Edgar Michael Herman. Brother. Lover. Teacher. Freemason. Friend. These are the faces that others see in the small town of Terra Lake, Indiana. But after the mysterious lights appear in town, Michael doesn’t really seem like any of these things anymore. He seems strange, distant. Is he simply feeling unwell, or is his condition suggestive of a sickness in this town…

For our slasher mini-chronicle in the same setting, see also:


Serial killers. A grim fascination has America by the balls, and it all rests on the slasher hero. From the real deal like Jeffrey Dahmer or John Wayne Gacy to fictional variants like Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees, we are obsessed with serial killers (and watching them fight, apparently).

In a strange world filled with folktales and legends, however, is it any wonder that slashers exist? Carefully stalking their victims, or relentlessly ravaging until the police or a group of teenagers end the blood-soaked rampage, some few madmen have been empowered. They are driven on their own grim Vigil for purposes that make sense only to them.

Adventure Log:

Nerves of Steel

The Hunt, Chapter 1

The Hunt, Chapter 2

Additionally, for our homicide investigation one shot set in Chicago (also in the same setting), see:

Wave of Mutilation

Since Wednesday, March 4, 2009, a rash of serial killings have hit Chicago. All street people, all mutilated and vivisected. Vital organs having been removed for some unknowable purpose.

Will the FBI’s Vanguard Serial Crimes Unit be able to crack the case? Or will the inexperienced agents of VASCU merely become the next victims?

Adventure Log:

Chapter 1

Additionally, regarding the above banner image, credit where credit is due (despite this one being in the public domain). Cropping and title done by myself. Image source:

Banchev, Georgi. “Houses, Indiana, USA.” (2004, August 7). Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved November 3, 2009, from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Typical_Small_Town_Indiana01.jpg

False in Some Sense

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