A Tale of Two Selfies by I.M. NOSFERATU

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Our new offering by Guest Blogger, I.M. Nosferatu, titled A TALE OF TWO SELFIES is a mash-up of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL and Edgar Allan Poe’s THE RAVEN just in time for the holidays and New Year’s resolutions— 




Once upon a midnight dreary, while I ponderedWayneJOghn (2)

Bleak and bleary-eyed to create a witty query

To submit to a publisher or two or three

Imbibing copious libations to the creative deities that be

After all, it worked for Huxley, Kesey and others before me

There came a gentle tapping, rapping

In the corridor outside my locked bedroom door

I was alone in the house, just me

So at this late hour who, or even more alarming,

What on this earth could it possibly be?

I did not want to know so I copped two benzos

Downed a liter of stout and waited for the blackout

But twice shy was I of sleep much less a drunken stupor

As the rapping became a knocking which in turn

Became a rat-tat-tat cacophonous pounding which

Was now in sync with a cerebral grinding in my frontal lobe

Alas, I could stand it no longer and jumped out of my bed

White knuckled grip on my Ticonderoga with its sharpened lead

Ready, if need be, to stab the eyes out of the walking dead

I flung open my bedroom door to find—

Neither Edgar Allan Poe’s Lenore nor the Raven nevermore


Instead I found a wizened visage staring back at meoldme

But there was something familiar about the face

The deep-set eyes, the crook in the nose, the weak chin

OMG, it was me from another time staring back at me

His hair – my future hair – was white and close cropped but

It was there, as was the hunched shoulders and cavernous frame

Skin like corrugated cardboard freckled with liver spots

Was this a mirage? The confluence of mixing drugs and beer?

My future-self raised a bony finger and pointed it at me

Actions have consequences, said he, that go far beyond you and me

You will see—you will see – believe me —

Before I could respond much less think, he was gone in a blink

And I was alone again – just me — with nothing to do but ponder

My destiny.


by I.M. Nosferatu


IMNOSI.M. Nosferatu hails from Gehenna (look it up). He has an encyclopedic mind for horror, sci-fi, paranormal, and the occult. He has myriad other hobbies and interests which may not be appropriate to print here (or to divulge at all), but his mission in life (and death) at least for our purposes, is to find good (or as he puts it “sick”), spine-chilling, blood-curdling media in the horror genre and tout it to the world. He is a straight shooter and calls ‘em like he sees ‘em. He will not suffer fools, sycophants, ass-kissers, brown-nosers, and other suck-ups. Pillow Talking is thrilled to have him on board as a guest blogger despite having never met him face-to-face and dealing solely through emails (at odd hours of the night).

If you have something in particular you would like for I.M. Nosferatu to review, you may contact him (if you dare) at IMNos4A2.gmail.com.

TWITTER: @IM_Nosferatu

Stephanie & Wayne

About Stephanie & Wayne

Stephanie is a journalist, writer, editor, and has had several hundred articles published in various newspapers and magazines, many of which still are available online under “Stephanie Lyons Schultz”. She has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and was a practicing psychotherapist. She currently is a professor of psychology at WCSU and NVCC in Connecticut. Wayne is an Emmy-Award winning writer, producer, and director. He has produced many programs and documentaries that have appeared on television, and have been distributed to schools, libraries, and home video. Wayne also is a practicing attorney with a Masters degree in Law from NYU. In addition, he is a professor of communications at WCSU. Together, this recently wed couple write, produce, and direct as many of their stage, screen, and TV projects as they can with a full house -- their combined brood of seven! Some of their work has been featured this summer and fall off off Broadway; other work currently is under option. They hope to continue to promote more of their projects in the coming months! Feel free to write whatever comments you like! We want your feedback!