August 29th, 2012

Shadowmancer

Keep your eyes on the pies!

A funny little story written in 8th Grade English:

My friend and I were racing as fast as we could towards the luscious apple pie odor coming from the tall green and brown trees in the dense forest. Our legs were aching with pain as we raced fast. With the hot sun beating on our sweaty backs, it made it harder for us to run.

Then I asked my friend, "Why the heck are we running?" Running even faster, he looked at me, breathless, his terrified eyes looked back, and so did mine. To my surprise and horror, I saw a bear chasing after us with fangs dripping with foam, and eyes like fire. It was running very fast, but clumsily, and was nearly catching up with us.

"Oh, my god!" I yelled as my face turned pale as if it were digesting a rock.

After a few clever maneuvers, we finally managed to dodge that abominable mad bear. We were only a few yards away from the apple pie odor which came from my grandmother's house, when we saw one fat bear eating up the last piece of the pie.

We looked for my grandmother, and finally we saw her in a tree throwing acorns at the bear. But the bear just sleepily walked away. We were relieved to know that granny was alright, and she came down slowly and carefully.

She looked at us and said, "And where were you two when that awful bear was eating up my apple pie?!"

"Uh, well," I started saying when she stopped me.

"Never mind. You two come in the house now." she said. We walked in the house and saw the most beautiful cake in (we thought) the world.

"The bear didn't smell this one." she said.

And as we sank our teeth into that chocolate frosting, being careful not to spill any crumbs, our pet dog leaped upon us. He ate the cake and we almost killed him.

Shadowmancer

Quips & Quotients

Found recently during excavation, brief content reviews of several short stories written in 8th Grade English. The first are summaries of the story "Flowers For Algernon" by Daniel Keyes, which is about a simpleton used as an experiment to elevate his intelligence quotient to genius levels*. 2 & 3 are uncertain, but are rather poignant considering the demographic and 'philosophical' content, albeit a bit idealistically optimistic. Additional commentary included. Questionnaire unavailable.

Content Review


1. (a) Charlie Gordon. I think he best fits with the story because the story can be very true. And I do believe that somewhere on this earth, there are people like Charlie Gordon. And I know for sure there are people like the ones at the bakery. People that take advantage of other people, make them look like fools, pull pranks on them, etc.

(b) Charlie Gordon for sure. Because he was defeated by the problem of keeping his 200+ I.Q. But he got defeated by his problem. But the thing about it though, is that he couldn't help his problem. no matter what he would do.

2. That animals have to survive no matter what the cost. Just like we humans, we would do almost anything to survive the cold blade of death. And the beetle's determination as well as the eagle's, is very similar to ours. [1]

In the beetle's case, it was determined to live. Whether it go down the drain, or whether it would get out the harder way, all the way to the top of the tub. Most humans would probably want to take the easier way out, but as thinking creatures we first want to find out the consequences of the easier way. If the consequences are too great for us, we are most likely to take the harder way that would usually have less consequences than the easier way. [2]

But as in the eagle's case, humans are not likely to fight over food like a couple of animals. That's because we are "civilized". [3]

3. Ruri and the little black boy both encountered something totally new to them. Ruri never experienced being locked up like a common criminal. And the little black boy never experienced, much less learned, what hatred was, nor embarrassment.

4. In "Breaking And Entering", it was an extreme surprise to the person when she saw the messed up room and house.

In "Private Hurricane", it was a surprise to the person to hear the extremely "bad news". Her surprise turned into fury, anger, and possibly sadness.

In "Fifteen", it was a surprise to the person to see blood on the stranger's hands. And it was also a surprise to see that such a beautiful motorcycle belonged to such a "messed up" man.

[1] See Statement #7.
[2] '3rd Side' thinking?
[3] Wishful thinking!


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* Rather like that Three Stooges episode "Hoi Polloi", wherein two professors make a deal to transform three common men into gentlemen.

Devil, incubus, gentleman, martini, scoundrel

The Devil & Daniel Mouse



The Devil & Daniel Mouse
XII A.S. Nelvana. Directed by Clive A. Smith. Starring Chris Wiggins {B.L. Zebub / The Devil}, Jim Henshaw {Daniel Mouse), Annabel Kershaw {Jan Mouse), Martin Lavut {Weez Weezel}, Laurel Runn {Jan Mouse singing voice), John Sebastian {Daniel Mouse / Rock Show Emcee singing voice).

The typical Faustian scenario of making a deal with The Devil, then renigging on that agreement, trying to cheat one who was gracious enough to help the applicant in their heartfelt wish. There;s always some kind of 'battle for the soul' at the end, where the dealee somehow worm their way out of the contract. All the while The Devil is a perfect gentleman, & of course would become annoyed when a business transaction is unfulfilled. An amusing Judeo-Christian mythological frivolity to be sure.

Released for the Halloween season, the tale of this animation is based on the short story The Devil & Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benet, that film with the same premise, except the benefactor of the first part is a farmer fed up with the stresses of his occupation. Other more well-known storylines with this scenario include 'The Pick of Destiny', & the song 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia'.

The animation herein The Devil & Daniel Mouse is reminiscent of Rankin/Bass productions, and works very well for a children's fable. The Devil is portrayed as a beastly, richly ample Lord of The Underworld, complete with pentagram necklace, while his primary henchman is a rather fox-like weasel.

The Devil comes to the aid of Jan Mouse, distraught over being fired from the nightclub which payed the bills for she and her counterpart Daniel Mouse, granting her dreams of being a singing rock superstar, for of course, the price of her "soul", which she signs for in blood, of course. Daniel Mouse is nowhere to be seen until the latter half of the film, for a confrontation in a hellish court. One good turn deserves another, so the veritable deception on the mice's part is met in kind.

If any "morale" should be extracted from it, it is to honor your promises and don't lie, in this case, to a business partner, especially a successful one for great mutual benefit, which is ironically the misplaced trait attributed to The Prince of Darkness, who materialized all your desires. Have character and honor your agreements. ∞

Draconis Blackthorne, shadowgram, Dracomet

Nightstalker [film review]



Nightstalker
XXXVI A.S. Written & Directed by Chris Fisher. Starring Bret Roberts {The Nightstalker}, Joseph McKelheer {Demon}, Roselyn Sanchez {Gabriella Martinez}, Danny Trejo {Officer Frank Luis}, Roxanne Day {Cherry}, Christine Long {Maria}, Ana Mercedes {Mrs. Riviera}. Genre: Horror, Crime.

Entirely inspired by The Nightstalker case with much artistic license implemented. Ramirez is portrayed here as a real simpleton, completely drug-addled, barely able to speak, except yelling "Say you love Satan!"* to his victims. The actor does not look at all like Ramirez, but actually more like Trent Reznor, if anyone.

Taking place in the midst of the Satanic Panic hysteria during the bloody remmus of '85, music from Deicide permeates the film instead of his favorite band AC/DC. A 'demon' appears to him frequently, in the form of a pale, bald man resembling a muscular Nosferatu, alluding that he is 'possessed'. The modus operandi is that he kills for 'Satan'**... and drugs.

The character herein becomes 'involved' with a lovely female police officer turned homicide investigator on the case, who at one point leaks the suspect sketch to an unscrupulous reporter, who not only publishes the sketch, but her address in the paper! Of course, the Nightstalker goes searching for her residence, lurking about, leaving a bloody pentagram on the door of her mother's room as a 'warning', She later tracks him down to a darkened street where he was in congress with a favorite prostitute. Seems the character is quite a foot fetishist. Her partner is a grizzled cop named Frank Luis played by Danny Trejo, who is dispatched by the serial killer, while the resident Lieutenant nurses spiked coffee from his mug during duty.

During the final scenes in the film, one finds oneself remarking, "That's not at all what happened!". No mention of the Avia shoes, or his trip to San Francisco, or the beating from East LA residents.

In the end, the real story is much better than that cobbled together by this movie. The Nightstalker is portrayed here more like a character in a bad slasher film with 'occult' overtones, than any resemblance to actual events.

In short, if you are looking for factual information on the Richard Ramirez case, or even a semi-factual fictional rendition, it will not be found here. Instead, this film comes off as being another characterization altogether, with general similarities. ∞

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* A phrase also shared by Ricky Kasso.
** or should that be 'Satin', in this case?



[For the record, perhaps it bears repeating, Satanists do not endorse such activities. In fact, it is condemned. Again, for those interested in what Satanists actually do, read The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey, & see Pentagonal Revisionism.]