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YES, CHILDREN, GATHER 'ROUND FOR THE SOLSTICE!!!! 2014 GARDEN OF DOOM: http://deathvalleydriver.com/forum/index.php?/topic/2744-october-horrordays-2014/?p=260063 2013 DANCE OF THE BANSHEES: http://deathvalleydriver.com/forum/index.php?/topic/744-october-horrordays/?p=44638 Yes, yes, there's no way that such a horror could reverberate across the centuries leading to a tear in the barrier between the world of the living and the worlds of the dead...no way at all, one might think, that such superstitions and institutionalized display of depraved marauding might infect our safe little lives today... Until you've seen this: That...is a ceramic light-up pumpkin that I now own. It is also the most terrifying thing I've ever seen and it now sits in my home looking at me, screaming at me, beseeching me perhaps? accusing me, likely? But of what? Look into its eyes, the blackest eyes...the Devil's eyes. This is not a regular pumpkin with a face drawn on it or carved into it. IT HAS TEETH AND A TONGUE!!! and if you look closely enough A UVULA!!! Dear God, it's so expressive. It's in such pain. There are only two possible explanations for this creature. It is either: 1) A pumpkin that has been animated by some dark force, imperfectly formed into something like a humanoid by a power that was not strong enough to fulfill its mission and which, recoiling from its own macabre creation has abandoned it, left it to starve and wither. Like Victor Frankenstein who sought to create a perfect living being but “Now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” Except instead of wasting away, it simply remains, permanent and malicious, full of rage and need and longing. Seeking not acceptance but vengeance upon the world that spawned it. Until it ended up at Bed Bath & Beyond on the clearance shelf... or, look at it with a little more light on it... 2) It looks like Mickey Rooney's death mask. It looks like Paul Sorvino after he accidentally looked into the Arc of the Covenant. There is at least as much chance that, rather than a created being, a thing turned toward the human, that it is, in fact the other way. Look at the musculature implied by its wrinkles and brow. No attempt to re-form a pumpkin into new life could produce that. That has to have been there. Which only means that...Dear God no...but yes, it must be. This is not a pumpkin tranformed into a man, but a man transformed into a pumpkin. It explains the pain that this thing clearly feels, the eternal scream, silenced by the lack of lungs but acted out by the still tensing viscera of the what had been dozens of muscles now perverted into an orange mush. For what crime? By what divine authority such horrific retribution? My best guess is that each of those damned souls burned alive during Samhain thousands of years ago has returned to continue their infernal penance for whatever crime they committed. This must be sitting on my coffee table one of the most evil people who has ever lived, now continuing to live forever in a special kind of living hell, slowly shrinking into pumpkinhood. and watching...and watching... Yeah, right. comfort and good cheer. Kinfolk and affection. Yes, not at all the 2000--year old tortured souls of the madmen burned alive in immense wooden men. There is a part of me that believes that my only moral, compassionate option is to smash this thing in the hopes that it will finally release this creature to sweet, blissful nothingness. But another part that fears what I might release. What if rather than a punishment, this living vessel is a....container... I will keep you updated.