The Dream House, that was the place Where first I pondered dream space Vaulted ceilings induce the dream chakra Into a state of overdrive, a state of ecstasy Until finally it fills the room with the biggest dream you’ve ever had Full high definition, ten eighty p, and eight hours long
Every night the Dream House stole sleep Filled with piratical singers and questionable swingers A gift and a curse to be visited so Frequently falling and failing But sometimes, and only sometimes The dreamer would win the battle, would conquer the dream
But the Dream House didn’t give up without a fight The dreams would return the very next night And somehow, despite the norm for dreamers Those in the Dream House would remember Every single moment With more clarity than even real life, the dreams burned into memory
The Dream House wore out those within Smashing their psyche with lack of true sleep And a deluge of unforgettable scenes Somehow mocking the forgettable aspects of everyday life The mundanity of the ordinary man The battle could be won, but the war raged on
The Dream House was haunted, of that I am sure The ceilings were nothing to do with its energy Its palpable presence, infallible and never demure No, something else was at fault Another presence in play, and escape was not forthcoming The Dream House a psychic jail for those unwary
The newest anthology from Five59 Publishing, 559 Ways To Die, is now available on Amazon in paperback and for your Kindle. Filled with 14 tales of murder, crime and death, 559 Ways To Die includes ‘A Stone Marker, Carved With His Name’ by Adam Bennett, a tale of the last gravedigger on Earth in a time when video grave markers have become ubiquitous, advertising is inescapable, and escape to Mars might be the only hope left for a man trapped in the nostalgia of the past.
Presumption of pain And indolent ignorance Converging to create Psychopathic indifference Joyfully journey Into other lands Do not presume To take from their hands The feed and freedom Desperate desire War always wrong A bloody quagmire Hate and intolerance And misunderstanding ‘Til it doesn’t matter Who is left standing So discard your hate Misplaced in any case Look to your leaders Lying to your face Displaced and discordant Garrulous guerillas Nuclear nihilation From our own flotillas Raining retribution Harmonious hate Ignobly ignored Sealed our own fate
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Coming soon from Five59 Publishing, Plan 559 from Outer Space mkII is a new Science Fiction short story anthology including short stories from Adam Bennett and A.Alexander.
Goah’s Ark, by Adam Bennett, tells the tale of Fal, Dareon, Lack and Atien, and the last skyscraper on earth, which holds the final vestiges of humanity safe from the ravages of the nuclear winter raging outside.
Andromeda, by A.Alexander, is a flash fiction about the last sentient being from earth, a small space probe rocketing between galaxies for a million years after the last humans are long dead.