“The Exorcist III” Dir. William Peter Blatty (1990)

2020 has been a shit year for most of us. A deadly virus has joined forces with natural disasters and terrible governance to give the whole epoch a very “and then the Fire Nation invaded” vibe. On top of all of this I and a few of my friends have suffered losses this year due to the circumstances surrounding COVID. Family members and friends have been taken from us and there are few things I can do to keep it together while I’m stuck in my own house waiting for a vaccine than to either write or consume media. I…


ARGUMENT: In 1977 NASA launched Voyager 1 with the express purpose of studying the outer solar system and beyond. It was aimed towards Gliese 445 (an M-type main sequence star the constellation Camelopardalis) and contains two LPs pressed in gold. The hot tracks include greetings and salutations in 55 languages as well as music and other audible art from cultures around the world. It also contains a concise description of human anatomy and our location in the cosmos…should anyone wish to come knocking.

The records went

Further than humans’ ever gone.

There is comfort in the thought

Those who find…


The train banked heavily coming into the station and the jolt was more than enough to send Eliot’s army surplus duffle off the storage rack and directly into his crotch. Had he not been asleep the whole ride he would have noticed it was the first time in the ten hours and change journey that the surly old man sitting across from him laughed. A sight which Eliot wished he could forego as the old man’s ear, eyebrow, and noise hair were textured in such a way as to make a primordial forest jealous. Homecomings were not his strong suit…


My neighbor had, caught up in his arms, the robust body of a roebuck stag. With one powerful motion he wrenched the half dead creature up and then cast it into the pit before him. In my arms I held a dog from my neighborhood. Stunned by a baseball bat and whimpering I flung it into my pit. I dared not strain to see what was at the bottom. Even though I knew I dared not look. The last gasps of the animals we throw in are only audible for a few moments, then nothing. My neighbor caught my eye…


The rule was well and widley known. It was criminal to sleep in the city of Vanth. Hae slid through the eternally night shadowed streets. Vanth is the largest city on the planetoid Orcus which orbits the planet Neptune. Vanth was so far away from the sun as to render it only the brightest star in their universe instead of its center. The Vanthians naturally lived their entire lives under the shroud of night. Regarding human habitation in the solar system it is, currently, the end of the line. This had many effects on the people who came to call…


Pictured above, future history

If you are anything like me right now you are sheltering somewhere in these United States day-drinking too much and waiting for the virus, the government, or the dark lord Cthulhu himself to emerge from the ocean to destroy us all. I decided to be constructive damn it! So instead of continuing to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation until Netflix pauses apropos of nothing to ask if I’m still there I decided to reread an old favorite. Since I can’t travel for the foreseeable future (and probably past that given the economic hell-scape which our country is about to…


On October 11th 2015 I was not doing so well. I was working as a shipping clerk for a family in Berkeley and they were not exemplar employers. In one of their places of business rows and rows of guns were stocked with the excess boxes and packing peanuts. They were there as part of one of the owners side business, maintaining guns for a select clientele of FBI agents, local cops, lawyers, and just general second amendment enthusiasts. There were shot guns, and hand guns, six shooters, colts, a snub nose, and the ground was littered with bullets. One…


from The Bakersfield Californian October 11th, 1984

I grew up in a world far away from John Oren Biggs. Not separated by space but time. The particular time I’d like to look at is December 19th 1982. That night the 19 year old Biggs walked into a situation many have found their way into, myself included. Not everyone makes it out unscathed. All he was interested in, at least on paper, was a job. He’d responded to a classified ad for a live in caretaker for one Nurl Renfro. Renfro was 50 years old at the time and just so happened to be a millionaire. …


William Shakespeare, playwright, known deviant.

I know what you’re thinking. Bisexuals have problems? Surly you jest. The biggest problem bisexuals have to deal with is deciding the gender ratio of tonight’s three-way. But go with me on this. There’s more to the story. Last week I attended a family function where I was essentially the odd man out. In a room full of heterosexual Republicans I was the only left-leaning queer. When I was talking to them about my partner (a male and also bisexual) I was interrupted by two relatives insisting that we were not bisexual, we were gay. Experiencing a mix of shock…

Bryce Skidmore

Writer, critic, podcaster, poet, editor, and leisurely connoisseur of the bizarre.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store