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”.

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

Murder on Mars, Chapter 10

Speed Kills, Timing Beats Speed, Shadow Longships Beat All Comers

 

“It is jet-black. A shade of black so deep, your eyes just kind of slide off it. And this longship kind of shimmers when you look directly at it. An elongated spider, big as death and twice as ugly.… Read Full Article

Psycho (1960), Act 02

EXT. MAIN STREET IN MIDTOWN PHOENIX – (DAY)

No hiding in plain sight. As is the prerogative of a woman, she’s changed her mind, again. She’s decided to leave that trail of breadcrumbs, instead. As such, to make it look convincing, Wendy has given way to The Other which, for the first time in a very long time, is in complete and utter control.… Read Full Article

Psycho (1960), Act 01

FADE IN:

EXT. PHOENIX, ARIZONA – (DAY) – HELICOPTER SHOT

Above the midtown section of the city. It is early afternoon, a hot mid-summer day. The city is sun-blanched white and its drifted-up noises are muted and blanched in their own echoes.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 09

The Babylon 5 Project

 

Apocalypse Box—An Apocalypse Box is an object with mysterious origins and purpose, though it is known to possess a personality and can divulge information dating back thousands of years. There are said to be six Apocalypse Boxes and that the previous owners of all but one have ended up murdered.… Read Full Article

Psycho (1960), Act 01, Scene 09

DISSOLVE:

 

INT. MARY’S BEDROOM – (DAY)

 

A double bed in the foreground. We just see the far side as the camera shoots across. Mary enters the scene, clad only in her underwear. Perhaps she is about to get into bed.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 08

How It Ends

 

The National Pro Grid League (NPGL) was a professional athletics organization consisting of mixed-gender teams that operated from 2014 through 2016. No NPGL events have occurred since the final matches in 2016. The teams compete in timed events in the competition space referred to as “the grid”.… Read Full Article