The Curse of Gary (Part 86)

In the middle of the doorway, surrounded by flames, stood a tall black figure, a three-dimensional shadow of unnatural form. The being was as dark as night but for its white eyes, elongated and blank, which fixed upon Margaret. "Oh no," she gasped. "No, please... I was just trying to—" The shadow being extended something... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Gary (Part 85)

Margaret turned to face Victor, and looked him up and down with a sneer. She took a small, worn notepad from her cardigan pocket and opened it. She cleared her throat. "This test," she said, "is comprised of three questions, which—" she glanced up at him "—if you were paying attention in Sunday school, you... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Gary (Part 84)

"Sinner!" the preacher thundered. Victor shifted in his seat and looked around. All faces had turned to look at him. "When will ye repent?" hounded the preacher. He shook his finger. "Lustful as the Sodomites, murderous as Cain, conniving as Jezebel—wilt thou not tremble before the wrath of Almighty God? How long wilt thou offend... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Gary (Part 83)

As he walked around the tree, Victor noticed three small green apples hiding in the foliage of a low branch. He plucked and devoured them in seconds. When a rough inspection of the other branches yielded no more fruit, he left the tree and strolled around the overgrown flower beds. Roses, daisies, and at least... Continue Reading →

Book Review: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce’s loosely autobiographical novel spans several years in the life of young Stephen Dedalus. Observing him mainly in a school and university setting, the book focuses on significant events and stages in his development. These points are merely markers in the story, while the substance is Stephen’s inner struggle: his emotions, questions, doubts, fears,... Continue Reading →

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