Mini Mag: Horror

15Dec

Mini Mag 139

Polly Ticks says … 1 in 8 of people in England and Wales were born elsewhere, says the 2011 Census. Globalisation is dissolving borders and identity, yet society does not seem to be catching up.
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Guru Tony says … Gay marriage gets go-ahead in UK, but religions cannot be compelled to do the ceremonies. This is the correct balance between rights on all sides.
My Religion page

Pappa Razzi says … Much has been said about the tragic death of nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, but some things not. What was so funny about an ill, pregnant woman being in hospital? Was tragedy inevitable? Yes! At some point this kind of prank was bound to end in tragedy. To what extent does corporate manslaughter apply? And I hope Kate and baby are alright.
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INSECURE: The barriers were thin
between the material world and that of
spirit, knew the adept; whereas the
scientist was secure in his knowledge
that there was no barrier at all. And as
they entered the haunted house he was
sure to prove it – until the ghost
appeared. The adept knew, as the scientist
crumpled, that the barrier between
secure and insecure was also thin.
***
Three wishes he had
Fame, fortune – and the last one?
Wish for no wishes
***
UNDENIABLE: When they took the babies
home in the snowman suits they were
undeniably gone. At least, abduction by
snowman was more seasonal than aliens.
***
The ghost lived again
Such a wasted, tragic life
He had wished for Hell
***
THE DRIVER: He drove his Land Rover
down the narrow country road again and
again. He was often seen; he always
looked at the other drivers. One day
he’d see the driver who killed him, and
neither would ever be seen again.

I, ESSAYIST
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24Nov

Mini Mag 136

Polly Ticks says … 56% of UK electorate would vote to leave EU, it seems. But we were never asked to vote for anything but a ‘common market’ in the 70s. So much for democracy. We should cooperate with Europe, not assimilate.
My Xenophobia page

Polly Ticks says … It seems there is a surge in minority, and extremist, parties in the UK. An inevitability when the major parties become divorced from the people and, increasingly, from real life. The party system is corrupt & redundant.
My Politics page

Polly Ticks says … I’ve often argued there is too much red tape in equality and other areas. The govt, it seems, is reducing it. But only where it impacts on business, thus allowing local protests to be ignored. Can this govt become any more heinous?
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Harry Fang says:

NEST: His nest seemed to be made of
straw, fragile, like his chances of
survival. They attacked, their bills
pecking, intruding on any hope of
getting through this. ‘The vultures’,
he said, throwing them in the bin,
homelessness approaching.
***
His parched throat stung – pain
The mirage took on new life
Desert in his mind
***
BACKBONE: Sat on the bike seat behind
Dad, Toddler knew all about backbone.
He stared at Dad’s. But his was twisted
as he turned away. Dad was windy.
***
Time kept repeating
The pain – again and again
He loathed re-action
***
THE CHAIR: The room was derelict, the
only chair, old, worn out. It had seated
many haunted spirits – the homeless, the
destitute, the ill, the pitiful; ghosts
of society – unseen, lest we scream.

I, HORROR
by Anthony North
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26Oct

Mini Mag 132

Guru Tony says … Brit living standards don’t seem to be recovering. Of course they’re not. We aimed too high and lived above our means. That’s why we’re in the present economic pickle.
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Polly Ticks says … Tory Chief Whip resigns after insulting a policeman. Chancellor caught in 1st class train carriage when he paid for 2nd. Churchill used to have dummy actors to portray him. Now we just have the dummies.
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Major de Ranger says … UK seems to be saying no to US plans for a pre-emptive strike against Iran, denying use of bases in Cyprus, Ascension Is & Diego Garcia. Good. Iran has no nukes yet, so let us not over-react again.
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AMITY: I’m in that Amity place. It’s
dark. I feel cursed as the horrors mount,
as fear grips my very being. Then I
remember: the horrors are part of my being
– the flipside of my joy. Yes, I’m in
that friendship place.
***
Wise woman knew best
Which way to do this, do that
‘Til man took over
***
VOLLEY: ‘Twas a volley of trickery that
night – until the kids disappeared. Note
to children: make sure occupant hasn’t
just died before knocking.
***
The veil becomes thin
Ghosts of Halloween are seen
In many a dream
***
LAST KISS: It was the last kiss. A rainy
day by the side of the road. It felt like
heaven. Then we parted; she into the
oncoming traffic – thinking of me, and
not the car that killed her. And now, as
my blood drains, I know the last kiss
will be for eternity.

I, HORROR
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12Oct

Mini Mag 130

Polly Ticks says … Tories ask: should out of work get benefits for too many kids when workers can’t? Wrong!! Low paid workers get same tax credits as out of work.
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Pappa Razzi says … Half of this year’s shortlisted books for the Booker Prize are from independents. A good sign that major publishing must change or go bust.
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Guru Tony says … Abuse witchhunt moves into all things 70s pop with stories of gropings. Is it moral to place today’s morals on the past? If so, very few would be innocent.
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Harry Fang says:

FREE: No such thing as a free lunch? I
never believed it, so I went to one. Okay,
they were strange and I was wrong. I never
even got to eat me.
***
I wait by the bridge
Don’t seek me, and DON’T look down
I’m your vertigo
***
CRISP: She sat alone, the city empty.
The air was crisp. Static. As if? Around
her the bodies were burnt crisp.
Apocalypse crisp. Survival: Day One
***
My shroud is total
My memories, thoughts and life
Essence of your death
***
LIGHT: The cottage light illuminated
the lawn, the trees beyond, dark. Suddenly,
the bulb went. He changed it, terrified.
The new light illuminated the trees
by the window.

INMATE, EARTH
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23Sep

Mini Mag 127

Polly Ticks says … 68 Brit MPs are directors of firms using offshore tax havens. Does the investigation condemn? No. It wants UK to become a tax haven. Sick.
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Guru Tony says … DNA tests are to be done on a skeleton found under a car park, thought to be Richard III. If it is him, I hope he’ll get a State funeral.
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Prof Isaac Galistein says … Fraud is becoming more commonplace in scientific research. Proofs can often be subjective. Is science really science, or social engineering?
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HALCYON: The kingfisher nestled close
by, calming the wind. All was peace and
tranquility, my existence golden. And
I thought: so this is death.
***
New chapter scares me
Horror on every new page
Writing can be hell
***
DELUGE: After the deluge the sea birds
took over. The primary species, they
stood on the beach and one said to his
friend: ‘Pass the sun cream.’
***
Hummingbird hovers
Small, beautiful … we’re unaware
Hitchcock would be proud
***
FLIGHT: She was stuck in the vortex –
whirlwind of the mind; images of torment.
In hell. She took flight, up to the sky,
yet no higher than heaven.

I, CRIME WRITER
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26Aug

Mini Mag 123

Polly Ticks says … As the Paralympics get under way, remember the cuts in services and benefits to UK disabled. Let not one govt minister commit hypocrisy.
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Pappa Razzi says … So, naked pictures of Prince Harry at a party have been published. What I want to know is: what has it got to do with us? Leave him alone.
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Guru Tony says … Green activism is abroad in China. They’ll have a difficult road to follow, but if it’s needed anywhere, it’s there. I wish them luck.
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Harry Fang says:

SPECTACLES: ‘Twas quite a spectacle
seeing the ghost. I took them off. Ah,
what we cannot see? But I soon
understood. Scary. Can you see yours?
***
I’m free to have style
No one to shape me, see me
No style is quite free
***
OMNISCIENT: The omniscient scientist
buried his head in his arms, unable to
work it out. The 2 ghosts stood behind,
thinking: shall we give him a clue?
***
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05Aug

Mini Mag 120

Dr Illya Ness says … BBC finally highlights problems in UK welfare cuts, yet as the Purge of the Disabled continues, where’s the debate on this State persecution?
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Major de Ranger says … Is Syria approaching end game in its civil war? UN and Syrian govt both in disarray. It hinges on what the Army does – now, and in the future.
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Guru Tony says … UK green policies for manufacturers aren’t working. Of course they’re not! They’re not proper green policies, but cosmetics to turn people off green.
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Shortcut to ghost tale
Haunting caused reverse of life
A story cut short
***
TRANSITION: The old sailor sits in the
chair by the shore. Sometimes he talks;
and when he does the transition occurs
– to belief in the afterlife.
***
To feel real fear
Needed courage – to scare you
My first time haunting
***
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08Jul

Mini Mag 116

Polly Ticks says … Brit banks crisis as Barclays rate fixing scandal outed. Was Bank of England & Labour govt involved? Is western system rotten to the core?
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Prof Isaac Galistein says … God particle been found? You hit a particle with another to see it so you see the result of our action. Which came first, particle or idea?
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Major de Ranger says … Brit Army to be cut by another 20,000, leaving only a rapid reaction force. By only planning for latest threat we’re forever unready.
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Harry Fang says:

The heat in this place
Earth boils – man makes best horror
Dante would be proud
***
EUPHORIC: A lady sat in a train, a
man opposite. One is euphoric. Just
one stop left. It’s getting dark. One
is a vampire. The werewolf suspects.
***
The balloon won’t land
Went round the world, then nightmare!
The eighty first day

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16Jun

Mini Mag 113

Guru Tony says … 105 major institutions ask negotiators to drop political inhibitions to global population and consumption controls. Developed countries must change unsustainable lifestyles and Third World must be offered more contraception. Whilst I agree on both counts, isn’t this nevertheless a political agenda in itself?
The onward march of multi-national led ideological globalisation doesn’t see itself as political, but as it’s a system that is trying to replace all other socio-economic systems, how can it not be?
The answer is not to toady to the big, but encourage new, smaller enterprise using real green technology and not just playing green; and independent politics free of political parties. The result would be greener lifestyles without prohibition, and far fewer ideological idiots telling us what to do.
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Waiting for my love
I see her, so sad, lonely
She grieves for my soul
***
METAMORPHOSIS: One cat, one bird. The
two trainee witches were pleased by the
metamorphosis to familiars but only one
passed. Soon, one cat, full stomach.
***
Postcard from afar
A peaceful view, just sent, yet …
He died last year

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06May

Mini Mag 107

Pappa Razzi says … Brit Parliamentary committee finds Rupert Murdoch ‘not fit’ to lead a major international company. The statement was fuelled by Labour and not the toady ruling Tories, but, world, please note.
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Dr Illya Ness says … 54% of doctors think the Brit health service should withhold non-emergency treatment for smokers and the obese. Disgraceful! Their ethic should be to treat people, not condemn lifestyle.
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IMPETUS: I dream. Out of time? 2 ladies.
A house? Strange clothes, their image on
wall. Out of view, fire? I have means –
impetus – to leave my cave.
***

ESSAY: QUEUES – Queues can be horrific. They say they are signs of an orderly society, but this is a con. They really represent lack of facilities or too much control. So pervasive are they that they even invade your home – the telephone queue, waiting to speak to the authorities. Demeaning, queues waste life as we wait. And when the queue fails, beware the riot.
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Harry Fang says:
Landscape under Moon
Casts shadows that enter soul
But who is within?
***
DEPRESSION: A depression hung over mankind.
The psychic link was gone and monsters raged.
Depression clung to the psyche & greed
reigned. But the outcome was called Recession;
the monsters, ourselves.
***

A mask of goodness
Only surface can be read
Horror lies beneath

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