A tale begins. A wraith, enshrouded in a nightmare cloak, its face a black expanse beneath a cowl, speaks. Two living souls, running from an unseen, voiceless menace of death enshrouded in mystery, listen. An' the damned lend an ear, for the wraith tells their forgotten tales.These are the dreams of the damned, in verse and in prose, as painted by the whispering voice of a lost soul ...The Tale of the Painter of Dreams An apparition, enshrouded with the night sky after moonset passes, tells the tales wrought by the damned while guiding two living souls on a quest to discover what ails a plague-ridden world. As each tale is told and each verse is recited, the nature of the world's ailment becomes clearer, and the purpose of the travelers' quest is slowly revealed."Here I am!" An horrific plague envelops a town, and, through a strange twist, death survives.The Birth of Midnight A god creates an element of the realm of life, but, oh, what has he done?Under the Barn Aaron watches as his son leaves to fight in the war. When Aaron receives a telegram, he tries to save his son from death.Where art thou, Muse? A writer's inner voice goes missing, perhaps on a worthy quest.We Welcome You Living Rachael seeks her groove and, instead, discovers her will to live.Dead in a Ditch What once was shall be cast aside with a curse; our enemy, we shall become.A Tug on the Pant Leg In Wickersheim, Elkar watches with horror as a family of hooligans who don't enjoy a pristine expanse of snow settles in, across the street. His only recourse lies at the center of the town.In the Chamber of Judice Rolin Duske, the personal artist for the Minister of Khall, stands accused of blasphemy and must endure the psychological torture of the Minister's high court, the chamber of Judice.The Perennial Execution The guillotine is, truly, the kinder, gentler way to kill.Silence The chamber of the soul is a lonely place to dwell."I still love you ... " Old Sellers rapes his wife. When she proclaims her love for him, afterwards, he murders her in a fit of rage. Only then does he realize the curse of her final words to him, "I still love you ... "Besieged Greyton, the Lord of the Keep, stands atop a stone wall, safe from harm, while a woman is slaughtered by carnivorous beasts. When the beasts besiege the fortress, he realizes his fatal error.Revere His Name! A child discovers that it's unwise to laugh in the temple of the Crown.
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Edward Fortman (Author)
Edward Fortman lives in Canton, Ohio, with his gal and their two crazy boys. Aside from working on his own writing, he and his gal own and operate a small business, meaning that he spends much of his day cussing about how there's always too much w...