I am not a man who shows his emotions often, but there are two instances where a fictional story has brought me to tears. The first was the ending of Crisis Core, because goddamn the man was just trying to get home and was killed off when only three of the soldiers were left. That was fucked up!
But, recently there was Pact by Wildbow. It is a web-serial about supernatural beings and the humans who gain power by interacting with them in an Urban setting. It’s like Dresden Files in Canada, only less fantastic in that you don’t have people shooting fire from their hands directly but command Goblins, Spirits, Ghosts, and Faeries through deals and oaths. And somehow bleaker, which is saying a lot.
I won’t spoil it, but the end seventh arc, Void 7.11, it made me cry. This is a free story worth taking a week-end to read and I recommend it highly.
Say what you will about Alex Wilder, but you’ve got to admit, if it wasn’t for him losing his shit, he’d have made a fantastic actor.
And now he’s coming back if the solicit for Avengers Undercover #7 is to be believed.
Okay, it’s out! Phantasmagoria (Neverliese #2) is on sale now!
Summary: The role of an exorcist was to protect the people of the world from the departed who refused to move on and the damned who clung to the mortal realm. Whether the threat was a Spirit, a Fiend, or a Demon, they would never give up, even if the world around them remained ignorant of their sacrifices. But there were always exceptions to the rules.
Alexia Sinclair made her disdain of her duty as an ectomancer in the service of the exorcists and so-called higher powers clear. She hated the burden that rested within her soul, taking without giving and eating away at her sense of self. The life she lived was one that would end without a clean death one way or another.
However, when one of the few people in the world who she allowed herself to care for was killed in the line of duty, she returned to the place of her birth to get revenge. Armed with a gun in one hand and the Gytrash tearing at her soul, the exorcism that took place would be one that would test her resolve.
This [14, 000+ word] paranormal-horror story is the second in the Neverliese series and completely stand-alone.
Excerpt: My hand was at my thigh, trying to stem the blood that had yet to flow as the invasive suffering slipped past when my guard was down during the shift. Not strong enough to overwrite my own sense of self and bury it, but clear enough to tell a Preta was nearing. It was when Toto snarled that I stood once more and turned my gaze to the entrance of one of the rooms ahead and saw it.
A set of thin and sharp blade-like digits emerged and gripped the frame of the door, followed by its head. Its long, black hair acted as a curtain that hid its appearance as it emerged from around the bend to show its tattered clothes. Only then did its head rise, revealing a weathered human face.
The lips were stitched shut, black thread ran through the flaps in a cross-stitch pattern at least twice over, and the eyes were missing as if scooped out. That appearance was a manifestation of the suffering the specter had gone through when alive that took precedence when it died. And it wasn’t alone if my instincts were correct.
There were rumors that, before it closed, some patients had disappeared over time. It was mostly people who wouldn’t be missed. Most likely they were subjected to some type of experimentation that left impressions after they died, passing their torment onto others simply by proxy. Pain bred misery, and misery loved company, so more pain and misery made this place a breeding ground.
I pulled out my gun as they crawled out from the openings of the corridors to the rear and front in full force.
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Okay, I’ve been less active in the writing field than I would like this year and I hate myself for it. I started some series that never got off the ground and took too many breaks, my laziness catching up with me. No more of that 2014.
I’m going to start the year off strong and I’ve already taken measures to do so. Expect great stories from me next year.
I know I seem like a “Cyclops is Right” person, but I’m not. I’m more of a “Cyclops was somewhat less wrong” person. It just sorta rubs me the wrong way how everyone keeps ragging on Cyclops for being a murderer when he killed one dude who comes back all the time anyway. Plus it involves AvX. I’m…not a fan of AvX, let’s put it that way.
Same here. AvX made the X-Men sellouts, the Avengers douche-bags, and Scott Summers into MU’s most wanted. I wasn’t even into the X-Men at the time and even I could see who was in the wrong.
Wolverine, you’ve killed a lot of people. Some of them are on teams with you. You really need to think before making blanket statements like that. (The first panel is lifted from the end of Battle of the Atom.)
I don’t mean to keep picking on Wolverine. It’s just very, very easy.
Dude’s got a lot of problems.