Archive for September, 2007

30 Sep

Dark Icon vs. Jena 6

Waaaaay off-topic, but I gotta speak my mind on this one.

The story:
Some white kids don’t like some black people in their high school, so they think its cool (or funny), hang some nooses from a tree. This sparks a bunch of violence and later, one of these young geniuses ends up getting the ever-loving fuck beaten out of him by some black dudes. Black dudes are now going to court for beating the ever-loving fuck out of somebody. Cue the Civil Rights whores on stage left.

Okay, those are the facts. Now my take:
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29 Sep

The Henry County Horror

The Henry County Horror hasn’t been a part of darkicon.com since the LAST site redesign, several long years ago. That was an over site for which I profusely apologize. It really was a great story and for a long time were are a lot of people who never even knew it existed. That is no longer the case.

The story was originally told as a series of newspaper articles describing the gruesome, and ultimately otherworldly happenings in a small town near Atlanta. The articles (and the happenings) were fake, the setting was real. In the original presentation, I created a fake news website (I think it was called “OnTarget News”) that existed in a subdirectory of my main site. I intended to post the articles one day at a time, corresponding to the date on each one, as if the events were actually happening. I can’t remember if I actually DID that, but I think I may have managed to pull that off. My intention there was two-fold.

1) Tell a story in a new and interesting format. I’m always down for new ways of storytelling.
2) Try to fool a few people into thinking it was actually real (at least for the first part of the story, which is entirely plausible).

Now remember, this was 1999 and not 2007. People’s expectations of what a real news website looked like were much lower, and my presentation was… well… decent, if I must say so myself. Decent for 1999, anyway. The fact that it was hosted in a subdirectory of fiction website and not on its own top-level domain was probably a big show stopper as far as believability, but in the years during which the story was available, I’ve had one or two people email me just to… and here I’m paraphrasing…”make sure it was just a story”. That was attributable to the fact that on the internet, you can easily find yourself dropped into a single (fake) news article that is part of a (fiction) story. You don’t know its fake and you don’t know its a story, so you get confused. One article in particular might turn up as a “real” article for people looking for news about exotic animal attacks, which is what happened in these few instances. As a whole, I don’t think I fooled anybody, but that wasn’t my main objective anyway. It was all just a fun story in a new format for me, and hopefully it will be for you as well.

Now, about the story itself. I may need to do some ‘splaining here.
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29 Sep

Top 50 Dystopian Movies of All Time

Dystopian: A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia,[1] kakotopia or anti-utopia) is a fictional society that is the antithesis of utopia. It is usually characterized by an oppressive social control, such as an authoritarian or totalitarian government. In other words, a Dystopia has the opposite of what one would expect in a Utopian society.


MEME: Top 50 Dystopian Movies of All Time

1. Metropolis (1927)
2. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
3. Brazil (1985)
4. Wings of Desire (1987)
5. Blade Runner (1982)
6. Children of Men (2006)
7. The Matrix (1999)
8. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
9. Minority Report (2002)

10. Delicatessen (1991)
11. Sleeper (1973)
12. The Trial (1962)
13. Alphaville (1965)
14. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
15. Serenity (2005)
16. Pleasantville (1998)
17. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
18. Battle Royale (2000)
19. RoboCop (1987)
20. Akira (1988)
21. The City of Lost Children (1995)
22. Planet of the Apes (1968)
23. V for Vendetta (2005)

24. Metropolis (2001)
25. Gattaca (1997)
26. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
27. On The Beach (1959)
28. Mad Max (1979)
29. Total Recall (1990)

30. Dark City (1998)
31. War Of the Worlds (1953)

32. District 13 (2004)
33. They Live (1988)
34. THX 1138 (1971)
35. Escape from New York (1981)
36. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
37. Silent Running (1972)
38. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
39. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
40. A Boy and His Dog (1975)
41. Soylent Green (1973)
42. I Robot (2004)
43. Logan’s Run (1976)
44. Strange Days (1995)
45. Idiocracy (2006)
46. Death Race 2000 (1975)
47. Rollerball (1975)
48. Starship Troopers (1997)
49. One Point O (2004)
50. Equilibrium (2002)

The ones in bold are the ones I’ve seen.
Yes, I really HAVE seen the Metropolis from 1927.
No, it has nothing to do with Superman.

25 Sep

I’m calm. Really.

It is Tuesday evening, September 25th, 2007.
I have been in Fargo, North (fucking) Dakota since Sunday evening.

And NorthWest Airlines still has no FUCKING CLUE where my luggage is!

Do you know where Fargo is?
It’s just a wee bit south of Canada.

Do you know where jacket and my clothes are?
In my fucking bag.

Do you know where my bag is?
NEITHER DOES ANYBODY ELSE!!! Northwest Airlines least of all!

How hard is it to get a bag from Atlanta to Fargo, preferably at the same time as its owner?

Well, if you ask Northwest Airlines its like simultaneously practicing brain surgery AND rocket science while reciting the entire contents of the Library of Congress. Backwards. In Aramaic. While drunk. On the MOON!

WHAT THE FUCK, PEOPLE!!?

You drop me off in (fucking) FARGO with nothing but the clothes on my BACK, NO FUCKING JACKET, ONE pair of dirty underwear to my name, and all you’ve got to say is “Sorry for the Inconvenience!?”

ARE
YOU
FUCKING
KIDDING ME!?

No, you’re not kidding. You’re SERIOUS! You SERIOUSLY have no IDEA where my shit is!

How about you fucking KEEP your “sorry” and FIND MY GODDAMN CLOTHES YOU MANGY SONS OF CRAB-INFESTED BITCHES! HOLY SHIT, how incompetent ARE you fucknobs?! Forty-Eight fucking HOURS and it’s not “your bag is in transit” or “we found your bag in Botswana”… it’s “We don’t have the slightest fucking IDEA where your bag is, sorry, our bad”?!

And what was it the last time I asked? Oh… the people in Atlanta haven’t returned your phone call yet. I wouldn’t return your call either, you retarded FUCKS! What did you say in your message when you left it: “uh-DUrrrrRRRrrrrrrr-Can You Has Baghh?”

YOU FUCKERS BETTER PRODUCE MY BELONGINGS BEFORE I LOSE MY FUCKING MIND AND START CHEWING THROUGH YOUR ENTIRE EMPLOYEE DIRECTORY LIKE A RAGE-INFECTED VELOCIRAPTOR ON BAD ACID!

Bitches.

AND your stewardesses are ugly.

…I probably shouldn’t post this. Fuck it-

22 Sep

Content Week

Today marks a solid week of (sort of) new content every day. Between the story fragments here in the blog and the old/new stories in the Library, there’s been something new for you to read at darkicon.com every day.

I hope you enjoyed it.

I’ve got enough Archives stuff to keep it up for while, and I haven’t even touched the recently-rediscovered Unseen and Murder serials from Dragons Inn. The couple of never-before-seen stories that I have left are simply TOO bad to post, so you probably won’t be seeing those. Ever. I’ll just slow down a bit and let everybody catch up. I’ll do something like this again eventually (and I’ll even announce it ahead of time, unlike this one), but maybe then it will be NEW new content every day.

As always: spread the word, feedback appreciated, blah, blah, blah…

22 Sep

The Cart

Another story you’ve never seen before.

The Cart ties in with the whole Lovecraftian mythos I was creating. That means its related to The Inquisitors, Sign of the Usurper, and all of the October Falls stories. On its own, there really isn’t much to say about The Cart. It’s one of the first stories I ever wrote (and it shows, trust me) and it was supposed to be one (of many) tastes of the “evil older than God, behind the scenes of reality, driving people insane” type of stuff I was wanting to do at the time.

I could definitely do better if I were to write it today… but then, these days I’ve given up trying to be the next H.P. Lovecraft. So now that I’ve talked you OUT of reading it, maybe you should go check it out anyway, just for laughs at my expense.

21 Sep

Wraith

A long while back, a guy (not me) had an idea about a world where people suddenly started developing superhuman abilities. This was before Heroes and before 4400… way before. He created an online magazine and started writing the stories himself. These super-powered individuals were called the “Sovereign,” and for some reason that I can’t remember (or never found out) all of the stories were set in the 1980’s. Soon he was looking for other folks to contribute their stories set in his fictional world. I forget if I found him or he found me, probably the former, but I liked the set-up and wanted to play. I took one of my old ideas, dusted it off, polished it up, and wedged it into the rigid rules of his fictional world… and there were a LOT of rules. Once we agreed on what was possible and what wasn’t, I started writing.

My story was called “Wraith.” It was told as a series, with one short chapter coming out every month or so. Unfortunately, the project shut down before the end of the story was ever published.

I honestly don’t know if I ever published the entire story on my own site(s) since then. I can’t even remember how much of the story was published before it was shut down. But it’s all here now. This may, in fact, be the first time anyone other than me and the magazine editor has ever seen the ending. All of the other stories (written by that other guy) have long since vanished from the web. I can’t even remember the website address or the editor’s name, so even the wayback machine may not be able to help with this one. I do remember some details about the how’s and why’s of superhumans appearing on earth, but honestly the stories weren’t about the how’s and why’s. They were about the people and what happened to them… that’s what made them good. Hopefully, you’ll feel the same about “Wraith”.

20 Sep

From the Archives: Welcome to Hell

Step 1: Create your own vision of Hell
Step 2: Drop a character into it
Step 3: Enjoy the show.

This story wasn’t so much abandoned as much as it mutated into something else, and then that something ELSE was abandoned.

Yeah, that makes sense.

I figure creating my own version of Hell was a bit ambitious, but I did it and I’ve got the notes to prove it. I didn’t really have an ending in mind for this story, but it would have been an entertaining ride as the plot would be, quite literally, one damned thing after another (after another!).


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19 Sep

Archive Overload?

How are you feeling about the “From the Archives” stuff?

Annoying or entertaining? Both? Neither?

I can keep going. But it’d be even easier to stop if nobody is into it. You tell me.

19 Sep

From the Archives: We Three Rogues

The beginning of a standard fantasy tale involving three rogues. This was going to be one of those “continuing adventures” type serials, where this trio continued to get deeper and deeper into trouble as the series progressed. Oddly enough, my notes say that this was supposed to be a “dark comedy”.

Well, let’s see:

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