From the 1961 Journal of Duncan Blood: Quarantine


It was designed as a quarantine facility, not by anyone in the state, but by several professors of the Cross Branch of Miskatonic University. I was against the construction of the building, but my opinion didn’t carry any weight on that particular matter.

Over the years various creatures were accidentally – so I was told – summoned by various professors and their adjuncts. These creatures and some people directly affected by them were housed in what was euphemistically known as the Recovery House.

No one, and nothing, that went into the building recovered. To enter, it was a death sentence. Invariably, the people died. The creatures, well, some of them died peacefully, others I later discovered, died from experimentation.

Evidently, the learned men believed that the creatures lacked any rights, seeing as how they were not of this world.

I disagreed.

I tried all the rational, reasonable channels first. And I was turned away each time. Politely, but still turned away.

One evening I went to the Recovery House to speak with the staff, to see if I could not convince someone there to allow me in. I sought to at least send the creatures back from whence they came.

No one allowed me entrance.

As I stood on the stoop, arguing with the night watchman, I heard screaming. It was the high-pitched cry of something being tortured and tortured for no reason.

I killed the night watchman where he stood and moved indoors.

The House was a nightmare, and I killed far more people and unknown entities than I wanted to. There was no saving any of them. The creatures were near death, their tormentors unworthy of life.

When I finished, there was nothing left living in Recovery House. When I went to the university, I left none of the offending professors alive.

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4 thoughts on “From the 1961 Journal of Duncan Blood: Quarantine”

  1. I just finished catching up on these today after binging them since late last week, when Mr. Efstathiou followed me on Twitter. This series has a new devoted fan and I look forward to new entries every day!

    For today, I’m excited! I got a chuckle out of the first time I saw mention of a “Cross branch of Miskatonic University” and I’d love to see more of it. But then, I’m loving the drip feed of world-building that is this series in a nutshell, so I’m happy to see more no matter.

    Thank you for sharing your work with us!

    1. Thank you, Lex! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. The Cross Branch has been mentioned a few times in older posts as well. Especially the librarian for the University.

  2. Oh, I’m aware, that’s what I was referring to. I love how Duncan was against MU coming to Cross in the first place, so it makes sense in this follow-up that he would…er, follow up. It makes me wonder if we’re going to get another story-arc style series like with the asylum in August, or if this is a stand-alone bit. But then, I could easily make a top ten list of stuff only hinted at I’m curious about, but which finding out too much about might ruin the mystery of (What’s the deal with Duncan’s mom? What is the nature and origin of Duncan’s powers? Does Duncan wear boxers or briefs?).

    I’d also love to know practical writing-related things, such as, do you have an outline for these, or do you simply write each one on a given day as the creative process guides you? Do you keep notes about previous entries to keep continuity? Do you have a planned course for the series, or simply write creepy stuff for the enjoyment of it?

    In any case, thanks again for sharing this with us!

    1. Lol, yes, we’ll have to figure out Duncan’s mom and lineage.
      As for writing, let’s see. I generally don’t have an outline for this stuff. Duncan seems to be a hit with most people — and he’s been a character of mine for thirty years (high school was difficult 🙂 ) — so I’ve been focusing on him. His longevity makes it easy to write about Cross and its history in a modern voice. As for the creative process, I either have a rough idea as to what I’d like to write, or a photo I see inspires and directs the story. I do try to keep notes, but that generally fails. The only current thing I’m working on is a map of Cross.
      I have two collections of short stories about Cross, and I’m getting ready to release four months of Duncan’s notes which have been published here.
      I sort of have to write creepy stuff. It helps me work through issues; keeps me writing; and allows me to progress as a writer.
      I hope that helped and thanks for reading!

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