The Circus Master: The Curse of the Robots: Part 4: The Mines

 

The Jiang Shi slowly surrounded their prey, the Witch, the Martian and the Urchin.

“Get behind me” Denika said as she started to fire magical rays at the Jiang Shi, knocking them off of their feet and back down the mine. In order to actually kill one of the Jiang Shi she would have to use up far more of her magic. After just a few of the Vampires she’d be completely drained. It was better to just simply fight her way through them and get out that way.

After clearing a path, Denika placed a barrier around herself, and her two companions and flew deeper into the mine.

As they descended they could see hordes more Jiang Shi feasting on their victims, with some corpses already beginning to rise as Vampires.

The remains of various Robots were also scattered around the mine too, though one of the Robots in the far distance was still trying to hold off a few Vampires in a futile gesture.

In the very distance Denika could make out what looked like a young girl, emaciated and worn down being pursued by two more Vampires.

She quickly headed in their direction as fast as she could. Her sphere vanished as she blasted at the Vampire chasing the girl, whilst Keptis and Ashlei tended to the slave.

“It’s okay we’re here to help.” Ashlei said.

“Please there are others back there, you have to help them. I’ve never seen anything like these monsters. Even the Robots can’t contain them.” She said.

Up ahead there was an entire pit filled with the monsters, with various slaves struggling to get free as the Vampires tore into them.

Denika fired a massive blast at the Vampires sending several back at once, but they quickly jumped back up.

“Don’t just stand there, help the slaves.” Denika said to Ashlei and Keptis who quickly ran into the pit to help as many of the aliens as they could get to safety, whilst Denika continued to blast at the horde of Vampires.

Florence and the Circus Master meanwhile had managed to get some of the Aliens to behind a nearby hill. All around where the Robots and the Vampires fighting with one another.

“We’ll never get by them without being seen.” The Circus Master said.

“I’ll distract the monsters you get the people to safety.”

“Okay right you are.” Florence said.

“What that’s it?” The Circus Master said?

“No I’ll go in your place, no you’ll be killed?”

“Well what do you expect me to say? You can’t lead those aliens out like I can.”

“Well of course, but a bit of concern wouldn’t go amiss. Honestly this reminds me of being with Denika.”

“Well if it’s any consellation I think we’re both going to get killed in the next 20 minutes or so. I might last 5 or so longer than you.”

“Yes that does make me feel a bit better.”

The Circus Master jumped over 20 feet through the air and landed on the back of a flying robot as it was blasting at a small pack of Vampires. The Circus Master tore the machines innards out from the back using his claws and sent it hurling into the three Vampires, causing a small explosion.

Both the Vampires and the Robots soon turned their attention towards the Vandal who was forced to simply dodge their attacks. Nevertheless he managed to lure them away to the other side of the mountain, whilst Florence quickly commanded the aliens to follow her.

She had no idea where she was going, but up ahead she could see the top of the mine shaft that led out into the open. For all the Siren knew there could be a whole army of Robots waiting at the top, but she definitely couldn’t afford to wait here. She would have to command some of the younger, stronger aliens to carry the old and infirm up the slope ahead.

“It’s okay you can come out now.”

“About time” Carlene said as she crawled out from behind a nearby door.

“Most of the Demons have gone to the mine to contain the outbreak of whatever it is.”

Carlene knew what it was, she just didn’t want to admit to herself that the Strange Boy was beyond help yet.

“I almost gave away my ruse for nothing.”

“If what they’re all busy in the mine darling, why don’t we just attack those metal wankers while they’re vulnerable?”

“They’ll still be hundreds of them guarding the Tent. No we have to play this smart alien. I don’t care what tricks you say you have in that strange comptartment you have on your head, trust me. We need to get you to the rebels first so you can launch a proper attack.”

As the Robot and the Vampire ran down the nearest corridor together, they suddenly heard an alarm.

“All Robots are to retreat to base. Mine B must be destroyed. It has been overrun with a new type of Demon that can infect the workers. You have 10 minutes to return to base.”

The Demons spirits would not be harmed by the explosion, but naturally they were conscious about wasting their robotic bodies.

“Mine B, is that where my friends escaped too.”

“I’m afraid so alien.”

“We have to stop them”

“There is nothing we can do. The mine is rigged up to a device in the main control room. Not only is it protected by hundreds of guards, but in a few seconds these corridors are going to be crawling with more of the Demons. We have to go now.”

“What do you think my friends chances are of getting out of the mine?”

“Well they will have heard the warning too.”

“Don’t bullshit me.”

“The mine’s are the most heavily guarded areas. It’s why I didn’t escape through that area before with you. The pandemic of Demons might have taken care of many of their guards but.”

“Then we have to stop the Demons or Robots or whatever from blowing up the mine.”

“We can’t. Alien I have seen many of my friends die in the war against these monsters, we all have to make.”

Before the Robot had finished Carlene ran down the other end of the corridor. She didn’t have any idea where she was going, but she couldn’t just leave the rest of the Circus Folk. She felt bad for the Robot. He had saved her, and she was endangering him. She just hoped he wouldn’t be foolish enough to try and stop her and blow his cover in the process.

The Circus Master meanwhile instantly jumped onto the back of one of the Robots as it flew back to base. He caused the machine to smash into a nearby wall in the process. The Circus Master then used the broken robots body as a shield against the few Robots who noticed him as he ran back into the Robots base, with the rest flying up ahead frantically.

In the base, the Circus Master was cornered by two more Robots, but before they could blast him, the Vandal rammed the dead robots body into one of the other two, and then pushed it into the other, before jumping over them both and down the nearest corridor.

“Alert, alert alien has escaped into the base, capture it, capture it.”

“They must know I’m here” Carlene thought to herself. She quickly hid behind a nearby door as 6 more of the Robots came rushing down the corridor before, she ran down the other way.

At the other end of the corridor, was another prison cell, filled with strange bald looking aliens. The aliens were pounding on the doors furiously in panic, whilst the Robot guard was trying to calm them down.

Carlene was torn about what to do. If she released the prisoners it would create a commotion that would give her a better chance of reaching the control room. There was also a chance one of them may know where it was. On the other hand if she released the prisoners most of them wouldn’t make it out alive. Was she therefore to sacrifice their lives for those of her shipmates?

After weighing it up for a few moments, Carlene felt it would be better to release them. She deluded herself into thinking that the prisoners would be safe if she freed them, as she could then protect them, even though she would be lucky to protect herself. In all fairness however Carlene wasn’t just thinking about her ship mates. She also thought of all the potentially thousands of others in the mine who would die if she didn’t stop the monsters from blowing it up.

Carlene slowly crept up on the single Robot guard and jumped it from behind. She wrestled with the monster for a few minutes before being able to rip a large chunk of metal from the Demons body, after which she then pulled several of it’s wires out causing the body to break down.

Even though the Demon was stronger than Carlene, she was lucky that she knew it’s weaknesses whilst it was completely unaware of hers.

“Use it’s hand on the door” one of the prisoners shouted.

Carlene quickly pulled the Robot’s arm out of it’s socket and used it to open the doors one after another.

“Thank you, eh, I assume you are not from this planet.”

“No love, I’m from earth.”

“Earth? I don’t believe that’s in any of the known galaxies?”

“It isn’t. I’m not even in the right time love. For all I know this is a billion years after my planet’s gone.”

The alien looked at Carlene in a strange way for a few seconds before continuing.

“Wherever you’re from thank you, we need to get out of here as soon as possible.”

“No please we have to stop them from blowing up the mine.”

“I’m afraid we can’t do that. There is no way you can make it past the control room.”

“I’ve got to try, my friends are in there. One of them, is only there because of me. She trusted me, saw me as her family. I can’t leave her.” Carlene said.

One of the aliens, a large male at the back agreed to help Carlene.

“I know what it’s like to lose a daughter to these things.”

The other 5 prisoners however refused and begged Carlene to come with them, but she insisted on staying behind to help.

“We have to move now, we probably won’t make it to control room alien.”

“I know but have to try.”

Outside in the mine, most of the robots had fled, allowing Florence and 20 or so prisoners under her control to make their way to the top of the mine. Just as they had almost reached the top however they were attacked by a handful of the Robots.

The robots shot three of the fleeing prisoners in the back, which broke Florence’s spell over them. One more prisoner went falling to his death in panic at suddenly being at the top. Florence however quickly jumped one of the Robots, and forced it to get in the way of fire from the other, before jumping onto the others back.

The Siren and the Robot flew around whilst the prisoners still instinctively crawled up to safety.

Sadly Florence wasn’t able to completely control the Robots line of fire and it managed to blast another prisoner off of the cliff to their deaths. As Florence and the Robot continued to struggle, a large metal shaft started to close at the top of the mine, to seal the prisoners in.

Florence quickly piloted the Robot towards the top of the mine where she used the robot’s body to jam the shaft before it shut.

The aliens frantically crawled up the mine to safety, but the strength of the shaft soon began to crush the Robot’s body entirely.

Florence using her supernatural strength tried to keep it open for as long as she could, but her arms soon began to give away. 4 prisoners were still a good distance from the top.

Florence knew she couldn’t hold it open much longer. “I’m sorry” she said to the aliens, but just as she was about to let go, she felt something else push the shaft back.

When she looked around, she saw to her shock it was The Strange Boy. Using the body of the Robot, the Strange boy helped push the shaft back even further with his much greater strength. Even then however he was only able to hold it back by a few minutes, but that was enough to allow the prisoners to get by before Florence pulled herself and the boy free, allowing the shaft to shut.

Outside was nothing but a wilderness, just like where they had first landed, though Florence could see the entrances to several more mines in the distance.

Three more Robots from a nearby mine flew towards Florence, but before she could even react the Strange Boy attacked them. He tore one of the robots out of the sky and then threw it into the other. When he tried to attack the third, it quickly blasted him backwards, but Florence managed to jump the creature from behind and send it crashing to the ground.

When Florence went to help the Strange Boy up, the Vampire child simply growled at the Siren.

Florence wasn’t sure what to make of the boy. There was clearly something of him still in there, but how much?

The child soon hopped off in the other direction and as more and more Robots began to emerge from the other mines, Florence was forced to flee along with the Aliens.

“It’s no use. It won’t budge.” Denika said as she fired her magic at the shaft.

Denika had managed to pull several more of the slaves away from the ravenous Jiang Shi to a safe upper level using her magics.

She spent as long as she could helping the survivors, but now with only a minute to spare, all of her energy was spent trying to smash the shaft covering the exits, but unfortunately she hadn’t even made a dent.

“It’s no use, nothing can break those shields.” The slave girl said. “I’d rather be blown apart than become one of those things.”

With the countdown to the explosion about to go off, Denika did the only thing she could to save herself, her friends and the handful of slaves she had rescued. She placed a magical sphere around herself and the others. The magic shielded them from the blast, but the power of the blast still threw them to the other end of the mine.

Denika was in constant agony the entire time. She felt the flames burning against the sphere, and the debris and corpses smashing into it. One Jiang Shi was blown on top of the sphere. The Vampire grabbed on with it’s talons and clawed and bit at the sphere in desperation as the flesh was burned slowly off it’s bones. The pain was becoming too much for Denika, but if she gave in for even a second they would all be burned to dust.

To Be Continued

 

Professor Fang: The Dark Side of the Moon: Part 4: King of the Dinosaurs

 

The Carnotaurus almost caught up to Lindsey, but she quickly managed to side swerve the giant’s snapping jaws.

The Carnotaurus could bite with a force greater than any modern day predator. Just one little nip would be all it would need to take Lindsey’s arm or head clean off!

Fortunately whilst the giant was fast, its large bulky body wasn’t very manuverable and so the more Lindsey kept swerving to the side, the more the Dinosaur was struggling to keep up with her. Eventually in a desperate attempt to catch it’s prey, the Carnotaurus leapt forward, but once again Lindsey was too fast and the giant went tumbling off it’s feet.

As it was the monster very nearly fell on Lindsey, but again she managed to swerve to the side. When she ran past the giant it still reached out and tried to bite her.

Still Lindsey was able to get a good head start on the Dinosaur as it’s tiny arms meant that it couldn’t get up easily, and she quickly made her way back to Kirsteen and the girl.

“Quick we need to get out of here, there’s a big meat eater heading this way.”

The giant’s roar quickly followed Lindsey through the tunnels, and Kirsteen instantly jumped to her feet. The time travellers, helped the young woman up and ran back down the way they came with her.

When they reached the cavern with the Raptors, most of the feathered monsters had gone, having followed the Professor instead.

“Come on we need to get down this tunnel.” Lindsey said.

“Are you insane? That’s where the Raptors went?” Kirsteen replied.

“Yes I know. We can get them to fight the Carnotaurus. Plus the Professor went that way come on.”

As the Carnotaurus came crashing round the corner, Kirsteen couldn’t afford to argue any longer, though she still thought Lindsey’s idea was insane.

Not long into the tunnel they came upon the horde of Raptors all gathered below a small hole in the cave roof, where the Professor had escaped too.

Even Lindsey froze at the sight of that many Raptors for a few seconds, before the Carnotaurus forced her and the others forward.

The Carnotaurus just as Lindsey hoped soon turned it’s attention to the Raptors, who in turn began to flee.

A few bold Raptors however stood their ground. Whilst obviously outmatched physically, the Raptors were considerably faster than the larger theropod. Lindsey, Kirsteen and the girl meanwhile tried to get to safety at the other end of the tunnel, but they were forced to hide behind a nearby rock as the Carnotaurus started to thrash around in rage at the Raptors.

The Professor meanwhile had been drawn back to the hole by the sound of the larger theropod.  Peering through he managed to catch a sight of Kirsteen, Lindsey and the girl. He slowly crawled along the roof towards them and then dropped down behind.

“Professor” Kirsteen said with relief.

“Sorry I almost thought I’d got you killed.”

“You did, but to be fair I’ve almost got you killed several times over too. Come on we’ll be safe up there.”

The Professor carried the wounded young girl and then jumped up with his Vampiric strength through the hole he had made in the ceiling. He then quickly returned for Kirsteen and Lindsey.

As he prepared to jump up to the ceiling with both however, the trio were suddenly swarmed by 4 of the Raptors who had taken notice of the time travellers.

The Professor tried to jump up, but one of the Raptors managed to jump on his back this time, causing him to drop Lindsey and Kirsteen and crash to the cave floor.

Two more of the Raptors swarmed the Professor at the same time as the monster on his back, whilst the 4th and final Raptor went for the two women.

Lindsey and Kirsteen both stood their ground against the Dinosaur, but it clearly wasn’t intimidated and moved slowly towards them, waiting for the right moment to strike.

Fortunately the young woman who they had rescued dropped a large rock from above on the Raptors back. The Raptor was knocked out cold instantly, and Lindsey grabbed the rock from the Raptors back and hurled it at one of the monsters attacking the Professor. This distracted the other two Raptors long enough for the Professor to throw them both across the cave with his strength. He then quickly grabbed his two companions and jumped through the hole before any more of the Raptors could attack.

From above the Professor, Lindsey, Kirsteen and the girl all watched with a grim fascination as the Carnotaurus and the Raptors fought with one another.

The Carnotaurus despite it’s fantastic size was utterly hopeless against the Raptors. The smaller Dinosaurs were able to jump around the Carnotaurus no problem. Much like Lindsey, it didn’t take the Raptors long to realise what the giant’s weakness was. It was a dangerous predator, with a devatatingly powerful bite force, and could run at tremendous speeds, but not only were the Raptors much faster; they were highly agile and manuverable too. They could jump onto the Carnotaurus’ back and tear chunks out of the animal before it could even react.

Normally a Raptor pack wouldn’t dare take on an animal like a Carnotaurus, but these were not normal times. Furthermore there were so many of the Raptors now as more and more of the creatures kept returning from down the tunnel. The Carnotaurus was also weak from several days without food and very little water too.

It was even more clumsy than usual, and in an attempt to catch the Alpha Raptor, that had landed more strikes against the larger theropod, the Dinosaur ended up tripping over a large rock and was sent crashing head first to the ground.

Not only did it break several ribs in the fall, but the Carnotaurus’ little arms meant that it would have a hard time getting up.

All of the Raptors soon descended from the tunnel and pilled on top of the fallen Dinosaur like a herd of locusts. Keeping away from it’s massive head, the Raptors slashed at it’s body and tail with the claws on their feet and hands, and tore massive chunks of flesh out with their jaws.

In a few minutes the Carnotaurus’ body was just a heaping mass of mangled flesh. Some of the Raptors were even bold enough to attack it’s face, as the Dinosaur let out it’s final, agonized roars and died.

“Disgusting creatures.” The young women they had rescued spat out as she looked away.

“Come on let’s get out of here before they fancy seconds.” The Professor said as he carried the young woman down the dark tunnel ahead.

The 4 of them walked slowly, not saying anything at first so as not to alert any Raptors or any other unpleasant creatures that might be near. After a few minutes the girl however brielfy spoke.

“I don’t know who any of you are. You are clearly not of this valley. We are the only tribe left now, but whoever you are thank you.”

“Well you have Kirsteen to thank. As much as I hate to admit it, I was going to leave you down there. I didn’t want to alert those Raptors.” The Professor said.

“I understand.” She said. “I would have done the same thing. What is your name.”

“You can call me the Professor, that’s Lindsey, and that’s Kirsteen.”

“My name is Hisera” She said.

“Do you have any idea where we are going” Lindsey asked.

“In truth? No, but all that matters for now is getting somewhere safe where we can at least get an idea of our bearings.”

“Not so eager to jump ahead now.” Kirsteen said smugly.

“No, I am not. I underestimated those Raptors back there. We need time to figure out where it is we need to go next.

“I’m afraid I can’t help you” Hisera said.

“You punched a hole into a level I’ve never been too before. The good thing is that there probably aren’t any Raptors here either as they’re not strong enough to break through the walls o the cave either. You’re not entirely human are you?”

“Not one bit. I was, but well that’s in the past. My two friends are human though as you can see.”

Kirsteen was rather flattered at being called one of his friends. It was probably just for practicality sake, but it still meant a lot to her, simply because it had been a long while since she had a friend of any kind.

The foursome must have wandered for roughly half an hour or so before they came across a tiny flickr of light from above.

“Up ahead, there’s a way out.” Hisera said.

“I’m afraid not” The Professor replied.

“We need to find the magical core of this valley, or else the Raptors will be the least of our problems. Chances are it’s in here.”

“It’s not” she said.

“We know where it is. It’s atop the highest mountain in the valley. ”

“For god’s sake” The Professor shouted, only to be instantly shooshed by Lindsey and Kirsteen.

“Sorry, but a core like that needs to be underground. That way you can channel it to one location easier. Up above and the energy is in more danger of being spread out too far. The way it is now, I’m not surrpised the energy is fading.

“You could reach it through these caves.” Hisera said, “but not only would it take weeks, there are hundreds of Raptors here.”

“Yes well if you know of a quicker way by all means.”

“I do, but the mountain is even more dangerous. We know full well of what is happening to this valley stranger. We’re not primitives by choice. The magic’s that once held this place together are crumbling. We have been preparing for this disaster for centuries, but the magic’s of the mountain, now that they’re acting up, well they have had unintended side effects on some of the creatures nearby.”

“How do you mean?” Lindsey asked.

“Some of the great reptiles nearest to the mountain have been, twisted into unnatural beasts. Many of our tribe have tried to reach the mountain, but none of them have got by those monsters. Even with your great strength and tricks I doubt you’d last long.”

“Probably not but the valley won’t last much longer if we don’t.”

“I’ll show you the way, but first we need to get back to my tribe. They’ll have the man power and the magics you need. We have to get out of these caves first.”

The Professor jumped up to the roof using his strength and saw that the hole was relatively small. With his strength he widened it, and then just as before he jumped up with one of the women after another, taking them with him.

On the other side of the hole was a slope that led into a small jungle area.

“The village is just ahead of that jungle. If you hadn’t punched your way through the cave, it would have taken hours to reach.”

“I don’t like the look of that jungle.” Kirsteen said. “Looks like the kind of place Raptors could live.”

“It is but we have no options for now.” The Professor said as he marched ahead, carrying Hersa with him.

The foursome tread carefully through the jungle below. Surprisingly there were hardly any Dinosaurus in the area. Along the way they came across the mangled corpse of a Triceratops, as well as a few tiny Raptors running in the opposite direction from the village. Several trees had also been trampled too, clearly by a stampede of large plant eating Dinosaurs.

Up above they could also see several Pterosaurus flying in the opposite direction too.

“I don’t like the look of this.” Hersa said. “Something must have happened at the village.”

When they reached the end of the jungle they could see the entrance to the village, two gigantic doors, bridging a gap between two small mountains that formed into a large circle behind. It was seemingly the perfect place to hide, but the two doors had been smashed open by something.

The Professor, Hersa, Lindsey and Kirsteen slowly walked inside. There was almost a mini valley in between the two mountains, with a large river, and a small village beside that now lay in ruins. There were have eaten and trampled bodies spread everywhere.

Hersa was almost on the brink of tears at what had become of her people, whilst Lindsey examined a nearby footprint.

It was a three toed footprint, but belonging to an animal far larger than either an Allosaurus, or a Carnotaurus. Lindsey knew exactly what had made it.

“We have to get out of here now” she said.

Suddenly a massive roar came bellowing through the lair, so loud it felt like the mountain itself was shaking. The earth then began to rumble and out of the darkest corner at the end emerged the most ferocious of all meat eating Dinosaurs. The Tyrannosaurus Rex!

To Be Continued

 

 

The Circus Master: The Curse of the Robots: Part 3: The Outbreak

 

“Oh that’s right I’m dying.” Carlene said to herself jokingly as she woke up.

The pain had knocked her out several times. Each time she dreamed she was back on earth in her Victorian mansion. Though she was still in agony in the dream, at least she was somewhere familiar.

As she could feel herself blacking out again for what would probably be the last time, one of the robots came in.

“Oh god what do you want, you metal wanker.” Carlene spat back at the robot that bent over her, chanting some kind of spell.

Within a few seconds the pain was gone, and Carlene felt her strength returning.

“All right what’s this? I don’t care actually, I won’t help you no matter what you do.”

“Relax alien I am not here to hurt you, the robot said.” As it spoke the fire around its face vanished, and it’s face took on a more human form.

“I am not like the others young lady.  I assume you are the female of your species?”

“Of course I am you cheeky bugger.”

“My apologies, but the potential for variation among different life forms is infinite. I am not possessed unlike the others. I don’t have time to explain, but you must follow me now.”

Suddenly the alarm went off.

“No, they must have discovered me. Come we don’t have time alien.”

“It’s Carlene love.”

Outside deep in the mine, the rest of the Circus Folk were still being pursued by the robot troops. The Robot’s had been chasing them for half an hour, and in all that time the Circus Folk hadn’t managed to help any of the slaves in the mine. They could barely help themselves.

Denika had tried to fire magical blasts back at them, whilst also trying to deflect their blasts at the Circus Folk. Whilst she did manage to knock a few of the monsters out of the sky, more and more would soon emerge in their place.

Up ahead in the far distance one of the humanoid slaves suddenly jumped out in front of the fleeing time travelers.

“What are you doing? Get out of the way you idiot or they’ll kill you.” The Circus Master shouted at the figure ahead.

Instead however the figure outstretched its arms and started to hop towards the Circus Folk.

The Circus Master halted instantly, and stopped the others in the process.

“It can’t be.” He said.

The figure continued to hop towards the Circus Folk, hissing and snarling.

The Circus Folk (except for Ashlei) knew that it was a Jiang Shi, which meant that the Strange Boy must have infected one of the workers. There was seemingly no going back for the boy now. The Circus Master didn’t think there was after his attack on the Rysteans, but at least that had been in self defence. Now it seemed he was just preying on the helpless slaves here. They certainly wouldn’t have been a threat to the small Vampire. It seemed as though everything the boy was, was now gone.

The Circus Folk tried to restrain the Jiang Shi. They had almost forgotten about the Robots chasing them.

Denika was able to quickly restrain the Vampire with a magical chain, but the beast then pulled her forward into the Circus Master and Florence, which caused the chain to vanish after the Witch’s concentration broke.

The Robots meanwhile turned their attention towards the Jiang Shi and fired on the monster.

Some of their dark magics appeared to hurt the Vampire. Despite their strength the Jiang Shi were more vulnerable to dark magics than some other breeds. Nevertheless the bloodsucker hopped through the air at one of the Robots and grabbed the flying machine in it’s talons.

The Vampire tore the machine into several pieces effortlessly with it’s inhuman strength. The Demon inside screamed as it’s metal body was torn open. The Jiang Shi didn’t just destroy it’s body however. It’s claws were able to shred the Demonic spirit inside too, destroying the monster completely. The other Robotic Demons quickly surrounded and overcame the Vampire with a barrage of magical blasts, until it was nothing but a charred corpse on the floor.

Unfortunately for the Demons five more Jiang Shi began to emerge from the mine. The Robot’s tried to hold them off, but this time the Vampires managed to overpower several of the Robots and temporarily drive them back, before more Robot soldiers arrived to take care of the Vampires.

During the fight the Circus Master and the others were able to take shelter behind a nearby rock.

“I can’t believe it.” The Circus Master said. “I thought, I hoped he could fight it, but.”

“I’m sorry.” Ashlei said.

“You should be.” Florence snapped.

“This is all your fault.”

“No it’s not her’s it’s mine.” The Circus Master interrupted.

“I should have never brought him on that last mission. Now he and all of his victims are suffering.”

“Perhaps, or perhaps this is what was meant to happen.” Denika said.

“What are you getting at?” Ashlei asked, not sure if she wanted to know the answer.

“Look around you. The Jiang Shi have probably killed more of these Robots in 2 minutes than the inhabitents of this planet have in decades. If we can take control of the Jiang Shi then we can use them to fight the Robots off.”

“You can’t be serious! You want to let those monsters infect others.”

“No of course not, but the Jiang Shi that have already been created we can use. I know magic’s that can tame them. We can use them to fight the Robots.”

“No, we can’t use these people like that.” Ashlei protested.

“People? There’s no people left in those husks anymore. They’re just Demons in the corpses of the people they murdered. Didn’t Carlene explain the different types of Vampires. At least this way those people won’t have died in vain.”

“No, Ashlei’s right.” The Circus Master interrupted, much to Denika’s surprise.

“For now at least. We might have to use the Jiang Shi later if there is no other choice, but right now, we have to try and get as many of the workers out of here as we can. The Vampires and the Robots can fight it out together, but we can’t let anymore people be caught in the crossfire. It’s the least we can do.”

The others agreed, though Denika was still reluctant.

More Vampires began to crawl out of the pits. It was obvious that the Strange Boy had jumped into the lower levels of the mine, as most of the workers were stationed there.

The Circus Master and Florence ran to the nearest group of alien workers who had all backed away towards a wall. In spite of everything they had been through the aliens clearly still had some self preservation instincts, and the Jiang Shi were quite unlike anything even they had seen before.

Some of the miners tried to approach the Jiang Shi, believing them to still be the people they once were, but the Vampires quickly turned on the hapless aliens just as soon as they had the Robots.

The crowd were somewhat taken a back at the sight of the Circus Master himself. His wild hair, colourful clothers and the massive talons at the end of his fingers made him look almost like a monster to these hairless aliens.

The Circus Master tried to reason with them, but the aliens still cowered.

“We don’t have time for this, Florence if you’ll use your voice, I’ll cover you.”

Denika, Ashlei and Keptis meanwhile headed down one of the pits. The Vampires and the Robots were engaging in an all out battle across the mines. More and more Robots were flying down from above, whilst more and more Vampires were emerging from the mine below.

The robots outnumbered the Vampires greatly, but it took several Robots to take down just one Vampire. The Vampires were also a lot faster than the Robots and could leap through the air and knock the Robot’s out of the sky.

The Robots fired frantically in all directions they were so terrified of the Vampires. It had been a long while since they had faced an enemy that could harm them. The Robots vaporised several alien workers, and destroyed massive pieces of machinery that the slaves had been working on for months, if not years.

The leader of the platoon tried to keep the Robots in control, but it was no use.

The aliens meanwhile having been completely entranced by Florence’s hypnotic voice, followed Florence, whilst covered them all from behind.

Most of the Vampires and the Robots were too busy fighting each other, though the Circus Master and Florence still had to push some of the aliens out of the way, of stray blasts from the robots and falling rubble. The Circus Master even got in the way of one blast, but sadly they couldn’t save them all.

Just as they had almost got out of reach, one of the Robots spotted them. (It had only done so because it was fleeing from a Jiang Shi.)

“ALERT, ALERT, PRISONERS ARE ESCAPING” It shouted.

A horde of Robots soon descended upon the Circus Master, Florence and the aliens.

The Circus Master jumped onto one of the robots, narrowly dodging it’s rays, he grabbed onto the Robot, and dug his claws in as deep as he could. He managed to pierce the metal, ableit only just. The Robot tried it’s best to shake him off, but the Circus Master not only held on, he pushed the Robot into the fleet above knocking 4 more of the monsters out of the air.

When the Circus Master tried to grab onto another one of the flying Robots however, they blasted the Vandal back into a large rock, causing it to collapse on top of him.

Florence meanwhile commanded the aliens to hide in a small cave, whilst she tried to hold the Robots off. Florence hurled several large boulders at the mechanical monsters and managed to smash two out of the sky, the monsters however bombarded her with so many blasts that she was forced to spend most of her time simply dodging them. At the very least she was able to draw the robots attention away from the aliens.

The Circus Master meanwhile struggled to push the boulder that had fallen on him away, but even his great Vandal strength could not shift the boulder.

Florence tried to help him, but she’d only moved it a quarter of an inch before one of the Robots fired at her again causing her to flee. Fortunately the blast destroyed a large section of the boulder, allowing the Circus Master to not only push it off, but with Florence’s help pick it up and hurl it at the Robot’s crushing 3 more of the Robots.

Several more Jiang Shi started to attack the Robots, though at least two of them went after the Aliens in the cave who they could sense.

Florence shouted at the Aliens to run away as they tried to help them, but the Vampires managed to catch several of the aliens and tear them apart.

The Circus Master air kicked one of the Jiang Shi from behind, knocking it over, whilst Florence was able to flip one of the monsters over her shoulder and into more of the robots behind.

They didn’t have time to stay and fight the Vampires however. The aliens were running blindly ahead, and though they had managed to get away from the immediate battle between the monsters.

In the mine meanwhile Denika, Ashlei and Keptis found nothing but the remains of several aliens, and robots’ Blood literally ran down the walls of the mind, whilst most of the bodies were mangled beyond recognition.

“I can’t believe The Strange Boy caused all of this.” Keptis said with utter revulsion and shock.

Suddenly the three time travellers heard the sound of something large and metallic close above. As Denika flew up to see she saw that the all of the entrances to the mine above had been closed off by metal hatches.

At the bottom of the bit meanwhile Ashlei and Keptis could see several figures begin to slowly emerge or rather hop from the darkness all around them.

To Be Continued

 

The Circus Master: The Curse of the Robots: Part 2:

 

“We haven’t heard any word back from them.”

“We have to open the portal. I’ll go, I.”

“I’m sorry but we can’t risk it. Any more magic and they’ll be able to trace where we are. And the chances are after that portal’s presence, they’ll be monitoring that area. You won’t be able to open anywhere without running into one of those mechanical freaks.”

“So that’s it? We just give up on our best chance?”

“I never said that. We’ve just got intel from our inside source that the robots have captured some strange creatures.. They seem to be terrified of these monsters as they called them, who apparently came here in a strange craft.”

“You don’t mean? Aliens? After all this time. I know I probably shouldn’t ask, but is it.”

“No. They’d never help us. Apparently these creatures were similar to us in some ways, but, there’s something about them that scares those robots. I don’t know if they’d want to help us, but at least it seems we share a common enemy.”

The Circus Folk had been placed in small cells next to one another. They could still speak to each other, but the cells were able to supress all of their magical powers, including even Denika’s.

The Robots had taken the paper off of the Strange Boy’s head meanwhile. The Strange Boy after his experience with the Kardons was still feral and bloodthirsty. He didn’t say it to his team mates, but the Circus Master was worried that the Vampire would never be himself again. Whilst he may have been angry with Ashlei, in truth he blamed himself. Had he not taken the Strange Boy with him then he would never have come into contact with the Kardons. From the start of their previous mission, the Circus Master knew there was a risk in bringing the Strange Boy near the Kardons, but he still did it because the Jiang Shi was the most powerful member of the team after Denika.

“What are they going to do to us.” Ashlei asked nervously.

“I’m sure they’ll just give us a nice box of chocolates and ask us to name our 10 desert island discs. What do you think? They’re Demons.” Florence snapped.

“Demons? They looked like robots to me.”

“They’re both. They’re Demonic souls that have possessed Robots.” The Circus Master interrupted.

“We’ve seen it happen on many worlds. Planets that don’t deal with their Demon problem, but advance in technology. It makes sense that the monsters hiding in the dark would use it to their own advantage. I’m most worried about what these Demons will do if they experiment on the Tent. If there is any magic in there and they let it out, well it could be dangerous.”

“We are more than equipped to deal with your vessel.” An electronic voice said through the communicator.

“Even we don’t know the full power of that ship you morons.” The Circus Master said back.

“We are not reckless. We never make a move unless we know what we are getting into. We have been scanning you all for the last few minutes, testing your powers against our replusers to see if you would be a threat to us.”

“And”

“Your powers are quite harmless. One of the female’s has a wide array of magics from another realm, but we have visited that realm and know how to counteract her power as well.”

“I’m impressed” Denika said, sincerely.

“If you have all of this power why are bothering messing around with these robots.”

“We cannot exist beyond the hellish realm unless we posses a host body from the natural world. Like your leader said for centuries we lived in the dark. We took over the frail bodies of a few of the pitiful creatures of this world, we made them fight amongst themselves for centuries for our own amusement. The fools had no idea we even existed during all the years we made them slaughter one another. As amusing as it was, we soon realised that we could use their ingenuity, and their intelligence for a far greater purpose. We pushed their race forward, took over the bodies of their greatest scientists, political figures until we had progressed to the point where they could build bodies for us that were indestructable, and spaceships that would take us beyond this miserable world. Each time we enter a world in the natural realm, or any other, we have to start from scratch. This time however we will be able to take multiple planets, even galaxies when the time is right.”

“Well I admire your ambition, but I think you’re going to need more than a few tin robot bodies to take on a galaxy.”

“We will strike when we are ready, and from the looks of things your vessel could help to accelerate the process.”

“Yes I was wondering when you’d get to that.”

“You will help us repair your vessel and then you will show us how it works. Its the only reason we didn’t dissect you as originally planned.”

“Yes well I’m afraid I can’t do that. Well I tell a lie, I can but I don’t want too. Trust me if you knew the burden of time travel you wouldn’t want me too either.”

Whilst the Circus Master was keeping the Robots distracted, Carlene reached into her beehive. The Robots hadn’t taken it from her. They must have assumed it was a part of her anatomy. (The aliens on this world didn’t have hair.) Though they could detect magic in her hair, they could detect unnatural forces throughout her entire body.

She reached in for a knife made from Lasterian, the strongest metal in the entire galaxy. (It had been given to her by the Circus Master.)

The doors to their prison were made of magic, but the magic was still channelled through cables and physical objects in the cell. The only problem however was that they were covered by the metal floors and walls of the cell. The metal used to make the cells was so strong that Carlene, The Circus Master and even the Strange Boy had been unable to make a dent in it with their great strength.

Carlene started to hack at the walls. She could sense where the magic was being chanelled through, and kept hacking away at the spot.

“What are you doing you fool. If you strike the cables you’ll be vaporized.” The voice came in.

“Thanks for the heads up darling, but I’m a lot tougher than I look.” Carlene said as she hacked through the wall with her kife.

It only took her a few seconds to reach the cable. As soon as she struck it a form of extremely dangerous dark magic flowed through her body. It was sheer agony and the force threw her back across the cell. Nevertheless cutting the cable caused the magic doors in the block of cells to vanish.

The Strange Boy was the first to run out. He not only left his cell, but the entire block and ran outside. Keptis and Florence attempted to stop the Vampire child, but he was too fast. (Even if they had caught him, he could have easily thrown them away.)

The Circus Master and Ashlei meanwhile instantly ran to help Carlene, whilst Denika started to power up her magics for defence.

“I’m not gonna lie that fucking hurt.” Carlene said as the Circus Master tried to help her up.

The Vampire tried to stand by herself but she was too weak. The Circus Master tried to carry her, but he soon had to drop her as the dark magic had permanently soaked Carlene’s body and anyone who came into contact with her would soon be infected with the magic too. Carlene’s incredible Vampire constitution had allowed her to survive the blast, which would have vaporised any natural creature to dust, but she was unable to fight off its lingering effects.

“Come on Carlene we don’t have the time.” The Circus Master said as he tried to help her up again despite the pain and the risk of infection.

“Quite right love, that’s why you got to leave me.” She replied as she pushed the Vandal away.

“Don’t be ridiculous.”

“I can barely move. I’ll infect you if you try and carry me. Besides I don’t think I’ve got much longer anyway.”

“What are you saying” Ashlei said as tears began to well up in her eyes.

“I’m afraid you’ll have to go on without me love. We knew the risks when we signed up, just promise me you lot won’t be too hard on her eh. She’s a good girl underneath it all.”

“Nonsense if you give her time, Denika can come up with something to counteract the dark magic.”

“You don’t have time, now go before you make my death worthless.”

“She’s right” Denika said with regret.

“I can’t whip up anything now that would counteract those magics. Maybe if we were back in the ship, but I can’t.”

“You can’t just leave Carlene. Not after everything we’ve been through.”

“I’m sorry” Denika said gently. “I really am, but trust me on this. There is nothing we can do.”

“Just go now Ashlei. No need to draw this out. I’m already gonna die horribly and slowly. You need to find the Strange Boy. There are enough monsters on this planet.”

“I promise we will come back for you.” Ashlei said as she gave Carlene a final hug. Even hugging the Vampire for a few seconds was agony for Ashlei however, due to the dark magic in Carlene’s body. Ultimately Keptis was forced to pull Ashlei away from Carlene and out of the room before it was too late.

“I hope she doesn’t” Carlene said to herself as she struggled to even lift her arm.

Outside their cell block, the Circus Folk saw what looked like a gigantic mine, beneath a small cliff their cell block had been placed on.. It was filled with hundreds of human like aliens of all ages being forced to work constantly.

“HUMANOIDS SIGHTED, RECAPTURE ALIVE IF POSSIBLE!”

The Circus Folk were forced to jump straight off the cliff and into the mine to avoid the Robots lasers. The workers didn’t even notice the commotion around them, as the folk dodged the laser beams and headed off through the mine.

The Robots that were pursuing them were a different model those that had earlier captured the Circus Folk and their time machine. These Robots flew at tremendous speeds. They had a similar upper body to the earlier robots, but they had no legs, only a round base which glowed blue underneath.

“Those slaves they’re not doing anything.” Florence said dismissively as she ran past them.

“Well its not so surprising is it? Pick axes against death rays. Wouldn’t be much of a fight.” Keptis replied.

“Maybe I could sing, influence them to fight back, do something.”

“Again what are you going to influence them to do? Get slaughtered. Sorry Florence, but you’re thinking too far ahead. We need to get ourselves out of this mess before we can help anyone.”

“Like Carlene.” Ashlei interrupted.

Back in the cells, three standard Robot drones had cornered Carlene.

“Worthless creature. You were warned.”

“Yeah well” Carlene said as she started to cough up blood.

“You metal wankers would have killed me anyway, so I’d rather go out on my own terms.”

“If you had been useful to us, we would have spared you. We may still spare you. We can easily reverse the dark magics that are killing you, if you agree to help us.”

“No thanks. I don’t even know how that thing works. Besides I’ve had a good innings haven’t I? A life with you lot isn’t worth it.”

“You insolent.” One of the robots said before the other held it back.

“Leave her. She’s not worth it. You’d be doing her a favour if you killed her now. The dark magic she consumed will finish her in a couple of hours, but they will feel like years. The other humanoids will help us. This pathetic creature cleearly knows nothing about the vessel. Leave her to rot.”

To Be Continued

Professor Fang: The Dark Side of the Moon: Part 2: The Last of their Kind

The Brontosaurus continued to chase the time travellers, it was absolutely relentless. The monster had become so paniced and stressed by the lack of food, and the loss of its herd, that it was almost crazed. It could think of nothing but stomping out any nearby threats.

Unfortunately the Professor, Lindsey and Kirsteen soon came to a dead end, with a gigantic mountain being ahead of the nearby jungle.

“Quick we need to hide in the undergrowth, He might miss us there.” The Professor said as he jumped down beneath some ferns and bushes.

The Brontosaurus knocked over dozens of trees as it stomped around in rage. At first it did miss the time travellers who tried to crawl to safety.  The Brontosaurus was not only a very stupid creature, but it had very poor eyesight.

When the animal saw it had come to a dead end via the mountain however, the Brontosaurus started to go beserk and blindly trampled the woods near it. It very nearly crushed Lindsey and Kirsteen under its gigantic foot without realizing, but fortunately they were both able to quickly swerve to either side. In the confusion however, Kirsteen became seperated from her two companions, whilst the monster continued to stomp around in panic.

As she tried to get away Kirsteen ended up running ahead of the beast and came into full view of the Sauropod.

The Brontosaurus quickly reached down and prepared to clamp its small jaws around Kirsteen, bu she easily managed to dodge the lumbering giant in time.

“You’re only supposed to eat plants” Kirsteen said in annoyance.

In truth however the Brontosaurus was not trying to eat her. It was just using any weapons it could against its enemies. Lindsey quickly ran in front of the monster and tried to distract it by throwing any twigs and dirt she could find at the beast. As soon as it turned its attention to her however, Kirsteen tried to draw it back away from Lindsey.

“Get out of here now.” Lindsey shouted.

“Why do you think you can handle it any better? You get out of here.”

“Oh for god sake” Lindsey said.

“This isn’t a macho thing, I have experience with Dinosaurs I know.” Before Lindsey could finish the Brontosaurus’ long serpentine neck quickly darted for Lindsey. Before she could evade it, the monster scooped her up in its jaws and lifted her into the air.

Fortunately its mouth wasn’t big enough to swallow her, and its tiny pegg shaped teeth barely cut her skin. The monster shook her from side to side in its mouth, but even then, the shakes were very slow and just made Lindsey feel a bit sick more than anything else.

The Dinosaur however still lifted Lindsey over 40 feet off the ground as it raised its neck upwards. Lindsey was almost sick at the sight below her. She’d never been good with heights.

Kirsteen could only watch helplessly. She wanted to do something, but if she did somehow manage to distract the Brontosaurus then it would most likely drop Lindsey to her death.

“Where the hell is the Professor.” Kirsteen said to herself.

As the Sauropod started to bite harder, its peg like teeth started to pierce Lindsey’s skin, and in pain and panic she kicked wildly, with one kick landing straight in the Dinosaur’s eye.

The Brontosaurus dropped Lindsey, who fell into a large tree. The branches broke her fall, but she still fell through them until she hit the ground below.  She didn’t break anything, but she was knocked out and the Brontosaurus started to close in on her.

Kirsteen quickly ran in front of Lindsey and started to throw things at the Brontosaurus for all the good it did.

Just then Kirsteen noticed some of the trees behind being trampled over.

“Oh god there’s not another of these bastards.” Kirsteen thought to herself.

The Professor however soon came running from the direction of the trampled trees. Behind him, Kirsteen could see what looked like a gigantic predatory Dinosaur, in actual fact an Allosaurus, the most numerous of the carnivores of the valley. The Allosaurus immediately set its sights on the Brontosaurus. The Brontosaurus was about 5 times the size of the Allosaurus, yet the Brontosaurus looked far more scared than the Allosaurus.

The Brontosaurus reared up on its back legs, looking even larger than before. The Allosaurus however simply darted around with its much greater speed, confusing and scaring the giant.

The Brontosaurus was forced to stomp back down to the ground after a few minutes the strain on its back legs was too great, and for the few seconds it was disoriented, the Allosaurus jumped on the Sauropods side. It gripped onto the Brontosaurus’ body with the long talons on its hands, and slashed its head at the long necked giant’s side like a hatchet, cleaving off massive pieces of flesh.

The Brontosaurus thrashed around in in deseperation, knocking several trees down. Kirsteen was barely able to pull Lindsey’s unconscious body away in time from one of the Brontosaurus’ feet.

The Brontosaurus tried to ram the Allosaurus into some trees, but the meat eater was too quick and crawled onto the top of the larger Dinosaurs back, where it continued to slice more flesh off of the Brontosaurus’ gigantic bulk from either side. Unfortunately neither the Brontosaurus’ neck or tail could reach the Allosaurus’. The crafty theropod knew this, and it would always strike at the centre of the beasts body as a result. One whack from the Brontosaurus’ tail could kill the Allosaurus.

Eventually after a few minutes the Brontosaurus collapsed onto its belly from blood loss. Too weak to barely raise its tail, the Allosaurus still held on to its back even as the giant collapsed, and would continue to slash away for a few more moments until it was sure the Brontosaurus was down for good.

The Professor quickly ran by the Allosaurus as it feasted on its kill. The Allosaurus wouldn’t give them anymore trouble. It was too busy focused on its well earned larger meal. The Professor had counted on that. He knew that he couldn’t have taken down the Brontosaurus itself, so he quickly searched for a predatory Dinosaur that could.

It wouldn’t be too hard to find one here he guessed, as there were so many herbivores nearby. It was then just a simple question of leading it to the Brontosaurus.

Lindsey stared at the Allosaurus tearing into the Brontosaurus’ carcass with an almost grim fascination. She wanted to take a picture of the gruesome spectacle, but she thought it would look a bit strange in front of Kirsteen.

The Allosaurus itself was a truly remarkable animal. The perfect blend of savagery, cunning and speed. That fact that it was able to bring down such an animal 5 times its size with minimal effort, almost earned it Lindsey’s respect. The large meat eaters had always been her favourites as a child after all.

The Allosaur however soon noticed the awestruck and horrified humans and Vampire and let out a mighty roar to scare them away.

“I think we should be going” The Professor said.

“I didn’t enjoy leading that monster to the Brontosaurus, but he didn’t leave us much choice” The Professor continued as the three time travellers crept their way through the thick jungle, past the Allosaurus that returned to devouring its kill.

As the Professor, Lindsey and Kirsteen made their way through the jungle, they saw more Dinosaurs in the woods. Mostly Triceratops’ and Hadrosaurs. These two Dinosaur species didn’t normally socialise, but as the populations had dwindled so much, various different species had gathered together for protection.

At the end of the forest, the Professor could see what looked like the entrance to a cave system. The cave was connected to the mountain that had blocked their path ahead earlier, and ran right around the forest.

Just next to the cave, and beyond the forest was a large open plain, where dozens of Triceratops and Hadrosaurs all congregated.

In the very distance of the plains, near the forest Lindsey could see what looked like a pack of Dromeosaurs circling a Hardosaur.

These Dromeosaurs or Raptors were far larger than those Lindsey, the Professor and Kirsteen had seen when they first entered the valley.

They were at least 6 feet tall, and over twice as long. They still looked small however compared to the Hadrosaur.

The Raptors were not hunting the Hadrosaur itself however. Lindsey could see that several of the Raptors had made their way to the Hadrosaurs nest in the woods behind, where they were dragging the baby Hadrosaurs away kicking and screaming.

Once they got the infants a good distance away, the Raptors killed them either by slicing their stomachs open with the sickle like claws on their feet, or by ramming their claws into the infants necks and choking them on their own blood. The infants screams soon alerted the adult Hadrosaur who charged back in the direction of the nest.

Whilst the rest of the Dromeosaurs scattered, one quickly descended from the tree tops, like a giant bird of prey. This Raptor looked larger than the rest and was probably the alpha, Lindsey thought.

The alpha Raptor sunk the claws on both its hands and feet into the Hadrosaurs back, and held on, similar to how the Allosaur had jumped onto the Brontosaurus.

The Raptor however didn’t attack in quite the same way. Instead it merely held on, whilst the Hadrosaur frantically tried to shake it off.

The Raptors were capable of bringing down big game, but only when they had too. Even for a pack it was still difficult taking down a 40 foot long Dinosaur such as a Hadrosaur, and so they preferred to target their offspring instead.

The Alpha held the Hadrosaur off long enough for the rest of the pack to drag the Hadrosaurs infants deeper off into the woods out of sight. The Alpha then retreated back to the tree tops, whilst the rest of the pack scattered back into the woods.

“We should have done something”, Kirsteen who had also noticed the gruesome sight said with regret.

“No” The Professor said firmly. “We have to let nature take its course, besides we don’t have time.”

The Professor had barely paid any attention to the Raptors. He was focused instead on the cave. It looked more like the rest of the moon, than the artificial magical landscape around it.

“The magical centre of the valley like I said will most likely be underground” the Professor continued as he walked towards the cave.

“There are a lot of corpses in there. I can smell them.” The Professor said.

“It does appear to be our only way forward though.”

“There’s bound to be more caves around here somewhere.” Kirsteen replied.

“Yes but we don’t have the time to look for them. This whole valley is holding on by its finger nails.” The Professor marched ahead into the cave without even looking back.

“He never likes to talk things over” Kirsteen said.

“To be fair he’s right this time.” Lindsey replied.

“You saw those Dinosaurs floating off into space. He has no idea where those caves lead, but still its not exactly safe out here either.” Lindsey said as she saw one of the Raptors drag a small Hardosaurs away in the distance.

The inside of the cave was surprisingly light. It was grey and dusty however, much like the moon’s surface.

“I can sense the magic here. Its stronger than anywhere else. We’re on the right track though I still have no idea where this centre is, or how we are going to fix it.”

“Well journey of a thousand miles and all that.” Kirsteen said.

“I just hope something doesn’t eat us before we finish the journey.” She continued

“Well if we run into something hungry you can always sing.” The Professor said, whilst Lindsey struggled not to giggle.

The three time travellers reached the end of the tunnel, where they saw a massive cavern below that was filled with the bones of various Dinosaurs and other animals, including human beings.

All of the Dinosaurs and animal bones looked relatively small. Some of them were clearly infants of larger Dinosaur species.

“This is the Raptors cave.” Lindsey said.

“They must drag the babies they kill in here.”

Suddenly several Raptors began to emerge from behind the corpses, roaring and hissing.

“Well I think that’s our cue to get of here.” Kirsteen said

“No” The Professor replied.

“I told you we have to go ahead. Its only Raptors.”

The Professor jumped down to face the three Dinosaurs, baring his fangs and roaring. The Raptors were a little taken aback at first. They had hunted many humans, but they had never seen even the largest and strongest humans face them so brazenly. Little did they know the Professor wasn’t even human.

Still the largest Raptor jumped at the old Vampire who quickly tossed the Dinosaur aside. The second Raptor meanwhile, the Professor sent tumbling over his shoulder and into a larg pile of human bones behind. The final Raptor started to back away a bit in fear, as the Professor slowly walked towards it.

The Raptor tried to hiss at him, but the Professor simply laughed and snarled back.

The Vampire however realised too late that it had been tricked, when a fourth Raptor emerged from behind a small pile of bones and jumped the Professor from behind. Before he could react, the third Raptor then jumped on top of him, as did the first two Dinosaurs who had recovered.

They all slashed their claws into the Professor. Had he been an ordinary human, the Raptors would have cut him to pieces! Still he was unable to break free from the Dinosaurs.

Lindsey and Kirsteen prepared to jump into the cavern below to help the Professor, but as they did, they suddenly heard the sound of several Raptors behind them.

Three of the Raptors from the forest, with one of them holding the body of a Hadrosaur by the neck had managed to creep up on the two time travellers.

To Be Continued

 

Professor Fang: The Demon Within: Part 2: Behind Enemy Lines

 

“LINDSEY!” The Professor shouted in despair as the monster carried her high into the sky.

There was nothing Kirsteen or even the Professor could do to help Lindsey however. The Professor tried to jump over thirty feet using his Vampiric strength to catch the Demon, but the monster was too high, and the Professor simply went crashing back down.

“We have to follow her.” The Professor told Kirsteen as he ran ahead over the hill, not even bothering to look back and see if Kirsteen was following or not. The Professor recognised the Demon. At least he thought he did. It was a particularly nasty breed native to the planet Ghastriax. The Professor and Lindsey had helped rebel an infestation of the monsters in the largest city on the planet many years ago (from their perspective at least.) The Professor had created a magical blast that wiped out thousands of them. He still remembered the formula, but he obviously didn’t have the time to whip it up now.

As the Professor made it over the hill however, several hideous undead Demons suddenly came crawling out of the ground. The monsters were utterly hideous in appearance. Their skin was rotting, and slimy, whilst their teeth were long, thin, white and extremely strong. They had no eyes and long, grey flowing hair. About twenty of the monsters in total emerged from the ground.

Kirsteen stood near the Professor and picked up a rock for defence. It probably wouldn’t do her any good but she had to try something.

The Professor bared his fangs and ran into the monsters. He tossed three of them through the air and punched a hole in another’s chest, tearing its heart out, before throwing him to the others.

The Vampire then used his fangs to rip the throat out of one Demon, before spitting its flesh and blood in another attacking Demons face, distracting it long enough for the Professor to then break its neck.

Kirsteen was quite taken aback at the display. She knew the Professor was a Vampire, but to see him degenerate into such an animal shocked and terrified her.

The Professor was still in complete control however. He knew that his blood lust would never vanish. As a Vampire it was part of who he was, so he would always make sure to channel it against monsters instead of people.

Whilst the Professor was clearly stronger than these beasts, one of them was able to catch him unaware. The monster was still underground, and it reached its hand out and grabbed the Professor. It only held him in place for a few seconds but it distracted the Professor long enough, for three more of the Demons to jump him from behind and pin him down. The monsters started to bite and claw at the Professor. Kirsteen tried to help the Professor by striking one of the Demons from behind with her, but it quickly spun round and knocked the rock out of her hand.

As it tried to hold Kirsteen still to get a good bite however, Kirsteen was able to grab one of its arms and flip it over her shoulder. Whilst the monsters may have been a good bit stronger than the average human, they were very slow. Kirsteen quickly dodged another one of the monsters and punched it in the stomach and then the face. Whilst she was fighting this monster however, the beast she had flipped over her shoulder managed to grab Kirsteen from behind and within a few seconds, three of the monsters were swarming her.

Just as all seemed lost, the monster holding Kirsteen from behind collapsed to the floor with a smoking hole in its back. Kirsteen looked around to see three strange soldiers standing at the side, wielding large laser rifles. They mowed down all of the undead Demons in a matter of seconds.

Kirsteen instantly went to the Professor was lying on the floor, covered in bite and scratch marks aid.

“I’m okay. A bit worse for wear, but I’ll heal. My clothes won’t sadly. I’ll have to toss this suit out. Shame. I loved the cape. Thank you, and thank you gentleman.” He said to the soldiers. “May I ask who were owe our lives to?”

The soldiers however simply fired at both Kirsteen and the Professor’s feet.

“You will accompany us or you will die”.

The Professor smirked. “I’m afraid that won’t kill me” before rushing the soldiers. All three fired at him, but their rays didn’t even slow the Vampire down. The Professor tossed two of the soldiers aside, and grabbed the gun from the leader of the group that he quickly snapped in half.

Unfortunately one of the soldiers however quickly grabbed Kirsteen and held its gun to her head.

“Are you so sure that our weapons won’t harm her?”

The Professor stopped. “I need to stop travelling with humans. They’re too easy to kill.” The Professor said bitterly as he put his hands up.

The winged creature carried Lindsey to a large mountain where it dropped her in a pit with various other strange creatures.

The creatures belonged to the same race as the soldiers who had abducted the Professor and Kirsteen, though Lindsey of course didn’t know this.

The creatures all had a yellow, greenish skin, thick lizard lips, a large, almost neanderthal brow, 4 rows of white hairy spikes that ran from the top of their heads, straight down their back. Three eyes, which were long, and purple with a yellow iris, and three rows of sharp teeth. They were all relatively large. Not one of them was below 6 feet, and they all had large builds too.

The monsters all turned their attention to Lindsey. She tried not to show any fear. She wasn’t even sure if they meant her any harm. They all seemed to be more curious of her than anything else.

“What are you?” One of the creatures asked.

“I’m from earth” Lindsey said somewhat nervously. “Its a small blue planet.”

“I’ve never heard of it.” The creature interrupted.

“Oh well you should go. The food and the music is to die for. The people not so much.” She joked.

“You don’t look like a Demon?” It said.

“No just a passer by. I don’t suppose one of you minds telling me what.”

The creatures attention was diverted to several of the giant flying beasts, hovering over the pit.

“They look tasty, I can’t wait for the feast tonight.” One of the smaller creatures said whilst licking its lips.

“I don’t like the look of that weird one.” Another one of the flying Demons said referring to Lindsey. “Its head’s got too much hair, and that’s the best bit.”

“I want to see what it tastes like, its a one of a kind.”

“I want its fingers. I love fingers.” Drooled another one of the monsters.

“Its all mine” shouted the monster that captured Lindsey. “I caught it.”

The Demon’s started to fight over who got to taste the strange, pink alien’s flesh below.

“Well I don’t know about you” Lindsey said to the other creatures. “I don’t intend to become Demon droppings.”

“You mean escape? I don’t know why none of us ever thought of that before.” Replied one of the strange creatures from behind in a sarcastic tone.

“I see sarcasm is a universal trait among sentient life forms? Well not to toot my own horn, but I’ve encountered these creatures before. I assume we’re in the Myserik Galaxy?”

“Actually that’s the neighbouring Galaxy. We’re being invaded.”

“Well wherever we are, I know a spell that can hurt these creatures. If you give me a few minutes I can create just a small amount magic.”

“Why only a small amount?”

“In order to to broadcast the spell wide enough to take out hundreds of those monsters I’d need the proper equipment. However if I remember the enchantment I might be able to take down a few.”

“A few? There’s millions out there.”

“Fine I’ll do nothing and we can just get eaten.”

“How long will you need.”

Back in the aliens camp which just a short while away from where they were captured, the Professor and Kirsteen were brought before their leader. The leader was much larger than the others and his horns were bright red though other than that there was little physical difference between the aliens.”

“What are these creatures? Are they Demons?” The leader barked?

“Well I am technically but I’m one of the nice ones.” The Professor joked only to get thumped in the face in response by one of the aliens.

“Please we’re just travellers, we don’t mean any harm, a friend of ours, well his, was taken by those flying things. We have to find her!” Kirsteen interrupted.

The leader sensed it could trust Kirsteen. Unlike the Professor who it thought there was something off about, it felt her pleas sounded genuine.

“If those things got your friend, then I’m sorry. They’re already dead. It won’t matter though, soon our entire race will be.”

“NO!” Shouted another one of the aliens from the back.

“THE MASTER WILL SAVE US ALL! HE WILL CRUSH OUR ENEMIES.”

The leader laughed. “Absolutely pathetic that you still cling to that liar’s promises.” Three underlings tried to attack the leader in response, but he simply shot them down.

“Don’t worry aliens. I didn’t kill them, though at this stage it would probably have been better than to let them get torn apart from those winged beasts.”

The Professor interrupted. “I don’t understand? I recognised the stars. This isn’t the Myserik galaxy. Those monsters out there I know them. Asikori Demons. Vicious little brutes, but they’re a long way from home. How? When I fought them before, they were just beasts?”

“Yes well they’ve had a little help in attacking us.” The leader replied.

“I didn’t recognise those Demons that came out of the ground? Are they not from the same world as the Asikori?”

“They are not even of the same solar system. All of the main Demon races from the neighbouring galaxy have formed an alliance. An alliance to destroy us.”

“Why you” Kirsteen asked.

“Well its not just us. Any life forms they come across. These monsters, after they overrun their own worlds, they decided to form an army to take over as many others as they could.”

“Tragic.” The Professor said shaking his head. “I visited Ghastriax many times. It was a beautiful planet and its people were among the finest I’ve ever encountered. Far better than yours Kirsteen.”

“All right you were once one of us too.”

“Yes but not anymore.”

“So you’d much rather be a Vampire then?”

“Touche Miss Williamson.”

“Enough!” The leader shouted in frustration.

“What do you mean you’ve faced these Demons before?” He continued. “How did you escape them?”

“Well I didn’t just escape them. I beat them. I had help, but still. It was through magic.”

“Could you recreate this magic for us.”

“Not on the same scale I’m afraid. I had help from the people of Ghastriax. Their technology allowed me to blast the magic over a city wide area.”

“I think you’ll find that we have the same resources.” The leader said.

“Well maybe. You don’t look as if you do? Still for the time being I could whip up a few spells. Enough to save Lindsey, if you’ll help.”

“WHAT! YOU WOULD DARE TO FORCE US TO HELP YOU” shouted one of the monsters at the back before being shut up by its leader.

“I’m not telling you. I’m asking. If you won’t help? Fine, we’ll go ourselves.” The Professor said.

“Of course we’ll help you.” Said the leader much to everyone, including the Professor’s surprise.

“Well that I was not expecting.” The Professor said.

“The way I see it. We have no choice. We’re beaten anyway so either we sit and wait to die, or we help you and you help us.”

“Why don’t you just try and force me to give you the magics?” The Professor asked, with Kirsteen nudging him to shut up, not that he acknowledged her.

“You don’t strike me as the sort of man who breaks easy. Like I said we don’t have the time.”

“I just wish those little runts would stop hiding.” Said one of the Asikori as it sat over the pit Lindsey and the aliens were held in.

“Well to be fair considering what we did to their friends can you blame them” Said another of the abominations.

“No I suppose not.” It laughed thinking of the horrors it had helped to inflict on the people of this world. Its just been days since we last found any of them. I’m starting to wonder if this lot are the last left.”

“Did you hear that” it taunted whilst leaning over the pit. “You lot might be the last of your kind. When we kill you, well”….. The Demon stopped as it noticed something strange in the pit.

All of the aliens were attacking Lindsey. They were throwing her around and striking her before dogpiling on her.

“They’re killing the rare meat quick, quick stop them.” The Demon screamed.

All of the Demons around the pit quickly flew in causing the aliens to scatter from Lindsey.

They gathered around her for a few seconds, poking her to see if she was alive, before Lindsey jumped up and cited a strange enchantment from memory. She had been doing so for the last few minutes in order to draw the magics out, now she just needed to say the final part.

The spell killed the two Demons in front of her and knocked the other three to the floor. Wasting not time the aliens quickly seized their chance and tore the Demons apart.

“Hope we didn’t hurt you too much.” One of the aliens said to Lindsey.

“Oh not at all I’ve been through worse. Besides we had to make it look real. Still now the hard bit begins.”

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 as we will soon see.

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.