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    • The HOST - Part 1




      All fell silent. Eyes darted back and forth, terrified of being trapped in the dark with the residents of this place. A loud clacking sound reverberated down the hall, followed by the ticking of the mechanisms hidden within the walls that Nathan knew controlled the doors to each of the rooms here. Again, the sound came, from the distance, then repeated again and again. He prayed for the elevator, but the red down light illuminating the tiny space in which he sat was his only answer. The mechanical sounds compounded on one another now, building to a crescendo and then stopped. An unsettling silence fell upon the hallway as Nathan remained frozen in his seated position against the doors. One slow creak followed another and another, sending the bottom dropping from his stomach as the fear washed over him. Overhead fluorescent lighting flickered on and off again, chaotically. Footfalls could be heard, some slow and languorous, others more spry and still others moving with an arrhythmic gait that he knew meant the patients were free from their cells.

      Coming For YOU!

      Out of the darkness they came, but not as Nathan expected. Though the inhabitants of B-Level were most assuredly and utterly insane, they were still human beings. What confronted him now was a horde of bodies, human-like and walking mostly upright to be sure, but in the intermittent spits of light from above, he could see their skin, shriveled and gray, encrusted with dirt, grime and decay. All of the laughter, cries and incoherent ramblings that he had come to accept as this place's strange idea of normal were gone, replaced by a low, guttural rasping sound from each of them as they filled the darkened hall. On they came: men and women, old and young, some walking some crawling, some pacing back and forth, but all of them making their way directly toward Nathan.

      In the occasional glint of light, he could see their wild eyes, open wide and darting here and there erratically, but always alighting for short periods directly on him. In the crowd he could see the wild haired dwarf, all semblance of his sick humor gone, replaced by an emptiness punctuated by the black X that freshly smoldered between his eyes.

      Nathan scrambled to his feet in a panic, banging on the elevators and screaming at the top of his lungs for help. Taking a deep breath, he looked back over his shoulder to see the shambling mob closing in on him as the light overhead blinked out leaving only a single red triangle pointing down from above the doors piercing the blackness. His eyes clinched tight as he screamed.






      Comments 29 Comments
      1. Admin-Traveler's Avatar
        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
        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
        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
        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.

        --Rebekah--
      1. cylithera's Avatar
        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
        This is fantastic, real scary. Can't wait for the next instalment.
      1. aliwonder's Avatar
        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
        Claps fantastic intro
      1. vasago's Avatar
        Wonderful! Where's the rest? *bounces in seat in anticipation*
      1. texboy's Avatar
        Thanks to both of you for this horrific little tale, and the figures to go along with it; delightfully shivery!!
      1. madbat's Avatar
        Oh this was juicy and delicious! I needed a Lovecraft fix.
      1. sixus1's Avatar
        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
        fantastic story, Les! Looking forward to the next installment!
      1. rodneyrenouf's Avatar
        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
        ... 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
        Me either this is really great stuff as always
      1. gojira2006's Avatar
        Very cool stuff . . . !
      1. shari123's Avatar
        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
        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
        I sure wish I knew where I could get that straight jacket
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