Ichor Falls

Indistinguishable

by on Oct.27, 2008, under By Kris Straub

“It is a process which I derived empirically. All motion, either generated by or imparted to an object, obeys the same principle. When your arm moves, is the motion continuous, or are there discretized points, however small, at which there is no in-between?”

“The latter case, I would imagine, at some subatomic level,” I offer.

“Indeed,” he replies. “In my work, I have discovered it matters not the timeframe in which the motion occurs, nor the force that impels it. On film, during the traditional application of the process, the movement is indistinguishable from life. Would you agree?”

“Aside from the crudity of the animation as has been practiced in the past,” I say, “that is entirely the point.”

“Yes, you have chosen the perfect word,” he says, opening the black leather bag I have been eyeing since we entered the room. Perhaps he has noticed. “The stop-motion animator’s work is quite crude. I have refined the processes, and refined them again until the medium was freed of its old moorings, yes? A new art form emerged, and a new science. At a sufficient level the two are indistinguishable.”

“Many things seem to be,” I say. He smiles at this.

“But enough talk,” he returns as his smile is replaced with a stern air of professionalism. There is some hint of pride in his face, though, as he says “perhaps, to begin, I should introduce you to one of my assistants.”

He claps his hands three times. From a shadowy corner, a misshapen clay thing the size of a man shambles jerkily across the room towards us, its skin rippling as if plied by countless unseen fingers.

5 comments for this entry:
  1. Major Stubble

    *Very* Lovecraftian. Smells slightly of ‘Herbert West: Reanimator’, which is interesting as that was itself a parody of ‘Frankenstein’.

  2. Magnolia

    This is great. I get a really clear image in my head when I read the last sentence and it’s genuinely disturbing.

  3. Dublin Jack

    You’ve removed the divine element from the creation and use of a golem, replacing it with man’s heartless mechanisms, and the result was more stirring than I had anticipated. Something about the combination of shambling and rippling skin defines this thing as abominable, even monstrous, and it surpasses lesser storytellers who simply show us something, then call it a monster. Kudos.

  4. Dylan

    For some reason I immediately thought of The Flood from the “Halo” series of video games.

  5. Aazhie

    This is the shortest and yet most effectively substantial creepy story i have ever heard. Bravo and ugh! I’ve got the shivers…

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