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Re-gifted Christmas Tales

And so we draw nearer to yet another Christmas. In deference to the hectic pace of 2012, I would like to repost two of my Christmas New-Classics: Krampus and The Night Before Anti-Christmas. These are dark tales meant to add a little savory to your sweet. Take my words with a grain of Celtic sea salt and an elven tongue in cheek. Tis the season, dontcha know…

Merry Christmas!
Brett – The Original Kris Kringle

 

Krampus

Krampus

 

Dark Family Circus

The Nightmare Before Anti-Christmas


Six Shots – (Scene 1)

 SIX SHOTS

A SCREENPLAY

by

© Brett T. Botbyl

FADE IN

INT. frontier army fort – dusk

A haggard cavalry captain, NATHAN NORTH, moves quickly amongst his men. He carries a saber in his left hand and, in his right, a bloodied tomahawk. Various men in worn uniforms hurriedly make ready an assortment of weapons. Torches and ground-fires illuminate a litter of discarded firearms. NORTH stops at the large, wooden front gate that’s been reinforced with steel-shod timber and piles of sand bags. A younger officer, BAIRD, approaches the captain.

BAIRD

BAIRD

Do you think it’ll hold, sir?

Close on Capt. North

CAPT. NORTH

No.(beat) But it’ll buy us some time.

Wider shot of North.

He kicks a pile of sandbags with his boot, testing its footing.

Over Baird’s Shoulder

CAPT. NORTH

Did you find the Hex mage? I want these gates sealed before–

Suddenly the clarion call of a TRUMPET (OS)cuts through the din.

Watch Guard

shouts across the parade ground.

WATCH GUARD

Here they come!

A series of angles

The men scramble to take positions at the walls. An old man runs toward the captain with a circular plaque bearing symbols and concentric circles, trailing ribbons of magical energy. A fast-moving horde of zombies and non-human invaders riding monstrous mounts advance toward the fort carrying weapons made of human bone.

FADE OUT

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Krampus


(
Dedicated with love & wonderment to my dear friend, Andrew.)

(MATURE THEMES – WARNING)

 

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The Night Before Anti-Christmas

Dark Family Circus
(MATURE THEMES – WARNING)

Aloha, my friends…

I wrote this one strange and lonely night just a bit before Christmas, 2005.

Please allow me this holiday whimsy inspired by the late master of the macabre, H.P. Lovecraft and his pseudonym L. Frank Baum. Together to the world they bring Oz, Cthulhu, Santa, the Elder Things and me…

Be warned – this is dark stuff. But then again, so is the Bible.

Merry Christmas with all my love!

HO HO HO!
Brett

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