This story now appears in the collection TORN REALITIES, available from Amazon.com.
by C. Deskin Rink
But less than a year later, when Lord Galen returned home from a hunting trip, he discovered four of his guards torn limb-from-limb, his bedroom window broken in from the outside, monstrous claw marks on the second floor balcony and, of his beloved, no trace. Most disturbing of all was what he beheld graven into the wall above her bed: a monstrous blue sigil in the form of a six-lobed eye. No earthly implement could have rendered the perfectly aligned delineations of that unmentionable shape; nor could any earthly ink have provided its hateful color which glimmered balefully even in total darkness.
Terrible was Lord Galen’s grief, but even more terrible was the thing which grew by degrees within him: his wrath.
About the Author
I beseech Nothoth Yamon, denizen of abyssal pylons
Lift upon wings of fire the Worm to an invisible throne in the sky
Usher forth the age of Xethogga
It is done!
C. Deskin Rink has appeared on Pseudopod with episode #186 – Ankor Sabat. A sequel to it, “The High Priest”, appeared as episode #35 of the Cast Macabre podcast. He has a story, “Kingdom of Sorrow,” in the Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations anthology.
About the Narrator
Ben Phillips is a programmer and musician living in New Orleans. He was a chief editor of Pseudopod from 2006-2010.