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It's Kill Brian Keene on Your Blog Day! - F. Brett Cox

Nov. 2nd, 2009

01:40 pm - It's Kill Brian Keene on Your Blog Day!

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Not Far to Go Before I Die

by F. Brett Cox

The woods were ugly, shallow, and well-lit by the full moon; nonetheless, Keene was apprehensive as he stumbled towards the wretched grove, having been warned by the Trustees that doom awaited within, a warning he blithely ignored even as he routinely ignored all advice from all organizations that falsely claimed power over him, a warning that, despite what common sense and a shrewd reading of the history of the organization told him, still gave rise to a flicker of dread, a spasm of suspicion as he entered the wood, pushing aside the deformed and hideous branches, not able to bear even the thought of the warped vegetation touching his face, gnarled like the claws of an arthritic demon, or perhaps the hands of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, spreading incompetence across the land like a shroud—and yet, despite his best efforts, the very tip of a withered branch scratched his cheek, drawing blood that proceeded to flow as if from a much deeper wound, blood that turned black as it dripped down his face, his chin, eroding his flesh as it flowed, expelling his life force like the ancient, ash-heavy breath of a bellows from a hearth long abandoned, and as he fell to the ground, scattering the brittle leaves and sticks, he took thin comfort in knowing that, in his absence, the Trustees would lack a quorum, a final thought that brought the faintest hint of a smile to his rotting, bleeding face as he fell to the ground, dead.

[As a memorial to Mr. Keene, consider making a donation in support of the Shirley Jackson Awards.]

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From:nick_kaufmann
Date:November 2nd, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Poor Brian, felled by evil trees!
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From:parttimedriver
Date:November 3rd, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
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Evil, I tells ya, evil!
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From:lavendertook
Date:November 3rd, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
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Heee! Excellent sentence. Cthulhu will be most pleased with this offering.
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From:parttimedriver
Date:November 4th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Maybe it'll offset that last order of calamari....
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