Horror Inc: The Invisible Man #1

"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?

22 Comments
22 Comments
Posted by The Poet

@bumpyboo my dear I present to you...the invisible man....

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Posted by Pyrogram

Hah, This was really good! Enjoyed the read! Nice :D

Posted by The Poet

@pyrogram: thank you. Had this story in my head a while now, but never got around to writing it until last night.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@the_poet: I was in love the second I realised it's a homage to the Twilight Zone

Posted by The Poet

@the_poet: I was in love the second I realised it's a homage to the Twilight Zone

:)

I couldn't help myself...Always loved Rod Serling and Vincent Price (as you can sort of see I don't do slasher films, but there are other branches of horror that I enjoy...)

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@the_poet: I'm a Twilight Zone fanboy, I also love Hammer Horror and basically anything with Christopher Lee. I also love old horror b-moives

Posted by BumpyBoo

@the_poet: I was in love the second I realised it's a homage to the Twilight Zone

My thoughts exactly, this is just wonderful from the start, you set the tone brilliantly mate. I'll add it to the library now! ^___^

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Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

I missed your writing.

Posted by The Poet

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: I did too...

@bumpyboo: thanks! :D

@the_poet: I'm a Twilight Zone fanboy, I also love Hammer Horror and basically anything with Christopher Lee. I also love old horror b-moives

you sir have good taste!

I want to say all these things (the extremely subtle hint on one of my possible future stories, or who I am thinking about having guest star in this or other stories...you know I'm dying here), but I don't want to spoil anything...

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@the_poet: haha nope, don't be spoiling things

Posted by 4donkeyjohnson

@the_poet: EXCELLENT! I love it, please when is the next chapter? Very appealing and quirky

Edited by The Poet

@4donkeyjohnson: thanks (yay! I'm quirky!!!)

sometime soon...Need to think about how I'm going to get to the place I'm imagining...

oh, question for my fearless leader @bumpyboo if I don't see a character on the list (I'm thinking older horror characters btw) can I just use them or do you want me to pm you a list (of course most of those are pretty obscure so I am not at all worried that someone might take them...)

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Edited by 4donkeyjohnson

@the_poet: Just to let you know (as a mod) the @ isn't working. But yes this is quirky and very cool combining the voice of horror & macabre with the master of twists & turns...I'm in!

Edited by BumpyBoo

@the_poet:

Oh, if you mean the list in the official thread OP that is only really a rough guide, as long as a character is not being used and fits the theme, it should be fine :) But yes, if you would like to PM me at any point to double check anyone, that is fine too ^___^

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Edited by The Poet

@bumpyboo: righty-o. free range...this could get dangerous...and now I know what character I'm going to use next....mahahahaha!

oh, only I would be amused by this, but I thought I would share: you said on the horror library:

Bump for our new Invisible Man story by The Poet! :D

Nothing wrong with that post techically but reminds me of the fact that i slipped in a subtle book joke into my work that I MUST share...

Griffin at one point says:

…Tonight, we dabble into the realm of what was once fiction of the likes of Ellison or Wells[...]

Wells of course is HG Wells the original author of The Invisible Man but Ellison is a little bit more obsure. Ralph Ellison was a writer in the 1950s. Mostly wrote social justice related literature mostly involving African Americans. Anywho, his most famous book is titled Invisible Man. Never cared for that genre (also seems similar to Catcher in the Rye which is not my favorite book...), but I have also been amused by the common confusion between The invisible Man and Invisible Man -- even Google messes it up in their nice little search bio because when you search for just IM you get a brief info on Ellison's book, but the cover listed is Well's book also with the science fiction label

appologies for having to annotate this, but hey anything I am amused by I'll put in my stories...

@4donkeyjohnson (you sure? seems to work fine for me...just tried with you and Bumpy got my message from the 2 times I called her out with the @fuction...message me we'll see if we can get to the bottom of what your problem is...)

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Edited by kfhrfdu_89_76k
@the_poet said:

I want to say all these things (the extremely subtle hint on one of my possible future stories, or who I am thinking about having guest star in this or other stories...you know I'm dying here), but I don't want to spoil anything...


Whisper them to the ground.

Edited by wildvine

The Poet,

First, welcome back friend. Missed you! ^_^

I enjoyed this. It was short, but fun. Really felt like an episode of the Twilight Zone. Well done sir. *Curtsies*

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Edited by mrdecepticonleader

Wow this off to a flying start very entertaining read :) Excellent work.

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Posted by 4donkeyjohnson

@the_poet: Bumped in hope of getting a chapter two, maybe :)