By The Poet 22 Comments
"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination," a voice pierced the mists of a realm so different from our own and yet so similar.
The voice's owner, a man with perfect hair and a suit to match, paused his 4th wall-penetrating monologue as another spectre emerged from the mist.
“Why if it isn’t Rod Serling,” spoke the deep voiced newcomer with a devious air about him, “Always a pleasure!”
The first man bowed slightly to his new companion, “Hello, Mr. Price. Would you like to join me?”
The second man, who resembled a bizarre mixture between some crazed magician and death itself, smiled even more.
“Of course, I would! You know how I love tales of horror and macabre! And, please, call me Vincent,” the second man rubbed his hands together like a mad scientist preparing his monster.
The first man lit a cigarette and continued his narration, “Rod Serling and Vincent Price: two travelers that should be dead and, yet, are quite alive. Only in this first chapter of Horror Inc’s The Invisible Man.”
The second man began to laugh quite loudly and the two disappeared into the mist.
“For thousands of years man has explored the visible universe, peered at distant worlds and pondered the depths of the deepest oceans. Tonight, we mark the dawning of a new age of humanity and how it perceives the world…” a finely dressed man behind a podium spoke to a crowded banquette hall.
This man is Dr. Griffin: a scientist one whose discovery has the world watching him very closely even though few will be able to see his accomplishment.
“Oh, god! He’s using flowery language again!” a pale man sitting at a table not from the speaker muttered to the tall woman sitting next to him, “I thought you had looked over his speech and made it sound less cheesy!”
The woman smiled and shook her head, “Let the man have his day, Claude. You of all people know how much this means to Jack.”
This lovely creature is Allison Hayes, Dr. Griffin’s fiancé. Beside her is one of his best friends and colleagues, Dr. Rains. This close trinity will only bring death and destruction, but to whom is still yet to be determined.
“…Tonight, we dabble into the realm of what was once fiction of the likes of Ellison or Wells. Tonight, we will, like Prometheus did with fire, officially steal invisibility from the gods and bring it down to be used by mortals!” proclaimed Dr. Griffin, “and to help me show you…or rather not show you this miracle not of magic but of science I would like to present to you my future wife, Ms. Allison Hayes, and my associate in this venture, Dr. Rains.”
Dr. Griffin gestured and his two friends joined him by the podium. Ms. Hayes helped roll up his sleeve while Dr. Rains assisted in placing a device upon Dr. Griffin’s rist.
“Tonight, with a push of a button we add invisibility to the list of man’s accomplishments! Tonight, we change the world!” Griffin announced and with that he pressed a button on the device.
At that instant, the building’s very foundation shook and the audience lost sight of Dr. Griffin not because of invisibility but because of explosion.
And we will be back after a short break…will you?