A little late to post this since we’re busy working away on our third album, Fancy Hercules.
But here is for your viewing pleasure – MAKAR’s entry for NPR Tiny Desk Contest.
Submitting to these contests always gives me a little boost and inspiration. Mark, as you can see above, was particularly inspired.
They haven’t announced the winner yet so there’s still a shot.
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My piece Detached was published in Molotov Cocktail on January 31, 2020 in Volume 10, Issue 12. What a way to start the new year!
I actually wrote this story and submitted it to Molotov’s Flash Monster 2019 contest but did not make it into their Top 10. But I did receive a “Close But No Cigar” shout-out on the site.
I never would have written this story without that contest. I always wanted to write about the penanggalan but Molotov gave me the push.
I discovered the penanggalan through D&D. Its illustration was always one of more grotesque ones. But it also haunted me. And then I found the Fiend Folio at my childhood home.
Penanggalan Fiend Folio
None of the origin stories I read completely satisfied me. I fixated on the fact that a penanggalan will remain unnaturally beautiful throughout her life.
I’ve always wondered what made a woman choose to become a penanggalan (and if it was a choice). I examined the physical price of beauty and the extremes some go to attain that irreproachable veneer.
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Posted in horror, writing
Tagged D&D, Dungeons & Dragons, flash fiction, folklore, Ghost, horror, Molotov Cocktail, myth, Penanggalan, Plastic surgery, vampire