All Beauty Destroyed by Aesthetic Perfection

And everyone is so kind
With the lies that they tell themselves
‘Cause everyone is so blind

To the truth that they’re ugly inside
When the mirror’s laughing
Time takes over
You should know
We’re rotting away

There’s no
Nothing left for me
When all beauty’s destroyed
There’s no
Nothing left to see
Once all beauty’s destroyed

And everyone is so torn
Between truth and a false veneer
Well no one wants to be alone
In the wake of their faults and fears
If you don’t stop scratching
Wounds reopen
As we slowly start to decay

Lie for you
Die for you
Beg for you
Bleed for you

It’s all you want
It’s all you need

Walk Away – Cruxshadows


In this fading image
we’ll carve our destiny
sometimes life is a cruel friend
sometimes that’s what we need

I’ll hold my eyes when the
light comes in
I’ll sell my silence for a song
now I won’t die if you walk away
but I may not live

Now I watch as the rain comes down
to purify this pain
when mountains crumble and stars collide
I am what remains

There are lessons that sadness
can only teach
there are things that we must learn
now I won’t die if you walk away
but I may not live

The Dems have made their bed…

mapLast night’s election results have been met with a lot of fear and anger. I get it and  I understand. But lets give credit where credit is due. Don’t forget who put us all in this position in the first place. Right now what the Democratic National Party (DNC) needs is take a long hard look in the mirror. President Trump would never have happened if the Democrats had backed a better candidate. Lets be honest, they could have ran just about ANYBODY else in the party and defeated Trump. Instead, they ran Hillary Clinton who is quite possibly the ONLY democrat in politics today that is so disliked and distrusted that Americans would rather suffer through four years of Trump than deal with her.

Don’t believe the hype. Trump’s victory isn’t about gender, or race, or even Islamic terrorism. Trump was a protest vote. For Republican, a Trump vote was a statement against what the RNC has become over the years. For Democrats, Trump was a statement against Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s reign, Obamas failures at home and abroad, and the fact that Hillary embodied everything wrong with the Party.

The DNC should have backed Bernie, not conspired against him. Even with all the DNC’s dirty tricks, the media’s embargo of his campaign, and vote rigging, Bernie STILL won the popular vote in the primaries. Bernie was the people’s choice.

Yes, get mad. Scream with rage! But be sure to direct it towards those responsible for this mess– the Democratic National Committee. Tell them you are infuriated that they foisted upon us a candidate who is a walking political and legal scandal. A candidate whose position on issues changes depending on who she’s speaking with and how much money they are giving her campaign. A candidate charged with voter fraud and under FBI investigation. A candidate that is unable to understand what “top secret” means or how emails work. A candidate that has been vocal of her hatred toward men, has spoken openly about entering into another war in the middle east, who has foreign nations like Saudi Arabia funding her, and whose health problems call into question her judgment, her sanity, and her mental cognitive abilities.

Tell them to pick somebody the people actually want. Tell them to pick somebody the people will actually vote for. Tell them to back somebody like Elizabeth Warren in the next four years, and to remember that there job is to serve THE PEOPLE and not themselves and their personal agendas.

2016: The Story So Far – Third Quarter

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Back in July I did a list of my favourite books of the year so far, and as it’s now October time for another update.

For the months July through September, I read a total of twenty eight books.

So, in the order I preferred them when I wrote the list ten minutes ago (and, of course, it may be subject to change), here’s my top thirteen books for 2016 so far, with new entries shown in bold:-

The Pleasure Merchant – Molly Tanzer (Lazy Fascist Press)

The Sea of Blood – Reggie Oliver (Dark Renaissance Books)

The Night Clock – Paul Meloy (Solaris)

Ventriloquists – David Mathew (Montag Press)

Horrorology – Edited by Stephen Jones (Jo Fletcher Books)

The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight – Edited by Ellen Datlow (Night Shade Books)

Singing With All My Flesh and Bone – Sunny Moraine (Undertow Publications)

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CASEFILE: ARKHAM RETURNS!

CFA2coverThe acclaimed supernatural noir series returns with another hardboiled tale about a detective, a dame, and the vengeful spawn of an ancient god.

Earlier this year author Josh Finney (World War Kaiju) and artist Patrick McEvoy (Lost In Space) turned heads with CASEFILE: Arkham. Described by critics as a perfect blending of the hardboiled detective fiction of Raymond Chandler and the eldritch horror H.P. Lovecraft, the graphic novel plunged reader into the darkest corners of Arkham, New England. Hot on the heel of this success, 01Publishing has launched a Kickstarter to bring readers the another tale from the casefile of detective Hank Flynn.

When an old friend shows up at Flynn’s office waving a gun and rambling about “the Abyss of the Shoggoths,” the detective is pulled into a case of love, revenge, and an elite family’s generational feud—one which just so happen to have interbred with the spawn of a Sumerian God. Entitled CASEFILE: Arkham: Her Blood Runs Cold, the graphic novel is intended to run approximately 120 pages, plus additional content.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/309827462/casefile-arkham-her-blood-runs-cold/widget/video.html

THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

pg4Casefile: ARKHAM is currently seeking support on Kickstarter. The campaign will be running until September 24th. The campaign needs a total of $10,000 to complete production of the art and print the book at the best quality possible.

ABOUT THE CREATORS

JOSH I. FINNEY — Author and occasional artist, Josh Finney is the mind behind the awarding winning graphic novels Titanium Rain,Utopiates, and World War Kaiju. He is best known for penning stories that are heavy on action, yet always delve into heady subjects such science, politics, and philosophy. In another life, he was an illustrator for DC’s Batman/Catwoman, has done concept design for Star Trek: Enterprise, and created cover art for countless 90′s era industrial & techno bands.

PATRICK McEVOY — Patrick McEvoy is one of your favorite artists. Seriously. You just didn’t know it. You may not recognize his name, but you know his art. McEvoy has spent the better part of a decade illustrating some of the most loved and memorable art to come out of the H.P. Lovecraft mythos. Card games, novels, posters, t-shirts—you’ve seen and probably own at least one piece of McEvoy’s art. He’s best known for his work on Arkham Horror, Call of Cthulhu, and oh yeah…a little known title called Game of Thrones.

For more information visit:
www.casefilarkham.com

Support the Kickstarter at:
http://kck.st/2bJZUL2

Carpe Crustum – Chocolate Protein Brownies

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Yes, it has been a while since I posted a new Carpe Crustum but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been in the kitchen experimenting. My latest creation that I am absolutely extatic for are these amazing brownies. Packed with protein, gluten free (if you care about that stuff) and, amazingly very healthy.

I got this recipe from LeanSecrets.com and, because I can’t leave well enough alone, I had to tweak it. So here is my take on these awesome brownies

  • 1 Can of Black Beans (Drained & Rinsed)
    Yes, I said black beans. Don’t freak! They’ll taste all right. Trust me.
  • 1/4 cup sweetener
  • 3 eggs (or 9 tbsp substitute egg)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter or shortening (coconut oil was suggested in the original)
  • 1 tsp. Instant Coffee
  • 2 Tbsp. PB2 (powdered peanut butter)

Preheat your oven to 350deg. Grease a 9×9 square pan. Use a blender to blend all the ingredients together and poor the batter into the pan. Bake for 30 min or until the sides of your brownies pull away from the edges. cool in pan all the way. Cut and serve.

I got nine squares out of mine, each 70cal. each. It’s quick, it’s easy, it really hits the spot when you want something chocolaty, it’s very healthy!

Fun fact, coffee boosts the flavor of chocolate better than vanilla does. If you don’t want the added caffeine then use decaff instead. I add the PB2 because it boosts the chocolate flavor as well, but smooths it out so that it doesn’t punch you in the face.

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