• The HOST - Part 1

      Part 1 - Jane D
      Story and Art by Les Garner
      - Sixus 1 Media

      he gurney creaked beneath her as the pair of overworked orderlies ushered her out of the elevator and into the waiting hall. The bottom floor of the facility was a place that both men hated being sent to. Thankfully it happened only on the rarest occasions, when a patient became so incredibly violent that administration deemed them no longer capable of receiving treatment among the rest of the population. This Jane Doe had come in only hours ago, flailing in a hell bent rage with a strength that was unbelievable though both men had the bruises to prove it. Sedatives had no effect save the injuries the poor nurse received from having to get that close. For the few brief moments the men had managed to hold the savage patient's arms in place, hoping a massive dose of Thorazine would ease their plight for the remainder of their shift, it seemed that perhaps they had things back under control.

      As the nurse brought the syringe close, Jane Doe twisted her torso with an inhuman torque, wrenching herself out of their grasp and whipping her head to meet the nurse's arm with her open mouth, brutally biting down and tearing away a large hunk of flesh. Losing his temper, one of the men, a wiry, middle aged, fair skinned fellow with greasy hair and the faint smell of cheap cigars and beer about him, landed a series of fists directly to the side of her head. Little Jane laughed out loud, a cackling sound that froze both men in their tracks. Before the other orderly, a large mocha skinned man with the build of a retired wrestler, was able to regain his grasp on the girl, her left hand flew to the throat of the man whose blows had just opened a small cut on the side of her brow.

      She squeezed. Nails penetrated skin. The man began to scream and something warm and wet ran run down his leg. Blood came trickling from the punctures made by her ragged nails. A stream of urine splattered on the floor as she lifted the man into the air, his feet dangling in a panic. Her blackened eyelids and parched, cracked lips pulled back in an evil smile, her brow crumpling ever so slightly around the blackened “X” branded between her eyes. Even in his panic, now held aloft a full foot from the floor, the terrified orderly could see blackness in her pupils, the cloudy fluid swimming between her cornea and the rest of her eye, and the pulsating blood vessels that all together created a stare that was the most hateful thing he had ever seen. The air began to leave him, replaced by nothing as the grip on his throat grew tighter, choking off any inhalation.

      Just as he was preparing his thoughts for the coming blackness, Jane Doe's stare broke from him. Standing beside them was a tall, bald doctor, face wrinkled with age, wearing small wire framed glasses, and an expression of purest calm calculation, with a small name tag that read, “H. Van Meter, DPM”. Gesturing for the larger orderly to step aside, the doctor began to speak to the girl in a hushed, but firm whisper. Moving in close to her, he bent his head down to her ear and as he spoke, her eyes locked forward, blankly staring into space as she relaxed her grip, dropping the thin, piss covered man to the floor. The doctor then placed a hand on her shoulder and lead her to the gurney the two men had been failing miserably at getting her to lie upon.

      Dr. Van Meter motioned to the larger orderly, “Wait here with her for a moment, Nathan. Watch her, of course, though I doubt she'll be any trouble again for quite sometime.”

      “Whatever you say, doc. This one fights like she's got the devil in her.”

      “Don't we all, Nathan?”, Van Meter said with a smile.

      Dr. Van Meter walked to the nearby nurses station to call for someone to take the place of the choked orderly, as well as a nurse to look at his neck as he now sat against the wall catering to both his wounds and his pride.

      Comments 29 Comments
      1. Admin-Traveler's Avatar
        Admin-Traveler -
        I actually got the chance to read this several times when I was putting the pages together, then I sat down and read it all again in one go. FANTASTIC! You had my skin crawling there. And Toodles.... OMG!!!! Worthy of his own spin off story.

        Can't wait for Part 2!
      1. sixus1's Avatar
        sixus1 -
        Actually, Rebekah has been writing for sometime now about the Cirque Du Macabre and it's just amazing stuff that can be taken on it's own or as being loosely linked to the fate of dear old Toodles as shown here. Thanks for the kind words on the Host so far. If you like what's here, you'll love where it goes in the next installment! -Les
      1. lilwolff's Avatar
        lilwolff -
        Oh I love a good scare me. This is great Rebekah, descriptive, suspenseful and scary! All I can say is - more please!
      1. sixus1's Avatar
        sixus1 -
        I didn't write this little beauty, Les did. My writings will actually have to be cleaned up a lot due to it being too graphic.

        Wait until you read the rest....it only gets better.

      1. cylithera's Avatar
        cylithera -
        Deliciously grisly! Excellent artwork to go with an excellent story. I especially like the clown image and I really do like this character of Nathan. ;D I love me some insane asylum stories! <3
      1. dpanzee's Avatar
        dpanzee -
        This is fantastic, real scary. Can't wait for the next instalment.
      1. aliwonder's Avatar
        aliwonder -
        I love horror stories, can't wait for more.

        Shame you have to edit yours Rebekah, I don't think I've read a book yet that was too graphic for me.
      1. dayna2's Avatar
        dayna2 -
        Claps fantastic intro
      1. vasago's Avatar
        vasago -
        Wonderful! Where's the rest? *bounces in seat in anticipation*
      1. texboy's Avatar
        texboy -
        Thanks to both of you for this horrific little tale, and the figures to go along with it; delightfully shivery!!
      1. madbat's Avatar
        madbat -
        Oh this was juicy and delicious! I needed a Lovecraft fix.
      1. sixus1's Avatar
        sixus1 -
        Thanks for checking it out, everyone! As Syyd and Eric know, this is just the beginning, the first piece of a story that takes you through my little world, and there is a LOT more on the way. The next installment should have all of it's art finished and be going through proofing sometime in the next couple weeks, so keep an eye out for it. The Mythos/Specimen product lines are my way of giving users the tools to literally walk around and stage their own ideas inside this gigantic universe of Lovecraftian horror that bobs around my brain pretty much 24-7. This first installment of "The Host" is just the beginning little piece of what is, basically, a full length novel that I am re-writing/writing/polishing for this special online publishing method here at RDNA. Some of what is contained within has been with me for years, some of it is very recent, but it all comes together to give you the first full journey into the world as my imagination interprets a great deal of it. It can be a very bleak place, but in that you can bet you'll also find humanity and heroism that only can come from people dealing with the deepest of stresses, the most unspeakable of horrors. Thanks for coming along so far, both in reading the story and in supporting the art and for-sale content tied to it all. The ride may be a dark one, but it's nice see a few new companions along the way. -Les
      1. hairybiker's Avatar
        hairybiker -
        fantastic story, Les! Looking forward to the next installment!
      1. rodneyrenouf's Avatar
        rodneyrenouf -
        I agree with the other comments completely. I can't wait to see where this story goes from here. Hopefully a little revenge for some badly treated patients and some justice for others.
      1. viciouscircle's Avatar
        viciouscircle -
        ... just finished reading it. Cant wait to see more of this. Just fantastic, Les. Superb. Love it. Publish it. Even when i have to read sometimes two or three times the same phrase to understand what it means (english is not my main language) i enjoyed it a lot. And that awesome artwork... Could be a must graphic novel.
      1. midnghtrider1's Avatar
        midnghtrider1 -
        Me either this is really great stuff as always
      1. gojira2006's Avatar
        gojira2006 -
        Very cool stuff . . . !
      1. shari123's Avatar
        shari123 -
        I just finished reading the full first release and (I know you can't see but...) I'm giving you a standing ovation!!! You really know how to tickle the imagination. Going into the human psyche is the most exquisite form of horror. Lovecraft would have been thrilled with this novel!!! Excellent work!!!!
      1. nerdbird's Avatar
        nerdbird -
        I am very impressed. I've read mythos stories starting with Lovecraft and on up to the present. Your writing fits in well. I look forward to reading more of this.
      1. smoovie's Avatar
        smoovie -
        I sure wish I knew where I could get that straight jacket

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