Screams Out of Abaddon

By Philip Emery

Screams Out of Abaddon

‘Echoes out of Abaddon’ is an e-book due to be issued by Immanion at Halloween time. The cover of the book resembles a screaming mouth.

Yes it is mine, albeit with photoshopped dental work…

Any resemblance to Edvard Munch’s painting ‘The Scream’ is less than unintentional and entirely appropriate for a collection of gothic monologues or speeches (speech is another country, they scream differently there).

The image is particularly appropriate for one of the monologues, ‘Incarnate, which is one extended silent scream.

There are several versions of ‘Incarnate’, one of which can be found in another Immanion e-book collection ‘The Celt in the Machine’. In fact there are more versions of this story than there are of Munch’s picture, and almost as many versions as there are of my other story ‘Wednesday’s Child’, which can also be found in the same collection.

A graphic version was published in ‘Fourth Incarnation’ magazine, which took its name from the original title of the story – this by the way the first published work of pro comics artist and writer Gary Crutchley (http://gcrutchley.blogspot.co.uk/ ) who went on to work for 2000AD and Accent UK.

Gary allows the protagonist, Jemma, to scream, or at least whimper, during the proceedings, which she doesn’t do in the short story or the monologue. Although she very much wants to. And her failure to call out is different in each. In the first, under hypnotic paralysis, at the moment she realizes the truth of her situation, as her doctor explains:

“I’m sorry. Truly sorry. Believe that if nothing else, Jemma. You understand, don’t you? I can’t allow you to -”

Tony Caglin presses the remote and the tape squeals into rewind.

“understand, don’t you? I can’t allow you to -”

Tony Caglin presses the remote and the tape squeals into rewind.

“can’t allow you to -”

presses the remote and the tape squeals into rewind.

“allow you to scream.”

presses the remote

“to scream.”

presses the remote

“to scream.”

Or does she fail? At least the writer, through Tony Caglin, allows the tape machine that’s been recording Jemma’s past lives as she relives them to voice her horror for her…

The monologue version in ‘Echoes out of Abaddon’ allows her to fail again – at least fail differently if not better:

I’m sorry. Truly sorry. Believe that if nothing else, Jemma. You understand, don’t you? I can’t allow you to –

The lights go out. Silence.

– allow you to scream…

Or does she fail? Perhaps the writer, this time, through the darkness of the stage, gives Jemma’s horror a voice…

In fact perhaps every one of the monologues in the e-book, even the comedic ones, is a silent scream. Unless of course you’d care to read them aloud…

Postscript: All punning allusions to that famous publicity soundbite for the film ‘Alien’, to a certain ‘Carry-On’ film, and to one ‘Violet-Elizabeth Bott’ have been removed out of uncharacteristic consideration for the readers’ sensibilities.

Echo of the Postscript: Gary has long since moved on to bigger and better things, so I’m now looking for another artist to collaborate with on some new comics/graphic novels. My collection of stories and verse, The Celt in the Machine, now available from Immanion, actually includes a couple of comic scripts which I’ve adapted into short stories… To make things absolutely clear, I’m not looking to commission artwork, but to make contact with an artist to work on projects to submit speculatively to publishers. My email address is necrom1antra@yahoo.co.uk

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