Reverse Horror Story is the first story in a series of interlinked tales, which will hopefully all see the light of day. The stories are known collectively, in my head at least, as The Age of Asmodeus.
This opening installment was printed in the November 2017 edition of Bloodbond.
Bloodbond is a biannual magazine published by Alban Lake. For more information about this wonderful magazine, click here.
The story is set in the British city of Stoke-on-Trent. I can personally swear to the accuracy of the setting since I lived in Shelton and Hanley in Stoke-on-Trent for about 12 years. Stokies may appreciate the numerous in-jokes throughout the story.
The central idea of The Age of Asmodeus is: What would the world be like in magic were suddenly made real? How would this fundamental change in reality affect people? What would their experiences and lives be like? Would they be happy at the change or horrified?
In Reverse Horror Story, we see this situation from the point of view of Vincenc, a vampire forced to work on a construction site. Yes, you read that right, the humans are making him build a tower block.
But don’t only expect vampires in this tale – there are all kinds of other creatures of the night featured along with the vampires, along with one or two nasties that only came into existence once magic was unleashed on the world.
It’s a whole new Earth in this story, and the vampires aren’t any happier about it than the humans.
Bloodbond November 2017 Contents
Little Howl on the Prairie by Thomas Pluck
Scruffy Dog by D. S. Ullery
Quintus Down Under by Debby Feo
Blood on the Snow by Patrice E. Sarath
Reverse Horror Story by Mike Morgan
Bloodbath by Lee Clark Zumpe
A Bat Bit the Belfry by Debby Feo
Ominous Maiden by Clyde L. Borg
Corpus Delecti by Deborah Guzzi
Vampire Homecoming by William Landis
Ghost Hunting 101 by irving
Tender Parts by Deborah Guzzi
The Monsters at the Doctor’s Office by John Grey
A Little Help, Please
Fun With Names
The antagonist is a vampire called Boleslav, a reference to one of my favourite artists: Boleslav William Felix Robert Sienkiewicz, or Bill Sienkiewicz as most comic book fans know him.
Bill Sienkiewicz is known widely for art on Marvel’s The New Mutants and Elektra: Assassin, amongst other books. He’s awesome, and so is his art.
This story’s protagonist is Vincenc. This name is a version (or “cognate”) of “Vincent”, which means “to conquer”. Something to bear in mind.
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