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    • DellwoodBarker
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      3 weeks ago

      Woooooow! Excellent Creepy Macabre Gothic Horror short story. A bit of a monster romance story with the beastly family man narrator delving into an incredibly aware/observant psyche and centered humanity.

      Reminds me of Penny Dreadful meshed with Venom.

      I roll, I sluice, I embrace, I yearn, I quiver, I release. It enters me, it leaves me, I dive in it like a sporting seal, a dolphin rollicking in a sea of muck and filth. Now a shark, I burrow after and catch a fleeing rat in my teeth and crunch down, and at its squeals its fellows all disperse, leaving me to swallow down their comrade, my jaws unhinging to take it in fur and bones and tail and all. Turned milk, rancid salad, the stench of a billion farting bacteria released as I aerate the pile with my body.

      It is my delight. My pleasure and my fulfilment. I have come across a treasure trove, an Aladdin’s cave. I chew, suck, squelch, swallow, snort, breathe, imbibe. The liquids, the crusts, remnants, spoils, pools, paps, bubbles, spills. The broken down, the degenerating, and all that lives on it, the pupae and eggs and worms and burrowers. The soft and the crunchy, the mush and the cracking.

      That is why I do not hear them as they approach. Why I do not notice as they stand over me.

      Exceptional effective writing.

      1. Update (4/19/2021):

        None of them could begin to imagine the hurricane blowing through my mind, the raging spiralling thoughts. With all due respect, none of them are capable of the delicacy of feeling that leads to the emotional maelstrom within me.

        I am in love.

      2. Update (4/19/2021):

        My personal favorite passage:

        You are afraid.

        That is understandable. You have never met one like me, and your search has gone on a long time. How many when they find their heart’s desire, recoil? The long search has been everything. The fear that it is now over, that life must change, that is a great shock.

        I am the culmination of it all, and you are afraid.

      3. Update (4/19/2021):

        My personal favorite passage:

        You are afraid.

        That is understandable. You have never met one like me, and your search has gone on a long time. How many when they find their heart’s desire, recoil? The long search has been everything. The fear that it is now over, that life must change, that is a great shock.

        I am the culmination of it all, and you are afraid.