Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


Sit before the Tale Weaver.

Be still; your incessant fidgeting only diminishes your concentration. Do you not hear it? There. There. Aah, stark terror glazes your eyes…but it should not be so. Relish instead, such a strange and horrid note, that awful baying from beyond the window sash. Silence yourself! I share with you now what knowledge I possess of the beast.

Yes, beast I say, but beast quite not. An unspeakably magnificent specimen of what should not be yet most certainly is. Born to walk this earth of two legs, but through the nether, hunts upon four. A most fascinating creature of wretched beauty, resigned in its existence of perpetual condemnation between its own genesis of dawn and gloam. Humanity its filthy cage. Bestiality its cherished home. Torn and ravaged by the tumult within its sorrowful soul.

You gaze upon me in naked incredulity, yet persistent your hands do wring; aye, even you cannot deny the awful splendor laced within the hoarseness of its throaty howls. Be attentive! Open not only ears but your narrow mind…listen beyond the ferocity of the echoes in the valley. Tis true, this abhorrence of nature will rend of you flesh and bone as a child strips wrappings from a gift if its disposition should see fit. The hunt it relishes, for only then does it truly live, the timbre of its environment razor-sharp, ally to its preternatural senses. You cannot outrun this thing, for how do you outrun that which already resides within you?

Swift, powerful, majestic…a wholly somber and evil thing. But I inquire of you – what is the gist of evil? The unnatural to your eyes; the obscene to your senses? Or is evil some broken yet unbowed pet, unwilling to yield to the shackles that seek it bound? If you should learn one thing from me this moonlit night, then heed thisβ€”true evil is the fiend that hides behind man’s mask, not the beast that allows its mask known.

Listen closely to that mourning song, that pitiful melody lamenting of deprived freedom from behind unseen bars, for tis the true conflict deep within its dark, fated core, and so it starves. Longing for the wild. Longing for the matte of fresh dew beneath its pads and the sparkle-slivered caress of Mother Moon across its rippled back. Longing…forever longing…this beast so much more than man.

Leave now then, but be mindful to keep a hastened pace along the timber’s fringe. Pull tight the collar to your neck, and do not afford yourself a moment to pause. For if the long howl of a doleful ballad plucks at your heartstrings, and the hapless allure of eye shine keeps measure with your gait, pray to your god that on this night the beast remains satiated.

And the man within it holds fast to its rein.

Until next I summon you, be gone.

So the Tale Weaver speaks.

~ Joseph A. Pinto as the Tale Weaver

Β© Copyright 2012 Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.


*’BEAST’ first appeared in Pen of the Damned June 2012

17 thoughts on “BEAST

  1. Wow, man, this is fucking beautiful! True prose at its best! I’m really blown away!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you very much, Lee! I don’t believe you’ve ever encountered the Tale Weaver until now…he has made his presence known a few times. Rumor has it he may be returning again…

  2. Wow, just wow. Good stuff here, Joe. Thank you for sharing this with the world.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hey Chris, thank you very much! This is an older piece, but as I mentioned to Lee, the Tale Weaver has grown very bitter & angry over time, and he wants to be released again… The world may not be ready.

      1. F! the world. Let the Tale Weaver out. Let the world beware. #damnedifyoudo…

  3. Beautifully constructed, and as intriguing a read now as the first time I read it! Love this one, Tale Weaver!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you Nina!! So happy you still feel the same way πŸ™‚

  4. Grace Black says:

    There is a lovely quality to the darker images you paint here. The word choice and overall flow blend seamlessly. Quite enjoyed this read!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you so much, Grace! I appreciate you taking the time to read my work πŸ™‚

  5. Dawn Madena says:

    Love the feel of mystery and wonder to this piece. Are you going to add more to it?

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Dawn, thank you so much! No, ‘Beast’ is simply a stand-alone piece of prose πŸ™‚

  6. Angel with dirty wings says:

    Oh I love this so much! just beautiful , deep and haunting! can I steal it for my English clas ?!? πŸ˜‰

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you very much, Angel with Dirty Wings! You may certainly BORROW my story lol As long as you class agrees to read it aloud while someone films it for prosperity πŸ™‚ That would actually be very cool!

      I always appreciate your support! πŸ™‚

      1. Angel with dirty wings says:

        I will see what we are allowed to do !

  7. Artful Aspirations says:

    So beautifully written Joseph! The Beast is definitely an awesome read!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you Ash, what a nice thing to say!!! πŸ™‚

      1. Artful Aspirations says:

        xoxo πŸ™‚

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