Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Red And Pleasant Land

From the Introduction...


Some women, some men and most children know that dreams leak. A lifetime of thinking it that way in your sleep can make a drawer on a drafting table three or four inches wider on a side.


But there are longer lives than ours, and longer dreams.


There is a Red King, and he is terrible and he is tall. He wears a red crown. The long red years have made him strange and he hides from the sun, sleeping, his strange dreams making unseen days stranger. Sleeping, he dreams of ruin and of distortion--of an Antiland, reversed and red. When he opens his red eyes in the red night there is his red land: it is inverted, rigid, and wrong.


There is a cruel Queen of Hearts: she is in a different castle and she is on a different mountain and she sleeps in a different wooden box, but she is also hiding and dreaming. She dreams into being a world unending, unbeginning, with wonder and murder, disruption and unreason. And melancholy green gardens. And it is there now. And hers.


Their home was once called Voivode, but now it is known by other names: The Land the Gods Refuse To See. Zeu Orb. Orb Dumnezeu. Isten Vak. The Place of Unreason.


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Busy busy busy.

17 comments:

Black Vulmea said...

"Grab yer swords 'n' sacks, boys and girls, and let's pay this Red King a little visit . . . "

Claytonian said...

Yar!

joe said...

I want to be a lonely desperado in this land. Living by sharp reflexes, true aim, and a refusal to die.

Zak S said...

There is a lot of "refusal to die" in the Empire...

scrap princess said...

I am excited about this. EXCLAIM.

Skeller said...

That's a sexy intro excerpt.

Gusty L. said...

I love these "Empire of Unreason" sorts of worlds, they seem awfully hard to make, because as surreal as they are, of course there has to be a structure to the unreason that can be teased out. While my own abilities would fail if applied to such a task I am confident you're the person to translate such a wondrous place into the calculated, numerical world of OSR style table top gaming (Scrap Princess would be my other nominee). Anyway - just adding my voice to those who are interested and excited by this project of yours.

Josh Baker said...

Is that an exert from the "Empire of Unreason" book?

Zak S said...

it is an excerpt

Josh Baker said...

Man that is so good, it creates such a nice visual while reading it, I think I'm going to read some of his books!
Also I just discovered your blog and I really like some of the postings on here, and you have a fan in me now Zak

Zak S said...

"his"?
I wrote that.

Zak S said...

Though I'm changing it to "Place of Unreason" so it doesn't get confused with other stuff

Josh Baker said...

Oh, I'm sorry, is it not from this? http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Unreason-The-Age-Book/dp/0345406095

Zak S said...

No, it's the first page of the project I am working on. click the "eat me" tag to see other material I am putting together for it

Koep said...

It's enjoyable to read a piece of literature that I need to actually slow down and focus on. Tired are the days of reading a "story" which my mind knows before my eyes read.

richard said...

I think I'm beginning to understand "Eat Me".

Uh oh.

mordicai said...

Wait; weiiiiird. I just saw the link to this in your recent play report, but the Weird Lovecraftian Fairytale Monster Demon King of the Mirrors in MY campaign was the King in Red, too. Zeigeisty.