Doctor Who: The Fire of the Daleks: Part 1

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“We can’t retreat” Zoella shouted.

“We have to. They’ve got us completely out gunned, if we don’t we’ll burn with the others” her Captain, Shreskia shouted back before sending the ship on a course for home.

Zoella attempted to stop her captain physically, but she was easily overpowered thanks to his greater experience.

Zoella wasn’t the only member of the crew angry with the Captain. 5 more soon arrived on the flight deck, furious that their Captain had, in their minds, brought shame to their crew.

The largest of the crew, had to be restrained by two others from attacking his Captain, “How could you! We vowed that we would give our lives for the people of Meliscor! They had sacrificed so much for us!”

“I had no choice. Meliscor was done for. Those monsters, they had destroyed all of their defences, and begun blitzing Meliscor’s continents. The last message I received from their main command centre was nothing but screams. What could we out here in space have done?”

“A lot more than just running away.” Zoella said with disgust.

“We have to get back to our world Zoella. We are now the last planet standing in this entire galaxy. Our people are going to need as many soldiers as they can.”

“They won’t want our help.” She sneered.

“Well if it makes you feel any better our world probably won’t survive long enough to reject us anyway.” The Captain snapped back.

“I can’t believe it.” He continued. “82 inhabited planets in this galaxy, and one by one they’ve all fallen. So many great civilisations, and not one survivor from any of them. If we are to join our comrades, I want to at least see my family one more time, would you begrudge me that.”

Before his crew could even respond, a bright light began to shine at the other end of the room. All of the soldiers pointed their guns at it, whilst the Captain checked the readings.

“No, it can’t be” he said with horror. “One of them is, how?” He instantly tried to set a new course for the ship, only for a green ray to fire from the light at the controls, destroying them.

Just then the light began to fade and in its place, emerged the image of the monster that had spelled the doom for the crews entire galaxy. A Dalek!

They all froze in fear for a moment. They had never had an encounter with a Dalek up this close. No one who did, had ever lived to tell about it. For a second they all felt like running away, but the largest at the centre of the group started firing at the Dalek, only for the rays in his gun to bounce off of the monster’s armoured casing.

EXTERMINATE” it shrieked in its hideous, rasping, metallic voice, before opening fire on all of the crew, except for Zoella and the Captain who stood at the other end.

Just one shot was all it needed. It filled the entire area with a green light. The entire crew screamed in absolute agony. The rays from a Dalek gun stimulated every single pain receptor in its victims body to the absolute maximum they could be. Though the crews death only lasted a few seconds, the pain was so intense it felt like several hours.

The Captain pushed Zoella behind him.

“Zoella go, you have to warn the others, we can’t let even one of these monsters get back home. Its my fault. Go!”

Zoella protested, not wanting to leave her captain, and so he shoved her to the door and then locked it, whilst firing at the Dalek.

“YOU CANNOT WIN. YOUR WORLD WILL FALL TO THE DALEKS. WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS” The Dalek shouted as it shot the Captain.

The Captain felt tremendous pain run through his entire body, pain like he’d never felt before. After the sensation was over however, to his horror, the Captain was still alive.

He couldn’t move a muscle in his body. He couldn’t even scream! The Dalek approached the immobilised, and petrified Captain.

“YOU WILL HELP US CONQUER YOUR OWN WORLD!”

“Ah good we’ve finally landed.”  The Doctor said as put his book down and headed for the console room.

The Doctor had spent most of the journey in his vast library, catching up with his collection. Dana had urged him too, feeling that it was a shame all of those great books were going to waste with no one reading them. The Doctor had actually read them before, but that was many faces, and several thousand years ago.

“So where’s it taken us this time Doctor.” Dana said as she arrived in the console room from the lounge.

“According to these readings we’ve arrived at the Myosirka Galaxy. That’s all it’ll tell me for the moment. Mysorika? That name is familiar to me? I can’t remember why.”

“Well I’m sure it will come back to you.”

“I suppose. You know Dana when’ you’ve been around the universe as much as I have the galaxies really do all start to blend together.”

The Doctor and Dana exited the TARDIS and discovered that they had landed on a spaceship. There didn’t appear to be anyone around however. The ship was dull, grey and depressing.

“God how hard is it for people to make a cosy spaceship” the Doctor moaned.

“Well maybe boring and grey is this species idea of cosy.” Dana said as she looked down the nearest corridor.

Suddenly a scream started to echo down the corridors. It was absolutely blood curdling, but neither the Doctor nor Dana could see any signs of anyone or anything nearby.

“What is it a ghost?” Dana said jokingly, whilst still somewhat nervous and scared.

“No it’s a communicator of some sort I’d wager. Whoever, whatever, is responsible for that horror, wants the rest of the crew to know what’s in store for them, so its broadcasting it.”

The screams chilled both the Doctor and Dana to the bone, but as always the more scared they were, they more curious they became.

The two time travellers explored the nearest corridor with the screaming ringing in their ears. They’d never heard anything quite like it. There wasn’t even a seconds relief for the victim.

“Poor soul” Dana said. “So much for landing somewhere nice and quiet.”

At the end of the corridor they discovered a large weapons room, filled with several rows of strange rifles.

“Well now at least part of this is starting to make sense, the Doctor said. We’re on some kind of military vessel. I’m afraid I don’t recognise the weaponry but”

Just then a young man appeared from behind one of the rows of rifles, and ambushed the Doctor, pointing his gun into the Time Lords spine.

“Thanks for the heads up Dana” the Doctor said sarcastically.

“Sorry I was little distracted by all the screaming.”

“Who are you? How’d you get on board” the figure said frantically.

“Well now look I can’t tell you if you shoot me can I, why don’t you just put the gun down and”

The Doctor quickly spun run and knocked the gun out of the soldiers hand, before kicking the gun back to Dana. He then floored the soldier with a quick hit to the stomach and another to the jaw.

“There now perhaps we can have a more civil conversation about just what the hell is going on here” the Doctor said somewhat pompously. Five more figures however quickly emerged from behind the weapons cabinets.

“Ah okay maybe not” the Doctor said as Dana dropped her gun to the floor.

The young soldier the Doctor had hit jumped up and punched the Doctor in the face in anger. When he tried to hit him again Dana got the soldier in an arm lock.

“We don’t have time for this, we need to get these people, whoever they are to the safe room now!” A young woman who appeared to be the leader of the group said.

The soldiers took the Doctor and Dana through a door at the other end of the weapons room, which led to another long corridor, that ended in two flight’s of stairs, and then two more corridors. In the middle of the second corridor, the young woman activated a device which caused a hatch to suddenly appear in the floor. The hatch led to a safe room. Along the way, the screaming stopped. It didn’t come to a sudden stop. It more slowly died down.

There was only one soldier in the safe room waiting for them, a young man trying frantically to work several controls.

“They don’t look like enemy agents.” He said whilst peering over his soldier.

“I can assure you we’re not anybody’s agent” the Doctor said.

“Why don’t you tell me what’s going on here.” The Time Lord continued.

The leader pointed her gun at the Doctor. “We’ll ask the questions. We detected the presence of something on one of the upper levels. Why are you siding with them?”

“With who?” the Doctor said in frustration.

“Don’t lie to me. Even if you weren’t one of their agents, no one in this Galaxy hasn’t heard of the Daleks.”

Both the Doctor and Dana’s faces filled with horror at the mention of that name.

“There are Daleks on board. Please you have to let me help you, I am a traveller. My vessel’s on the upper level. I swear we came here by accident, but if the Daleks are involved.”

“Involved?” The woman laughed. “They’ve destroyed every planet in this entire galaxy! All except ours. For the past 30 years I’ve had to watch trillions of young soldiers sacrifice themselves for nothing against those monsters. I’ve seen entire cities, continents and planets burn.”

“I know” the Doctor said. “I’ve seen the Daleks destroy millions of worlds throughout all of history. Please just let me and Dana help.”

The figure at the controls suddenly interrupted. “I’ve managed to hack into it Zoella” he said to the leader of the group.

Zoella paused for a minute.

“Do it” she said.

“Do what?” Dana asked.

“There is a self destruct device on board this ship. Only the Captain knows the code. Fortunately our friend here, Resicha was able to hack the mainframe.”

“Fortunately? I assume you have a way off this ship.” Dana said in disbelief.

“No we don’t. Our lives don’t matter at all. The Daleks let this ship escape. They were manipulating us. There’s an impenetrable forcefield around our planet. Its the main reason our world is the last one standing. Though maintaining it has not been without cost.” She said with regret.

“The Daleks haven’t be able to penetrate it, yet.” Zoella continued. “So they let one of our ship go, and then teleported one of their own into our vessel. We didn’t know they had teleportation technology. They must have developed it recently. They want to get one of their own into our forcefield.”

“Why don’t they just teleport in?” Dana asked.

“The forcefield probably prevents that too.” The Doctor said. “Its very rare to find teleportation technology that can penetrate forcefields, and if my estimates are correct, this is an early point in their history.”

“Once that Dalek is on our world it’s all over. We can’t take control of the ship, its locked it on a course for home, and it has our Captain.”

“Those screams. That’s who they were from?” The Doctor asked.

“Yes. For the past two days since it first came here, the Dalek has been torturing him and forcing us to listen. We get a relief from it every now and again only because he faints. We tried to rescue him, but every time we’ve sent more up there, it kills them. There were 60 of us. Now there’s only 12. This place is sealed from the rest of the ship. Even then I think the Dalek more hasn’t found us because it doesn’t care. It seems to only care about him. Its time to end his pain as well as ours.”

“No you can’t give up.” The Doctor protested.

“We’re giving our people back home maybe a few more months before the Daleks find a way to break through the forcefield anyway. We also won’t have to watch our world burn like the others in this galaxy. I’d say its our best option” Zoella said.

The Doctor and Dana attempted to plead with their captors further, but they didn’t listen. The countdown started. The Doctor punched one of the soldiers next to him and flipped the other over his shoulder into two more, but when he tried to make a move for the control panel he was overpowered by three more. Before Dana was able to make a move, the soldiers pointed their guns into her stomach and back.

The countdown went to zero, and nothing happened.

“No, no, no! That Dalek, it must have, overrun the security system.” Zoella said in despair.

“Well how’s that for one of life’s little ironies. I owe my life to a Dalek.” the Doctor said in a somewhat chipper tone.

Zoella shoved the Doctor against a wall.

“You think this is funny?” She screamed in rage.

You’re right, I’m sorry, but had you blown us all up you’d have taken us with you. Now you might have a chance. We’ve fought the Daleks before and we’ve won against. I have equipment in my vessel, the TARDIS that might be effective against them.”

“Might be?”

“Well I’m not exactly sure what year it is. These Daleks seem to be quite primitive if they have only just mastered teleportation, but still.”

“You’re saying you’re a time traveller?”

“Yes and I’ve seen the Daleks throughout their entire history. No one is ever able to completely destroy them. Some have survived their evil however, and you can too, but only if you let us help you.

“What do we have to loose Zoella?”  Resicha said.

“This vessel of yours? Its on the level we found you?” Zoella asked.

“Yes we can take you there now.”

“I’ll take some of the team. I warn you however. If you try anything you’ll both die before either of us.”

The Dalek meanwhile had also detected the presence of something on the upper deck. The creature decided to investigate. It knew that none of the races in this galaxy had access to teleportation technology. At the same time he knew that it couldn’t be any more of his kind, as they couldn’t teleport this far.

When the Dalek arrived at the source of the disturbance, it was shocked to see the all too familiar blue box. It had heard so much of it back on Skaro. It belonged to the Doctor, their legendary enemy who had been attempting to destroy the Dalek race since their birth. The Dalek however had personally never believed them. Like all members of its kind it couldn’t fathom the idea of any life form being superior to them. It believed that the Doctor was just a lie invented by their leaders to make sure the Daleks never became stagnated.

Now however it was being faced with the reality of this enemy of the Daleks. It wasn’t scared however. More curious. The Dalek examined the strange blue box. It knew that its fire power couldn’t harm it, but perhaps there was something it could learn from the TARDIS.

“So tell me about your world.” The Doctor asked as they made the long trek back to the TARDIS.

“You really claim to not be one of us?” Zoella asked. The Doctor didn’t even bother to answer.

“Our world, HegloZia, was once the most advanced of its galaxy. It was a paradise world filled with red skies, golden water and green lands.”

“Was?”

“Like I said in order to keep the forcefield running, and even just to supply weapons and resources to the other worlds. Our planet was stripped clean. Its a waste land now. People fight for the tiniest, most basic resources, the air is polluted, diseases we conquered centuries ago have returned and run rampant, there are constant coups and civil wars to overthrow the governments. Since the start of this war, about 80 percent of all life on Heglosia has been extinguished.  The Daleks almost don’t need to invade. They’ve already practically killed our world.”

“I’m sorry” Dana replied. “They did the same thing to my world too. It wasn’t in my time, but still seeing what they did to my people, I can’t imagine what it must have been like to live through it.”

“When the war started, everyone came to us for protection.” Zoella continued. “We had been the first race to develop space travel in our galaxy. We had a good head start on the others. We didn’t always treat them right. We exploited them during a large part of our history. Still we tried, we threw everything we could at the Dalek but we… we failed our kin.”

“I’ll make sure I won’t fail your world” the Doctor said as they approached the TARDIS.

“That’s your ship? Is it not a little small?”

“Dana can you go through the usual its bigger on the inside than the outside thing, I have to go and try cobble together something for the sake of this charming young woman’s species.”

As soon as the Doctor put the TARDIS key in the lock his entire body was consumed in a flashing blue light before he collapsed on the floor.

“DOCTOR!” Dana shouted as she rushed to his aid.

“Quick we have to get out of here” Zoella said. “Help him” she said to her two men who lifted the Doctor up by one arm each.

“STAY WHERE YOU ARE! YOU ARE TRAPPED” The Dalek shouted from the direction they had just come from.

“Quick we need to move now!” Zoella shouted.

The only way forward was to the control room. In there Zoella saw her former Captain, whimpering and shaking on the floor, a completely broken man.

Despite her recent differences with him, Zoella had still always admired her Captain. In his prime he had been one of her people’s greatest war heroes. To see him reduced to this by one of those monsters was both terrifying and heartbreaking.

One of the soldiers tried to shut the door, but the Dalek had jammed the controls. “YOU CANNOT ESCAPE YOU ARE TRAPPED” The Dalek barked from down the corridor as it glided towards them. The soldier attempted to shoot the monster and went for its eye stick, but the Dalek shot him down first.

The soldiers agonised screams were deafening and seemed to last a lot longer before his body crashed to the ground, his face twisted in the most horrific expression of agony.

Just then the Doctor suddenly jumped up and with his sonic screwdriver quickly sealed the door shut. The Dalek blasted at the door several times, and though it burned some holes in it, the door withstood the monsters weapon.

“Doctor I thought you were dead.”

“No that Dalek I’d wager wanted to interrogate me. Not to big myself up, but for a Dalek finding out I exist must be like finding out the monster under your bed is real. It underestimated me though. A little shock like that would have been enough to kill you, but me well.” Dana rolled her eyes.

“He’d take any excuse to boast” she thought.

“Better luck next time” the Doctor taunted the Dalek.

The Dalek didn’t respond however. It had other plans in mind.

The Captain started to scream and ran towards the door. The remaining soldier tried to restrain him, but it took the combined might of the soldier and Zoella to hold him in place.

“What did that thing do to him” the soldier shouted.

The Doctor used a Venusian neck pinch to render the Captain unconscious before examining him.

“I’ve seen them do this before. We must be at a fairly early point in the Daleks history right enough” the Doctor said.

“Before they’d mastered proper mind control techniques, they’d inject their victims with a chemical. It caused the most unimaginable pain in the victims to the point where it would literally break them. Turn them into nothing but slaves who obeyed the Daleks every whim. Often the victims just died, or the became vegetables. Clearly the Dalek was hoping to use it on the Captain so that when he reached your planet he’d vouch that the ship was free to enter the forcefield.”

“Is there anyway to reverse the chemical’s effects?” Zoella asked?

“I’m afraid not” the Doctor said.

Zoella then shot her Captain in the head. Dana and even the other soldier were absolutely horrified at her actions.

“You heard the expert. There’s nothing we could do for him. Besides now that monster can’t use him. He’d rather it was this way.”

The Doctor meanwhile who had understood her logic, started to work the controls.

“My people are a good bit ahead of the Daleks at this stage of development. More so than the Daleks are ahead of yours. I might be able to pilot the ship off course.”

“Where will we go?” the surviving soldier said grimly.

“To another galaxy for help. You’re right, you can’t even hold the Daleks off for much longer never mind beat them. We’ll need to keep looking until we find someone willing to help.”

“There is no life in the galaxy next to us. We explored it many centuries ago.” Zoella replied.

“Well then we’ll explore the one after that, and after that. With a few adjustments to this ship we should be able to find a new galaxy with a new civilisation sometime soon. We The Daleks have a habit of uniting all other species together. Trust me, we won’t have to look hard to find someone willing to help. Case in point, me and Dana both come from galaxies trillions of light years beyond yours, and we’re willing to help you against them.”

“ATTENTION, ATTENTION”. The Daleks voice suddenly croaked through its communicator.

“I HAVE DISCOVERED YOUR ALLIES YOU WILL SURRENDER THE DOCTOR OR THEY WILL BE EXTERMINATED!”

“It knew where we were hiding all along” Zoella said.

“Yes. It probably kept you alive in case the Captain died from the chemical so it could just pop down and snatch as many of you as it needed, either to use the chemical on or force to help it. It never once viewed any of you as a threat it needed to deal with right away.”

“YOU HAVE TEN SECONDS OR I WILL EXTERMINATE THEM.”

The voice of one of Zoella’s team came through the communicator.

“Please Zoella don’t give in, our lives aren’t important.”

She was suddenly cut off by a zapping sound, followed by a blood curdling scream. There were several more shots and screams, that were then followed by a deathly silence.

“All those men and women lost?” The soldier said with regret.

“Possibly” the Doctor said. “The Dalek won’t have slaughtered its entire leverage. It has something planned which is why I’ve got to act fast.”

In the safe room the Dalek had slaughtered everyone except for Resicha. The monster had sensed he was weaker than the others. The Dalek cornered the terrified soldier against a wall.

“YOU WILL SUFFER AS YOUR CAPTAIN SUFFERED UNLESS YOU OBEY ME!”

Resicha thought back to his Captain’s constant screams. He’d never been the strongest of the soldiers. In fact he had only signed up to avoid starving back home. Sadly at this point the war was so desperate, there were very few actual soldiers left. Zoella and the Captain were among the last. There is no way he would hold out.

“I’ll do whatever you want.” Resicha said to his eternal shame.

“YOU WILL SPEAK THROUGH THE COMMUNICATOR AND TELL YOUR SUPERIORS THAT THE VESSEL IS READY TO GO.”

“They won’t accept my word?”

“TELL THEM THAT YOU HAVE STOLEN DALEK TECHNOLOGY. YOU WILL BE GRANTED ACCESS. OBEY! OBEY! OBEY!”

Back on the flight deck the Doctor had struggled to take control of the ship.

“What, what’s wrong” Zoella asked.

“The Dalek has created a forcefield around the back up controls. Its draw energy from the core of the vessel itself, and if I attempt to touch it, or even any of the wires, then I’ll be vaporised. I could maybe try and find a way, but we don’t have time.”

“After all your talk of being the thing the Daleks fear in the dark, and it turns out you’re totally useless.” Zoella shouted.

“Well we’re not completely finished yet. I might be able to take over the communicator from here. We can warn your people before the Dalek can trick them.”

“But they’ll blast us out of the sky”? Dana said.

“I know Dana, its a risk we’ll have to take to save an entire world.” He said with regret.

“Its just one Dalek?” She replied.

“You know what one of those things can do. Chances are it knows everything about their forcefield. The Daleks will have made the members of Zoella’s race they took prisoner talk. They can make anyone talk. If that thing gets down there, it could easily dismantle the forcefield and allow its army to get in. We have to stop it now.”

“I understand. Like you said. Its a small sacrifice to save a planet.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to make it back to the TARDIS in time. The planet below will need us to survive too, as we’re the only ones who can fetch help. Still our first priority is too stop that monster from getting down there” the Doctor said as he tampered with the communications device.

There was a brief shock. “Damn he’s booby trapped everything, this isn’t as complicated as the guidance system however if I can just.”

“You’re too late.” Zoella said.

“We’ve reached our world”

Suddenly the they heard the voice of Resicha in the safe room coming through.

“Hello control, hello control, I would like you to lower the forcefield for us.”

“Resicha! The traitor!” Zoella shouted. “I’ll kill him, I swear.”

“We hear you, all vessel’s were ordered to stay and fight no matter what the cost, to save Meliscor.”

“We only fled because the Daleks had already destroyed their world. We also have Dalek technology. It’s vital for the war front.” He held up a Dalek sphere that the monster had given him through the visual communicator.

“Please this could help sway the war in our favour.”

There was a moments silence before the ship was given the all clear.

“The fools.” Dana shouted.

“They’re desperate.” The Doctor replied.

“The idea of having some of the Daleks technology to use against them. It was far too tempting.”

The Doctor continued to tamper with the controls. Several bolts of blue lightening started to shoot out across the room, one of which struck the surviving soldier knocking him back.

Zoella didn’t even bother to check on him, she was too fixated on what the Doctor was doing.

Dana tended to the soldier. He was badly burned from the blast, and could barely stand without Dana’s help.

“Finally! I’ve got it!” the Doctor said as he managed to adjust the speaker.

“Noella quick whilst we still have control.”

As Noella spoke through the communicator the Doctor tended to the soldier. He had been too worked up in dismantling the communicator to notice. “We need to get him help, fast or else he won’t live” the Doctor said.

“This is first officer Noella. The Captain is dead. Killed by a Dalek that’s still onboard. You have to shoot this vessel down now. Blow it to pieces before it can reach.” Suddenly the device broke down.

“Please, please don’t kill me” Resicha pathetically begged the Dalek as it cornered him.

“I did everything you said.”

“YES THE FORCE FIELD HAS BEEN LOWERED WE ARE IN YOU WILL BE SPARED FOR THE MOMENT YOU MAY BE USEFUL WHEN WE REACH YOUR PLANET FOLLOW ME!”

“We have to get to the TARDIS now” The Doctor said as he opened the door with his sonic screwdriver. Zoella and Dana carried the wounded soldier with them down the corridor.

The Doctor used his sonic screwdriver to try and detect the booby trap the Dalek had left on the TARDIS door.

“Come on Doctor” Dana shouted frantically.

“I’m trying believe me.”

Suddenly a Dalek ray blasted the door of the TARDIS, scattering the Doctor, Dana and Zoella.

The monster soon emerged from the corridor, with Resicha in tow.

“You pathetic coward. You sold out your entire world.”

“I’m sorry Zoella. Please forgive me. I’m not a real soldier, you know that. I couldn’t end up like the Captain.”

“Oh don’t worry you won’t” Zoella said coldly as she shot Resicha in the head.

“You monster.” Dana said with disgust to Zoella. “You’re no better than the Dalek”

“SILENCE” the monster shouted.

“You’re too late. They’ve already got the warning. You’ll go up in smoke with the rest of us.” The Doctor taunted.

“YOU WILL TAKE ME INSIDE YOUR VESSEL DOCTOR!”

“Never”

The Dalek responded by shooting the wounded soldier dead.

“YOU WILL OBEY OR THEY WILL DIE!”  It screeched.

Before the Dalek could make good on its threats, a massive explosion burst its way out of the flight deck. The ship was being fired at on all fronts.

The Dalek instantly retreated into the control room to try and pilot the vessel, whilst the Doctor attempted to dismantle the booby trap. A further knock to the ship however caused a massive piece of debris to fall on Zoella. Dana tried to life it up. Despite her feelings towards Zoella she wasn’t about to just leave her to die.

Unfortunately another piece of debris fell on the TARDIS and knocked the Doctor out cold.

Dana tried to rouse the Doctor as more and more flames began to burst their way from the corridors of the ship.

To Be Continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Circus Master: The Book of the Vampires: Part 7: Blood is Thicker

 

“Ashlei, Ashlei I know you’re in there, please, I need your help”. Daniel started to stir from his sleep. Ashlei ignored her brother and instead tended to Daniel.

“What, what’s going on” Daniel grumbled as he started to come round, but as soon as he looked down at the stump where his arm had once been it all came screaming back.

“Oh god it wasn’t a dream. Ashlei, I’m, I” suddenly he noticed Brian’s voice calling from outside.

“He’s here he found us” Daniel said as he struggled in the chains.

“Relax he can’t get in here” Ashlei said somewhat coldly.

“Why am I chained up? Is this, the Circus? Where’s the Vampire, the Circus Master, the Witch, the”

“They chained you up” Ashlei said as she searched through a chest.

“What? Why?”

“They said you were infected by my brother. They’re not sure on whether you’ll turn into one of those Vampires or not. You’ll have to wait a couple more hours to see if you’re in the clear.”

“What!” Daniel shouted in anguish. “No, oh god please tell me I won’t become one of those things, please Ashlei.”

“I’m sorry” Ashlei said almost with no emotion which disturbed Daniel.

“I have to see my brother now.”

“What you can’t go out there. It’s not your brother anymore. Ashlei, please I need your help. Ashlei!” She continued to ignore him as she marched outside to confront her inhuman brother.

As soon as she stepped outside Ashlei could see Brian was lying, not that she expected her brother to be himself mind you, but it was still a shock to hear her brother’s voice, come from the hideous Vampire that had torn her brother to pieces and tried to kill her.

Brian started to cackle. “I can’t believe you fell for that. You never were too bright were you sis?”

Ashlei tried to keep her cool. “I know this thing isn’t who Brian really was.” she said whilst trying to hold back her tears.

“You’re right. Its the product of your failure. You were supposed to look out for me, for both of your little brothers and look what happened. You left me in the streets of London, left me to be turned into this! If those monsters had just killed me, you could have mourned for a few seconds and then forgotten me like everybody else would. Instead they’ve immortalised your selfishness and cowardice for all time.”

“I swear I never meant to leave you, I” She held back the tears. “No I know you’re not him, but I do want the real Brian, if he’s in there, to know that I’m sorry.”

“Sorry” the Vampire laughed. “Is that all you can say for letting me become this.”

“No I meant sorry for what I’m about to do.” Ashlei pulled out a small bottle of holy water that she had taken from the chest in the Circus and threw it over Brian whose flesh began to burn and sizzle just like before.

As the Vampire fell to the floor writhing in agony, Ashlei quickly made a move towards the monster with a wooden stake. She stabbed it through his heart. Nothing happened however and Brian grabbed Ashlei by the throat and threw her in the opposite direction from the Circus.

Brian laughed as the holy water burned his flesh.

“You should have done your research Sis” he taunted as he pulled the stake from his chest.

Now completely defenceless, Ashlei tried to run back to the Circus, but Brian caught her again and threw his sister back the way.

“Lets have some fun!” He said with a sadistic glee as Ashlei fled in the other direction. There was nowhere for her to run to except for a nearby abandoned factory.

Once she reached the factory, Ashlei quickly shut the huge, steel doors behind her. Brian thumped on the doors a few times, making huge dents in them, before suddenly stopping. Were they enough to hold him back, or was he just toying with me, Ashlei thought.

The Circus Master (who was carrying Keptis) and Carlene had managed to escape from the horde of Vampires by jumping from roof top to roof top, (or rather what was left of each roof top in most cases.) None of the three time travellers were really sure where they were going, they just wanted to get a bit of a distance between themselves and the Vampires.

Since they fled the square, literally hundreds of Vampires had started to emerge from practically every building and corner of the village,.

Carlene however quickly stopped on the latest building they had landed on. It was mostly intact, compared to the other buildings in the village.

“Carlene, what are you doing? Come on!” The Circus Master shouted.

“Hang on I think I’m picking up a scent. Its Florence, she’s down there.” Carlene replied.

Suddenly two new type of Vampires jumped onto the roof. They both had three heads, all long and serpent like, and 6 arms, whilst their skin was thick, armour plated and yellow.

“Go find her, I’ll hold these things off. Go now” The Circus Master said. Keptis and Carlene quickly jumped down to an alley between the two buildings whilst more and more Vampires jumped or flew onto the roof to attack the Circus Master.

The Circus Master pulled out a massive sword from his hat. It’s blade was made of fire just like Keptis flaming saw. The Vampires all attempted to dogpile on the Circus Master but his sword prevented any of them from getting close. Arms and tentacles and even the odd head from the attacking Vampires went flying all over the roof, as the Circus Master swung his sword back and forth.

“She’s in there, in the basement I can pick up her scent, only just. Come on” Carlene said.

Two Vampires however had picked up Carlene and Keptis scent and descended on either side of the alley. They were both tall and incredibly thin to the point where there were practically skeletons, whilst their faces were rotten and decaying. The monsters were both far stronger than their light frames would suggest, with the Vampire who attacked Carlene easily overpowering her, whilst the other Vampire managed to grab Keptis’ flaming saw by the handle and toss it out of his hand.

Carlene quickly bit the Vampire that pinned her in the throat, shocking it for a minute before she punched it in the stomach, the face and then flipped it over her shoulder onto the other Vampire.

Whilst the two Vampires were down Keptis used his saw to slice one of the Vampires heads off. The other Vampire however quickly jumped to its feet and struck Keptis, knocking him to the ground. Carlene attempted to fight the monster again, but this time it was too fast for her and delivered a flurry of punches to her stomach and face. Keptis however quickly went for the monsters legs whilst he was on the ground and sliced one of them off, before taking the monsters head off when it fell to the ground.

Using her Vampiric strength, Carlene quickly punched a hole in the wall, leading to the cellar in the house, which she and Keptis quickly fled through before more Vampires could pick up their scent.

In the cellar the two time travellers saw the remains of a young girl, literally ripped in half, just by the cage where Florence sat looking completely broken.

“Florence” Keptis whispered. “We’re here.”

“You have to get out of here its” before the Siren could finish her warning, a massive tentacle suddenly came bursting out of the ground and grabbed Carlene by the neck, before smashing her into a nearby wall. When the tentacle attempted to grab Keptis however, he managed to slice it off with his saw.

The creature the tentacle belonged to, the hideous Alpha Vampire Malstrom, burst out of the ground screaming in anger.

Keptis stabbed his into the monsters Malstrom’s chest, which caused the Alpha to fall to its knees in pain. However as he pulled the saw up to slice the monster up the middle, its blood splashed onto Keptis’ arms, burning him horribly.

Keptis dropped the saw and fell backwards in pain, whilst Malstrom’s tentacles slowly wrapped themselves around the Martian.

Florence again struggled to try and break the bars, but it was no use.

The Circus Master had managed to hold off the Vampires, with the roof now being covered in nothing but Vampire body parts and entrails. Suddenly however one of the monsters actually managed to stop the Circus Master’s sword dead in its tracks.

It was a large completely grey Vampire. It must have stood over 7 feet tall and it had piercing yellow eyes and massive fangs. The monster had managed to grab the flaming blade itself, which it then snapped in half.

The Circus Master quickly reached for his hat, but the giant creature thumped him in the chest sending him flying towards the edge of the building.

The monster then grabbed the hat and reached into it, but this proved to be a mistake however. Just like Carlene’s beehive, there was a booby trap system in the hat which fired various weapons into the Vampires hand.

Only one of the knives harmed the monster. A gold knife which became embedded in its hand. The Circus Master reached for the hat, but the monster pulled the gold knife out of its hand and stabbed the Circus Master in the heart, before getting him in a head lock. The Circus Master clawed in vain at the monsters arm, but the beasts hold around his neck grew tighter.

In the factory Ashlei had become lost. No one had set foot here for quite a long time, though the stench of misery and death was still everywhere. Ashlei had stayed by the door for a few minutes, but then when nothing happened she decided to look around for a weapon. She’d found a few crowbars, but nothing that would be particularly useful against a Vampire.

“Oh god Circus freaks where are you” she said bitterly whilst clutching her crowbar. “They said that creepy boy was supposed to be outside!”

Just then Ashlei heard a sound of glass breaking in the distance. “He’s here oh god.”

She had no idea where she could go. It was so dark and cluttered ahead and her vile brother could be around every corner.

“I was right” Brian’s voice came piercing through the darkness. “This is fun.”

“You monster.” She shouted back.

“Well of course I am. You’ve only just realised that?”

Ashlei couldn’t believe she had gotten herself into this situation. She should never have tried to take on a Vampire on her own. Ironically it had been because of her love for Brian. She was determined to be the one to free him from this nightmare. In a way she felt it was her only way of redemption.

“No” she thought, pulling herself together. “I’m not going to die in here, not at that thing wearing my brothers corpse’s hands.”

Ashlei ran through the dark room ahead, not even sure where she was going. She suddenly heard another screeching sound.

“He’s just toying with me. I need to get out of here now.” As she turned the corner however she suddenly bumped straight into Brian.

Brian batted the crowbar and easily restrained Ashlei. The monster prepared to sink his fangs into Ashlei’s neck, but she was able to escape by punching her brother in his burn wounds, which threw him for a few seconds.

Ashlei quickly grabbed her crowbar and shoved it straight into her brothers forhead ramming him into a nearby wall. The Vampire however quickly threw Ashlei about ten feet across the room, after which it then pulled the crowbar out of it’s forhead.

Brian threw the crowbar at Ashlei, who only managed to just avoid it. Ashlei then picked the crowbar up and hit her brother over the hit with it, as he attacked her. She knocked Brian to the ground and repeatedly hit him over the head, smashing his brains in. The monster however simply got up, hissing and slabbering at its former sister. Knowing she’d never be able to fight him off or even hurt him, Ashlei quickly ran in the opposite direction.

The Circus Master tried to dig his talons deep into the grey Vampires arm, but it barely made a mark. The Vampire literally laughed at the Circus Masters attempts to hurt him, as did the other five Vampires who gathered round to laugh at the Circus Masters plight.

As all seemed lost, a blue light enveloped the large grey Vampire from behind and though it struggled, the light pulled it away off of the roof.

Another blue light blasted the 5 Vampires in front of the Circus Master backwards off of the roof. The Circus Master then looked up to see Denika hovering above the building.

“Denika! And here I was trying to rescue you!” The Circus Master laughed as he went for his hat.

Denika quickly scooped the Circus Master up with her magic as more Vampires began to crawl up the building.

The two flew over the village  encased in a magical bubble.

“Where are we going?” The Circus Master asked.

“Marcozia. I followed him and saw that freak retreat to the ruins of church. I could sense something in there. That’s where he’s keeping the book. We have to get there now. I think he’s going to turn someone else into a new Alpha.”

“Well we should go back for Carlene, Florence and Keptis” The Circus Master responded.

“No time I’m afraid, if we don’t move now some other poor soul will become one of those monsters.”

Back in the basement, Carlene had managed to get the drop on Malstrom just as he was about to crush the life out of Keptis like he had done to the young girl.

She jumped on the Vampires back and repeatedly hit him over the head with a piece of concrete that had come off the wall, ironically when Malstrom had slammed Carlene into it.

The Alpha threw Carlene off again, but this time she landed on her feet.

Malstorm roared in anger at Carlene and tried to impale her with one of his tentacles, but Carlene’s reflexes were too fast and she managed to keep dodging the monsters strikes. Carlene was able to trick the Alpha by landing in front of the cage where Florence was imprisoned. When the Alpha tried to impale her, Carlene quickly jumped to and clung to the ceiling causing the Alpha to hit the bars instead. The Alpha’s strength knocked the bars down instantly. Though Florence was also knocked down too, she quickly got up and picked up one of the bars which she used to hit Malstrom in the face.

Florence was overcome with such rage towards the Alpha that she caught him off guard, and as he tried to fight back, Carlene started to hit the monster from behind with another slab. Carlene went for the monsters legs, whilst Florence struck the monster in the head over and over.

Malstrom however managed to wrap one tentacle around the pole and pulled it from Florence’s hand and then smashed it into Carlene’s face before standing up to confront Florence.

Florence still didn’t give up and jumped at Malstrom, delivering a flurry of punches to the Vampires face, though it quickly overpowered Florence.

Malstrom grabbed Florence by the neck with one hand and lifted her up against the wall. Keptis however used his flaming saw to slice off the arm Malstrom was using to hold Florence up. Some of his blood splashed on Florence, giving her minor burns, but not enough to deter her.

Keptis struck his saw into Malstroms head, but he was still so weak from the burns he didn’t have any strength to sink it in deep, and Malstrom knocked the Martian to the ground. Florence however kicked the monster with both feet in the back, knocking him over and then pulled Ketpis’ saw from the monsters head which she then rammed into the Alpha’s neck. Malstrom tried to pull himself up, but Carlene using the pole, Malstrom had hit her with, impaled the monster to the ground.

Florence sawed the monsters head clean off. Even though its blood splashed onto her hands and burned them, Florence was so overcome with rage, she fought through the pain until she killed the monster.

“Hopefully you’ll stay dead this time.” Florence muttered bitterly as she started to feel the pain from her burns, whilst Carlene helped Keptis up. “I’m okay” he said somewhat proudly.

“Trust me, I lived on a planet full of those things out there. I’ve been through worse. Thank you anyway.”

“No, thank you” Florence said as she tossed the Martian’s saw back to him.

“We need to get back to the Circus Master, he’s alone up there.” Carlene said.

When the threesome made it back to the roof however they saw it was deserted.

“Hes gone? He wouldn’t leave us.” Florence said with worry.

“I can’t smell any Vandal blood here.” Carlene tried to reassure her.

Suddenly the horde below noticed the three time travellers on the roof and started to scale the building.

“We need to get out of here, now.” Keptis shouted as he powered up his flaming saw.

“We need to find their prisoners.” Florence responded.

“They keep humans to lock up as food for the new recruits”

“How are we supposed to find them?” Keptis replied.

“You forget, we’re Vampires, we could easily pick up the scent of any humans that are left” Carlene said.

Three Vampires, consisting of one Octopoid Vampire, and two yellow Vampires quickly emerged over the side of the building.

“We need to go now” Carlene said as she jumped onto another building, carrying Keptis with her.

The Circus Master and Denika meanwhile had reached the Church. Through the broken window, the two could see Marcozia holding the Book of Khastran itself that created each new breed of Vampire, with two young men and a young woman sat close by, tied up.”

“You make me laugh.” Marcozia said, mockingly to the young woman.

“We both know who you really are, yet here you’re pretending to be vulnerable and weak. Trust me. You’ll love being one of us.”

Denika fired a magical blast at the book, knocking it out of the Vampire’s hands and across the room.

“Not very smart, leaving yourself, one average Vampire to guard your book.” Denika taunted the former hunter before blasting an energy beam at the Marcozia.

The Vampire however managed to deflect Denika’s beam back at her and sent the witch flying backwards to the other end of the Church.

“I’m not an ordinary Vampire. I was once like you. I spent my whole life fighting the supernatural remember. I know how to deflect a simple magical blast like that.”

The Circus Master pulled a copper blade out of his hat. He knew Marcozia’s breed of Vampire and their weaknesses well. They weren’t among the strongest, but Marcozia seemed confident that he could beat The Circus Master even unarmed.

The Circus Master tried to slash Marcozia in the face, but the monster was too quick and kicked the knife out of the Vandals hand. With another kick he knocked his hat off of the Circus Masters head.

When the Circus Master tried to reach for his hat, Marcozia, grabbed the Vandal and flipped him over his shoulder.

The Circus Master jumped to his feet and unsheathed his claws. Every one of his strikes however missed Marcozia, who delivered several blows to the Circus Master’s face and stomach, before grabbing him by the neck and throwing the Vandal to the other end of the room, through some debris.

Before the Circus Master could pull himself up, Marcozia jumped on him from across the room, and pummelled his enemy into submission.

“Whether I’m a human or a Vampire, I still love killing Vandals.” The former hunter said as he lifted a stake.

To Be Continued

 

 

 

 

 

The Evil Dead vs Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Recently I’ve noticed some strong similarities between two of my favourite horror franchises, The Evil Dead and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I’d go as far as to say that they are more comparable to each other than to any other franchise in terms of style, tone and premise. In this article I am going to run through the vast similarities and the key differences between both franchises.

Overview of Both Series

The Evil Dead franchise began with a low budget independent horror movie, called Within the Woods, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss.

The film revolved around a group of twenty somethings stumbling upon an old cabin in the woods, built next to an Indian grave yard. The spirits from the grave however soon possess one of the group, Bruce (played by Campbell), who goes on to pick off the others one by one. Though Ellen (played by Sandweiss), Bruce’s girlfriend is able to slay Bruce, the ending of the film shows that the spirits have survived and leaves her fate open as one of her possessed friends advances on her from behind.

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The film proved to an unexpected success, after being shown as a b-movie before a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

A few years later in 1982, Raimi would produce a remake, titled The Evil Dead. The Evil Dead followed the same premise, but rather than being spirits from an Indian graveyard, the monsters were Demons from hell, summoned by a book called the Necronomicon.

Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss also played brother and sister rather than lovers, and switched roles, with Ellen’s character now being possessed by the Demons, and Bruce’s character, renamed Ash, being the final survivor.

The ending of Evil Dead similarly saw the last survivor, Ash, being attacked by the Demons after he believed he had banished them, leaving his fate open.

The film was a huge success, though it also proved to be extremely controversial due to its excessive gore, and was even banned in the United Kingdom.

A sequel would be produced in the late 80s, Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn.

The film has often been mistaken for a remake as it opens with Ash and his girlfriend Linda arriving at the cabin and reading from the book, with Linda being played by a new actress. However it is still intended to be a sequel. Raimi and Campbell had intended to open Evil Dead 2 with a recap of the first film, however they couldn’t get the rights as it was owned by a different company, so they were forced to reshoot a recap of the first film.

5 minutes into the second film, the Demons are shown to grab Ash just like the ending of the first Evil Dead. Everything from there on can be considered a sequel to the first film, (and would later be by the series Ash Vs Evil Dead.)

Evil Dead 2 sees the owner of the cabin Raymond Knowby’s daughter, Annie arrive at the house. Though initially believing Ash killed her parents, she later discovers the truth when her demon possessed mother Henrietta returns. Ash and Annie are able to send the Demons back to hell using the Necronomicon, though sadly Annie is killed before she can close the portal and Ash is also sucked through.

The ending reveals that the portal actually sent both the Demons and Ash to the medevil era.

Several years later another sequel would be released titled Army of Darkness which would see Ash battle the forces of the Necronomicon in the 12th century. At the end of the film Ash, after defeating the Demons is given a magic potion that will send him back to his home era.

From here there are two endings, the original intended ending from Sam Raimi, and the more family friendly ending for the theatrical cut.

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Theatrical ending.

Over the course of the next two decades Ash would return in various comic books and video games, including several crossover series which would see Ash encounter such characters as Xena the Warrior Princess,  Jason Vorhees, Freddy Krueger and even several Marvel superheroes.

There was also a remake of Evil Dead in 2013, featuring a new female hero. The remake though successful, was more of a serious horror movie like the original, than the later entries which tended to blend humour and horror.

Two years later in 2015, Bruce Campbell finally made a full return to the role in the series Ash vs Evil Dead. This series saw Ash come out of retirement (after accidentally unleashing the Deadites again) and be forced to work with two new Demon slayers, Kelly Maxwell (played by Dana Delorenzo), and Pablo (played by Ray Santiago). The series also expanded on the Demon lore, revealing who created the Necronimcon and introduced the character of Ruby, played by Lucy Lawless (best known for her role as Xena the Warrior Princess.)

Running for 3 series, Ash vs Evil Dead proved to be a huge critical success and brought even greater attention to the franchise. Sadly however after its conclusion in 2018, Bruce Campbell announced that he intended to retire the character of Ash, seemingly bringing an end to the franchise for good.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer originally began as a film in 1992, starring Kristy Swanson as Buffy. It’s premise revolved around one girl in every generation, known as the Slayer being granted the strength and power to hunt Vampires. The latest Slayer, Buffy Summers, is approached by Merrick, a member of an organisation known as the Watchers, to combat the ancient Vampire king Lothos (played by Rutger Hauer.)

Merrick is killed by Lothos, who later launches an attack on Buffy’s school. Ultimately however unlike all of the Slayers before her, Buffy is able to slay Lothos by going against the rules of the Watchers and doing things her own way.

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The Buffy movie was a moderate success, though Joss Whedon was reportedly unhappy with it, feeling that they toned down the horror aspects, and theme of female empowerment from his original script too much.

5 years later Whedon would revive the project as a series. The series, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy, was a loose sequel to the original film. It takes place several months later and shows Buffy moving to Sunnydale, desperate to move on with her life, only to be approached by another Watcher, Rupert Giles (played by Anthony Stewart Head.)

Buffy at first refuses to continue on as the slayer after the events of the first film, only to be forced into action when her new friends Willow (played by Alyson Hannigan) and Xander (played by Nicholas Brendon) are attacked by Vampires. Buffy later discovers that Sunnydale is built over a portal to a hell dimension which makes it a magnet for not only Vampires, but Demons, Werewolves, Witches and other supernatural creatures.

Buffy’s main adversary was initially The Master, an ancient Vampire king, buried below Sunnydale who sought to open the Hellmouth and allow the Demons trapped within to emerge back into our world and conquer humanity.

Over the course of the series Buffy would go on to battle various other monsters, such as Demons, Ghosts, Werewolves, Zombies, Witches, Gods, Robots and even Aliens from outer space! The core cast would also expand over the course of the series too.

Arguably the two most significant supporting character in the series, outside of Buffy’s original three friends, were Buffy’s two love interests, the Vampires, Angel and Spike (played by David Boreanaz and James Marsters.)

Angel was introduced in the shows first series initially as a mystery man who gave Buffy cryptic advice on Vampires. Part way through season 1 however Angel was revealed to be a Vampire, cursed with a human soul, and therefore capable of feeling remorse. Angel and Buffy would fall in love in season 2, though later that year Angel would lose his soul, reverting to the evil Angelus he had been before. Angelus would serve as the main antagonist for the shows second season. After gaining his soul back at the end of season 2, Angel would later gain his own spin off series, simply titled Angel that would run for 5 seasons and become a major and influential cult hit in its own right.

Spike meanwhile initially began as an enemy of Buffy’s in season two and would continue to recur as a villain until season 4 when he was kidnapped by The Initiative, an organisation devoted to tracking down and experimenting on supernatural creatures. The Initiative implanted a chip in Spike’s brain that caused him pain every time he attempted to hurt someone, but not Demons, resulting in him becoming an unlikely ally of Buffy’s.

In season 5 Spike falls in love with Buffy, which leads to a destructive and abusive relationship between the Vampire and the Slayer, culminating in Spike’s attempt to rape her in season 6. Following this Spike would later win himself a soul and find redemption by sacrificing himself in the season finale of Buffy, before being resurrected as a regular for the final season of Angel.

The series was initially conceived as a “High School is hell” metaphor, but later series would depict Buffy in college and as a young adulthood. Outside of her battles with the undead, the series also saw Buffy cope with everyday personal problems such as her mother dying and subsequently being forced to raise her little sister Dawn.

At the end of the series, Buffy, much like in the original film, goes against the Slayer rules, and has Willow (who over the course of the series becomes a powerful Witch) cast a massive spell which turns every potential Slayer into a Slayer.

Buffy finished in 2003 after 7 season, whilst Angel finished the following year in 2004. 3 years later however, both Buffy and Angel’s stories were continued via two comic book series which are still going as of the writing of this article.

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The official comic book continuation of Buffy and Angel which is said to be canon according to Buffy creator Joss Whedon. 

In 2018, Joss Whedon announced that he would be remaking Buffy, 15 years after the original finished its run. No details are known about the casting or plot at present.

Both Buffy and Evil Dead would go onto be very influential on subsequent horror films and television series, with the characters of Ash and Buffy being among the most iconic horror characters. Edgar Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead has cited Evil Dead 2 as one of his biggest influences, as has Eric Kripke, the creator of Supernatural, whilst the makers of both Charmed and the 21st century version of Doctor Who have both credited Buffy with inspiring and paving the way for them.

The stars of both franchises such as James Marsters, Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi and Eliza Dushku have also gone on to land major and leading roles in various other cult series and films as a result of both franchises popularity.

Evil Dead’s Influence on Buffy

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Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy and Angel is a fan of the Evil Dead franchise, having cited it as a big influence.

There have even been a few direct references to Evil Dead in Buffy, such as the First Evil shouting “DEAD BY SUNRISE!” in an homage to “DEAD BY DAWN” the tagline of Evil Dead 2, and a phrase that is frequently shouted by the Demons of the series. In the episode Crush, Xander also refers to Spike as “The Evil Dead.”

Whedon’s later horror movie, Cabin in the Woods followed the same basic premise as Evil Dead, a group of twenty somethings become lost in a cabin in the woods, and after reading from a book, end up unleashing ancient Lovecraftian Demons into the world. There is even a reference to the Deadites, the main villains from the Evil Dead franchise too.

With this in mind it is likely that at least some of the similarities between both franchises were intentional. There’s nothing wrong with this. All works of fiction take from others (including Evil Dead which borrowed from everything from The Three Stooges to HP Lovecraft.) Nothing is truly original, but still I think its fair to say that the Evil Dead in many ways was a predecessor to Buffy.

Interestingly enough however Bruce Campbell is a huge Buffy fan and has included a few references to it in his work too. In My Name is Bruce, Campbell’s fictionalized version of himself, who is called in to fight a Demon by one of his fans, says after the Demon is seemingly slain,  “next time there is a Demon, call that Buffy chick.”

Finally the season 2 episode of Ash vs Evil Dead called Delusion, where a Demon attempts to trick Ash into believing that the supernatural are all figments of his imagination, was inspired by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, Normal Again, which featured a similar plot.

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Similarities

Both Revolve Around A Reluctant Chosen One

Both Evil Dead and Buffy revolve around a hero who is chosen by the forces of good to fight Demons and monsters. Both are even regularly referred to as the chosen one.

Ironically however in both cases the chosen one is, on the surface at least; not anybody’s ideal idea of a hero and is extremely reluctant to be a hero too.

Ash is shallow, lazy, unmotivated, arrogant, egocentric, and at times, somewhat lecherous.

Buffy meanwhile though not nearly as unsympathetic or unlikable as Ash, is still, in the original movie at least, initially shown to be quite shallow, spoiled and vapid.

Both Buffy and Ash regularly quit being the chosen one for long periods at a time, such as at the end of season 1 of Ash vs Evil Dead, and the end of season 2 of Buffy. It would be unthinkable for another Vampire hunter character like Blade or Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing to quit.

Both Buffy and Ash also regularly screw things up, such as when Ash says the wrong words to release the Necronomicon in Army of Darkness, or when Buffy leads dozens of young girls to their deaths at the hands of Caleb.

Both are even responsible for unleashing a lot of the monsters they face. Ash unleashes the Demons in season 1 of Ash vs Evil Dead when he reads from the book to try and impress a girl, (whilst he’s stoned.) Buffy meanwhile is responsible for letting the Master go free in Prophecy Girl when she blunders head first into his base, whilst in season 2, Buffy also inadvertently causes Angel to lose his soul. To be fair to Buffy in regards to Angelus, unlike Ash’s many screw ups, she had absolutely no idea that Angel would lose his soul. Still to have the hero be responsible for letting the villain be free in anyway is again not something that you could imagine with most other heroes.

Buffy and Ash’s flaws do sometimes make them come over as unsympathetic and selfish, but at other times they can make both characters seem more human, which is why both have such an enduring popularity.

Who wouldn’t react the way Buffy and Ash do a lot of the time? Imagine being told that you will have to spend the rest of your life fighting the most hideous, evil, bloodthirsty monsters, that you’ll never be able to have a family, or any kind of normal life again, and that the rest of your life will probably be very short. You’d have a right to be pissed off and ask why does all of this have to fall on your shoulders.

Unlike Blade or Peter Cushing who make it a mission to hunt the forces of darkness, Ash and Buffy are thrown into it unprepared.

Buffy and Ash in both cases later gather together a group of misfits, and unconventional heroes to help them battle the paranormal, the Ghost Beaters in Ash’s case, and the Scooby Gang in Buffy’s.

Buffy and Ash’s unconventional status as heroes is regularly used as a source of comedy and tragedy in both series, which leads to my next point.

They Both Mix Horror and Comedy

Evil Dead and Buffy are not the only examples of the horror and comedy genres being merged together.

However I think its fair to say that they represent arguably the most extreme examples. Most other horror comedies tend to settle on being largely one over the other.

Scary Movie for instance is totally a comedy with a horror movie setting, whilst An American Werewolf in London might have humorous, and witty moments, but is still largely a horror movie.

With Buffy and Evil Dead however the comedy is so severe that it is more or less a complete parody, whilst the horror in both franchises represent some of the most extreme and gruesome in the history of the genre in either film or television.

The jump from comedy to horror is so large as you can see from the two clips above, that if you were to watch both clips in isolation you probably wouldn’t believe they were from the same show!

Both Buffy and Evil Dead are able to merge both genres together so well because they make everything so extreme. The monsters are so over the top, even just in terms of appearance that the viewers are able to accept the horror and comedy being so over the top as a result.

Buffy Vampires vs The Deadites

The main villains of both franchises possess many strong similarities with one another in the following ways.

Origins

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The gigantic, Lovecraftian, tentacled creators of the Vampires and the Deadites.

In both the Buffy and Evil Dead mythology, gigantic god like Demons were said to have ruled the earth many thousands of years before recorded history began. They made the earth a hell dimension before being banished to another dimension, allowing the age of man to begin.

In Evil Dead’s case these Demons were referred to as the Dark Ones, whilst in Buffy they were referred to as the Old Ones. Both are based on the Old Ones from HP Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythos.

The Dark Ones were banished by one of their own, Ruby, through a book called the Necronomicon, which she hoped to use to control them. Ruby however was later stripped of her powers. In Buffy it is not known who banished the Old Ones, but the Demons were cast through a portal to hell, located beneath Sunnydale (which is referred to as the Hellmouth.)

The Vampires and the Deadites meanwhile are lesser creatures created by the Dark Ones/Old Ones to help them escape. The Deadites are released through the Necronomicon, and their goal in all three films, and the tv series, is to use the book to release the Dark Ones to overthrow humanity and bring hell on earth.

In Buffy meanwhile the Vampires were created when one of the Old Ones fed on a human and infected him, turning him into a Demon/human hybrid. He then went on to infect another and another, creating the Vampire race. Thus Vampires main aim in Buffy is similar to the Deadites, as they hope to open the Hellmouth and release the Old Ones to overthrow humanity and bring about hell on earth.

They’re Both Demon/Human Hybrids

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The Deadites and the Vampires are not people at all. They are Demons who inhabit the corpses of humans. They absorb the memories of the human bodies they take over, and even some negative personality traits, but they are not the people whose bodies they take over in the slightest. In some cases they even refer to their predecessors in the third person.

In both franchises we see a few instances of the Demon inside of Deadites and Vampires outside of a human body and it is depicted as nothing more than a savage animal. Therefore the entire Vampire or Deadites personality comes from the memories of the host it takes over. The Demon that possesses Deadites is referred to as a Kandarian Demon, whilst the Demon that possesses Vampires is referred to as a Van-Tal.

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The Van-Tal Demon left, and the Kandarian Demon right, without human bodies to inhabit. Vampires and Deadites only refer to the combination of these Demons in a human body.

Both Demons will often use their hosts memories to trick and torment their loved ones.

Examples of this include in Evil Dead 2 where the Demonic version of Henrietta attempts to trick her daughter Annie into releasing her by singing a lullaby the real Henrietta used to sing to Annie when she was a littler girl, or in Ash Vs Evil Dead when Kelly’s mom is possessed and the Demon uses her memories to repeatedly torment Kelly.

First the Demon lets Kelly think her mother is alive, (after she was killed in a freak accident 6 months earlier.) It lies to Kelly and claims that she was injured and suffered amnesia for 6 months, before it murders her father. Even after killing her father however, the Demon manages to trick Kelly again, making Kelly believe that her mother is merely possessed and that she can fight it with Kelly’s help. Worst of all the Demon later lies to Kelly that her mother wasn’t killed in an accident, but that she in fact killed herself to escape her failure of a daughter!

Spike’s mother similarly after she is turned into a Vampire enjoys tormenting her son, by claiming that she never loved him, always regarded him as a failure, and worse that she had a sexual attraction to him!

In both cases we know that neither Spike nor Kelly’s mother viewed their children that way, but from Spike and Kelly’s point of view, there would always be a tiny grain of doubt, as ultimately the Demon has access to their memories and inner thoughts. This tiny grain of doubt is shown to torment Spike and Kelly for practically the rest of their lives.

At the same time however whilst the Demons are able to use their hosts memories to torment or trick people, ironically there are some instances where their hosts memories can affect them to some extent too. The Demons can even end up having a fleeting affection for their hosts loved ones.

Examples of this include the Demonic version of Henrietta who is shown to become visibly moved when the real Henrietta’s daughter Annie sings, (ironically the lullaby the Demon had attempted to trick Annie with earlier) purely due to Henrietta’s memories, which ultimately allows Ash enough time to slay the beast.

Similarly in Buffy both Spike and Drusilla, even as Vampires still love their parents. Spike even goes as far as to turn his mother into a Vampire, whilst Drusilla later takes a pleasure in torturing Angel as revenge for killing her loved ones, despite the fact that they weren’t actually her loved ones. She is a Demon, merely inhabiting the corpse of the young woman, whose actual loved ones Angelus killed, but once again the hosts memories are enough to trick Drusilla into caring about their deaths, just like Henrietta and Annie.

Whilst not humans, the Deadites and the Vampires do draw a fine line between Demon and human, and explore the idea of our memories really defining who we are more than anything  else, to the point where an evil Demon from hell, can still feel affection and love, simply due to inheriting our memories.

They Are Both Completely Evil

The Buffy Vampires and Deadites are both evil, sadistic monsters who enjoy not only killing, but torturing their victims. Despite the very rare, fleeting moments of affection from some Demons and Vampires. There are virtually no shades of grey to either.

They are all colossal perverts who frequently sexually abuse their victims too, or are at least shown to derive a perverse pleasure from torture.

Examples of this include Angelus who was shown to frequently rape his female victims, Marcus a Vampire who enjoyed torturing, raping and killing children, and even Spike who mentioned doing horrible things to girls Dawn’s age.

In the Evil Dead meanwhile Ruby’s Demon children similarly mention a desire to gang rape Kelly, whilst another female Deadite tears a man’s penis off whilst giving him a blow job. Then there is the notorious tree rape scene from the first Evil Dead.

With this in mind, coupled with the fact that they aren’t people at all, just Demons inhabiting, and therefore really desecrating human corpses. There is absolutely no moral ambiguity in killing Deadites or Vampires at all. The main heroes, Buffy and Ash can kill them in the most gruesome and over the top ways, and not once does any other character, or the viewers question if they are doing the right thing. If anything its extremely satisfying watching the Vampires and the Deadites suffer the most gruesome deaths.

In both cases however they’re both such perverts that they often enjoy being beaten up and tortured to an extent.

The Vampires and the Deadites ridiculous cruelty is often what allows both Buffy and Evil Dead to frequently switch between such overt comedy and such visceral horror. Sometimes their cruelty can be used in a more petty, comical way, with the Vampires and the Deadites being portrayed as homicidal trolls, or just jerks, whilst in other instances they can be portrayed as horrifying, sexual predators.

They Both Look Similar

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Vampires and Deadites can appear human, but when they attack they revert to their true Demon form. Their Demon forms look somewhat similar. They both have large, bumpy foreheads, yellow eyes (in some cases) slightly paler skin, and sharp teeth.

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Joss Whedon himself even said that he preferred the more overt Vampire make up for the creatures in the earlier seasons, because it reminded him of the creatures in old horror films like Evil Dead.

Finally as if those similarities weren’t enough, both the Deadites and the Buffy Vampires main enemies are a reluctant hero, who is picked by the forces of good to do battle against them, and is referred to as The Chosen One.

They Both Span Multiple Mediums

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Buffy and Evil Dead have had a greater success across several different mediums than most other horror franchises.

Big tv hits like Supernatural, Charmed, Being Human, Hex etc, have not crossed over into film or comic books or video games as frequently as Evil Dead and Buffy. Charmed did produce a sequel comic book series, but only one very basic mobile video game and never (to date) a film. Similarly many horror film franchises like Alien, Halloween, and Friday the 13th have not crossed over into television, whilst those who have such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream have not crossed over into the video game medium with as much success.

Meanwhile I think its safe to say that not many horror franchises have spawned musicals!

Its even more incredible when you consider that Buffy and Evil Dead have largely been produced by the same people over the decades. The 92 movie may have deviated from Joss’ original idea, but it was still his script.

There are many reasons as to why these two franchises have been able to cross over across so many different mediums more than others.

The fact that they lend themselves to parody more than other franchises is what allowed both to have musical instalments.

At the same time the fact that they do treat their horror seriously, and are even willing to go the extra mile in terms of gore and visceral content (up to and including showing people be skinned alive on screen!) Means that both can just as easily be adapted into terrifying, shocking horror movies too.

Finally the fact that both have such wide universes and mythology, allows them to be adapted as television series, comic books and video games. The fact that they both star such dynamic and over the top action heroes also makes them both a natural fit for video games and comic books too. Even Supernatural and Charmed though having a wide enough universe, both of their leading heroes are more toned down compared to Buffy and Ash. Sam and Dean are ordinary humans (most of the time) who have to rely on spells, and weapons and don’t tend to do as much over the top physical fighting as Buffy, whilst similarly, the Charmed Ones tend to rely on spells and potions to destroy Demons.

Buffy meanwhile has super strength, stabs her enemies, cuts their heads off,  and burns and beats them to death. Ash similarly has a chainsaw hand, hacks his enemies to pieces and gets involved in the most over the top surreal fights scenes.

You can see how both characters could easily translate into the comic books and video game mediums.

Conclusion

As you can see there are a number of similarities between Buffy and Evil Dead. Both feature more human, flawed, reluctant heroes, both merge extreme horror and comedy together, and both feature main antagonists who are the lesser minions of Lovecraftian Demon Gods, whose main goal is to free their masters and cause as much havoc as possible.

Finally due to their larger than life nature and dynamic, action leads, both have been able to conquer just about every medium.

The key difference between the two franchises is that The Evil Dead is aimed more at guys, whilst Buffy the Vampire Slayer is aimed more at women.

Both franchises are hugely popular among both genders, and there are plenty of strong, heroic and villainous roles for both genders in both franchises.

However that said I do think that Evil Dead is aimed primarily more at men simply because it is more of an action series. It focuses solely on the horror, the gore, the monsters. There is some romance in it, but its usually very fleeting. Most of Ash’s love interests are either killed such as Linda and Amanda, or forgotten about. Similarly Kelly and Pablo’s will they, won’t they romance, is largely in the background throughout most of the series.

Buffy meanwhile, whilst having a healthy dose of action and horror too, tends to focus a lot more on the soap opera elements than Evil Dead. We see more of her home life, and later seasons, such as most notably season 6 focus almost entirely on Buffy’s love life, as well as the love lives of her friends like Xander and Willow, with the monsters being pushed into the background.

I’m not saying that you don’t get plenty of women who love horror and gore and action, and plenty of men who enjoy romance stories, but overall I think its fair to say that women tend to enjoy romance more, whilst men tend to enjoy action more.

Buffy and Evil Dead are similar to this respect in Supernatural and Charmed, in that Supernatural and Charmed also represent a similar idea told from a different genders perspective.

With this in mind, and considering the good will there is between the makers of both franchises, I’m amazed that there has never been a crossover between Buffy and The Evil Dead.

Ash has crossed over with Xena, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street, but none of them in my opinion are as good a fit as Buffy would be.

I’d love to see a story where the Deadites posses Willow and make her start skinning people at random, like she did to Warren.

Deadite Willow would be the most horrifying villain in either franchise!

The Deadites could easily exist in Buffy’s universe, and the Buffy Demons could easily exist in Evil Dead’s. We know that there are hundreds of species of Demons in both franchises.

Furthermore as the lore is so similar, then they could easily fit together, unlike say Buffy and Supernatural, which has a totally different origin for Demons and Vampires.

If anything Evil Dead could explain who banished the Old Ones in Buffy. We never found out who did banish the Old Ones in Buffy? Maybe it was Ruby, who banished the Demons she couldn’t control through the hellmouth, and the ones she did hope to control into the Necronomicon. The Dark Ones and the Old Ones could easily be the same creatures. They more or less are. All you’d have to explain would be that some people call them the Old Ones, and others call them the Dark Ones.

Maybe with this in mind the Vampires and the Deadites are cousin races. Both created by the Dark/Old Ones, to free them from hell?

Whilst it will never happen in live action, I’d love to see a comic series that brings Evil Dead and Buffy together, and sees the Ghost Beaters and the Scoobies team up to take on some ancient Vampires and Deadites who plan to free the Old/Dark Ones from hell.

Thanks for reading.

 

Delays

Sorry to announce but Doctor Who, Professor Fang and The Circus Master will all be delayed for the next week. This last week has been quite a busy one and I didn’t have as much time to get all three stories finished. Still they’ll be back next week at the usual times.

See you next week.

Professor Fang: The Demon Within: Part 1: Men and Monsters

 

“Please don’t leave me” the soldier begged as he struggled to lift himself up his injuries were so severe.

“We were told to face our deaths with dignity. You bring shame to our master” said a fellow soldier who had known his injured comrade for virtually his entire life, as he left him to bleed to death.

The winged abominations had butchered the two soldiers entire team. The two men were now completely surrounded. The soldier who had left his injured, former friend was aware of how grim the situation was, and wanted to take as many of the monsters down as he could with his last breath.

“Over here, come on you freaks!” he shouted at the top of his lungs.

“What are you doing?” the injured man spluttered out.

“Going out in a way our master would be proud” the other soldier said as he lifted out a small bomb, powerful enough to take out several of the creatures.

“COME ON!” he shouted at three of the winged beasts who descended slowly towards him.

The Demons wingspans were all over 30 feet long, whilst their bodies were all over 8 feet. Their skin was red and slimy, whilst their arms were far longer than their legs, and each of the 4 beasts had a long, forked tail. Each of their faces meanwhile had 4 green eyes, no nose and a massive mouth filled with razor sharp teeth.

The lead Demon made a move towards the soldier who instantly raised his weapon and started to activate it. Whilst he was distracted however another one of the Demons from the side managed to whip the bomb out of his hand with its tail.

As the soldier tried to reach for the weapon, the Demon from the back pinned him to the ground, whilst the centre Demon flew towards the bomb, picked it up and threw it using its super strength several miles away before it exploded.

Now completely helpless the soldier understood his comrade’s terror, but still tried to keep his cool as the monsters tore into him. The wounded soldier meanwhile who watched the gruesome sight from a short distance, pulled his gun out and said “May the Master forgive me!” before shooting himself to avoid the same fate.

Kirsteen had spent the last few hours sitting alone in the living quarters of Professor Fang’s vessel. Lindsey had attempted to comfort her, but Kirsteen seemingly just wanted to be alone.

“I’ve never needed a drink more than today.” She thought to herself. “Vampires, Zombies, Demons. I just hope they both take me home.” Even though Kirsteen didn’t have anything waiting for her back in England, she knew she wanted out of this insane place as fast as possible. She had been working up the courage to try and ask the Professor for the last few hours to take her back. She didn’t like the Professor. She thought he was creepy and nasty, but she was really scared that he wasn’t going to take her back. She had a feeling that she would have stay here.

The Professor meanwhile was searching through the library or rather what was left of it. Absolutely nothing had survived.

“I’m sorry Lindsey. That blasted Demon has destroyed everything. I forgot how petty Demons can be.” The Professor said bitterly.

Lindsey was absolutely devastated. She had spent years building up her collection. It included the final copies of some classic works that had been lost in wars, migration to other worlds, and alien invasions. Lindsey felt tremendous guilt for not making more copies while she had the time, or making them public to various civilisations and colonies. Lindsey felt she had deprived future generations of classic literature, and in many ways she had.

“That damn Demon, I hope he suffered.” Lindsey spat out, almost in tears as she held the charred pages of one of her favourite books in her hands. She could still make out a tiny part of the title on the cover, but other than that it was burnt to a crisp.

Kirsteen heard Lindsey’s crying from down the corridor and went to comfort her.

“I’m sorry. Who was it” Kirsteen said assuming that Lindsey and the Professor has lost someone to the Demon.

“My collection. That monster burned it all. I’d spent years building it up, that thing destroyed it. So much great literature, art, music now gone forever, and its my fault.”

“Are you serious” Kirsteen said in anger. “All of those innocent people were torn to shreds by those monsters. That young girl Alice, she told me about her mother Noella when you locked us up in that room. She told me how she couldn’t bare the thought of Noella losing her only daughter, and never knowing what happened to her. Now that’s happened, only its worse. Alice’s mother will be waiting for the rest of her life to find out what happened to her and she’ll never know, and you’re whining about some fucking books! You’re partly responsible! Feel guilty for that.”

“Well” the Professor interjected. “Having listened to some of your music Miss Williamson, it doesn’t surprise me that you have no appreciation for great art.”

“Now you listen to me you creepy old bastard.” Kirsteen replied before Lindsey tried to break them up.

“Okay calm down the pair of you. Of course we regret what happened Kirsteen. We did all we could to save those people and if wasn’t for us, you’d be dead. You could show a little gratitude.”

“You’re right, I’m, I’m sorry. Its just I, I don’t belong here” Kirsteen replied. “Please just send me home where I can get pissed enough into thinking this was all just some fucked up dream.”

“Well now seems like as good a time as any to tell you miss Williamson.” The Professor said in a somewhat more soft tone than usual.

“I’m afraid that you can’t go home.”

“What do you mean?”

“According to the history books, when that ship abducted you, you were never found. It has to stay that way.”

“I don’t understand.”

The Professor sighed which greatly irritated Kirsteen.

“You can’t change history. You make history. For instance if you were to travel backwards in time and stop a great war from happening, then you’d create a time paradox. A paradox eats away at the universe, traps people, planets, races to relive the same moments over and over again. The universe will send creatures known as the Guardians to capture the person responsible and seal them away in an abyss forever, never ageing never dying. If we were to take you back they would come for all three of us. Since we haven’t exactly got off on the best foot Miss Williamson, I don’t think an eternity together would be desirable.”

“I don’t understand though, didn’t you change history by saving me? If I’m supposed to have died on that godforsaken ship.”

“I never said died, just that you didn’t get home. I’m sorry Kirsteen but you absolutely can not go home.”

“What if you bring me back in secret and I go into hiding.”

“No I’m afraid not. There’s still a risk. We have two options. Either we find you another time and place to live. The ship will monitor if you can be slotted in there without interfering. That could take years however, if we even find you a place. Or you’ll just have to stay with us.”

Those words filled Kirsteen with horror.

“You’re joking. Surely you’re joking!”

“I’m not thrilled about this either Miss Williamson, but I don’t see any other choices.”

“I am not staying on this ship, not another minute.”

Suddenly the ship came to a halt.

“Ah we’ve landed somewhere. Come on.” The Professor said almost ignoring Kirsteen’s pleas. Kirsteen turned to Lindsey.

“Please I know you’re not like him, you have to tell him that I don’t belong here.”

Lindsey paused for a minute. “I’m sorry Kirsteen, its”

“I don”t want to hear some time travel bullshit. I want you to take me home.”

“I can’t” Lindsey said firmly. Kirsteen still didn’t accept it and followed the Professor down the hall.

The Professor was preparing to use magic to teleport to whatever world they had landed near below. The planet was not in the ships memory banks.

“I do so love visiting a new world for the first time.” The Professor chuckled.

“Excuse me” Kirsteen shouted much to the Professor annoyance.

“We hadn’t finished talking.”

“We had. Well at least anything of any relevance. I am sorry Miss Williamson I really am. Believe you me if I could I would take you back home in an instant. I can’t, its as simple as that. Maybe we can find somewhere nice and peaceful for you to live. Until then you’re stuck here with us.”

Kirsteen knew deep down that he was right, but she didn’t want to believe it yet.

“Why don’t you come with us in exploring this new planet.”

“What” Lindsey said in shock?

“You want her to go exploring some alien world? She’s just a pop singer?”

“Hey I helped you against those Zombies” Kirsteen protested.

“Yes I know, I just meant that its not fair to put someone untrained and inexperienced through this kind of mission.”

“How is she ever going to learn otherwise? Its like I said, she could be with us for a long time. We might never find a world she is supposed to settle on? You want her just to cooped up in this ship all the time. That’d drive anyone mad. Even more so now that our collection is gone.”

“I want to go down”. Kirsteen said, much to Lindsey’s surprise.

“You’re not getting rid of me, at any point until you take me home.” The Professor rolled his eyes in response. “Also” she continued. “If anything happens to the pair of you I want to know. I don’t just want to be left rotting on this ship for the rest of my life.”

The Professor smiled. “Smart woman. Trust me you’ll get used to this in time.” The Vampire said as he prepared the spell that would send them to this new unidentified world. The magic that brought them there would make sure that they could breath, regardless of the atmosphere.

Before Kirsteen could even prepare for the magic to work, in a flash she found herself on a strange new alien world.

The landscape ahead was dark and seemingly barren. There was nothing but scorched rocks ahead.

“Not quite what I was hoping for, for our new recruits first planet.” The Professor said with a hint of regret.

“I’m not a recruit” Kirsteen snapped, with the Professor once again ignoring her as went on to explore ahead.

“Remember Miss Williamson, we can only teleport back up on the exact location we arrived in. You’ll always be able to sense where it is regardless.” The Professor said as he ran ahead

“How do you put up with him.” Kirsteen said.

“Well he has his good points. For a Vampire he’s quite charming.”

“Well I’m sure he is” Kirsteen said sarcastically. “Still. How did you end up with him? You seem somewhat normal.”

“It was a long time ago. He was there for me when I needed someone. Fighting monsters, saving people, I was doing that long before I met the Professor.”

“How Long?”

“Before my son was born”

Kirsteen felt she shouldn’t push it any further after that revelation.

The Professor meanwhile had climbed up a nearby hill to get a better look at the landscape. To his shock he could see scores and scores of dead bodies littered ahead on a massive field. “Looks like we’ve landed in the middle of a bloody war” the Professor thought to himself.

As he looked round to let the two women know what he had seen, the Professor saw a giantic winged Demon hovering above Lindsey and Kirsteen, who were completely unaware.

Before he could shout out to them, the creature quickly swooped in and landed on Lindsey, grabbing her in its massive claws.

To Be Continued

 

 

 

 

Doctor Who: The New Universe: Part 6

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Dana prepared for the worst as the two monsters moved in for the kill. Suddenly however she heard a shot and as she looked up, she saw the phasing monster standing there with a smoking hole in its chest.

The beast collapsed to the ground dead. Dana looked ahead to see another member of Excelios’ species standing at the tunnel on the other end of the room. It was a female, who looked as though she’d been through quite a few scrapes in her time.

The female alien quickly ran to Dana and tried to help her up. Unfortunately the giant above started to poke its hand through the crack in the ceiling, and tried to grab the female who quickly fired another shot into the giants eye, which made it retreat for a few seconds in pain.

The female managed to help Dana up and the two ladies quickly ran down the tunnel, dodging the hand as it descended from ceiling again.

“I’m sorry I was too late to save your friend” the female alien said as the two ladies caught their breath at the other end of the tunnel.

“Poor Reosa. Those things took everything from her.” Dana said bitterly.

“They’ve taken everything from me too. A few minutes ago, I saw the man who had raised me, made me the person I am today, more or less kill himself because he felt it was pointless to go on any longer against those monsters.”

“I’m so sorry.”

“Don’t be. He’s free now. The two of us? We’re trapped down here with hundreds of those things, and there’s only one charge left in the gun. If they corner us I’ll let you use it. I vowed not to take the easy way out.”

“Well thank you” Dana said, not sure if she meant it.

“I don’t intend to have to use it” Dana continued. “There’s a friend of mine down here, who might have a plan for stopping those things, but we have to get to him first.”

Suddenly the tunnel began to shake, and the giants roar came bellowing down the caves.

“Its back. It can smell us, we need to go now.” The female Alien said.

“Wait tell me your name first, I want to at least know who I owe my life too.”

“Its Mirash, and you?”

“Dana, now you’re right lets get out of here and try and find the Doctor. He should be at the generator.”

“The generator? There were hundreds of those things down there?”

“Not anymore the Doctor.”

The room began to shake again.

“I’ll explain on the way.”

The Doctor was deep in the lower levels of the caves. Just like Dana he had come across the slaughtered remains of several more Mihia’s.

“I’m so sorry Excelios” the Doctor said over the communicator.”

“I did not expect any of them to have survived. I prepared myself for this.”

The Doctor had followed Excleios’ directions through the caves to the main power source, but the Time Lord had had some difficulty following them. He had never had a good sense of direction to be fair. To the Doctor each little gloomy tunnel looked the same. He must have got lost about 3 times.

Suddenly the Doctor heard a rumbling sound coming from above as though something huge was coming.

“Excelios is the giant still eh… indisposed?”

“Yes Doctor, I can see still him on the monitor. There must be another one.”

“Another one, what the hell do you mean?”

“I don’t know. Normally they only send one of them on missions. One is all they normally need.” Excelios said.

“Considering this is the most important mission they’ve ever been on, they may have sent more than one.” He continued.

“Well how many do you think they sent?” The Doctor said somewhat panicing.

“I don’t know. Maybe only two, maybe. You need to hurry Doctor now.”

The rumbling sound grew larger and the tunnel began to shake violently. The Doctor ran down the long tunnel, following Excelios’ instructions. Just as the Doctor was about to reach the main room with the generator, a large hand came crashing through the roof of the tunnel. The Doctor only barely managed to get out of its way.

“It’s here, tell them you’ll fry its leader if the spare giant eats me.” The Doctor said as he backed away from the giant clawed hand.

“Hello can you hear me? We know what you’re up to. Your spare giant failed. Call it off or I’ll kill your leader.” Excelios barked through the speaker.

“We do not command the giants. They command us. We would rather it backed off so as to spare our king, but if another giant doesn’t care then we cannot stop him” the leader of the Hylerax responded.

“Doctor, I’m afraid it doesn’t care if we kill the other giant. I’m not surprise there’s not any honour among those brutes. You’ll have to get out of there now!”

“I can’t. Billions of worlds are at stake” The Doctor replied as he struggled to think of a plan.

The giants hand swung towards the Doctor who barely managed to dodge it and quickly ran towards the generator.  The whole room began to shake. The monster was breaking its way in from above, and the Doctor was trapped! Still the Doctor kept a level head and quickly headed over to the control panel.

“Come on, come on” the Doctor said in frustration as he operated the machine. The roof soon caved in completely , and the monsters hand began to reach down towards the Time Lord.

The Doctor however managed to fire a large bolt of blue lightening from the long strip of energy in the middle of the cave against the giant. The creature let out a scream that echoed through all of the caves. Within a matter of seconds the monsters flesh sizzled and boiled and began to drip off of its bones before its lifeless carcass dropped to the ground, causing a small quake in the process which knocked the Doctor off his feet.

“Doctor, Doctor? Come in?” Excelios shouted frantically.

“Its okay, I’m fine. The giant tried to get me, but I was able to sciphon off just a tiny bit of the power from the compacted sun at the beast. It was risky, but I managed it. Even a brute that size couldn’t withstand the power of a sun.”

“Well done Doctor, I didn’t think it was possible to take down one of those monsters.”

“Well don’t thank me yet, It’ll probably take me twice as long to get the forcefield up now that I had to mess with the energy supply.”

Mirash and Dana had heard the giants screams and quickly headed to the main generator. They had been going there anyway, but they had tread carefully so as not to attract any monsters. but Mirash was now eager to find out what could have harmed the giant.

When the two ladies arrived at the generator they saw the giants hand slumped from the roof by the blue strip, its sizzling, burnt flesh slowly dripping from its arm.

“Dana, I can’t tell you how happy I am to see you.” The Doctor said as he worked on the machine. “Reosa where is she?”

“I’m sorry Doctor. She died trying to save me.” Dana said.

“Poor woman. Hopefully I can get this ready in time to stop those monsters from hurting anyone else.”

“What are you doing with this, what the hell is it” Dana asked.

“The power to another universe Dana. The scientists of this facility, they created another entire universe up stairs. Its no bigger than a couch from our perspective, but from the inside, its just as big as ours. These creatures that are attacking us, they’re from that universe. They took it over and now they want ours. If I can’t find a way to block them, they’ll invade billions of worlds across this universe.”

“I believe you come from their universe young lady” the Doctor said to Mirash.

“How do you know this?” Mirash asked.

“I met a friend of yours, Excelios. He told me everything about your people. I’m sorry I can’t help them now, but hopefully if I get this barrier around their reality, then it will buy us time to help them.”

The Doctor tossed his communicator to Mirash.

“Excelios, can you hear me.”

“Mirash! I can’t believe it, I didn’t think any more of us could have survived.”

“I’m the last one. Those monsters, they killed us all.” She paused for a minute to let Excelios take it in.

“Your friend here seems confident he can stop those monsters.”

The Doctor interrupted.

“I just said I was our best bet. I never said how good a bet that was.”

Suddenly Excelios noticed something on the monitor. The second giant had begun to wake. As it hoisted itself up, the Hylerax approached it and said.

“Please master don’t move. The scientists have a bomb rigged up behind you. It will explode if you try to move. The giant looked around at the machine for a few seconds before smacking the Hylerax across the room.”

“Morons!” It shouted before smashing the machine to bits. “This worthless piece of tech is burnt out. Any idiot can see that. All of you find that meddling scientist.” It screamed.

Excelios looked on in horror as all of the monsters on every floor headed towards the caves.

“The giant’s woken up, it knows we were lying Mirash, they are all headed your way, get out of there now.”

“We have to go, every monster in the facility is headed down here.” Mirash said.

“I can’t, I just need a few more minutes.” The Doctor said as he frantically worked at the controls.

“Doctor you heard her those things” Dana said in shock.

“I know, I know but if we leave now, they’ll get us wherever we go.”

Suddenly the Doctor, Dana and Mirash heard the sound of screaming coming from down the tunnel. Dana and Mirash moved slowly towards the tunnel whilst the Doctor worked on the machine.

“Remember I have one shot left” Mirash said.

Just then three of the large blue creatures came charging down the tunnel. Thinking quickly, Dana grabbed Mirash’s gun and shot at the ceiling just in front. She could see it was weak and crumbling after the giant had collapsed on it. The entire structure caved in and even buried two of the monsters, whilst blocking the others off.

Dana breathed a sigh of relief, but three of the phasing monsters soon emerged through the rubble.

“Oh right I forgot they could do that.”

The monsters attacked both Dana and Mirash who tried to fight them, but unfortunately every time they tried to land a blow the beasts simply phased through each of their attacks. The monsters in turn managed to land several slashes against the two women, including a deep one in Dana’s stomach that knocked her off of her feet. Two of monsters grabbed Dana by either arm and started to pull, whilst Mirash tried to help Dana, the other phasing monster was able to grab Mirash in a head lock from behind and tried to snap her neck.

“Stop” the Doctor shouted.

“Okay, I surrender.” The Doctor said as he walked slowly away from the control panel with his hands up.

The phasing beasts dropped the two women to the ground and approached the Doctor.

“You two, check the machine see if he’s tampered with it” the leader of the three shouted whilst grabbing the Doctor’s neck.

They obliged, but as soon as they touched the panel they both burned into nothing. The Doctor seized his chance and pushed the head phasing monster a few feet into the blue light before it could react. The monster was instantly vaporised it into nothing.

“What did you do” Dana said as she got up, despite the pain.

Suddenly the door behind the monitor broke down and one of the armoured monsters with a long tail came crawling through.

“No time for that now” the Doctor said as he climbed up the dead giant’s arm, with the other two women following him.

They managed to make it into the cavern above where the giant’s corpse lay. Most of its flesh had melted off, and its bones were charred.

The Doctor, Mirash and Dana ran down the nearest tunnel, but they were forced to retreat into a nearby hole in a wall when several more Hylerax came running down the tunnel. Fortunately they didn’t see the Doctor or his two companions.

“Where are we going?” Dana asked.

“There’s a safe room on the bottom floor. We just have to get there.”

“The last safe house wasn’t very safe.”

“I know but we’ll just have to hope they can’t find us. Its below their universe.”

“Excelios” the Doctor spoke into the communicator. “Are there any more on the bottom floor?”

“No, but you have to hurry, their crawling all over the place trying to cut off any point of exit.”

The Doctor, Dana and Mirash quickly ran down the tunnel which led to a hole in the ground. Below was just a short distance to some vents leading to the lowest level.

Several of the monsters of different breeds were running below however. The Doctor, Dana and Mirash were forced to wait for a few minutes before the horde had seemingly run by.

When they jumped on the ground however, one of the monsters noticed and alerted the others. The horde of creatures came charging after the Doctor, Mirash and Dana.

Unfortunately however the pain in her stomach caused Dana to stumble and fall. Both Mirash and the Doctor noticed in time and went back for her right away, but as the monsters came closer, Mirash pushed the Doctor and Dana forwards and jumped straight into the abominations. She didn’t know what the Doctor had done below, but she felt that he was genuinely the best chance of defeating the monsters. There was certainly nothing more she could do. So Mirash decided with her last breath to buy the Time Lord and his companion some time. The monsters tore her apart, but she kept fighting, as futile as it was until the end.

The Doctor and Dana managed to make it the vent, but one of the monsters, a Hylerax had kept close on their tail (whilst the others were too busy tearing Mirash apart.)

The Doctor and Dana crawled their way through the vents until they reached the lower floor.

Unfortunately the Hylerax was too quick for them and just as the Doctor and Dana were about to make it to the room above the safe area, the monster managed to grab them both with one arm each and lifted the Doctor and his companion into the air.

They both kicked at the monster but it was futile. Excelios looked at what was happening on the monitor. Even after all this time he was still terrified, but he knew that he couldn’t leave the Doctor and Dana to be torn apart by those monsters. If they caught the Doctor, they could force him into undoing whatever it was he had done to the generator, either through torture, or threatening Dana’s life. He couldn’t let whole worlds be endangered.

The monster threw Dana to the other side of the room, knocking her out and shoved the Doctor into a nearby wall with both hands. It wanted to make him suffer the most for humiliating its leader.

“Lets have some fun” it hissed as it started to slowly dig its claws into the Doctors stomach.

Before it could hurt the Doctor, Excelios quickly grabbed one of the guns from the fallen soldiers corpses, and shot at the beast several times. With its last ounce of strength the monster hurled itself at Excelios and snapped his neck like a twig.

The Doctor wasting no time hit the monster from behind with both hands, knocking it down. He then grabbed Excelios’ weapon and shot the monster in the face as it made one final attempt to attack the Doctor.

“Come on they’re coming” the Doctor said to Dana as he tried to rouse her. He could hear the horde crawling from the vents just down the hall.

The Doctor was forced to carry Dana who was still too weak from her wounds into the safe room which he quickly shut behind him.

In the safe room the Doctor could see on the monitors that the horde didn’t even both to search in the room their universe was contained, as they believed it was a dead end.

The Doctor made the finishing touches to his forcefield around the universe from here.

Dana started to wake.

“Doctor, Doctor.”

“Its okay Dana I’m here”

“What, what happened, what did you do?”

“I was able to use the power from the compacted star at the centre of this planet to create a barrier around their universe. It will stop them from sending any more of their kind into ours. I also used some residual energy to create a solar barrier around the generator. If any of the monsters touch it they’ll be vaporized as we saw down in the cave. It’ll only last for a few days however, though the forcefield that I had to power from up here, partially will run indefinitely. We just have to wait the monsters in our universe already out.”

“Wait them out?”

“Yes, the plague. You destroyed the last sample of the cure remember? By my estimates within a few hours they should die. We just have to hope they can’t find us by then.”

“Where’s your friend?”

“He sacrificed himself to save us Dana. Not just us, but all of the other worlds. If those things had found us, they would have forced me to undo the forcefield. ”

“I can’t believe it. I didn’t even get a chance to meet him and he gave up his life for me.” Dana said with regret.

“Well lets just hope his sacrifice wasn’t in vain. We just have to keep our heads down and keep quite for the next few hours.

The next few hours felt like days as the Doctor and Dana watched the monsters anxiously on the monitor. The giant tore just about every room it came into in rage and even killed several of its underlings. Several more of the monsters tried to fix the generator, but each time they were vaporised thanks to the Doctors booby trap.

After several hours, the monsters began to fall over and die, one by one. Their deaths all looked so peaceful, though that was only because they had become so weak they could no longer fight anymore. The giant was the last to die. It collapsed on the third floor, that it had torn apart. The monster with its last action dug its claws into the corpses of one its minions, a Hylerax who it cursed with its dying breath for failing it.

Even after the monsters died the Doctor waited 10 or so minutes to make sure that they weren’t just tricking him. Just before he left the safe room, the Doctor left a message for the next rescue team. It took him thirty minutes to complete it as he ran through what had happened here, and warned them about the plague and the monitor. He also stressed that the people of this galaxy needed to help the inhabitants of the universe they had created, though he wasn’t sure they would. The Doctor couldn’t afford to stay around however, as they would probably lock him up. He also didn’t want to decide the fate of another universe. He didn’t think anyone should, but at the very least it was their mess to clear up. The Doctor had stopped their mess from spilling out into the rest of the universe. He felt that was enough.

It would take the Doctor and Dana several hours to make their way back through the facility, the caves and the jungle below. Along the way Dana would place her coat over Excelios’ corpse as a sign of respect. It was the least she could do she felt.

It took them another hour or so to find the TARDIS from where the giant had thrown it.

“What did he do to you old girl” the Doctor bemoaned.

The Doctor had been forced to help Dana all the way down due to her injuries. They weren’t serious, and she would recover in no time, but she was still in a quite a bit of pain.

The Doctor got her to a chair in the console room before taking the TARDIS off into the vortex.

“Well Dana all I can say is that for once I hope it is a long while until the next stop. We could both be doing with a rest after that.”

Next Adventure

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The Circus Master: The Book of the Vampires: Part 6: Damned Souls

 

Florence awoke in a smelly, dark, wet cellar behind several bars.

On the outside of her cage she could see blood stained all over the floor and the furniture, which consisted of a few chairs and a table. She tried to break the bars with her Vampire strength, but they were too strong for her.

Florence noticed a young girl, crying and hiding at the far end of the cage. As she went to comfort her she could see the girl, who was no older than 14, was covered in cuts and bruises.

“There were 12 of us.” She whimpered to Florence. “I’ve been here for 2 weeks, and each time they take one us outside, I can hear their screaming above. It lasts for hours each time. The last time was different however. They took one of us, a young boy, and they.”

“They what.” Florence said as she tried to comfort the poor girl.

“They read from some book, and they, they turned him into a monster. He tore another three of us apart. They’ve left me here for 2 days. I don’t know when they’re coming for me but.”

“Don’t worry, I’ll protect you.” Florence said as she hugged the poor girl.

“Oh really? You couldn’t even protect yourself. Would you be in our cage otherwise?”

It was the Alpha Vampire that had Florence had fought in the hospital. Some parts of its face were still badly burned, and once again Florence felt there was a depressing sense of familiarity to the beasts face.

Florence pushed the girl behind her and stood her ground against the monster.

“I’m not going to beg, as I know that’ll only make it worse, can I just ask you who were before you became this?”

The monster smiled. “I believe you once knew me as the butcher of Ivory.”

“Malstrom” Florence said.

“I don’t understand? They hanged you years ago?”

“The book can also bring back the dead it seems. They’re picking the best and brightest for their new army.”

“Even by their standards I wouldn’t have thought they’d want you. Surely even Vampires know you’re scum.”

“They don’t judge me unlike you bitches. You all thought I killed that girl, you lot threw the noose around my neck without ever even knowing the truth.”

“What do you mean.”

“That girl they hung me for. I didn’t do it.”

“You’re lying”

“Why would I lie now? Its not like you or anyone else can hurt me. I can take what I want, but I assure you, I did not kill that girl.”

Florence thought for a minute. Was it possible this monster recognised her too, and was just playing with her?

“So what you’re saying you were just some poor misunderstood guy that we all formed a lynch mob against. Blamed for killing his parents, and his wife?”

“Oh no I killed all three of them” Malstrom said in an extremely casual way. “But the last one I was innocent of! Its not fair. I was hung for something I didn’t even commit.”

“Well” Florence continued. “If it makes you feel any better I’ll make you pay for the things you have actually done.”

The Vampire smiled. “Oh really? Tell you what, if you can beat me here, I’ll let the little brat go.”

The young girl clung to Florence.

“Please he’s the worst of them all.” The girl said as she held onto the Siren.

Florence wasn’t sure what to do. She knew she couldn’t take him in a fair fight. Still maybe she could trick the Demon and buy the girl enough time to get free.

The giant Vampire opened the door with its tentacles and then battered Florence to the back of the cage as she tried to fight, before wrapping its tentacle around her feet and pulling her out of the cage. The monster threw Florence to the other side of the room and then punched her into a wall. When it tried to make another move against her, Florence jumped over its back and grabbed the table. With her super strength she managed to life it, and smashed it over the Alpha’s head, before using one of the planks from the broken table, to repeatedly hit the Alpha over the head again and again.

“Run now” Florence shouted to the young girl, who quickly obliged. The Alpha however batted Florence away, and wrapped its tentacle around the young girl and lifted her into the air.

“You loose I’m afraid.” The monster taunted. Florence however jumped onto the Alpha’s back and and dug her claws into the Alphas burnt flesh. It hurt both of them as its boiling blood hurt Florence’s fingers.

The Alpha however simply swung the young girl back into Florence knocking her off. It then grabbed Florence and threw her back into the cage and locked the door.

Florence tried to pull the bars down, but it was no use. She was forced to watch as the Alpha grabbed the young girl and started to slowly crush her to death.

You’ll be safer in here. Carlene said to Ashlei who didn’t respond at all. Carlene had taken Ashlei back to the Circus. Its magics were a lot more powerful than those that protected Carlene’s mansion and could prevent any Vampire or anyone else from entering. With her brother on the loose Carlene felt that the two children were safer here. Carlene was also worried what the angry villagers would do after all of the commotion involving Brian.

Daniel who was still out cold, was secured in Denika’s magical chains at the corner. They still didn’t know if he was going to change into a Vampire or not, so they had to be sure.

Carlene tried to comfort Ashlei assuring her that they wouldn’t be long in dealing with the Vampires (even if she didn’t believe it.)

Ashlei however still didn’t respond. Carlene didn’t know if the young girl was going to stay put or not, but sadly she didn’t have time to focus on Ashlei. The Vampires needed to be stopped.

Outside Denika had created a magic bubble that would encase all of the Circus Folk (except for the Strange Boy who was left on guard) and allow them to travel much quicker to Lourouse. They reached the village in about 5 mins thanks to Denika’s magics, which would have taken 4 times longer otherwise. They were cutting it fine to the time limit the Vampires had given them, but Denika had needed all the time she could to try and master the magics in Carlene’s beehive.

When they arrived at the village it was seemingly deserted. The village stunk so badly they could smell it from miles away. It was the stench of the Vampires themselves. Most Vampire breeds had an absolutely foul stench, so when that many congregated together, it was almost toxic.

Many of the buildings had crumbled to bits, or at least looked worn down though there was still a gigantic church right in the middle of the wretched place that looked more or less intact.

Denika took the Circus folk down into a square right in the middle of the town.

The Circus Master stood in front of the others calling out to the Vampires. A few minutes passed before Vampires from various different breeds started to emerge from all the corners of the square.

There were at least 6 different types of Vampires, all utterly grotesque. They included three blue skinned Vampires, with plated skin, green eyes and no hair. 2 yellow skinned Vampires with long flowing red hair and red eyes. Two Vampires with massive bat like wings and hideous snout like faces and long flowing black hair. 3 Vampires each with eight tentacles, flailing around and large rock like heads. And finally a woman who had a greenish hue to her skin, massive blue hair, and large claws. She looked the most human of all the monsters there, but there was something cruel about her that went beyond even being a Vampire.

The monsters all had blood dripping from their fangs. They hissed and snarled at the Circus folk who huddled together in fear except for the Circus Master who stood his ground.

“Even just looking at you is enough to make me sick Vandal.” Said a strange figure who emerged from behind the two winged Vampires.

Unlike all the other Vampires he looked almost completely human, though he was still incredibly thin and pale. Carlene instantly recognised him as Marcozia.

“I still can’t believe its true” Carlene said.

“Well if it isn’t the traitor.” Marcozia sneered.

“Oh so suddenly you’re a born again Vampire? Unbelievable. I remember when you used to give me shit for being a Vampire. It was all, a Vampire can never change, I’ll always be a monster no matter what. Yet now I’m a traitor?”

Marcozia laughed. “Well you see that’s the thing, Vampires, hunters, Vandals, Demons. They’re all just trying to survive. They’ll delude themselves into thinking that they have the moral high ground, but ultimately everyone just roots for the team they are a part of. When I was a human, I was on their side and wanted to kill every Vampire. Now that I’m a Vampire? I’ll be just as dogmatic against my former team. You on the other hand Carlene? You’re an idiot. You still cling to the memory of what you once were and fight for a side that wants to kill you. I’ve never realised just how sad you were until now.”

The Vampires words stung Carlene. She didn’t doubt that what she was doing was right, but Marcozia’s words did remind her of how no matter what good deeds she did the overwhelming majority of people would only ever see her as a Vampire.

Marcozia continued. “You do know that I’m not going to release your friend, right?”

“A Vampire that doesn’t keep his word? Shocking!” Keptis said.

The Vampires moved closer to the Circus folk, whilst the Circus Master still stood his ground.

“I admire your courage. I didn’t think either Vampires or Vandals were capable of it.” Marcozia said.

The Circus Master responded by bowing in a mocking fashion and dropping his large top hat on the ground, upside down. Two of the yellow Vampires looked into the hat out of curiosity and saw nothing. Suddenly however the Circus Master reached into it and pulled out two silver blades, both coated in holy water and started slashing at the two Vampires. Their wounds both sizzled, though he wasn’t sure if it was the holy water or the silver that had hurt them.

The Circus Master quickly grabbed the hat and started throwing weapons to the other Circus Folk, including Keptis’ flaming chainsaw. Keptis managed to slice the head off of one of the blue Vampires as it attacked him, whilst Denika blasted the dark skinned Vampire several feet backwards with her magic. Carlene meanwhile had been given an axe which she used to hack at the Vampires. She cut one of the winged beasts legs off and slice the arm off of the blue haired Vampire.

Unfortunately however the yellow skinned Vampires flame red hair was able to stretch out and grab both the Circus Master and the Carlene from behind, enveloping them both.

The hair was so strong that neither could break free. Denika who was hovering about 20 feet in the air above blasted the yellow Vampire that had grabbed Carlene and the Circus Master. Unfortunately another yellow Vampire used its hair to smack Denika in the chest, sending her flying across the village. The Circus Master however managed to catch the Yellow Vampire off guard and stabbed it through the heart with a copper knife, killing it instantly. The Circus Master knew this breed in the far future and so he knew its weaknesses.

The other Yellow Vampire tried to grab The Circus Master, but Carlene tackled it from behind. Before the Vampire could defend itself, The Circus Master tossed one his knives to Carlene who stabbed it through the Vampires heart.

Keptis meanwhile fought off the tentacled Vampires. He sliced off a few of the monsters tentacles with his flaming saw, but there were so many arms attacking him, that they eventually managed to knock the saw out of Keptis’ hand. One of the Vampires then wrapped its tentacles around Keptis’ throat and brought him to his knees. The monster prepared to strike another tentacle through the last Martian’s chest, but the Circus Master stabbed one of his silver blades into the monsters tentacle, and then grabbed Keptis, though not before Keptis was able to pick up his flaming saw.

The Circus Master jumped over twenty feet in the air onto one of the few remaining buildings, Carlene quickly followed him.

“We need to find Denika and Florence now” The Circus Master said.

Ashlei hadn’t moved for ages. She couldn’t muster up the energy for anything. Not that there was anything to do mind you. Daniel hadn’t woken up. He occasionally groaned, but he was still completely out of it.

Just then however the seemingly never ending silence was interrupted by an all too familiar voice. It was Brian.

“Ashlei, Ashlei please, help me. That thing its gone now, I don’t know for how long, please!”

To Be Continued