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…and then I wake up screaming::the butcher


Albert Dorne - butcher CAP

underlying art by Albert Dorne

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…and then I woke up screaming::who am I


who am I

“Who am I”???  “Who am I”?!?!?  What, don’t you recognize me?  I’m in your dreams and mirror.

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Fictoid: heard this billions of times


death and the maiden CAP

art by Rafael M. DeSoto
© Buzz Dixon

“Stop!  Where are
you taking me?”

“Where the hell
do you think I’m
taking you?”

“But I don’t belong here!”

“That’s what they all say.”

“Can’t we make a deal?”

“Sure.  You can shut up.”

“And if I do…?”

You broke the deal! 
Off we go!”

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Fictoid: Death’s Jest


Robert Hubert - Deaths Jest

“Landscape with a Sarcophagus”
art by Robert Hubert
text © Buzz Dixon

Determined to be remembered, the rich man vowed he would spend his life building a tomb for himself.

Angered at his vanity, and enraged by his foolish waste of the gods’ gift of life, Death made him immortal.

His family, friends, and fortune gone all too soon, the man spent the rest of his existence in what later generations regarded as an ancient ruin, built and abandoned for no ascertainable purpose.

He begged for Death to release him, but Death never would.

Who knew that Death could be cruel only by denying his service…


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…and then I woke up screaming::stick your hand in


Geoffrey Biggs - stick your hand inside

art by Geoffery Biggs

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Fictoid: heartbreaker


Karl Alexander Wilke - femme fatale

art by Karl Alexander Wilke

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Fictoid: monster movie mash-up


animated peter lorre caught

he was an ugly little monster
- not in appearance
(actually funny looking)
(a dumpy little man)
(looked like a pudgy boy)
(no more than thirty)
- he liked children
- liked to take them aside
- touch them
- do things with to them

one child screamed
threatened to tell
so he killed her
(couldn’t have that)
(could he?)

after that it was easy
- so very very easy
- so many young bodies

they caught him, of course
- not the police
(they couldn’t find anybody)
(just bodies)
- the criminals
(police blunder about)
(bad for business)
(so they caught the monster)

they killed him, too
- tied him to a chair
- doused him with kerosene
- set him on fire
- while the mothers watched

afterward they left a note for the authorities

the authorities threw the charred corpse into a pauper’s grave
- but not before a doctor had preserved the brain
(for study)
(carefully / needlessly labeled “abnormal”)

- the doctor died
(his own brain harvested)
- a brilliant colleague
(eccentric bordering insane)
- an assistant
(guilty…of what?)
(silence buys acquiescence)
- a bungled burglary
- the doctor’s brain in a jar
- desperation
(fear of exposure)
- take the brain marked “abnormal”

and from the eternal darkness…
- awaken to thunder and lightning
- hands and feet
(not your own)
- sexual organs
…but the brain…
(still abnormal)

well, you know the rest
- you know why the monster is afraid of fire
- you know why the monster is fascinated by children
- you know what he does when he gets them alone

animated b of f scene

spare no pity for the monster
- he made his choices in his previous life

text © Buzz Dixon


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Fictoid: winners


Karl Alexander Wilke - 2 generals

art by Karl Alexander Wilke

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Fictoid: The Boogeyman


Alfred Kubin - the boogey man

art by Alfred Kubin
text © Buzz Dixon

She knows I am here

And I know she knows
I am here

What she doesn’t know is
what I plan to do next

And to tell the truth,
even I don’t know
what I’m going to do next

And that’s what makes
the waiting

so unbearable 

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Being An Undead Gunslinger Has Its Advantages


Lee Brown Coye - zombie cowpoke

art by Lee Brown Coye
text © Buzz Dixon

“Being an undead gunslinger has its advantages.

“For one thing, you don’t have to be a good shot or a quick draw.

 “By the time they realize you’re undead…it’s too late!

 “And there’s no ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ handbills, either.

 “’Course, that’s mostly ‘cuz yer already dead…”

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