitor. Obnitor. Adfector. (Latin)Jahad. Kafih. Aistabsil. (Arabic)Streben. Suchen. Trachten. Eifern. (German)Nǔlì. Fèndòu. Lìtú. Miǎn. (Chinese)Shtrebn. (Yiddish) Strive. *** He stood upon a transparent plane. There was no land below; he was surrounded in all directions by clouds blooming vermillion, lavender, and rose hues, lit by a perpetual sunset. The […]

Knives Dark – Chapter 11 – “Reverie”

The advancement of artificial intelligence combined with quantum computing would revolutionize the world through robotics. Bio-mimicking quantum-digital systems would behave and respond in a manner that was nigh indistinguishable from real people. Artificial labor would eventually come to govern every single aspect of the way we lived, from our food production, to our retail distribution. […]

Lux Tenebris Concept 0-1

It was the evening hour at which light was giving fast to night and the sky was a canvas of faintly sparkling twilight streaked with gentle shades of maroon and mauve. It was during these dimming hours of dusk, before the trio of Doctor Hirsch, Deputy Von Galle, and Elliot Verner had arrived at the […]

Lux Tenebris Concept 0-0

The full spring moon shone bright upon the Ridley farmstead, some two miles beyond the outskirts of the town of Raleigh. With the farm animals in their stables, asleep, the only noise came from insects and creatures of the night, and these too chose to be quiet. There was only the light, occasional chirping or […]