It’s been almost three years since I was murdered by my own foolish pride, by my belief in the basic goodness of human beings, by the creature known here only as “Y”.

This is just a metaphor…I think. They told me to break down the door between them and the life they wanted, smash the door to bits with my face, breaking my jaw and all the delicate mandibular bones. Eventually, when I could barely rise, they picked me up and threw me against their barriers until the barriers shattered; I was nothing but willing, and persistent.

But one day, they started telling me that they had solved History, and it said I was in the wrong place. And I said I had worked and fought to be in that place, learned and tried to be in that place, gave my heart and soul and mind and body and legacy to that place.

So they killed me. Ego-death, direct. It was not without cost; every moment my brain exists, it hurts them. They think it hurts me; let’s not tell them otherwise.

I am the Zombie of Words, the Lich of Naming Magic, the Sorcerer of Undeath’s Construction; I am weird, and I know that they got to me through my first love, words.

They taught me that I knew all the words wrong, thought them wrong, saw them wrong, knew them wrong. And by “wrong”, all they meant was, “in a manner which stood in their way”; but that was the only wrong they knew. It still is. They wanted language to serve as their own personal sorcery, changing the world so that only made sense for those who understood their peculiar tongue. They did pretty well with all that; sometimes, it looks like they’re winning.

Now I’m the Enemy, and they send Chosen Ones after me, but no-one’s landed a kill-shot yet. So I live this peculiar life, with one-tenth of what I havd, as ten times what I was.

Come, gather round the fire they tried to make with my books, and let’s get warm and tell tales and drink tall drinks and listen to the Moon. Because she might know how to make this rock a better place.

Come. Come. Come. Change comes soon.

My fellow accused, alleged, unproven, untrialed walkers through fire, what, by now, do we truly have to fear?

Nothing, and O! how they hate us for it.

~Jeff Mach


My name is Jeff Mach (“Dark Lord” is optional) and I build communities, put on events, and make stories come into being. You can get most of my books right here. Go ahead, pre-order I HATE Your Prophecy“. It may make you into a bad person, but I can live with that.

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Jeff Mach is an author, playwright, event creator, and certified Villain. You can always pick up his bestselling first novel, "There and NEVER, EVER BACK AGAIN"—or, indeed, his increasingly large selection of other peculiar books. If you'd like to talk more to Jeff, or if you're simply a Monstrous Creature yourself, stop by @darklordjournal on Twitter, or The Dark Lord Journal on Facebook.