Wednesday, November 18, 2009

a Bird with no name

It all started in the basement of a delapidated and abandoned townhome slated for demoltion. The previous owner, long ago deceased, was rumored to have been some sort of scientist.The salvage crew had stripped the place clean of boxes of glassware, copper tubing, odd looking instuments, and a myriad of old paper files containing some of the most disturbing drawings ever seen.

On the day before demolition, the inspector was making his final sweep of the place when he noticed a small niche in the basement wall. There seemed to be something stuffed deep inside.

At first glance, it appeared to be nothing more than more of the scientist's supplies and ephemera shoved into a rusty can. The skull of a small squat bird topped the can. There appeared to be wires coming from the base, but in the shadows it was hard to see. He thought he heard a soft whirring and clicking as he reached in to investigate his find. He touched the can, and was startled to find it was slightly warm. Only when he pulled it out did he realize the true horror of what was hidden in that basement wall.
These notes were found sometime later.

The inspector and the bird with no name were not.

" The skull appears to be from a bird of unknown species. While the receptacle
is rusted and nearly disentigrated, it is still fully functional. Some unknown
source of electricity is held within, presumably the source of this strange
phenomena. A piece of human tissue has been grafted over the left socket. Seated
within is a small ocular device. There is warmth to the tissue, and it responds
to external stimula. I cannot be sure, but it seems that the purpose of this
device is reanimation. I feel its gaze upon me. God help us all."


  1. ::: giggles ::: I love it! I wonder who's skin was used for the graph....

  2. Look at that face.


    The tin makes me think of Stymphalian (had to look it up) "In Greek mythology, the Stymphalian birds were man-eating birds with wings of bronze and sharp metallic feathers they could launch at their victims, and were pets of Ares, the god of war. Furthermore, their dung was highly toxic. They had migrated to Lake Stymphalia in Arcadia to escape a pack of wolves, and bred quickly and took over the countryside, destroying local crops and fruit trees. Ridding the land of these birds was one of Hercules' Twelve Labors, and some sources claim the Stymphalian birds were the same avians that attacked the Argonauts."

    Stymph isn't a bad name. But he's traded in his copper wings for a can. Poor bugger.

    Camulatz is a neat name and story. A bird that ate the heads of the first men.

  3. Surely a bird with wires sticking out of him would be called "Sparky":)

    Bonnie (aka RoxyBlue)

  4. Your Steampunk Bird Skull reminds me of the little birds from Pixar's short film For the Birds (which only makes me love the little fellow even more!).

    I'm sure you've seen it, but just in case: (the audio has been changed, I guess to avoid conflicts with copyrights and such, but you can still see the cute but evil little birds!)