Queer Magic: Part 1, Looking for a Small Corner in a Big City

What is magic other than the applied use of mystery? And what is more mysterious than a city full of millions of people, each with their own stories, their own mysteries? Their own magic? Queer Magic is a collection of stories about mysterious, magical people and the city they live in. 

Remember though: all magic has cost. Forget that, and you may forget what price you are willing to pay.

Part the First:

Looking for A Small Corner in a Big City

 

We can not stand the light.

I? Is it me? I do not remember.

We are ourselves a cockroach, a scuttler who abhors the light. We hide under bags of refuse and peer into windows, pulling our hat down to hide our eyes when the lights within shine too brightly and we must cry. We were naked until we scrounged gloves to hide our hands and dirty white shoes to hide our feet. We wear a winter coat despite the heat of the summer. The stench and filth cling to us and our withered legs, match-sticks that shiver, trying to spark a light. Our hands hurt. They always hurt.

We are. We do not know what we are.

I. I should be an I only and not a We. But who are these other voices in my head? Is it my head?

Hush. Go back to sleep.

I shall, thank you.

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Castlevania Ep.1: Witchbottle, or, “Oh, Warren, No!”

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This is a post-episode discussion of the show so of course there will be spoilers, but we’ll try to keep them small. Regardless, you have been warned.

It begins:

Scene 1: A field of skeletons and a flurry of bats. A woman kills one because. She meets Dracula, and explains she seeking knowledge so she can become a doctor. She believes in “science” (which begs the question of why she went to a vampire) and scolds Dracula about his manners, showing us how the show will fail at being funny. She wants to show him how to “like people again” and will use his knowledge to improve the lives of her fellow people. Dracula agrees.

Scene 2, Targoviste, Wallachia: Ominous church music. The woman is being burnt at the stake while priests hold aloft crosses. Designated Bad Churchman (DBC) #1 looks on in approval. Is very concerned because of bottles the woman had and expresses disapproval of “science”. The woman calls to the sky, asking someone not to hurt them. DBC shows he doesn’t understand what religion is or what church he’s part of, while woman screams that “they don’t know what they’re doing, be better than them please!”

Cut to title.

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