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A Very Spooky Tale Of Creepiness!

Oh, so it's a story yer wantin', is it?

Nnnn, a spooky story fulla twists and turns and things you didn't expect a-jumpin out at ya and hollerin "Booo-WAH!" and peril and such.

A story for a dark night. Like this one. If this were a dark night and not just words on your computer screen on the internet at work when you should be doin' the job yer paid for BUT AT LEAST IT'S NOT PORN!!

Aarrrr... tell that to yer boss when he catches ya... at least it's not porn.

Hnnn. What? OH! The story! Yes, well, you be comin' to the right place than, didn'cha? Ol' Max Burbank's got a story or two up his sleeve that'll chill your guts so cold you'll get a TUMMY ACHE! A spooky tummy ache at that. Rrrr.

An why am I talkin' like a pirate, then? Arrrr, because the spooky voice and the pirate voice are one and the same, lads, one and the same... that's a secret I swore I'd take to me grave but I LIED THEN DIDN'T I? Never turn yer back on me, I can't be trusted OH THE STORY, THE STORY, THAT'S RIGHT, THE STORY!

Hnnnnnn.... I like to make sounds while I'm spinnin' a tale... a grunt here, a moan there, the occasional wheeeeeeze... makes it all the more... SPOOKY DON' YA THINK! An yellin' all of a sudden fer no reason, yar... that be spooky too.

So GATHER ROUND, children, hunker down on yer haunches if you know what hunkerin' is and where yer haunches be. Stare into me camp fire and watch the embers glow...

Or, you know, stare at this admittedly not very scary clipart of scouts at a campfire an pretend. PRETEND REAL HARD!

There's no denyin' this would be better as a monologue. A sort of a one-man show, ya know. At an art venue of some kind. I come from a performance background, you may have seen that one commercial I did, that one where I played the janitor who's scratch ticket didn't win... 'fore it got pulled... but then I got married, didn't I? And a mortgage soon followed, and kiddies and I had to get a regular job, didn't I? Arrrrr, with benee-fits and a dental plan that won't keep me from needin' a SECOND MORTGAGE IF THE LITTLE ANKLE BIGHTERS NEED BRACES! BRACES, I TELL YA!

Hnnnn... Orthadontia... that's a terrifyin' thing now.

But the story is what you came to hear, the scary story of terrible things that happened to innocent people who never hurt no one, good church goin' God fearin' folk all torn to pieces in the Devils own panty raid, and the rivers of blood and the severed spines and the Devil all the while a shoutin' "Show me yer panties, show me yer panties..."

But I don't know that story so you'll have to hear another.

A TALE TA MAKE YER MARROW TURN THE CONSISTENCY OF THAT... that... FLOAM stuff they be sellin' on the TV! Yes, yes, all gooey styrofoam beads of many colors in tupperware containers and such! So... LISTEN!

They say the old man who lived by his self in the crumblin' mansion at the top of the hill had a cat with a head made of cheese...

And that's all I remember of that story but you have to admit it's SHOCKING! The BONE RATTLING TERROR of a CHEESE-HEADED CAT! Drive ya mad jus' thinkin' on it. Hnnnnn....

WHAT DO YOU WANT? CAN'T AN OLD MAN SLEEP? OH! Oh. The story! Yes, yes, the frightenin' tale of terrifyin' ghostly... shenanigans and what not... sure, sure, BUT YOU'LL HAVE TA STICK A DOLLAR IN ME THONG, ARRRR, HNNNNN, OOOOOOHHhh... Oh, wait, sorry, that's at me other job, this tale is gratis me friends, yes, it's on the house... THE HAUNTED HOUSE! I scared you that time, didn't I?

Anyways the story... No one believed Sam Gilchrist when he told 'em that space pirates had replaced his left titty with a coffee maker, but that's what you get when you 'cry wolf' one too many times. Or 'coffee maker where yer titty used to be' in this case. OH MEN DO TOO HAVE TITTIES, JUST FLAT, AWFUL, HAIRY USELESS ONES IS ALL, AN IF THAT'S NOT SCARY I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS!

Maybe I ought ta do a puppet show. Would you like that, a spooky puppet show? Only I ain't got no puppets so it'd just have to be me hands, and you all a usin' yer imaginations. HEY, I KNOW! Reach in me pocket an' see if I got any candy corns a hidin' in there for you!

No?... it'll be spooky... it's very dark and... unknown... in me pocket. An' everybody's afraid of the unknown if you YELL ABOUT IT ALL OF A SUDDEN! THE UNKNOWN!! AAAAAGH!!!

Okay, okay, okay, a scary story it is then. Jenny Danson was only twelve and she didn't have no friends, on account of one of her teeth was shaped like an action figure, NO, NO, THAT'S A TERRIBLE STORY and it isn't even scary unless you be scared of pathos, arrrr, the pathos of a wee lass with an action figure tooth. I'll tell you the end though, so you won't go wonderin', she grows up to be a beautiful woman who gets MOWED DOWN BY A RUNAWAY BUS, THERE ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?! An' she had no insurance as the young often don't. I'd like to say she came back as a ghost and haunted the bus driver, but she didn't as there's no such thing as ghosts AND DON'T BE FOOLED BY SHOWS LIKE 'AMERICA'S MOST HAUNTED PLACES', they're all malarkey is what and cable is a vast and endless wasteland of crap... crap stretchin' out as far as the eye can see... a trackless sea of stinkin'... crap. 'Cept for 'The Office'. I like me that show. Michael makes me laugh he does.

All right, then, there was this VAMPIRE, see? He was SEVEN HUNDRED AND TWELVE YEARS OF AGE and his wiener had been exposed to the sun AND OH CRAP, I SCREWED THE POOCH ALREADY WITH THIS STORY, DIDN'T I? Who the HELL is going to be scared of a vampire with a scorched pecker? No one is who. No one. Rrrrrr.

Have you heard the one about the hook handed maniac that got audited by the IRS? It's extremely frightenin' especially once you get to the part about his... ghoulish... deductions. Admittedly that part comes well into the fifth hour of the story...


I hate you people. Sincerely. Come around here 'Oh, tell us a spooky story, Old Man, make us cringe in terror!' WELL IT'S HARD, YOU LITTLE BASTARDS! An yer parents always come round the next day all... complainin' about the nightmares I give ya... nightmares about... children dead before there time on account a' tainted gumballs and iguanas with dubious online degrees and restless hands... self publishin' books of forbidden knowledge on the subject of... hygiene... fer EVIL DWARVES!... And the lack there of, children, aye, the lack there of.


An' next time you come at least bring me some jerky. Jerky helps the story along, that's what they say. Although, truthfully, they might have been talking about something all together different, now I think of it.

-Max Burbank


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James Steranko; illusionist, escape artist, musician and briefly a comic book artist. Though he only drew a few dozen books in the late sixties, Steranko revolutionized comic book art with his work on 'Nick Fury, Agent of Shield', 'Captain America' and 'Tower of Shadows'. Though this homage to Lovecraft would win the Alley Award in 1969, Steranko and Marvel publisher Stan Lee fought over it so much, Steranko left Marvel. Today, this often anthologized tale of a self-centered, greedy young couple who find themselves transported back in time to take the place of Louis the XVI and Marie-Antoinette on their way to the guillotine, is cited as a major influence of the modern graphic novel.

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