1) Letter from the Editor
Hello, and welcome to the premiere issue of Killing Time.
I hope you have not had any difficulty in obtaining
the link to this issue. Now for a little bit of
explanation of just what you have drilling into your eyes
here. Killing Time is my forum to get my writing out
to a larger audience. It is also my forum to speak my
mind about horror in books and movies, impressions on things
in the horror and thriller veins, and just whatever else I
2) Don't Mock an Effigy
Throughout history man has created copies, alternate versions
of himself and the creatures he shares the world with.
From the idols of the most ancient of cultures to
the robots of today we have been driven to create effigies,
inanimate clones. For as long as we have made these
effigies though there have been tales of their power, and
of them taking on lives of their own.
3) Horror Movie Franchise Discussion #1
Friday the 13th is the longest running movie franchise that we
have in North America. There are nine movies to date and
number ten has been in the works for a while now. This has
made it one of the most talked about horror series, and perhaps
the most maligned. It is an icon in film that embodies the
purest distillation of the horror genre's ideals. Despite
the naysaying, and no doubt some of the groaning of this
publication's audience it is true.
4) Make Allamagoosalum Into the Game
The Wind Howled and the dead and brown leaves chased
each other across the deserted spaces. The children
had made their rounds of the houses, and had stuffed
themselves with their booty until their parents thought
they would explode. Now they lay in their beds,
blankets up and under their chins. That was the way
it had been that night, the night I will never forget.
5) Just a Casual Spell
Warning: May be unsuitable for some readers. This
story contains graphic sexual scenes and violence.
Reader Discretion is Advised.
...Terri closed the door behind him and breathed a sigh
of relief. Of all the times to run out of wax.
She only hoped that Charlie's long stay didn't
interfere with her casting. She stripped clothes
off of her lithe body revealing her milky pale skin as
she made her way up to the sanctuary with the bag of
candles. The incense wafted down the stairs above
her making the air redolent of mulberry. It
soothed her mind and she needed to be clear before she
entered her sanctuary again.
6) Review: The Devonsville Terror
During a witch hunt three women are executed.
The third places a curse that in three hundred years her
revenge will be extracted on the progeny of the men responsible.
Three hundred years pass and three women seperately arrive in
the town and face the ignorance of the small town's people who
do not seem to have learned anything from the past, nor grown any
into the modern world.
7) Review: The Kult RPG
When I first read this game I called it Clive Barker the Role
Playing Game. It has many of the elements that Barker
uses in his more horrific works. Of course Clive Barker
has no ties to the game at all so the point is comparative
only. The setting is dark and oppressive in a suitably
gritty style. The horror comes in many different
flavours, from that in the human heart to that from creatures
from alternate realities.
8) The Lizard of Hallucination
The vileness bubbled in his stomach; it crept back up
his esophagus, and forced gas through his intestines.
He felt bloated, sick with it. In the morning it
had been an exercise in torment; in the afternoon it
was better, more subdued. He kept flashing back
to the memory of the dream that he had had; more of a
waking nightmare or a hallucination. That was how
he felt about the episodes, the most recent of which
still disturbed him, laying heavy in his stomach, as if
he hallucinated in the moments he was awake in the
middle of the night.
9) Writing in the Dark #1
I write in the dark both literally and figuratively.
I live in the dark much the same. Each is part
by choice and each is part by circumstance. We all live in
a world of darkness. The greatest darkness or the
greatest time of darkness is in those early years of our
lives. As children we are surrounded by horrors both
known and unknown, and appreciated and unappreciated.
The dark is ingrained into us although many are
never aware of it. The best examples are in our
entertainment. The songs and stories for children are
full of the dark that is lost upon many.