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Category: Existential

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Last Meal of Adonis -S. E. Casey

Enhance your coffee today DISCLAIMER: Deadman’s Tome is a dark and gritty horror zine that publishes content not suitable for children. The horror zine proudly supports the freedom of dark creative works and stands against censorship. Hardly any subject matter is too taboo for this horror zine. As a result, Deadman’s Tome may feature content your mother would not approve […]

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The Sorrowful Mysteries – Jon James

Enhance your coffee today Click “Hail Mary, full of grace…” I prayed my rosary. I had done it many times already; I had lost count. My fingertips were tender and cracked from their contact with the beads. My hands were cramped from clutching the string. It was becoming so rote that my mind was beginning to wander. I could not […]

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Death & Cosmos – C. C. Parker

Enhance your coffee today Death & Cosmos – C. C. Parker      An overcast sky evaporates before a brooding sunrise.  Yet my mind’s as clear as it’s been.  Black Prism that has thrived in me for centuries, dies.  Temples fade inside a kingdom built with second-sight: visions of conquering . . .   As a man I’m weak, sucking-off […]

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They Shall Rise by Rebecca Dempsey

  Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again Though lovers be lost love shall not Dylan Thomas   When late stern Neptune points the shaft with death: To the dark grave retiring as to rest, Thy people blessing, by thy people bless’d! The Odyssey   August 1833. I’d never considered writing. I surfed Bells. Wrote up lab […]

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Life Cycle by Adam Phillips

      Mica wedged himself through the huddle of children, stepping on feet and shoving, craning to see what everyone else was looking at.  At the center of the throng was a leaf, and undulating on the leaf was a turgid, shiny brown caterpillar. Mica pushed to the front of the group, bending closer, squinting.       On the caterpillar’s rear end, […]

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Schrodinger’s Dilemma by Dan Lee

I’d been staring at the box for nearly an hour contemplating the consequences of opening it before the time was right. The beer in my hand was half empty, warmer now from being held so long and hardly as satisfying as it had been when I started drinking it. The whole world had gone mad but here I was, sitting in the living room of my little apartment staring at Pandora’s Box and wondering what madness still could be waiting inside. The floor was covered in fresh mud and dirt, streaked brown and green from where I’d drug it inside. I’d vomited twice at the memory of burying it, at the smell that came crawling up through the earth as I disinterred it. It might have been easier to move if I’d had some help and who better to help than my brother? He’d been more than happy to bury it with me two months ago but he never would have agreed if he’d known what was coming, of the questions I’d have. Once it had been done he refused to ever speak about it again so I was left no choice but to dig it up and drag it back here by myself. Even so, I knew I’d be seeing him soon. I was certain of that much.

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The Night We Aired the House by Chris Campeau

I knew my mother was sick, weeks before we tried to take her to quarantine. There was no denying it. I first suspected it when she stopped opening her bedroom blinds in the morning. I knew it for sure when she started sleeping ‘til dusk. I was even more convinced when the upper floor took on that sulphur-like smell. The […]

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Paint by Kathleen Wolak

  “Excuse, Madame.” A clearly over-worked, under-dressed waiter bumped my elbow as he rushed to the kitchen.  His momentum placed my watch squarely beneath my nose, and I saw that Professor Gray was now fifteen minutes late.   Finally, when I was about to start packing my things and call the interview a wash, the professor blew in the door, […]

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Beached by Corey Niles

The whale came in the night, dying on land before anyone even knew it was there. Forty-five feet long and weighing over fifty tons, the massive sperm whale spent its last hours on the sand of Melville Beach, unable to return to the nearby sea that would enable its survival. The question of body disposal soon became a priority in […]