Altered Words – Fixed As Death

It’s time for another Altered Words post!

This time, I “found” a poem in a literary classic – Bram Stoker’s Dracula!

What is Altered Words all about, anyway?

In case you missed my first post, Altered Words is my take on “found fiction”, where I take a story, poem, or other literary work and try to “find” a story within by simply crossing out the words I do not want to include in my piece.

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FIXED AS DEATH

Found in Dracula by Bram Stoker, Pg. 376

All was dark and silent.
Black shadows thrown by the moonlight,
full of mystery.
Not a thing seemed to be stirring, all grim and fixed as death.
White mist creeping over me,
mist spreading,
stealing up to the windows,
my waking thoughts merged in dreams.

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What did you think of FIXED AS DEATH? Share your thoughts below!

And hey! If you have a copy of Dracula, I’d LOVE it if you tried your hand at “finding” your own story within! Try the same page I found my story on, or choose your own. And don’t forget to share it in the comments!

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Altered Words – These Dead

Altered Words is my take on “found fiction”, where I take a story, poem, or other literary work and try to “find” a story within by simply crossing out the words I do not want to include in my piece.

I’ve done a few of these little experimental pieces on my blog over the past few years and I always have a great time trying to discover something different in the prose I’ve chosen to work from. It’s actually kind of cool, kind of like finding the hidden meaning or an underlying message that the author tried to bury within.

This one was originally posted on my Patreon campaign in May but now you can read it here! I hope you enjoy them and I’d love to hear your thoughts (or if you happen to have a copy of the same book, I’d LOVE to see what “hidden” prose you find! be sure to share it in the comments if you do!

So, without further adieu, please enjoy this Altered Words piece!

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THESE DEAD
Found in “Soundtrack to the End of the World” by Anthony J Rapino (pg. 195)

The darkness and lantern glow fell, as if drawn within.
These dead
sprawled on the road,
abandoned,
strewn,
no more than a glance in the ambient glow.
Numb, still,
absolutely undeniably gone.

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What did you think of THESE DEAD? Share your thoughts below! And hey! If you want to know more about “Soundtrack to the End of the World”, check out Anthony J. Rapino’s website [http://www.anthonyjrapino.com/]. He also has a Patreon campaign going on as we speak at http://www.patreon.com/Rapino with some pretty sweet rewards!

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Altered Words: Shadows Grow Long

Shadows Grow LongFrom “The Body”
Published in Different Seasons by Stephen King
Pg. 400

Clouds began to build in the sky,
Up and up and up,
Thunderheads as purple as bruises.
Rain was coming.

Across the sky
The light seemed to evolve.
Filtered, almost pearly.

Our shadows grow long again,
Sail in and out of coppery shade.
The thunderheads lumber closer.

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Altered Words – The Dead Ones

The Dead Ones

When night fell
he put on a long black gown
and when the last stroke of the clock faded
he cried out with a loud shrill voice,
“Behold, the dead ones!
Gather their bones together.
Come, come crawl into the graveyard.
Your desire, I’ll follow.”

- from The Master Thief in The Complete Fairy Tales of The Brothers Grimm – Page 604

 

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Altered Words – Dark Light

click to supersizeFrom Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Pg. 61

everywhere
the scent of pale flowers in soft soil.
the dark aromatic light…
the trees…
still…
paused…
utterly alone.

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Do you own a copy of Lord of the Flies? What poem can you find inside? Share it in the comments!

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