Author’s note: This is the short prologue to my collection of short stories, provisionally titled Demon Days: Nine Urban Tales
A dark hall. At the far end the slats of a broken louver filter the cobalt blue of city midnight across the wainscoting. Nobody is about, nothing stirs. All the remaining descriptors, the vivid features of the musty hall and dun floorboards, recline on imagination to fill them in.
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A Unicorn Called Rachael: Biblical Allegory in Blade Runner 2049: Part I
By: Drake Dunaway
In the livid heat shimmer of the deserts the silhouette of a weary traveler appears before you like a merging orbit of inkblots. This dusty wayfarer hails from far away, venturing this parched and desperate land to flee to his kindred. Behind in Canaan he leaves a dramatic tale that goaded him hither; a slighted brother, a stolen birthright, and a desperate flight as a pauper before the mercies of the frontier. Cue the sheer panoramas of deep deserts, whipping winds, and all the B-reel our minds conjure. That’ll do.
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Quite a ways back I attended SBL in Atlanta. And for those of you who know me, I typically don’t fall in with the Paul within Judaism seminars, nor insipid moorings in the doctrinal. That’s all very stuffy. As my temple’s resident mythographer I want the salacious; gimme sea dragons and nephilim, baby! So naturally I attended a seminar on serpent iconography in the Bible and Ancient Near East. Only recently had I gotten around to actually reading recommended literature from the session, and only recently have I gotten the time to cobble together a palatable presentation for the derned thing.
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noun: the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo, sizzle ).
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By: Drake Dunaway | © 2017
The quaint shtetl of Rosava lay alone in the wide and grassy country of Russia. The sun was tracking toward evening behind the clouds on a drear Friday. The cows lowed as they headed back to the barns. Shabbat preparations were in full swing.
In the barn, two boys and a girl argued about killing a snake they found in the corner of one of the stalls. It was long and black.
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Liberal: “Can you believe that X% of Americans believe in Creationism? How alarming!”
Me: “Can you believe that X% of Syrians believe in honor killings, clitoridectomies, and Creationism?”
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An excerpt from Axis Mundi, sequel to Fringe Blue | © Drake Dunaway, 2017
Ravenna DiPatri was a stately frau with the luscious tresses of a baroness, moving quietly through the house like a Victorian whisper. In the noonday, she leaned in the parlor reading alone. Her awareness would pique at a certain time of day when the brass doorknob would fidget. She could sense the antsy twist of the knob in its socket or the telltale awkward thumping of elbows on the door and ascertain that it was not at all Alan, but instead her brave little Squanto overeager to get inside.
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