Authors: Mike Jones
Published by Blasphemous Books
an imprint of KHP Publishers, Inc.
This book is a work of fiction.
Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
This work, including all characters, names, and places:
Copyright 2012 Mike Jones
All rights reserved.
Cover art Copyright 2011 K.H. Koehler
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To my mother, Phyllis Jones, who made me.
1) To MySpace: for just simply being there, although ye ne'er knew it. I had tried (off and on) for 6 or 7 years to get an agent to read it, unsuccessfully. The entire book sat on my MySpace page for 14 months before it was discovered by KHP.
2) Peter Van Leunen, my lawyer. He liked it and began editing it immediately. You have made Infernus shine just a little bit brighter because of your efforts, sir!
3) To Jerrod Balzer who thought it was a good idea to put an afterword here explaining the circumstances of the writing of this mess known as "Infernus." And coined the phrase, "The
of Infernus." I hope he lives to be a hundred.
4) To my keeper, Filboid Studge, in my little sunny cell here in St. Louis. I am allowed out for one hour per day to watch the birds glow and listen to the trees scream. Sometimes he lets me out during the day. Sometimes he lets me out. Sometimes he does.
5) To S.D. Hintz & Jerrod Balzer who had the grapefruit-sized gonads to put this mess in print in the first place. I have ensconced you in a tableau, permanently in Infernus. As a reward. Forever. Right where you belong.
"LIFE" IN INFERNUS
I. There is no time here. Everything in Infernus happens during the same nanosecond. Imagine every paper cut, every severed finger, every toothache, every disembowelment, every cold, all happening to everyone at once.
II. In Infernus, no one ever tells the truth. There is no longer a need for truth, or maintaining the truth - for there is no hope here. Everything in Infernus is in an absolute state.
the pain of
mankind is shared by all, no real conversations take place. Consequently, no permission is ever asked for anything, and none is ever given by anyone. The strong take what does not belong to them - the souls of others.
of the mouths of
mankind are opened as far as "inhumanly" possible in a permanent Scream Eternal. All happens here through a veritable sea, a tumultuous wall of sound. Ten billion souls screaming and screaming and screaming.
V. Either you are made to do things by those who outrank you in authority (the only thing that determines strength here) or the words scrape through your brain like a bag of broken glass that sits in your head that someone can shake when they wish. All communication is done in the brain as bursts of hideous migraines. The smallest words sound like hammers.
The man, who would be recognized as "The Legend" in the near future, a national treasure in the US/Canadian Territories, stood, sans clothing, in the middle of the classroom, quite unembarrassed.
Samuel, an art student, was standing next to him, and indicated the fifty-something-year-old man. "I met him a few months ago. I have come to expect very odd things from him. I don't know if I can tell you I will ever
him, but I just
respect him. I asked him if he wanted to pose nude for my art class. I had already cleared it with Professor Delaney. He said he loves nudism, and promptly said 'yes.'"
Professor Delaney spoke to the nude model. "Thank you for coming. Students, begin when you are ready."
The model said, "Do I need to be silent, or can I speak?"
The teacher was slightly taken aback. "Oh. No, go right ahead. Freedom of Speech is mandated by our respective governments, right class?"
The nude man smiled and then looked across the room, gazing at each and every one of them. He thought it was important to discuss with them The Freedom of Speech Act that the US/Canadian Territories had passed a hundred years ago. When he finished, some students rose to be heard.
A young woman was first. "This is an art class, not government, right?"
"I agree. But, tolerance is one thing and censorship is another. Most folks want to censor me once I begin. I won't mind."
Professor Delaney interjected. "We won't ask you to stop."
He smiled with a toothy malevolence. "We'll see. We'll see." He put his clothes in neat piles and sat on a chair to pose.
An attentive student had a recording device, and for some reason, he pushed the RECORD button. The situation amused him and he thought it would be interesting to hear what the old man said. He made sure, after hearing the man recite the first chapter with memorized perfection, to always have his recording device for each class. It is
because of this student that we have the manuscript intact.
The old man opened his mouth and, word-for-word, this is exactly what he said:
"THE ENCYCLOPEDIAS OF MADNESS"
A faceless, nameless thing, no longer than a fly, flashed its wings so rapidly that they were unseen by mortals. It appeared to be a living bullet, a faint smear of blurry blue.
It glided noiselessly through an inviting, emerald glade where an enormous crooked tree breathed, shivered and waited. The tiny creature did not stop there.
Somewhere nearby it flew over a machine glowing red-hot. A man's legs jutted out from an opening in the back, jerking and pumping wildly. If the creature had the capacity to listen, it would have heard the muffled shrieking of the man locked inside. But the faceless creature did not stop here, either. By an unseen guiding line it moved on without stopping, as if careless.
It flew over a diamond lake. It briefly bowed its waxy head, but could not see the gasping figures just below the surface, trapped like mosquitoes in ancient amber. Its being was unconcerned as it flew onward between two immense, blood-splattered towers, ominous in their ebony silence, awaiting an audience for its passion play.
It finally stopped and came to rest on the blistered shoulder of a burning man who stood upright and could not acknowledge its presence. There was a brief sizzle and the creature was gone, to reappear instantly somewhere else, forced to replay its agonizing existence over and over and over again.
The man stood, wrapped in flames, and wrestled with his conscience. "I know with an absolute certainty that there are no babies here, therefore this
that the demon is spinning headfirst on a rusty nail simply
cannot be a child
The massively muscled, red-skinned demon twirled the "baby" again. He would slap it hard on its bottom with a leathery palm and it would spin erratically on the wooden platform, giggling, and then shivering fitfully as the nail struck nerves in the brain.
"Foolish ex-man child." The demon branded this thought into the man's head and he heard it sizzle like frying worms. His eyes were void of orbs; only black holes were visible. "All here are lies. Not one grain has truth as its foundation. Remember, in the form of a warning, that this is the first thing I ever told you."
The "baby" shivered on the nail.
"Only your horrific memory of this scene, in all its maddening cruelty and unfeelingness, is real. Nothing else is real." A matted ripple of hair caught fire on his chest, then his blood-encrusted beard.
"Come," he murmured to a burning bodybuilder that was crawling to him on scab-crackled knees. "See this."
The words wetly splashed like boiling vomit in the man's brain. The demon reached in the fur of his crotch and pulled out his member; it writhed around like a living thing and spit a hot green jelly.
"No, my child," he thought. "This will not torture you. Watch."
Below the enormous eighteen-inch member, hidden deep within the folds of bloody fur, hung two of the blackest stones the man had ever seen. They began throbbing back and forth. The crusty bodybuilder had situated himself between the massive thighs of the demon, who drew him nearer by the back of his head until he forced the bodybuilder's mouth to engulf the living purple head.
A large squelching sound came from the two ebony orbs, like gallons of liquid whistling through metal pipes.
Large swellings appeared on the throat of the baked bodybuilder as he tearfully swallowed gallon after gallon of liquid. He could not breathe.
Finally, the demon pulled the dripping member slowly from his throat and shook off the last drops. They hissed on the shimmering yellowed floor.
The scene bled black and began to dim in the man's consciousness. Was he passing out?
The man opened his tear-filled eyes. He was lying on his back, covered with a linen sheet, in a spare lab he recognized. No comforts here. He was a large man; his biceps were as thick as the thighs of the only other man in the room.
"You see, Dr. Mountfountain, you
be hypnotized. I told you." The speaking one was an ugly, smallish man with a goatee and a bitter, pocked face.
"No." The man's eyes blinked with terror. "It was real! I am
able to live the thoughts of a man in Hell."
He sat up on the metal table. The linen cloth fell to his waist, the other noted, unveiling the expansive hairy chest and flat slab abdomen. The other man, a doctor as well, ran his hand over the thick thatch of brown fur on Dr. Mountfountain's chest, pretending to search for a heartbeat...somewhere.
"Oh my," the other doctor gasped. With feral speed, the little man withdrew a syringe from his lab coat and plunged it into his upper thigh. "I expected you to enter imaginary worlds, and wholeheartedly believe in them, but now you have gone too far, Doctor - and you actually believe in their existence. We'll have to put you into a straightjacket and give you shock treatments. You poor fool."
Dr. Mountfountain was far too trusting. It would be the last time.
The demon lovingly drew his oozing, swollen purple head to the lips of the man.
"Kiss it," the demon did not say, but the man felt it penetrate his forehead like a hot poker.
He kissed the enormous purple beast that seemed to have a mind of its own. It slithered quickly over his lips, its head seeking entry.
The demon, Red, let the member fall between his legs, all interest for the moment gone. The man heard it make a hissing sound as it fell in a puddle of liquefied sand. Red grabbed the man's hand and drew it to his blistered lips.
The demon covered the top of the man's hand with kisses, and then released it. "I love you, my son."
The man felt this was also a complete fabrication. There must be many primal layers all being affected at once. It would probably fill many encyclopedias to speak of every incident, what was really happening, and what was intended.
The man came to understand, in no time, that what you want is given to you, but without the hope of ever enjoying it. In utter pain you realize no such thing can occur as someone kissing your hand (for there can be no love here - it is an expression of derision and mockery), because everyone is hopeless. And few people have lips. The mouths of
are permanently open in an ultimate eternal scream. The eyes of all are glazed over with the simultaneous experience of every toothache, every dismemberment, every slashed face, and the flames billions of degrees hot, and every other pain that ever happened all wrapped up in one never-ending moment. Nothing can get better; hope is not the end product of any suffering here. You must always realize that the torture will continue (creatively) until the end of three trillion infinities (to the billionth power). Then you say, "Ah, the hallucination was more torture!" But that itself gives no hope, either. Nothing does. And so despair continues to grow at a geometric rate.
What had actually happened when the man tried to force his reality to conform to his dreams was unendurable, but he had to face it nonetheless. So, right now, inside this moment, the demon was covering the man with what looked like yellow, molten metal. He aimed the member higher until the man's mouth was filled and the liquid flame ran out of his mouth, and shredded his chest.
A yellow demon approached the red one that was abusing the man. Yellow was twice the size, and seemed twice as muscular. His pale topaz hands were covered with caked and bloated blisters. Yellow bent at the knees and reached under Red, then thrust up into his rectum. He let his other hand join the one inside.