Mountain of Mausoleums

Of course, there’s a difference between cemetery and graveyard. Cemetery is the burial ground that isn’t maintained by a church, unlike the way that a graveyard is.

Silence of the Cemetery

While standing in the middle of the crypt, looking at end to end, I frustratingly searched for signs of the legendary tunnel that led to a church in the province. But the dim lights left me guessing.

The Gardens of the Shadow of Death

The more graves we passed, the more we noticed the differences between what was etched on grave markers during the Spanish colonial period and the modern Filipino times. Many used Spanish words, a few French, and one each in American and Filipino—if we counted them right. A number of markers meant for children bore only their first names or nicknames.

Last Oasis

Night is as cruel

Burning winds, torturous and vicious

Shadows are the remaining shelter

Red and Orange Shadows | Like the Shakespearean Sleeping Potion

I think I just entered an Edgar Allan Poe-Vincent Price phase. And I don’t know how to explain myself. Nor do I remember what triggered it. Maybe it’s all the references on the shows I’ve seen of late. Anyway, yesterday I saw the 1964 version of “The Masque of the Red Death”. Without rereading the…

Cherry on Top | A Good Death

“May you have a good death!” I guess, to a great number of us, receiving that wish—despite the best of intentions—would be interpreted as morbid. And practically unheard of! Probably that’s why it would take most by surprise. Who in their right mind wishes people to have a decent demise? Most of us wish people…

Death begs to differ | Daily Prompt: I Believe

For today’s prompt, tell us three things that you believe in your heart to be true. Tell us three things you believe in your heart to be false. What I believe to be true: There’s enough love in world—it just has to find its way to the rest. There’s enough food to feed us all—we…

Short of Apotheosis | Daily Prompt: Lucky Star

Today is your lucky day. You get three wishes, granted to you by The Daily Post. What are your three wishes and why? To become invulnerable A map of everything that was lost by humankind to the Earth A whole month spent with a corporeal version of Death The first two I deem necessary to…

Hadeson | Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm)

Write the blurb for the book jacket of the book you’d write, if only you had the time and inclination. If you suddenly found yourself switching places with a god, what would you do? Hadeson had always thought that having supernatural powers would be cool and he’d do anything to experience them. On one night,…

Dashed with Little Rumors and Secrets | Manila Noir

Dear Jessica Hagedorn, Because of, I came to know this book. Yet, if it wasn’t for the Manila International Book Fair, I would not have bought it. And your signature was also a plus! I don’t have that many books that have been signed by the authors or editors. I never tried so I…

I, the Replacement | Daily Prompt: A Mystery Wrapped in an Engima

Tell us something most people probably don’t know about you. I’m not supposed to be here. Decades ago, my parents were set on having only a certain number of kids. And the last one was well on his—or her—way. But that kid decided not to take up the opportunity to star in this show. Didn’t…