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Surreal Thursday: Shadows’ Speakeasy of Death

Curious Question of the Frogs in the Kitchen was greatly perplexing and demanded utmost sensitivity.

The Curious Question of the Frogs in the Kitchen was greatly perplexing and demanded utmost sensitivity.


With the Case of The Seven League Chimney Flue now at our backs, Professor Pi and I turned our pensive steps to home. It had been a demanding case, both as an intellectual puzzle and as an emotional calliope. Lady Lydia Van Lilithann, famed tattooed balloonist and explorer, had once again entered Pi’s life like a tigress. She was the only woman to leave marks on the Great Intellect’s heart and mind, for her breath-taking beauty was only matched by her courage and intellect.



Into the Sky

She flew off into the sky certain that just beyond the clouds she would finally solve the mystery that haunted her soul.

I knew, even as we tread down the mist laden street, his thoughts were turning to her last words before she had allowed herself to be carried by the fierce updraft to a fate unknown,…. “ Remember my dear Professor, when I get low, I get high”.


Pausing before the door of 237 C  Dough Maker Street, he gave a rueful smile, “ Even Old Carnacki and Charlie Fort would have found this one a real skull cracker. It is right up there with the Curious Case of The Rower, The Bull and the Missing Man with the Dustbin, don’t you think ? ”


Dial B for Curse of the Golden TV Baboon

Turning Dial B released the Curse of the Golden TV Baboon upon him in an instant.

“Only The Uncanny Cane Toad and The Green Monkey’s Kiss  comes close to matching it.”

Bird Cane Mystery 1

The only evidence that the Bird Cane ever existed was the strange screen in the parlor.

With that we entered our lodgings and base of operations, little knowing what would soon await us ……..

Bird Cane Mystery 2

The entire group of them were dumb founded when the Professor revealed the second screen.



………And so began Shadows’ Speakeasy of Death.


A Note on Processes and inspirations: 1) During a CBC Radio interview ( Listen Here ) of Zach Dundas ( The Great Detective ) about Sherlock Holmes , Dundas comments about the unpublished mysteries that Watson mentioned in the narrative. The strange and suggestive titles of cases not yet ready for the world to know and how they generated or extended the fictional universe.

2) The interview also brought to mind the various interpretations of Holmes and the other fictional characters influenced and connected to him. Steampunk aesthetic owns a great deal of its characteristics to Doyle’s writing. The whole pulp and comic book hero  trope/archetype can be seen  growing out of  much of Holmes persona.  There is also the whole Wold Newton shared universe  which builds on the idea that Holmes stories are true and that other fictional characters share a familial meta-fictional lineage.


3) In that woolly frame of mind I listened to online music and read a variety of blogs. While reading a couple of very interesting posts on Derrick Knight’s blog , a couple of his intriguing tales brought to mind  potential mystery stories and possible titles.  Those titles appear in this post and link to his accounts of his life present & past.  Do visit and enjoy them.

4) I added some Victorian & Edwardian touches references,  the fictional occult detective Carnacki the Ghost Finder and the real journalist & documenter of the odd & strange anomalies Charles  Fort are referenced & linked.  For the illustrations in this post, I imagined them belonging to The Casebook of  Professor Pi . As with real books from the era, they come captioned with lines from  various stories  collected in that publication.  Hopefully this surreal exercise in imaginary fiction brought you a smile and chuckle or two.


Surreal Thursday: Sleeping Cylon

Sleeping Cylon 1

Remember the old adage let a sleeping Cylon  lie. 

A Cylon dreamt that it was a butterfly who landed on a astroid and fell a sleep, dreaming that it was an Android. When the Cylon awoke it downloaded the latest butterfly app and texted the Mother-ship. ” No more updates to the Chrome. I thought I was a blond bombshell. ”

Sleeping Cylon 2

What if Wednesday: Bearded Dragon -Daguerreotype Colour

Bearded Dragon Hot Glass Variation MT

Two more variations on the what if  speculation of taking colour photographs using the Daguerreotype Process, instead of having to hand paint/tint the finished image .  Perhaps in another reality they are taking portraits of their pets right now.

Bearded Dragon Daguerreotype Colour Variation MT

What if Wednesday: Two Shoes -Daguerreotype Colour

Two Shoes fr

What if they could take colour photographs using the Daguerreotype Process, instead of having to hand paint/tint the finished image ? Here is an  example from an alternative reality where the process is still widely used.

Two Shoes AGq-fr


Existential Friday: First Stage

Stage One MT

Stage One : Existential Moment –

Audience exits, stage left.

Metatexual awareness seeps through

The Fourth Wall.



Note concerning text (most of the characters) – that it is of Self – it is, it breaks the illusion that it is reality – never, when the text is recognized as text.

Director’s notes to self – play begins with Audience exiting, stage left.

Note on text ( reminder about characters) – this is a vehicle – it is in motion. It breaks the illusion that it’s reality – not when the text is recognized by the characters in the audience that it is a text.

Director’s notes to self – Scene one action opens with the Game as it begins with the release of the Hearing’s findings, those left see the point of corresponding situations between the audience and the characters . Remember, like Husserl and Heidegger, Sartre distinguished ontology from metaphysics and favoured the former.

If the text is not recognized as a text :

  • The fourth wall is the agreement-upon boundary between audience and performers.
  • Sartre agrees with the tradition that “being” or “to be” is not a concept.

The objective is blurring the boundaries between the fictional world and the real world – the stars my destination.

I have seen the director’s notes – it opens in the action of the Game. The audience participates when the scene begins with a Hearing that releases the stage from the rest of the fictional population; the Public are symbolized by the Key. The corresponding characters respond – please refer to the stock responses of the situation. These are found between archetypes and cliches.


Empty stage waiting –

Characters exit – action –

Play commences now.


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