Category: Always into Darkness

That darkest of places, where the monsters always win. A place where, even in the daylight, the endless night prevails.

Short stories in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece Psycho, that are … “Always into Darkness”.

Murder on Mars, Chapter 15

The Avengers

 

The corselette strictly enforces projectile breasts, a wasp waist, a pancake ass, and a stiff-back posture. A torture device born out of high fashion, whose name is severity, no matter how you try to recouch its narrative.

Out here in the battlefield, it is the cornerstone of an outfit that looks completely out of place.… Read Full Article

Psycho (1960), Act 07

QUICK CUT TO:

INT. NORMAN’S PARLOR BEHIND OFFICE – (NIGHT)

Norman sits in the dim, one-lamp light, the phone next to him, and his hand still near it as if he had not been able to move his hand after hanging up.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 14

Fight the Power

 

A caricature of femininity. That is the definition of a corselette. Figuratively speaking, it is the seamless fusion of a bullet bra and a girdle corset. The artificially exaggerated curves of its bullet bra gives the wearer’s bosom that sexy “missile” look, resulting in an especially voluptuous chest and profound, thought-provoking cleavage. … Read Full Article

Psycho (1960), Act 06

FADE IN

INT. BACK ROOM OF HARDWARE STORE – (NIGHT)

Lila is sitting close by the phone, and looks as if she hasn’t moved from it in the last hour. Sam is pacing, occasionally stopping at the window, glancing out, pacing again.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 13

The Rise of Proxy Wars

 

proxy war is an armed conflict between two states or non-state actors which act on the instigation or on behalf of other parties that are not directly involved in the hostilities. In order for a conflict to be considered a proxy war, there must be a direct, long-term relationship between external actors and the belligerents involved. … Read Full Article

Psycho (1960), Act 05

EXT. STREET – (DAY)

They emerge from the store and walk along to the hotel.  As they enter, Arbogast is in the act of taking over a white Ford sedan from a rental car man. They glance at him and he returns a cynical look.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 12

Prelude to a Kiss

 

As a species, they are predatory, by nature. And, taking that to its logical conclusion, they are avowed warmongers. As such …

Somewhere in Creation, they are fighting. Typically a nameless, faceless war, without easily discernable purpose or intent, except for the total annihilation of their enemy.… Read Full Article

Psycho (1960), Act 04

Mary goes out of the parlor. We see her, from Norman’s viewpoint, as she crosses the small office, goes out into the night. Norman turns and looks at the table, and we see his face now. It is bright with that drunken-like look of determination and encouragement and like resolve.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 11

The Faust in Our Stars

 

“Why so glum, my friend, after so glorious a victory over the humans for the Oligarchy?” Asks the Duke of Marlborough, after the Battle of Blenheim, of an Oligarch soldier who’s leaning thoughtfully on the butt of his flintlock.… Read Full Article

Psycho (1960), Act 03

EXT. HIGHWAY 99 – LONG SHOT

Mary’s car dashing along.

DISSOLVE TO:

MARY IN NEW CAR

Mary looks weary, tired with strain and with hard driving.  Her eyes are heavy with worry and deep thought.

OUT THE WINDSHIELD

We can see that it is much later in the day, almost dusk.… Read Full Article