Weekend Writing Warriors 10 November 2019 (FA, PA, SF)


Obscured by a poisonous haze on a world which had died when Earth was young, a humanoid figure stood speaking to a large alien being which towered over him despite his own impressive height. The man expressed concern for the well-being of his companion in their current toxic atmosphere.

“Yitzy, I suggest that we leave this unwholesome world,” the man insisted. “Although you are evidently a fearless and adaptable sort of being whose zeal for the sciences is either commendable or insane, I must be forthcoming with you. Surely even an enormous and rubbery snail-footed monstrosity such as yourself will wind up dead if you breathe the chemical soup of this damned hell-hole for long enough. I cannot put too fine a point on it. I demand that we make our exit forthwith.”

“Very good, Ketil, I concur with your assessment, although I could easily remain in this place and suffer no ill effects,” the creature replied. “You see, I have no lungs as the living among your kind do; my form adapts to whatever gases are present in the atmosphere. However, I am curious to follow a portal that I have discovered under the altar in the Hall of Nyarlathotep.”

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

Notes:
This snippet comes from Team Netherworld Creations' newest WIP, Ketil and Yitzy's Adventure in the House of Lost Dreams. Ketil Nagel is the spirit of a Swedish extreme metal musician who committed suicide in a shocking and ritualistic fashion at the age of 25. Yitzy is a renegade member of the Great Race of Yith who struck out on his own to do scientific research with the goal of helping those who are in danger. Members of The Great Race of Yith normally possess high intellect but low compassion. Yitzy is an exception to this rule and has been ostracized because of a trait considered a weakness by his fellows.

The Great Race of Yith is the creation of H.P. Lovecraft. These beings were introduced in his story, The Shadow out of Time, which was published in the June 1936 issue of Astounding Stories.


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16 comments:

  1. I love Ketil's dialogue--reminds me of Data in Star Trek: Next Gen. Or is that the way all the characters talk? Whatever, interesting snippet.

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    1. Ketil is a fair bit snarkier than Data. He's the ghost of a Swedish metal musician who sacrificed himself to the Great Old Ones. His head's a bit of a mess, but his heart's in the right place.

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  2. Interesting snippet, especially the idea of a creature with no lungs.

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    1. Yes, his body is very adaptable to almost any atmosphere. It would come in handy!

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  3. Such an imagination you have! And your descriptive writing makes the scene immersive for the reader. :-)

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    1. Thank you. This story is very different from the ones I had been working on. Erotica level: zero. Snark level: turned up to 11. ;-)

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  4. Intriguing snippet pulling us deeper into your world. Nice voice established for your characters.

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    1. Thanks. These two have an easy rapport with each other, so they're fun to write.

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  5. Many elements for an intriguing story, where to even start?! Cool stuff...

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  6. Hee! This dialogue is fabulous and fun! Really nicely written snippet! :)

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  7. Your illustration from Astounding Stories was perfect, as the snippet has a certain pulp sci fi feel.

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