Fireworks

Brian Moreland brings utter chaos and graphic anarchy on this week’s Pen of the Damned! Brian has a straightforward approach when it comes to horror, leaving no room for cozy buildups and senseless narrative. Brian tells it how it is and often it is brutal and intense, just like we want! Good job Brian, and watch out for them damn kids and their digital screens.

Pen of the Damned

It was a beautiful night for July Fourth fireworks. Frank Manetti drank an ice-cold Bud as he sat with his wife, Kim, on a picnic blanket in the park. All around, over a hundred people had gathered on blanket islands, waiting for the big show in the sky. Giggling kids ran with sparklers. On a stage, the high school band performed ‘Stars and Stripes’.

Frank and Kim’s three-year-old daughter, Emmy, talked to a jar of lightning bugs that Daddy had caught with her earlier. His baby girl looked adorable with face-painted flowers blooming on her cheeks. Frank wished he could bottle up Emmy’s preciousness and keep it forever. His teenage kids had grown out of that stage.

Collin, his fourteen-year-old, sat off by himself under a tree, playing a damned video game on his tablet, oblivious to the festivities. Agitation gnawing his gut, Frank searched the crowd for his…

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Author: John Potts Jr

What keeps John awake at night? Humans. Our history, condition, and capabilities are a top focus for John as he conjures the terror of what we—be it an individual or a mass—can do. John also has an obsession for comedy and his online series, The Misadventures of Sam and Ghoul, incorporates that love with his past experiences. John will tell you that he prefers Ketchum over King, has played Magic: The Gathering for twenty years (what a nerd), believes that music is just as important as water, and despite being a self-appointed recluse he does enjoy getting out and about. John hails from Maine with his wonderful family and their home is, quite appropriately, in front of a cemetery.

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