TWISTED TALES OF DECEIT
by P.D. Alleva
Twisted Tales of Deceit is the first installment in the Beyond the Chamber Door series. Featuring three tales (The Calculated Desolation of Hope, Somnium, & Knickerbocker) chronicling an evil influence on the human psyche, tipping our hands into the engagement of what is most horrifying; our dastardly, human deeds steeped in self-destruction, desperation and the loss of dreams. Metaphorical warnings have been constructed inside these pages to reflect the everyday signs the universe provides under the guise of reflective light that return to mirror how evil tempts our hand so to not fulfill the dreams of the soul. Our doubts, our sadness, our indecisions rooted in fear, are toiled with by the presence of imps bent on hatred and in need of our nightmares to survive. Here, the human spirit is dripped like honey, tasteful to the dark corridors of human malevolence and taken advantage by the corrupt and seamlessly endless parade other worldly dimensions have on what should be our earthly utopia, creating rage in the cosmic hedonism of jealousy.
He remembered the wolf, roaming in the room. Saw the gamer and the boy he had saved with their throats cut out as the wolf fed on them. Their black eyeballs staring at William.
Remembered how the bodies were taken from the room. Remembered how he screamed but had no strength to do anything about it.
And how Katarina appeared again, another needle in hand. Remembered how he wanted it now, to help him forget. She shot him up and his world became smaller, the walls closing in to squeeze all that he knew in between the four walls of that tiny room, now no bigger than the bed he lay on.
He remembered how the world disappeared, melted away like ice.
Remembered how the darkness invited itself into his space, and how the world had gone mad.
“What the fu…” he grumbled, collapsing to the floor. His heart fluttered, and his skin flushed pale white and red. He leaned against the wall, watching the final dissipation of daylight outside the window. And the room grew dark with a sliver of moonlight that broke through the window as his memories faded and an unnerving hunger cried out from his veins. A tiny voice in his head.
“More,” it called. “Please, more.”
His body felt pain, pain like he’d never felt before. His mind felt confusion, he couldn’t put a thought together. His eyes turned wet with tears and he started to wail. He wailed until his voice gave out.
And then the footsteps. Loud, clunking footsteps against the wood floor. The massive image half hidden in the darkness, half illuminated by the moonlight, seemed to drift toward him with a mindful caution only to disappear just before reaching him. His vision wavered as the hunger grew.
In front of him, nose to nose, Mephisto shined his yellow eyes on him. And Mephisto grinned, scooping him in his arms like a baby and delivering him to the bed.
“Rest,” Mephisto said, pausing as he looked on William who saw the death of stars gleaming in Mephisto’s eyes.
“And welcome…to oblivion.”
His grin was sinister, daring and satisfied.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH D.P.
-What inspired you to become a writer?
Been writing since I was knee high to a grasshopper. There are so many stories in my head, I have a wonderful time jumping into different worlds and characters, creating plots and driving imagination. Writing is a part of me, a part that burns deep in my soul. What inspires me is the excitement of creating, turning imagination into reality and discovering just how far the story can go while satisfying the creative itch and locking out reality.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
I would go to Sleepy Hallow, walk the streets, visit stores, walk in the park, eat good food and then trollop over to Sleepy Hallow Cemetery and lose myself for a few hours in the cool autumn air then attend the many Halloween festivities happening this time of year.
-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)
Isaac Crane in the featured story, Knickerbocker, would reveal that he is too weak to overcome his addiction and that he allows his inflated sense of ego to manipulate him. That he is full of fear and actually has no clue how to overcome and make up for past behaviors and current actions. Also, that he is too proud to admit his wrong doings.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
Charlie in Somnium. Talk about a misguided and angry young man if there ever was one. I’d use my therapeutic skills to clear up his past experiences and drive him towards a sense of purpose. Charlie is in need of a mentor, someone he can engage with and build a positive relationship. Someone to help clear his head and get that demon, Jimmy, off his back and out of his mirror.
-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?
Depends on the tavern. Is it a tavern frequented and filled with other dwarfs? If it was I’d probably tuck tail and get out of there as soon as possible. At six foot three inches and roughly 250 pounds, a hoard of dwarfs would probably love to team up and take down the big man. If it were just him I’d use my language skills to convince him what he was about to do is not in his best interest and find out what the real problem is. If that didn’t work I’d probably just hold his head so he couldn’t land any shots and when he was too tired to continue, I’d buy him a couple beers and show him how to relax.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Erotica. Such books get me too hot under the collar and writing this genre would up that anti just a bit too much. My poor wife! Well, maybe lucky wife. Then again maybe not. However, since I become way too involved in my characters and plot lines to begin with, I’d probably end up attending Sex Addicts Anonymous Meetings just to learn how to cope with their explicit and deviant sexual behavior.
P.D. Alleva is an author, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist specializing in trauma, addiction and mental health. He is the author of several books, including fiction novels, Indifference and A Billion Tiny Moments In Time…, Seriously Twisted; These Gods of Darkness (Poetry), Let Your Soul Evolve (1st and 2nd ed), and Spiritual Growth Therapy: Philosophy, Practices and Mindfulness Workbook (non-fiction). He has developed behavioral protocols for addiction and mental health and teaches mindfulness, Buddhist meditations and manifestation techniques to his patients as a means and alternative to using pharmaceuticals. Go to spiritualgrowththerapy.com to learn more. Mr. Alleva offers a special discount on his video tutorials for his readers, so please use Promo Code 7474 for a special 90% discount. He is currently in private practice with his wife, Lisa. He lives with his wife and children in Boca Raton, Florida.
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