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The Fallen Arabians, Servitors of the Elder Goddess Nemesis

Image is of 3 partially decomposed arabian dressed corpses wielding swords.

The Fallen Arabians
Art by Brad Hicks for the OctoberNomicon Art Contest

These creatures first appear after the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC) during the Second Persian Invasion of Greece. They were once men, conscripted soldiers of the Arabian tribe, and part of the massive army led by the Persian King Xerxes. They were used as fodder, hurled against the Spartan simply to tire the formidable Greek soldiers before more valuable solders faced them. Thousands of these Arabians died in a single morning accomplishing nothing. Their bodies lay forgotten and unburied, fed upon by crows and wild dogs.  But for the Fallen Arabians death brought them neither rest nor freedom. These men are still called to fight and die, only this time by the dark powers of the Elder Goddess Nemesis, and her cultists. Continue reading »

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Perditii — Daniel Harms

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Date:  July 17, 2015, 15:45:33
From:  Philip_lefkowitz@fws.gov
To:  Jana_doreal@fws.gov
Subject: REDACTEDThe gist of your report:  Subject wandered away from her hiking group on July 10.  Extensive ground and air search over fifty miles turned up nothing.  Body was found seventeen miles away on July 14, three hundred feet from an inhabited cabin.  Autopsy shows abrasions on arms and legs.  Death consistent with dehydration, even though this area is filled with lakes and streams.

Why didn’t she seek shelter?  Or call for help?  Or even take a damn drink?

And what about the other three bodies from the last ten years?

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Nightmare Parasites, Lesser Independent Race

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It was a big blob with a small round head with no neck, looking like a roly-poly. Around its big eyes were wrinkles that glowed…I knew it wanted me to go somewhere. I found myself slipping off the bed. Suddenly, the thing released its strange force and it was gone.” – From the Files of National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena.

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Nemesis, Elder God.

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  Thee, Nemesis, I call, almighty queen, by whom the deeds of mortal life are seen: eternal, much revered, of boundless sight, alone rejoicing in the just and right.

  • Orphic Hymn 61 to Nemesis, 3rd Century B.C.

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The Migo Queen

Image is a whale sized grub looking creature with a shrimplike abdomen and a mass of feelers for a head.

The Migo Queen
by Reuben Dodd for the OctoberNomicon Art Contest

“Police are on day 6 of a manhunt searching for the serial killer plaguing Redwood Heights.  So far 7 bodies have been found, with parts of the bodies surgically removed.  Local conspiracy theorists are calling back to the cattle mutilations north of Redwood Heights back in the 80’s.  This and Girl’s soccer tournament results tonight for you on News Channel 6” Continue reading »

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Keck, Lesser Independent Race

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These alien being are not native to our dimension dwelling in a shadow realm parallel to our own. They are most often transported into our world accidentally, when a wizard fails in creating a gate, performing a summoning, or in harness the powers of the cosmos. Once trapped in our dimension the Keck has a single option for survival, as it cannot exist long in our environment. The only place it can find refuge is within a living human host.   Continue reading »

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The Garson Invaders

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“Three strange beings emerged from the craft. They were about 13-feet tall, greenish-blue in color, and the face was a color combination he had never seen before…Their bodies seemed to glow, and they had a single eye in the center of what passed for a forehead. The beings had six evenly distributed sets of arms and/or hairy legs. The ‘hands’ were equipped with crab-like claws, which opened and closed spasmodically. They also were equipped with a natural, twin antenna in the head…“One of the beings started to come toward Ennio, who turned and ran. However, the being sent a sort of hypnotic stare after Ennio that ‘froze’ him in his tracks, and then spoke to him in a voice that seemed to address him inside his head…The being sternly requested or ordered Ennio to perform some task, the nature of which he has stoutly refused to divulge, even to officialdom. He was emphatic that he would ‘rather die’ than do what they asked him to do.” – Project Blue Book Continue reading »

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Shadow Box

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The Alienist showed his intern a box on his table. It was a small brown wood box with iron hinges. Most peculiar was the strange glyphs in gold decorating the box. The Alienist spoke cautiously, “Back in the day there was some of us who were neophytes under the teachings of the famous psychoanalyst, doctor Carl Jung , who found a path to our patient’s dreams. We had great success bringing the unconscious material to the surface to help our patients merge themselves with their unconscious self. To be a whole person, you see. Doctor Jung didn’t understand how we could cure our people so quickly. It was our secret. We continued for a year or two but we eventually came across a patient named Ichabod Marsh. His shadow tapped into something more primal than any archetype we had seen. It was ancient and it devoured Ichabod’s ego and essence. What was left is in the box…Captured and hungry.”

The curious intern impulsively replied, “Let me see?” Continue reading »

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Tainted Rosebush: Taint of Shub-Niggurath

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I can’t remember what I saw, only running through the woods in terror, trying to escape it. I emerged from the forest and collapsed in a field, exhausted. My arm burned with unimaginable pain and blisters were forming so fast I could watch them swell.

Once in town, I had to be restrained in order to prevent me from tearing open my arm to ease the itch.  Surprisingly, the blisters dried only a few days later.  The skin is still dry and itchy, but nothing like on that day.  I have since found other places to hike.” — Julie Everest, Field Biologist. Continue reading »

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The Halloween Man, Great One – Scott David Aniolowski

Image is a tall, lank man in an old, tattered black tuxedo with tails. VERY thin -- skeletal. Hands covered by white gloves. Figure is slightly hunches and crooked. Overly tall, thin top hat, again old and worn and bent. High collar on shirt and hat hide face -- just a black shadow but with a pair of burning jack o'lantern eyes and a wide burning jack o'lantern mouth showing. Carries an evil looking, glowing jack o'lantern in one hand and a large black sack over his shoulder hat he uses to scoop up children.

The Halloween Man
Art by Brad Hicks for the OctoberNomicon Art Contest

The Halloween Man appears as a very tall, stick-thin figure, bent and arthritic. He dresses in tattered black dress clothes including high collared tuxedo coat with tails, spats, dress gloves, and an unusually tall and thin stovepipe top hat, bent and battered like the rest of his clothes. Where a face should be is nothing but blackness, out of which burn two pupiless fiery eyes and a jagged glowing jack o’lantern mouth. An old carved jack o’lantern turnip sways from a rusty chain in one hand, green hellfire and sulfuric smoke wafting from its blazing features; over his shoulder the Halloween Man carries a large black sack. Like the Halloween version of Santa Claus, he visits children on Halloween night, but snatches them up in his sack and carts them off to his lair, never to be seen again. His pockets are stuffed with sweet Halloween treats to help ensnare children: candy apples, chocolates, candy corn, etc. Continue reading »

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