Greetings and Salutations honorable readers of the blog,
I hope you didn’t miss last week’s blog, Robert Louis Stevenson came for a visit to discuss The Body Snatcher, and The Strange Case Of Dr. Jeckyll And Mr. Hyde. It seems that doctors in fiction are much maligned. There was Dr. Moreau; from The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G.Wells; Dr. Frankenstein; from Mary Shelly’s, Frankenstein; Dr. Herbert West; from H.P. Lovecraft’s, Herbert West Reanimator; and who could forget Dr. Hannibal Lecter, from The Silence of The Lambs, by Thomas Harris. These are but a few of the more renown doctors of horror. There are countless tales of doctors whose experiments have ended badly for people. Sometimes the balance of the world is at stake. That is not to say literature presents all doctors in a negative light, but in the realm of horror when a doctor enters the scene, it’s time to duck and cover.
Speaking of doctors, please welcome one of the Swamps more celebrated residents Dr. Anna Conda. Anna has starred in such films as Anaconda, Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid, Anaconda 3: The Offspring, and a myriad of National Geographic’s specials. Harvard Law has just bestowed her with an honorary degree for her contribution to maintaining the reputations of snakes everywhere.
“Hey Anna, welcome home. Will you be staying a while or do you have to jet off to another thrilling film location?”
“Thanks for that warm welcome everyone. No Eerie, I won’t be leaving for a while. I’m taking some time off to recuperate.”
“Great, it will be a pleasure having your smiling face around the place for a change. What can you tell us about this honorary degree?”
“I don’t know that much really. My agent called and said something about Harvard Law’s alumni working in Washington D.C. as politicians and lobbyists. Then something about me being a famous snake. The next thing I know, I’m staying in a beautiful suite at The Charles Hotel in Boston.”
“So this had something to do with politicians, lobbyists, and snakes. I see the connection now. Will you be called on to perform any public speaking engagements?”
“My agent said anything of that nature would be negotiated by him. Have you met my agent King Cobra?”
“I can’t say I’ve had the pleasure.”
“I’m very happy for you. What are you plans for your stay at home?”
“I thought I’d catch up on my water colors. I can never find the time to paint when I travel.”
“I heard they’re having a welcome home party for you over at The Slice Your Own Deli tonight.”
“Yes, I’m very excited to see everyone. I’ve missed you all so much.”
Mischievous Raven appears in a noisy rustle of ebony feathers. “Hey Anna, How you doin‘?” Mischievous tries to arch his eyebrows. (Which is comical if you’ve ever seen a raven be seductive.)
“Hi Mischievous,”Anna, all but purrs, (can a snake purr?) “Are you coming to my party tonight?”
“Wouldn’t miss it, Baby. Maybe you and I can get a little alone time later.”
Anna moves close and wraps around Mischievous. “I’d like that Sugar.”
“Not to tight baby.” Mischievous squirms.
“Sorry Sugar, sometimes my passion gets away from me.”
“Save it for later. I heard Maggot Brain is performing tonight in honor of your return.”
“That’s wonderful. I love their song I”m infected for you? It’s a real mood setter.” Anna puts another wrap on Mischievous.
“I know the one.” Mischievous does a little grind.
“Hey hey, this is a family show, You two ought to get a room.” I use my hat to conceal my eyes.
“I’d better go shed my skin so I’m ready for tonight.” Anna, slithers off.
“Whew, she’s hot.” Mischievous shakes out his rumpled feathers. “I better go.”
“I thought you were going to tell our guests about your visit to the Left Coast?”
“Later, I got things to go, places to see, and people to do, my man. Later.”
Sorry folks, it’ looks like it’s that time again. As is our custom, I leave you with Prince.
“There’s a dark side to everything.”
Eerie Dwarf Aka Dave Benneman