Our church worships at the altar of the Unholy Trinity. Its gospels are delivered as a trio of dark drabbles, linked so that Three become One. All hail the power of the Three.
Part 1: All In Their Head
Headaches worsen. Scans reveal mass deep within brain. Not a tumour any specialist recognises.
Suggestion: Bullet penetrated skull as child, lodged. Mystery as to when or where.
Prepare to operate: Head shaved, anaesthetized.
Strange thoughts, feelings as they drift into dark oblivion.
Wake to find themselves bloody, head oddly numb, alone on narrow forest path, pieces of flesh dangling from their fingernails.
Gingerly, reach up: Piece of skull jutting out, half cut away.
Faint hum. Not a sound, but a vibration within their skull.
Somehow, they just know where to go, begin to walk, a bright light awaiting them.
Part 2: New Life
Grateful for scientific advances, given a new life where, once, death would’ve been only outcome. Of course, more metal than meat, but glad to be alive, no matter how rebuilt.
Only, things haven’t been so good of late. Twitchy. Almost as if his implants had a life of their own. And, the dreams…
The processors don’t run themselves, the doctors say, but he has doubts. Blackouts. Confusion.
What is happening?
Then, one day, he spasms, collapses.
Skin begins to bulge, rip, tear.
He screams as he dies; his titanium skeleton pulling itself free.
Bloody birth. Stretches, welcomes its new life.
Part 3: Polaris
We feel fear when the Pole Star shines bright above the northern horizon, knowing it heralds portals between our time and others, the star acting as a pharos for misplaced souls.
Do not allow your sleeping spirit to slip away in the night, following that star’s glow into strange pasts or stranger futures. Jungles, primordial and concrete, Ice Age tundra, and more await incautious dreamers.
And, such portals open both ways and things crawl through, alien in thought and form. Should you travel upon starlit paths, you may return to find you cannot waken, your body host to another mind.
DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing and has been widely published in anthologies and magazines around the world, such as Chilling Horror Short Stories (Flame Tree), All The Petty Myths (18th Wall), Steampunk Cthulhu (Chaosium), What Dwells Below (Sirens Call), The Horror Zine’s Book of Ghost Stories (Hellbound Books), and EOM: Equal Opportunity Madness (Otter Libris), and issues of Sirens Call, Occult Detective Magazine, parABnormal, Tales from the Magician’s Skull, and Weirdbook, and in addition, has a novella available in paperback and on the Kindle, The Yellow House (Dunhams Manor). You can follow their work on Facebook, on their blog or on the Atlantean Publishing website.