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Author's Notes: "The Demon's Shrill Cry of Dread and Horror" is a narrative poem that I co-authored with my colleagues Anne-Lise Andresen and Liam McDaid. The fictional-fantasy story behind this particular poem speaks for itself. Anne-Lise was the one who got the ball rolling with Liam and me on this write. She's the one who tantalized us with the original thematic notion for this poem. Over some time, it developed into a very compelling tale of a mythical village called "Gpeth Tor" that bordered on a true place of evil called the "Dark Forbidden Forest." This forest is essentially an earthly playground, if you will, for Lucifer and his anointed "Demon" who carries out Lucifer's bidding and his evil machinations, which result in the endless and merciless agony and torture of lost souls. This one is definitely not for bedtime reading. Anne-Lise, Liam, and I hope you find this narrative and its chilling tales of dread and horror to be of interest. Sorry for any Nightmares!! Enjoy!! (Gary Bateman - August 20, 2016) (Narrative)

Categories: dark, dream, evil, fantasy, god, metaphor, and symbolism. 

The Demon’s Shrill Cry of Dread and Horror This tale of “The Demon’s Shrill Cry of Dread and Horror” lives on in the mountain village of Gpeth Tor in the outlying region of the “Dark Forbidden Forest” known for evil, death, and lost souls. This tale passeth from generation to generation, to the present, and still frightens all people who hear its grim message as it sends an icy-cold chill that stabs the heart of one’s holy eternal soul! A young boy who just turned six years heard this tale so told by both of his parents who shivered with a great palpable fear. Their story of the Devil’s Demon of the Dark Forbidden Forest mesmerized this young lad, giving him gruesome nightmares, whereby the Devil’s Demon whispers cruelly to him in the darkest corners of his mind and in his deepest moments of sleep! The young boy’s recurring nightmares show him running each night deep into the darkness of the Forbidden Forest while both shouting and screaming his desire to see and to serve this foul Demon of the Wild, while forsaking Almighty God in his thoughts! This ghastly dream world each night is like morphine to his brain, as this young boy suffers, feeling the chains of its merciless torment! But this story of the boy is now 22 years ago as he’s progressed on to manhood—driven to the very depths of depravity and insanity as he witnesses nightly in his padded cell the evil actions of both Ghouls and Ghosts who’d open up the graves of past rotting souls. This insane young man now sings paeans with a fulsome alacrity as he celebrates the shrill and haughty cry of the Devil’s Demon! Does anyone really believe in happy fairy tales when Hell itself corrupts the mind and spirit of the young and unsuspecting? Does anyone believe a young fairy princess who kisses a frog and says that the frog is now a dashing, noble prince? Does anyone really understand and believe there are real monsters who roam the maze of one’s mind crying now into a dark abyss, while Goblins and Ghosts float freely robbing the living of breath? The Dark Forbidden Forest of this evil lore does indeed exist, and it lives freely in the dreams of young village children so frightened and terrified by the dark-demonic-visage of a bile-black-blooded Bogeyman who resurrects himself nightly in their true dreams of a sweet innocence in the place where scars are born every waking day, as the lid of terror is lifted open, spewing legends and tales of the macabre stealing the very life-force of heartbeats leading to Death! The local people of this legend in the village of Gpeth Tor speaketh freely of shrunken heads in large glass jars deep in the bowels of the Forbidden Forest, where the threshold of pain and absolute madness knows no bounds of moderation, and tortured beings and lost souls cry out loudly as the Dark One takes his due while the broken bones of those who remain are crossed—weighted so heavy like an anchor! Invisible and evil forces at the Devil’s command have taken control of the Forbidden Forest, where nasty beasts with a rabid blood thirst for torture live in the very cells of the chained and forgotten souls who have lost their way to Almighty God and His Angels in Heaven above. Grotesque stories still abound to the present time in this century of the perverse and maledictory nature of this dark forest that borders so close to the ancient village of Gpeth Tor—of what can happen to those who dare to speak of the unspeakable, as Specters of the Undead feast upon the heartbeats of innocent victims until they are fully consumed, and their souls are condemned to an unending damnation and agony! It’s been so many years since I graced my presence again in this ancient “Village of the Damned.” Mea Culpa! Forgive me! A difficult journey! I’ve now lost my way into the light and to the holy path to God Himself. Gpeth Tor and its people live on into this twenty-first century as it is. The frightful memories and presence of the Forbidden Forest are real, and are still devouring the very living thoughts and ideals of the young. Many moons later the sacrilege of this reality still lurks and crawls now beneath one’s own human flesh as the divine answers to “God’s Truth” lay, locked far away in the depths of Lucifer’s Kingdom here on Earth! Gary Bateman, Anne-Lise Andresen, and Liam McDaid A Collaborated Poem, Copyright © All Rights Reserved August 20, 2016 (Narrative)

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Date: 9/4/2016 9:47:00 PM
Top level verses my friends. Excellence in the telling and a pleasure to read. Congrats to the authors, a superb read. A7
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Gary Bateman
Date: 9/5/2016 7:36:00 AM
Hello Robert!! Many Thanks on behalf of Anne-Lise, Liam, and me. And thanks for the top rating too. All three of us get together from time to time to do some interesting writes like this one. Hope all is well with you and your family. Continued Best Wishes . . . Gary
Date: 9/2/2016 11:09:00 AM
"Brothers and Sister Grimm," a cute sobriquet for three who actually are wholesome and kind. Albeit, a powerful write, with a compelling message. I think of it more along the lines of morality in one of Aesop's Fables. Best wishes to you all! Mikki
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Gary Bateman
Date: 9/4/2016 9:07:00 AM
Hello Mikki, Thanks so much for your comment on behalf of Anne-Lise, Liam, and me. We can all mutually thank Arthur Vaso for the sobriquet. I guess we'll use it in the future with any other dark writes we undertake. Thanks for your read of our rather dark narrative here. Halloween will soon be upon us!! Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 8/26/2016 3:37:00 PM
What can I say!! Excellent and truly powerful. I must say that this is surely the best co-write you three have composed. Well done Anne-Lise, Gary, and Liam. Also congrats on p.o.t.d....a much deserved honour! Regards // paul
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Date: 8/27/2016 2:23:00 PM
Hello Paul, Great to hear from you!! On behalf of Anne-Lise, Liam, and me -- we all thank very much for your gracious comments here. I believe the three of us, now coined the "Brothers and Sister Grimm," by Arthur Vaso will have some more of these writes in the queue for the future. Halloween is just around the corner. Hope all is going well for you!! Continued Best Wishes . . . Gary
Date: 8/22/2016 4:46:00 AM
I'm not one for horrors but this drew me in from the start, fabulous write, I could see this becoming something much more than a short narrative, sounds like an intro to a blockbuster! a superb 7!
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/22/2016 7:41:00 AM
Hello Laura, All three of us thank you very much for your read and gracious comments here. I certainly agree with you. As with other interesting themes (whether a poem, short story, flash-fiction, or a novel), a screenplay could be developed with the mythical backdrop of the fictional "Gpeth Tor." A great idea for sure!! One I may pursue further. (Thanks!!)Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 8/21/2016 10:04:00 PM
I hate this evil tale...and that's good! Thanks for the nightmares!
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/22/2016 7:29:00 AM
Thanks Carole!! At least we were able to emote a response from you!! And just think . . . it's not even Halloween yet. Thanks for your read on behalf of Anne-Lise, Liam, and me. Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 8/21/2016 5:10:00 PM
Beautiful story, I will have to start calling you all "Brothers and Sisters Grimm" :)
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/26/2016 3:42:00 AM
Arthur . . . Since Anne-Lise has certified this on her end, it looks like "Brothers and Sisters Grimm" for sure!! Best, Gary (P.S. Halloween is just around the corner.)
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Date: 8/22/2016 1:23:00 PM
- "Brothers and Sisters Grimm" :)))))
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/21/2016 5:36:00 PM
Thanks Arthur!! With this new title for all three of us, we'll collectively have something to look forward to during Halloween, that's just around the corner. (We all three now better than to travel to "Gpeth Tor," as we wish to be around to keep writing!! (HA HA) Best!! Gary
Date: 8/21/2016 12:16:00 PM
Hi G , Liam and Anne-Lise!Congratulations to all the three of you on POTD!A very outstanding collaboration here from you my dearest friends.So very beautifully written.Just awesome!I' m so very happy for all of you!Well done!Wishing you a very lovely week!In His light God bless you always!:)Love n' hugs!xoxox D ^O^
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/21/2016 5:29:00 PM
Hello "D" -- Many Thanks again on behalf of Anne-Lise, Liam, and me. (I just saw, this late PM over here in Germany, that our co-write received POTD. What a pleasant surprise.) Continued Best Wishes . . . "G"
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/21/2016 5:25:00 PM
Hello Eve!! Thanks so much on behalf of Anne-Lise, Liam, and me. I'm glad you liked our mutual effort here. Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 8/21/2016 8:14:00 AM
I would move. Congratulations on POTD honors...
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/21/2016 5:40:00 PM
Great answer and observation Charlie!! Gpeth Tor is certainly not on my travel itinerary. Anne-Lise, Liam, and I all thank you for your read!! Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 8/21/2016 7:30:00 AM
congratulations on poem of the day with a broad smile gary and anne lise wishing you a blessing of a day
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/21/2016 5:43:00 PM
Thanks Liam!! What a surprise this late PM here in Germany. It was a pleasure and a delight, as always, to work with you and Anne-Lise on this memorable narrative. No trips to Gpeth Tor!! Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 8/21/2016 5:21:00 AM
- A happy smile :) - CONGRATULATIONS MY FRIENDS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/26/2016 3:47:00 AM
And Yes!! We should do one in the future on "Shrunken Heads." Sound quite gruesome!! //Brothers Grimm
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/26/2016 3:45:00 AM
I saw Arthur's note and have already replied twice to it. I guess when the three of us do any of our future dark writes (Halloween comes soon . . .) we need to end each future write with "Brothers and Sisters Grimm"!! What a neat twist!! Cheers, Gary
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Date: 8/22/2016 3:33:00 PM
- Why not ? ..... //Sisters Grimm :)
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/22/2016 3:23:00 PM
Anne-Lise, The three of us might want to consider a Halloween poem for later on "Shrunken Heads"!! Why not?? It might be a real Halloween hit for the dark, spooky month of October. Just an idea . . . Cheers, Gary
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Date: 8/22/2016 1:22:00 PM
- Whatever it was ..... it became an outstanding write, Gary and Liam !!!! - No doubt about it :))))
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/21/2016 5:48:00 PM
A Happy Smile back to you Dear Anne-Lise. What a surprise here on POTD for this early Halloween dark tale. (I guess it was the shrunken heads in the large glass jars verse that put us all over the top with this co-write!!) (HA! HA!) Great working with you and Liam -- as always!! Best Always, Gary
Date: 8/21/2016 1:57:00 AM
A big congratulations to all of you on potd with this awesome write...
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/21/2016 5:50:00 PM
Constance, Thanks for the congrats on behalf of Anne-Lise, Liam, and me!! I know that all three of us are very pleased you liked our narrative here!! Best Wishes Always, Gary
Date: 8/21/2016 1:12:00 AM
What a beauty you have painted in this excellent poem dear friend. For some moments I felt as if the Spring has spread all its charms before me for a while. Thank u for this beauty. Love and best wishes always...ravindra k kapoor:
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/21/2016 5:54:00 PM
Hello Ravindra!! On behalf of Anne-Lise, Liam, and me -- I know that all of us thank you very much for your gracious comment here about our co-write. We are all pleased you liked our final result here!! Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 8/20/2016 9:08:00 AM
Hi Gary, Anne-Lise n' Liam ! This is an outstanding and very evil tale that you've penned here my dearest friends.Excellent piece!So very dark but beautifully written.It could be just perfect as a Halloween poem too :)Great imagery!Wonderful collaborations!Just awesome!Your pens are mighty golden!A 7 to each!A Fav!Wishing you a very lovely weekend!In His light God bless you always!:)Love n' hugs!xoxox D ^O^
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/20/2016 9:25:00 AM
Thanks Dear One "D"!! I know that all three of us really appreciate your gracious and kind comments here. And, thanks so much for the Top Rating/FAV!! I guess this one has turned out to be a sort of pre-Halloween Treat. I know that Liam and Anne-Lise may post it later around Halloween. Best Wishes Always, "G"
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/20/2016 9:10:00 AM
Herr Professor (Demetrios)!! Vielen Dank, wie immer fuer deinen Kommentar!! I know that all three of us are always very appreciative of your insights and comments. Thanks for dropping by and taking a read of our latest collaboration!! And thanks for the top rating too!! Schoenes Wochenende!! Gary
Date: 8/20/2016 8:02:00 AM
When the hearts and minds of so many talented poets meet in order to collaborate nothing but an outstanding outcome would emerge from their pens! Captivating story that keeps the reader's interest from the first to the last line congratulations to all three and a 7 to each!
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Date: 8/20/2016 9:11:00 AM
Herr Professor (Demetrios)!! Vielen Dank, wie immer fuer deinen Kommentar!! I know that all three of us are always very appreciative of your insights and comments. Thanks for dropping by and taking a read of our latest collaboration!! And thanks for the top rating too!! Schoenes Wochenende!! Gary
Date: 8/20/2016 5:57:00 AM
truly a pleasure writing this gary with you and anne lise and it turned out an amazing piece with a deep insight of the forbidden pathway some take through the forest a tale of woe for those who become haunted by its memory love how this tale turned out wishing you and ingrid a blessing of a weekend pal
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/20/2016 9:03:00 AM
Liam Mate!! Thanks for your comment and the great collaboration on this rather dark piece. The "Dark Forbidden Forest" can be interesting to read about conceptually, but is certainly not a place for any mortal to stumble into. Best Wishes for the Weekend!! Gary
Date: 8/20/2016 5:01:00 AM
- A story of evil that will give goose bumps, even in 2016 !!!!! - A first class history - Hope no one loses their night's sleep :) - Thanks for enjoyable cooperation, Gary and Liam - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/26/2016 3:52:00 AM
I'm already planning to write a short story on "Gpeth Tor." (I could easily make it a longer write as well, like a novelette or novella.) I've got a series of five flash-fiction writes to complete for my second book for next year. Maybe I can fit in one more short story like "Gpeth Tor." "Tor" in German means a large gate or door. The village of "Gpeth" is the gateway to "The Devil's Playground on Earth." Wow!! Brothers Grimm//
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Date: 8/22/2016 1:29:00 PM
- "Gpeth Tor" or elsewhere in the world ......... risks everywhere we travel today :)))
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/20/2016 8:31:00 AM
Thanks Dear Anne-Lise!! This one wouldn't have made to its final fruition without your original idea and concept. Let's us just say that "Gpeth Tor" would not be a recommend place to visit for most of us mortals. Thanks for your work with Liam and me on this one!! Cheers and Best, Gary