“Hell’s Open House” / Memorable Fancies #1694

Hell has an open house. There are refreshments, “hot” hors d'oeuvres still wriggling on their skewers, crying for mercy. You say, how extraordinary: one of them looks just like me! And your host, smiling broadly, says, “Yes ... yes.” [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Sympathy for the Devil” / Memorable Fancies #1662

[“No doubt we here may sympathize with the torturer, and so get pleasure.” – F.H. Bradley] Our pleasure is that someone else is being tortured, not us; but our unhappiness is that someone else is doing the torturing, not us.   … [Read more...]

“Speed Demons” / Memorable Fancies #1643

[“Curses are immediately heeded by demons.” – Fred White] “Yes, sir!” they say, speeding to the scene of the curse, “We’ll take care of him for you right away, sir!” – and they’ll take care of you, too, although they don’t mention that part until it’s too late. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“The Dance at Inverkeithing” / Memorable Fancies #474

(Remembered in the year 1307, long after)      So! You’re come to hear my tale, me in the Poor Priests’ Home, mind half gone with age, are you?      Aye, recall a bit, I will; how I piped and light-foot danced and led the Devil’s cult. Round and round the church, reels and rounds we danced till dayspring spied our naked shades, desecration done, contrition of exhaustion, and then the bishop’s angry words.      Sixty strokes and penance, many prayers I prayed, till far away my past … [Read more...]

“Devil-Casting” / A Memorable Fancy #093

“Master,” the Twelve reported, “we saw a man casting out devils in your name: and we forbade him, because he did not have an accredited degree, nor a license to practice, nor was he Board certified.” Jesus said “Forbid him not. If he uses my name, that is credential enough.” The Twelve withdrew to confer among themselves as to how the quality of devil-casting might be assured under these trying conditions. … [Read more...]