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Mar 30Liked by Adam Nathan

‘Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidi in ampulla pendere, et cum illi pueri dicerent: Σίβυλλα τί θέλεις; respondebat illa: άποθανεîν θέλω.’

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When all that is left of good in the world is a child that is polite to you.

And you killed her mother.

That's fucking hell.

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Mar 31Liked by Adam Nathan

Ben is correct, feeling like I need a long hot shower.

I guess Vegas was the perfect backdrop.

Ever watch the Netflix series Lucifer? You might be intrigued. Yeah, no ‘warm heart ‘ for this one.

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I did not think that was for everyone to be sure. Particularly not after recent posts about meeting my wife, but I was in Vegas walking down a very, very long corridor and saw a food service cart and thought of someone reliving a forgotten horror like that and I wanted to create an existential hell for them. There will be a 100 Stories. Some will be dark, I’m sure, but it’s only one puzzle piece. 🧩 There are lots to share.

Don’t give up on me. The next one is about Valentines. 💝

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Mar 31·edited Mar 31Author

By the way, I don’t like watching the kind of content I created. I don’t really watch scary contact like Lucifer, but I found it satisfying in some way to scare myself writing Vegas.

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Well, that was a blistering read. Jesus, I feel like I need a bath in aloe vera. No, scratch that too oily. Seriously, Adam, what a gripping read, the pacing is fierce. It’s wonderful to see your range.

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I'm here to report that this reads far better as words on a screen than listening to the AI lady read it. I'm impressed that you honored the dark voice that wanted to tell this story. What I most admire about your craft is the imagery of the Four Kings, the way you nightmarishly return again and again to the lit-up sign and the matching masks. And the pink velvet Raiders jacket for its incongruity and how it evokes the inside of a rabbit's ears. (I was rooting for her . . . what if she killed him instead? 😬)

May I say, I don't like this guy one bit. I couldn't find a shred of empathy for him. Horror is not my thing, so I wonder, is that a convention of this genre? (Apologies if I'm being too literal.) Funny coincidence - my post today involves the devil. 😱🔥

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I feel like she does get him in her way (sort of). She's a horrible victim, but... she stays on offense (which I like) and she's ahead of him on comeuppance. And she gets several chances to scare the hell out of him. I wouldn't want to turn around with her in my hotel room door flicking the lights on and off...

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Mar 31Liked by Adam Nathan

Lucifer is actually very funny.

Aw , just give it 20 minutes. The devil decides to come up from hell and live in Vegas!

PS. I don’t know if you needed another childhood memory, I donated one if you do.

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Mar 31Liked by Adam Nathan

‘Hell’no , I ain’t goin nowhere.

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Good. 😊

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When my husband finally appeared this morning he gave me an odd look, apparently I was hyperactive and way too talkative, he said, ‘I want some of whatever you’ve taken…’

I gave him two cups of coffee and this!

What a read!

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First of all, thank you for sharing such a positive note. It’s such a dark piece and so different than everything I tend to share here there’s been a lot of stress sharing it. But I got very interested in a vision of hell and what that might be. Then I worked backwards to something pretty grim.

I was in Vegas on business a couple of months ago and they have insanely long corridors on the floors and I imagined seeing four guys committing a horrible crime that the guy committed. Then once he left and went home he’d forget about it completely. (Now that I write that I realize that essentially is the plot still.)

But it’s so awful and the characters are so awful it’s been a real worry publishing it. And yet… it honors some dark place of anxiety. And I want to play with genres and voices and styles.

I’m rambling.😩

Thanks for the note. And for hitting “Like.” Like is somehow, the wrong button for this piece.

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Ramble away…

Creativity takes turns none of us expect Adam… I suspect you are more worried than this warrants!

It is a compulsive read no matter how gruesome the characters!

You are quite right about the ‘like’ button though… hasty habits!

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Thanks for the warning. Still worth the read.

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