My gore-soaked contribution to the City of Hell Chronicles Vol 1 is entitled ‘The Door From Below’. Read on, if you dare, to learn a little bit more about the horrors that await therein:
Jin, Sho and Sadao, together known as C.I.D. (Capitalistic Idiot Dogs) come to Hong Kong from their home in Japan to play a gig at Joe Bananas. They’ve heard about the bug problems in the US, everyone has. No one’s too concerned and, in Hong Kong, the Chinese Government is keen to keep the peace, prevent panic.
They’ve made light of the situation, made sure to deny that any similar issues threaten their Great State. Only the religious nuts don’t buy it. They’ve flooded the streets, representations of every faith working side by side in an attempt to promote panic.
C.I.D. don’t care. They’re here to fuck shit up and play some goddamned music, have some fucked-up fun while they’re at it too. Then, halfway through their gig, the ground begins to rumble… brings with it some fucked-up fun that’s way out of their league.
Because this quaking of the earth doesn’t precede the arrival of Maurr’s Minions in Hong Kong, no, something worse than wicked their way comes. Something twisted, malformed. A cruel, imperfect nightmare built from the malevolent splicing of kidnapped humans with Maurr’s Minions. The Stock Takers.
A terror created in the underground, insect version of Unit 731 where, subjected to horrific chemical and biological changes, monstrous humanoid bipeds are born to raise hell. They come in trench coats, trilbies and masks to tear China and Hong Kong apart. To pave the way for Maurr’s dominion.
Through the doors from below, dark portals connecting the Hellish demesnes that lie beneath unsuspecting feet to the surface, they pour into the dark streets, bringing ruin in their wake. Thousands will die but the worst fate is reserved for the horrifically mutilated living… spared only to submit to the pleasure of the awaiting Minions below. And for the survivors, who must weather the rising of Maurr and his insect armies.
Together Jin, Sho and Sadao escape the gig by kicking some arse to avoid the control of the military that swoop in to take the situation in hand. They return to their hotel, the Box Inn, to plan their next move. It’s there they find one, a door from below, pushing slowly through layers of flooring laid over decades of slapdash repairs by the ever cheap-skate Eddie Lin, owner of the Box Inn.
Read their story to find out what happens when the door finally manages to force its way up through the rubble of Eddie’s repairs and opens, unleashing the Stock Takers upon the Capitalistic Idiot Dogs.
Rising from hell on December the 1st, the City of Hell Chronicles Volume 1 brings you eight horrifying accounts of Maurr’s rise to power. Be sure to buy it and submerge yourself in the horror of Maurr’s reign.
Alternatively… I have a couple of ebook copies to give away. All you have to do is spin me a creepy door tale in a mere 100 words in the comments below and you could be one of two lucky winners of an advanced copy of the City of Hell Chronicles Volume 1 and all its delicious depravities. So get your scribing hats on, sharpen your fingers and tap me out a tale of terror fit for a door in the ruins of the city of hell.
This fearsome flash competition will run until the official release date of Volume 1, Dec 1st – that’s eight days to conjure up some truly warped mini tales for me to judge. Winners will be announced on Dec 3rd!
When you’re done warping my mind with your 100 words of woe, please go and peruse at your leisure the wonderful City of Hell site: http://cityofhellchronicles.com/ brought to you by Colin Barnes very own Anachron Press. Or feel free to follow @thecityofhell on twitter to keep up to date with news of the release date and further hellish fun!