Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

Established in April of 2012, Pen of the Damned has become home for some of the finest writers of horror and angst.

A strange entity, known only as the Tale Weaver, introduced its voice then as well.

Not much is known about this mysterious being – it has made its presence known but a handful of times.ย  It is believed, however, that the Tale Weaver speaks truths most men dare not utter.

I present to you the Tale Weaver‘s first appearance on Pen of the Damned.ย  I am not responsible for the erosion of your sanity…




Sit before the Tale Weaver.

Heed me now. ‘Tis not a chronicle I do recount, nor a fable spun beyond your wildest imagination. Aye, I impart onto you a warning, and if wise, measure my every word you will. Beware the beast that drinks not of blood but feasts upon the essence of your very being.

‘Tis the psychic vampire I speak.

Once entry is gained into your mind, there is no stopping these fiends. For that is where they dwell…and breed. Spawning their miasmal infection deep, deep into the root of your brain. Imbedded, only the hourglass marks the moment your soul succumbs to their detestable will.

Scoff you do? Hold your tongue, lest I cast you into the feculent depths from which these creatures emanate. More powerful than their undead brethren, they stride unhindered beneath sun and moon. Obscurity they prefer; yet unabashed they roam. Aberrations of ourselves, yet so closely tethered by common threads. You know who they are, yet their guise renders them unknown.

You fidget within your chair. Look not queerly upon me then, for the chill snaking along your spine betrays you. It is them. Even now, they reach with inconspicuous, needy fingers. Groping for you. How the virulent taunt.

Appetites unsatiated, they hunger your vibrance. Listen now and understand their ploy…they wish you not dead, but rather live not alive.

Do you not recognize the abhorrent ghouls now? Then introduce you I shall to these miscreations! Look and forever shall you know – friends and family and strangers their masquerade! And the cruelest of truths have I saved for last. There. There. Your eyes do not deceive you. My mirror doth not lie. Aye, the most wicked of abominations stares you back.

The torturer within.

Until next I summon you, be gone.

So the Tale Weaver speaks.

~ Joseph A. Pinto as the Tale Weaver

ยฉ Copyright 2012 Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.


9 thoughts on “THE VAMPIRE I SEE

  1. Uh … getting freaking scary there … Your eyes do not deceive you … Can you feel when your heart beat hard, raging against your rib cage in fear? … Excellent. I like this “Tale Weaver”. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Sherrie! I’ll be sure to pass your message along to the Tale Weaver! I’m sure your comments will be appreciated ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Hunter Shea says:

    And so it began. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Yes, and to think it had nothing to do with ancient incantations lol

  3. Chrissy says:

    where is this from? I like

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hey Chrissy! Thank you! Not sure what you mean, but it’s by me! lol ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Chrissy says:

        Is it from a novel?

      2. Joseph Pinto says:

        No, just some self-contained prose I wrote for Pen of the Damned ๐Ÿ™‚

      3. Chrissy says:

        I will catch up ๐Ÿ˜‰

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